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Jun 29

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Tranquil Guest Bath Transformation

You know that room in your house that is totally functional, but needs a lot of TLC – that was our guest bath.  In the before, you will see a lot of mildew, several different shades of purple, and one big ole hole in the ceiling.  And then you will see a peaceful and tranquil guest bath.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


Are you ready for the journey?  Let me first lower your expectations on the photography.  Despite having a window in the bathroom, the light in this small bath is not that great, nor do I have a good camera.  I did the best I could to give you the truest colors.



The guest bath is a traditional super small bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub/shower.  This is a true guest bath as it is right next to the guest bedroom and is solely for the use for our overnight guests and anyone who comes to visit.


Look at the picture below… can you see all three shades of purple?




The hole in the ceiling was becoming another member of the family.




We even incorporated it into our Halloween decorations.  And yes, that spider was motion activated to go off when someone used the facilities.  BOOHAHAHAHA!!!!!




The only electrical outlet was on the light fixture close to the ceiling.  We are a family of smurfs, and required an extension cord.




And of course, there was the window in the shower.  Great in theory, but poor in execution.  It was one big mildew mess.




This was more of a budget renovation, as we did not gut the bathroom entirely.  The tub/shower, tile, and toilet remained intact and were not replaced, which was a huge cost savings.


The guest bedroom has a vintage nautical vibe to it, and we wanted the guest bath to coordinate, but not go (get ready for the pun)… overboard …on the nautical/beachy theme.  You will not see any seashells, anchors, whales, or mermaids anywhere.  The goal is to give off that tranquil beach feeling using textures and color.


Are you ready?  Seriously ready?  TA DA!!!



Our property manager, Chris, and his band of talented men did a great job on a lot of unpleasant work.  And then I came in and put on the pretty.


Once the mildew was removed, we installed Durawood blinds from Smith and Noble.  They are moisture and water resistant and a better quality for the shower.  You can see the entire window transformation HERE.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


Moving over to the front side of the bathroom, the walls were painted Benjamin Moore’s Palladium Blue.  This color is a bit of a chameleon as it sometimes looks ice blue and sometimes more minty green.  No matter, it is one of my favorite paint colors to work with.



We replaced the sink/vanity, mirror, light fixture, and added a GFI outlet that anyone can reach.  I ended up going with Pottery Barn for the sink/vanity and mirror.  I sometimes feel like a sell-out with Pottery Barn because they are… so… Pottery Barn.  I looked elsewhere, but PB had exactly what we needed.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


The light fixture came from Restoration Hardware.  And yes, I did mix my metals on purpose.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


I love the vintage look of the faucet and fixtures.  And I’m totally loving that marble countertop.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


The extra storage space below the vanity is HUGE for a small bathroom.  Two sets of extra towels can fit under here.  I love the sea grass basket.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical



Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


I found this shelf at a yard sale and painted it.  Since this is the guest bathroom, I wanted the shelf to be mostly empty so our guests can use it for their toiletries.  You can see the DIY for the nautical Mason Jar HERE.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


This bead board shelf came from Land of Nod.  I always look through the kids and teen catalogs to find those unique pieces you won’t see anywhere else.


Guest Bathroom Reveal in Palladium Blue by #beachy #nautical #beadboard



You can find the SERENITY Printable HERE and see the DIY with the mother of pearl frame.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


The towels are beach towels from Lands End.  Since they are beach towels, they are over-sized to give our guests a little extra luxury.  I added a matching navy and green ribbon as a shower curtain tie back.


Guest Bathroom Reveal in Palladium Blue by #beachy #nautical #beadboard



I used two rods to hang the shower curtain and the liner.  The shower curtain is a waffle weave, and I bought it at Target.


Guest Bathroom Reveal by #beachy #nautical


This is one of my favorite vintage prints.  The bead board frame coordinates with the rest of the space.

Guest Bathroom Reveal in Palladium Blue by #beachy #nautical #beadboard


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So what do you think about the new guest bath?   Time to dish!


Love, hugs, and serenity is now.




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  1. Ashley Greenwood (3 Little Greenwoods)

    Whoa! That was a seriously scary, purple bathroom! The transformation is amazing!

