Before and afters are the very best, aren’t they?!
Our little guest bathroom has undergone a great transformation that I can’t wait to show you.
Here’s a sneak peek of the after (because I just can’t handle leading the post with one of the before pictures!).
Isn’t it pretty?
Let’s start at the beginning.
Our house was built in the early 90’s and we think underwent a few updates throughout the years – tile floors in the kitchen and mud room, a full master bathroom remodel in the early 2000’s, possibly a few light fixtures over the years and we’re guessing the bead board and vanity in the small main floor guest bathroom we not original when the house was built. Even with those updates over the last 25 years, most of the house still feels a bit dated. We’ve spent the past year slowly making changes to bring a more modern, current feel to our home. The little bathroom was next on the list.
This little windowless bathroom sits right off the kitchen and is the only bathroom on the main floor.
Here’s a random photo to help you get a feel for where it is located (that doorway on the left):
The location of the bathroom is not our very favorite as it lacks privacy and feels sort of weird having it open right into the kitchen. One of the first things we did when we moved in was add an automatic closing hinge to the door so that while sitting at the kitchen table, you don’t have to peer right into the bathroom (then we added a magnetic door stop so that you can make the door stay open if needed). Eventually, we’d like to move the door around the corner in the entry hallway to offer a bit more privacy and close off the bathroom from the kitchen.
Here’s another shot to show you how the bathroom fits in the floor plan. To the right is the front door and entry hall, to the left is the family room and behind us is the kitchen table and kitchen.
So, when we first saw the house, this is what the bathroom looked like:
And when we moved in, it looked like this:
The first order of business was painting over those red walls.
Red was a very popular color – especially for dining rooms – in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, but it is perhaps my least tolerable color and felt particularly painful to my neutral-loving-eyes in this tiny bathroom. One afternoon after the boys’ football game, I pulled out a leftover can of paint from our old house and painted right over that red.
After painting the walls white and the door and trim charcoal, we replaced the chunky black framed mirror with a thin round brass mirror and installed modern brass towel and toilet paper holders (no longer available, but this and this are very similar).
Those little updates did a lot to just neutralize the space and make it a little more updated.
The thing about this little bathroom, though, is that it is right in the middle of the house where we see it and use it often and yet it had no unique style. It was also feeling super dark and heavy with that black vanity.
So this summer, I’ve been making a few additional easy changes to inject a bit of style and special-ness to the otherwise blah bathroom.
The first step was painting that vanity. I ordered a sample pot of paint during a Sherwin Williams paint sale in one of my favorite gray-blues called Rushing River (it’s the same color as Audrey’s bed, seen here). I think the sample was $4.50-ish. I lightly sanded the vanity and then just brushed on three coats of satin paint and let it dry for a few days before adding knobs I had leftover from our old house.
Lightening up the vanity did a lot to tone down the size and starkness of the previously black vanity.
With the brass mirror back up on the wall and a few accessories added for color and detail, here is that little bathroom all updated for today.
The best part is that now when the door is left open, the bathroom is actually charming to look at!
These little changes have made a big impact in turning our 90’s bathroom into a modern and updated space.