Room Makeovers

Guest Bathroom Makeover Plan

Week two of the One Room Challenge is in the books and boy did that go by fast.  Today I am sharing my guest bathroom plan and progress so far.  In case your new here I am Susanne and I run this little blog.  This is my second time participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home and media partner House Beautiful.  I joined in the fall 2017 challenge and made over our Forgotten Living Room.

Spring 2018 ORC featuring our guest bathroom. A six week makeover to update the space.

Every makeover starts with before pictures and most of them are of horrible spaces in serious need of some love.  This makeover is no different.  This bathroom is the only room in our home that hasn’t had anything done to in the entire 16 years we have lived here.

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Without further ado….The Before

Guest bathroom plan and progress. Small guest bathroom makeover on a budget

Looking in from the hallway.  Oh dear, that linoleum and brown baseboard.  You may be wondering why that random cabinet is up on the wall like that.  Our daughter moved home for awhile last year with her littles and she needed a place to keep medicine out of their reach.

Guest bathroom plan and progress. Small guest bathroom makeover on a budget

The view standing in the bathtub..yes this bathroom is really that small.  That outdated medicine cabinet is chipped and I am sure you can see the rust.  It’s really quite embarrassing.  I would share more, but I think you get the idea.

Guest Bathroom Plan

Guest bathroom plan. Navy blue, brass and marble with a bold color choice of wallpaper.


I am doing a happy dance over this mood board!  A classic eclectic mix that makes my heart sing.  I am falling in love with brass all over again with the aged look of the handle and the vintage vibe of the mirror and the small touch of it on the vanity lights.

Honeycomb white floor tile and that eclectic pop of color with the wallpaper.  Yes, wallpaper.  My hubby thinks I am crazy, but I love a good wallpaper and it isn’t such a permanent decor element these days.  They even make it in peel and stick so that it comes off easier if you ever want to change it.

Guest bathroom plan and progress. Small guest bathroom makeover on a budget. Honeycomb floor tile and navy blue paint for the vanity.

I made these purchases this week.  My original plan was to paint the linoleum floor, but then I realized this bathroom is so small that floor tile might actually be an affordable option.  I was right!  Tile and thin set and grout were just a little over $100!  That sure beats the heck out of the process of trying to paint a stencil on the linoleum.

Guest bathroom plan and progress. Small guest bathroom makeover on a budget

A sneak peek of the vanity, it’s all painted and the hardware has been added.

Here is a list of what needs to be done…

  • repair ceiling
  • paint vanity and add new hardware
  • replace vanity top
  • replace medicine cabinet with new mirror and lights
  • tile floor
  • apply new caulk to the tub surround
  • put up wallpaper
  • add a towel bar
  • replace baseboard and door trim
  • install new shower curtain rod and shower curtain

This didn’t seem like such a lengthy list in my head.  Can I get it done in the 4 weeks that remain?  I sure hope so!  My DIY CEILING REPAIR went pretty well and painting the vanity was a super easy project.

I will be back next week with another update, so stay tuned!  Don’t forget to visit the other participants at the links below, there is talent and inspiration galore.

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Guest bathroom plan. Navy blue, brass and marble with a bold color choice of wallpaper.


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  1. The tile is gorgeous. i have something really similar in my bathroom and I love how it looks.

    1. says:

      This will be my first time laying tile, my fingers are crossed that it turns out!

  2. Love your mood board design. We too are doing a bathroom makeover with some of the same design features. It doesn’t seem like a lot of work until we got started LOL. Good luck – we can’t wait to follow your progress! This will be beautiful!

    1. says:

      Thank you Vicki and Jenn! Great design minds think alike, lol!! I am following along with yours too!

  3. I love your mood board! That navy is gorgeous and the wallpaper is so fun!!

    1. says:

      Thanks Emy!! I found out when I got ready to order it that it isn’t prepasted :/ Back to the drawing board!

