DIY Bathroom Renovation – Before & After

Since we’re all friends here, I’m going to ask you to show me a little grace.  This post needs grace and maybe a teeny bit of imagination.

I’ve not claimed to be a style, DIY, or home blog.  Not at all.  I’m just living my little life in my tiny part of this world and sharing it with you – the good, bad, and ugly.

I’ve showed you a whole lot of ugly in my life, so these photos will be mostly good, but they’re lousy photos.  This is where the real grace comes in.

There’s no natural light in my bathroom and me and my point-and-shoot camera can’t seem to get good pictures, so work with me please.


Bathroom - Home Renovation - Two Piece Shower


I painted my bathroom and I’m kinda in love with it.

On a whim, I loaded my kids in the car and went to Lowe’s.  Now, this isn’t an advertisement for Lowe’s and they aren’t paying me for this post, but I’m pretty much in love with Valspar paint.  It’s more the colors than the actual paint, but the paint isn’t so bad either.

For each season, they put out a new line of colors and they sell samples.  I have 5 gallons of ugly baby mint green to prove I make bad decisions when all I have is a one inch paint chip to help me make color choices.

I very much appreciate seeing the mixed colors in a clear container.  I can make good (possibly crazy) choices when I see the colors mixed.

Bathroom Renovation - Valspar Summer Colors Paint in Tropical Oasis


If you have a small bathroom, go bold with color.  I read that once and it has always stuck in my mind.

Since our bathroom is about 90% done (we still need trim), I decided to show it off.


Bathroom Renovation - Art in the Bathroom - Owl Art


Our bathroom has been a very difficult renovation.  It was 1/2 the size (and it’s still small!) when we bought the house.  We had to rip the entire floor, ceiling, and three walls completely out.

When I say “we”, I mostly mean my husband.  I help and I clean up, but he does most of the actual work.

The plumbing has been our biggest nightmare.


Bathroom Renovation - Clock in the bathroom


That’s my animal print shower cap, because I’m like a feisty eight-two year-old woman.  Now, we’re besties.  You’ve seen it all folks.  I don’t show just anyone my shower cap.

The clock is for fun.  I wanted to add a few green accents and I truly love these kind of clocks.


Bathroom Renovation - Owl Bath mat

My daughter and I went shopping for a green bathmat, but then we saw this beauty and we couldn’t resist.

I mean, how fun is an owl bathmat?

We even bought a hand towel to match.  The coloring looks off, but it’s the same green that’s in the bathmat.


Bathroom Renovation - Owl Hand Towel


This next photo isn’t a true before and after, because I don’t have any photos of the real “Before”.  This before is after it was renovated.  We just made it useful and I always figured I would decorate it and add my personal touches at some point in the future.


Bathroom Renovation - Before & After

It’s amazing the amount of personality a paint color can add to a room.

You can see, we don’t have a ton of storage.  I have no linen closet anywhere outside of this room either.  This is an old house and in the olden days, closets were not a necessity.

When we were working on the house, we picked up a book shelf at a yard sale and it ended up in the bathroom.  It’s not the ideal storage, but we need a place to keep our toiletries, so this works.  I would love to make doors for it one day, but hey, no one ever has to ask for a towel.  They know right where to get one.


Bathroom Renovation - Storage


I plucked the metal baskets from a pile of garbage on the side of the road.  I thought they were a pretty good find.


Finished Bathroom Renovation with Valspar Paint

Paint:  Vlaspar in Tropical Oasis

Mat & Hand Towel:  Walmart

Shower Curtain:  Goodwill

Clock:  Walmart


Do you like the bold color choice or does it look like a giant, over-ripe blueberry?

Do you gravitate towards bright colors or a more soothing, natural color palette?

I’m linking this to Savvy Southern Style – Y’ALL.

Now, you know I am neither southern or savvy, but let’s just pretend, kay?

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  1. Merryheart says

    You have an absolute gift for creative, frugal decorating. I’ve seen many HGTV decorating shows and if you were on TV, I think you’d be a big hit. I don’t usually like green, but I must say the way you use it is very refreshing – it really sets off the “Tropical Oasis.” Love the owls, the baskets, the open shelves. Doors might make the room look smaller; but hey, you don’t need my advice – you’re doing a magnificent job on all your renos.

  2. says

    I think bathrooms can easily handle bright colours and I think you did such a good job with these colours! It’s fun and bright and the white shelves look great against the bright colours. I love it!

  3. says

    I really like the color. And the overall look. I think that bookcase is a great idea. Not sure it needs doors. I like the openness. Like you I am not a style DIY or craft blog just someone fumbling through life and sharing. We don’t have the budget or skills for those but we are renoing our bathroom. It will take us a while because we are on a shoe string budget. I love your blog and read it everyday. You crack me up. Keep it real and you’ll go far. Cheers.

  4. says

    I can’t tell you how much I LOVE LOVE your reno. Its a beautiful color and the splashes of detail are great. You are so creative in your decorating ideas. we are redoing my daughters room, paint and a new bookcase and some other little details (making a padded headboard) and you have inspired me.

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