Beach-inspired guest bathroom FINAL reveal! {Or how I redecorated my bathroom two times…}

So let’s visit some before pictures!  This is what my bathroom looked like about a year ago.



During my first makeover I did some major changes:

I framed the builder basic mirror using some simple trim.  Read about how I did that here.

Framed bathroom mirror

Then I added some DIY board and batten.  That process can be found here.

Board and Batten beforeafter 2

I decorated the ledges with things I already had or picked up on a vacation one summer and it was done (for the moment.)DSC_0158

And there was nothing wrong with it! Smile  I had guests that used this bathroom and I was satisfied with it.




I have had several of you comment that rooms are not really ever DONElike forever, never going to change anything in it, DONE!  And can I say, that I completely, 110% agree !  If you decorate or makeover a room and leave it like that for 5 years it will become outdated and you will become unhappy with it eventually.  Your style grows and changes, your family grows and changes, styles around us change, the colors you once loved change, and so much more.  Now I am “The Frugal Homemaker” so I am not telling you to redecorate every room in your house every 6 months spending tons of money each time.  I am just saying when you can make little changes, inexpensive changes, to update a room or décor and it makes you happy, DO IT!  If you painted your kitchen yellow because you loved yellow 2 years ago, but you are really starting to hate it now – REPAINT!  A gallon of paint is $20-30 and can COMPLETELY change the room into someplace you love. It might take a little extra work to convince the man in your life that the change is necessary (mine doesn’t always understand either), but show him some pictures, lay out the cost, let him read this post (ok, maybe not – LOL), and hopefully he will come around.  Maybe sell some of your outdated décor at a yard sale or on Craigslist to earn money to buy the paint or new things you want so cost is not an issue.

So yes, my “done” bathroom got repainted and rearranged!  I had company coming and was hoping to have my guest room redone, but I still don’t have all the pieces to make that happen.  So I did a quick (and I mean quick like “in an afternoon quick”) makeover.  I had more than 1/2 a gallon of gray paint (Valspar Urban Sunrise) left from when I repainted my dining room so this was an almost free makeover!  I thought that the cooler tones of the gray would be much better than the tan that I have throughout the house and in here.

So here is the before…


And here is the AFTER!  DSC_0850

You can also see that I made a few other changes – the toilet seat cover and rug it is gone, the décor was rearranged, and I added a picture from our vacation last week to the room.)


This wall had a few other changes.  When I reinstalled the towel bar after putting the wainscoting up, it got damaged Sad smile  So I  needed to replace it.


I was loving all the hooks I was seeing all over blogland in entryways and in bathrooms so I picked up 3 silver hooks from Home Depot for under $10 (less than the cost of a towel bar!)  The décor didn’t change much except for the addition of some shutters that I picked up for less than $1 at a yard sale.


Here’s the sink area before the last change.


And AFTER!  Doesn’t it look so much brighter with the gray paint?  And the white just “pops” even more.


I did make one other change.  Over a year ago I picked up replacement cabinet handles with a $10 coupon from Lowe’s.  I think I paid like $1.60 total for all 3 handles after coupon.


Here is the after with silver handles.  So much better!DSC_0882

Some shells and sand in a basket from past and this year’s vacation.


I love the recent addition of the red and white umbrella shot I took last week on vacation (see this post should really be called – How I redecorated my bathroom THREE times – because I already changed something in it since the last “makeover.”  But I had the frame already and I just printed the picture on our printer so a FREE project!)

The bottle was a recent 75¢ flea market find and the flower was from my stash.


You can also see the red light fixture that was a $4 thrift store light fixture that I spray painted.

How to spray paint a brass light fixtureThat was another change to this “2nd makeover” although I had planned to replace it when I did everything else the year before, I just hadn’t gotten it done until now.



You can see where my beach-inspired art resides. See how I made that here.


View from the shower – ha!


I love this bathroom so much more now! DSC_0888Cost: $1.60 for cabinet handles, less than $10 for towel hooks, and a $4 light fixture. A HUGE $15.00 impact!


(Oh, I did this one day when my husband was at work, two days before company came.  He came home while I was finishing touching up the paint and said “What are you doing? Hmmm… Looks nice!”)

So don’t be afraid to make some small changes that will have BIG impact to make a room be more you! Smile

Have you ever RE-decorated a room that you had already decorated before?  Did you have trouble convincing anyone to get on board?


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  1. What a fun bathroom! I love the theme and the color palette. Great job!
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  2. Hey there! the new gray is awesome against that white in your “new’ beach bathroom! i really love the trim around the “plain mirror” i have one like that in our smaller bathroom- the trim you did definitely has my wheels turning!!

  3. Love it!!!! And, I totally agree with you about a room never being DONE! I am constantly adding or subtracting something from various rooms. It’s just plain fun!
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  4. Kelly Palmer says:

    I love it! You did such an amazing job on it. I am planning on doing one of our bathrooms with beach decor soon. Thanks for the inspiration and cute ideas 🙂

  5. Very nice! The gray did make a big difference. And I completely agree with you, a room is never “done” in my mind…usually it’s always in some sort of “transition”, lol! =)
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  6. Ruth Carelli says:

    Beautiful as always.

  7. Love everything about your guest bathroom. It turned out Great!! What color gray paint did you use on the walls? Love how the white pops with the gray. I am your newest follower.

  8. Beautiful!! Love the new wall color & the board & batten! The red light fixture is too cute also!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who makes over rooms more than once!
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