  4. Great progress, Susanne! Loving that mood board to the moon and back. The vanity turnned out great. XOXO ~~Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. says:

      Thank you sweet friend!! I am laying tile this weekend, wish me luck!! 🙂

  5. I’m loving your mood board, Suzanne! Wanna know something funny? I totally would’ve put that mirror as one of my wish lists for our guest bath if it wasn’t gold. We have all chrome fixtures in our bathroom so making changes to them would’ve been a pain to go with that mirror. Can’t wait to see how your makeover unfolds!

    1. says:

      Thanks Tee!! Our fixtures are all chrome too, but I am going to change the sink faucet. That mirror is pricey so I am looking for on that is similar, I just love the vintage look!

  6. Love the design plan! That color combo is gorgeous!

    1. says:

      Thanks Sarah! I figure you can’t go wrong with navy 😉

  7. I am loving that navy for the cabinet, just beautiful! That tile is perfect too! You are going to have a great reveal I just know it!

    1. says:

      Thank you my friend! I will be laying tile this weekend, I sure hope it is as easy as they make it look on TV, lol!!

  8. Girl you are bathroom is going to be amazing! I love the vanity color and those brass handles are like little jewels. I can’t wait to see how your floors turn out. That wallpaper is a bold choice and I’m sure it’s going to be one of the stars of the show!

    1. says:

      I am so sad, I went to order it and it isn’t prepasted 🙁 Had to spend all night last night trying to decide on another one, but I got one ordered and it is on it’s on way

    1. says:

      LOL!! I just couldn’t wait! The ceiling repair took longer than I thought so while it was drying I painted, I just couldn’t help myself 😉 This weekend is tiling…keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

  9. Susanne,

    Your mirror has all the heart eyes for me!!! We used a similar set in our master bathroom for our first home (pics on our blog first house tour). I can’t wait to see this come together. Your moodboard is amazing.


    1. says:

      Thanks Meghan!! I will head over and check it out!! 🙂

    1. says:

      Thanks Kate!! Still looking for one like it in my price range, lol!

    1. says:

      Thanks April! I am pretty excited, laid the tile this weekend all by myself and I must say I am pretty proud. My first time ever laying tile and it didn’t turn out half bad, lol!

  10. Love the blue vanity with the gold hardware! Can’t wait to see what the wallpaper is! I love wallpaper!

    1. says:

      I love wallpaper too Ruthie!!! I can’t wait for it to get here so I can get it up!!

  11. Great paint job on the vanity, can’t wait to see more of it. I love a good furniture paint job to save some $$$ 🙂

    1. says:

      Saving money was the key factor. That and the fact that I have never replaced a bathroom vanity and didn’t want to get “that look” from my hubby, lol!!

  12. I love your mood board and I am so happy you were able to swing that beautiful tile for the project! The space is going to be divine, can’t wait to see your progress!

    1. says:

      Thanks Joy!! I can’t wait to share the progress this week…the tile is in!! 🙂

  13. Eeekk, I am so excited to see. We are doing our bathroom right now too and I also went with a navy blue vanity. I was debating the same color actually and ended up a shade lighter because of the lack of light in our space. It is going to be really fun to see what you do this week.


    1. says:

      We don’t have any natural light in this bathroom so I am hoping the new light fixture (75 watts in each bulb) will do the trick! After I got done painting it called my husband to look and he said it didn’t look any different because it was still a dark color, lol!! Men! I am excited to see what you got done this week too 🙂

    1. says:

      Thanks Monica! I hope it turns out like I envision 🙂

    1. says:

      Thank you Jessica! It is moving right along and I am excited to get it done 🙂

  14. That wallpaper is freakin’ amazing! I love the contrast and pop of color it adds and I’m truly excited to see this room come together!

    1. says:

      It is gorgeous wallpaper, when I got ready to order it I realized it wasn’t moisture resistant 🙁 So I had to go with plan B..I hope it looks good in the space!

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