Design Series: Small Bathroom Makeover

HI FRIENDS!

I’m going to warn you ahead of time… this is going to be a photo-heavy post!

I’m finally revealing the small bathroom makeover I completed (last summer..)

Note: There will be another post with a full budget breakdown and where all items and products were purchased which I will link here later. :)

BEFORE

The bathroom before wasn’t terrible, but it did need an update.  This house as been steering away from older-country colours to a cleaner, cooler pallete.  The bathroom also had an issue of organization and space.  If you’d like to know how we utilized the space in here (and some other great space-saving tips, too) check out organizing a small bathroom!

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

As you can see in the above photo, items were just being chucked in baskets where there wasn’t enough room in the cabinet above.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer
Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Even baskets on top of the cabinet!

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

The light in this space was a particular eye-sore.  Dreary colours, dated-county decor, and lack of space were the issues in this small bathroom.

AFTER

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Working with the original counter-top they had recently put in, I went with a colour palette that complemented the rest of the home.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Country wasn’t eliminated completely!  An eclectic but updated balance was achieved.  This beautiful older-style faucet is one of my favourite pieces of this bathroom.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Now that space was utilized, I was able to use the cabinet spaces to decorate a little (working on that still).  The wall next to the toilet still looks a bit bare to me, so I’m trying to figure out what would work well on that wall.  Suggestions? I’m thinking three smaller-sized photos.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

For hardware,  I went for schoolhouse inspired pulls, and a beautiful new light fixture to match!

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

The door also received a new coat of paint to match the space.  Towels were replaced with all-white to create less visual clutter.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Design Tip: A pretty gold tray makes the perfect area for a pretty vignette that is function-friendly!

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

We selected a very simple but feminine shower curtain to create simplicity, but also creates interest and texture.  A new curved shower curtain utilizes space inside of the shower.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Pretty hooks on top tie in the whole look.  In a smaller space, the little details can really shine.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

A basket in the corner for toilet paper added to the textures in the room while also freeing up space.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

 

Just thought we should see the room in the candle light… (can never have to many photos?)

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

 

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

This extendable mirror is attached to the window in the bathroom.  Why?  There’s multiple women who use this bathroom at once, so the main mirror gets full fast!  This mirror has seen a lot of appreciation and use since installed.  Being near the window allows for ample lighting.
Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Also, on the windowsill:  A cute little catch-all for earrings and little-things.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

 

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

There’s that pretty faucet again…

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

 I hope you enjoyed this photo-heavy tour!  We are so happy with the results in this now beautiful and relaxing bathroom! :)

If you want to see the other posts leading up to the finished design of this bathroom, check out:
Where to Begin When Planning a Design
Nautical & Navy Bathroom Design
Choosing Paint Colours
 Organizing a Small Bathroom

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

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Comments

  1. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Looks beautiful.

  2. Looks wonderful. Can I ask where you got the light fixture over the mirror?

  3. Amazing transformation! It’s so bright and friendly now. You did a great job.

  4. oh my It’s fab. So glad you posted it again I misesd it the first time round! It’s beautiful. So serene. I just oogled over all the lovliness now I have to go back and read what paint colours you used .. Love it .
    Marie

    • Thanks Marie, it is so nice to hear that people like the makeover. The color I used on the walls is by Benjamin Moore called Cotton Balls OC-122 and I bought their Kitchen and Bathroom Matt Paint and I loved it. The cabinet colors is again a Benjamin Moore color called Mocha Cream CC-458 but I used paint from Pittsburg Paint called BREAK-THROUGH and had them color match it for me. This Paint is a special paint to go over cabinets without PRIMING them…although I did prime to be on the safe side, but I did not sand them. It will be a year in June and they are as good as the day I painted them. This paint stands up to bathroom cleaners, goes on wood, plastic metal and many other things. I will be using it again. I have painted the kitchen cabinets two times now and wish I had of known about this wonderful paint. Live and Learn. Thanks again for the comments. Brandi :)

  5. This came out so great! I love the colors and the function and design aspects of some of the storage decisions. We recently bought a home and our master bathroom isn’t bad, but it’s not me an it’s not fun. This is making me want to change it now.

    • Thanks Ann, I am glad you like it! It is great to get feedback on projects you do! Have a great day :) Brandi

  6. Love this! Out of curiosity, where did you get the shower curtain? It is super cute!

    • Hi there Leigh!

      We purchased this at the Linen Chest, but that was a year ago or so now. Not sure fi they still carry it but I know you can shop online with them.

      Brandi

  7. I loooove this Brandi! I love the elegance, yet simplicity. I am going to have to ask you to come over and help me decorate.

  8. That new bathroom is so elegant! I can’t even believe that it’s the same room. I love the marble countertop and sleek chrome faucet. I wish we could remodel our bathroom to look more like this.

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