    I love the new fixtures and the PB sink! Well done!
    ~ Ashley

    1. Holly

      Hi Ashley – You are funny, thank you so much for your kind words. It wasn’t too bad… just needed a little love. Hugs, Holly

  2. Bonnie Wolff

    Holly, – WOW the guest bathroom looks really nice – looks like a whole new room !! Mom

    1. Holly

      Hi Mom – Hopefully it’s much nicer for you and Dad to stay here! LYB, H.

  3. lisa@hooplapalooza

    my goodness what a difference! utilizing that hole for a spider was quite clever and hilarious! lol :>D

    1. Holly

      Hi Lisa – I was actually thinking of you when I was adding that picture… knew you would get a kick out of it. YES, we did go there! Hugs, Holly

  4. Haley

    I am absolutely in love with the renovation! I may be obsessing over the sink fixture, just a little bit! And the Benjamin Moore color is GORGEOUS!

    1. Holly

      Hi Haley – Thank you so much! I am in love with Palladium Blue. It’s such a pretty color. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

  5. Sydney

    Wow! This is amazing!! Can I come stay overnight ?!

    1. Holly

      Hi Sydney – Guest suite is open… bring the family! Hugs, Holly

  6. suzan sweatman

    What a beautiful transformation – just love your sink vanity and your vintage faucet !

    1. Holly

      Hi Suzan – You are so sweet, thank you! Hugs, Holly

  7. Susan

    So pretty. Where did you find the lightswitch cover?

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan – At Home Depot believe it or not. Thanks! Hugs, Holly

  8. Carrie This Home

    Love this tranquil bathroom, Holly! I really like the light paint color you chose.
    We have a very similar gaping hole in the wall in our basement from fixing a plumbing problem. It’s funny how those become part of the family until you get time to take care of it. You’re giving me motivation to get that project finished!

    1. Holly

      Hi Carrie – I’m going to miss that hole at Halloween – it was so perfect! But not complaining LOL! Good luck with your project! Hugs, Holly

  9. Michele

    I <3 your new look and decor!!!

    1. Holly

      Hi Michele – Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  10. Michele

    Well done, oh my goodness what a huge difference.

    Really like your attention to detail. You must absolutely love this bathroom now!

    1. Holly

      Hi Michele – Thank you so much, even though we do try and save it for guests and company, it really is night and day walking in there now. Hugs, Holly

  11. Michele/Finch Rest

    hey I just noticed the comment above mine is a one L Michele – awesome. Two in a row, must be a lucky day lol.

    1. Holly


  12. Al

    Very serene room. I love the colour. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up on your blog from link-ups… too many to count. I’m following you now on blogloving.

    1. Holly

      Hi Al – OH my goodness – so glad you have stopped by often and are now following. I will try not to disappoint! Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  13. Katie

    Your guest bathroom is gorgeous!! I love how serene it is now. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT’S A ginger SNAP.

    1. Holly

      Hi Katie – Thank you, you are so sweet! And thanks for the invite! Hugs, Holly

  14. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    It looks amazing. I love it. Such a fabulous transformation. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me

    1. Holly

      Hi Marty – OH goodness, thank you so much for your kind words! Hugs, Holly

  15. Kim @ {enjoy the view}

    Your guest bath is gorgeous! Love the color palette and that vanity is to die for!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Holly

      Hi Kim – Thanks so much! I’m obsessing over Palladium Blue, and was very pleased with the new vanity. Hugs, Holly

  16. Soiledrotten

    Ugh so much better. Great sink!

    1. Holly

      Thanks so much!

  17. Amy@HomeRemedies

    Wow! What an amazing transformation! Your room looks so serene – a great place for a nice, relaxing soak in the tub…

    1. Holly

      Hi Amy – It’s supposed to be dedicated for guests… but Mamma might sneak in there for a relaxing tub once in awhile! ;-) Hugs, Holly

  18. Sweet

    Waw !! I liked the transformation a lot . In addition, you are so funny. The light paint is gooooooooorgeous. The marble countertop looks amazing. I always recommend the light paint to make the place looks a little wider. I also don’t recommend the wooden window in a wet place.

    I liked the project a lot. Enjoy your new bathroom.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sweet – Thank you so much for your kind words. Hugs, Holly

  19. Michal

    Sooooooo cute and classy. What a HUGE change it is. You guys did a great job.

    1. Holly

      Hi Michal – It’s amazing what a coat of paint and some minor changes will achieve. Thanks so much. Hugs, Holly

  20. Nancherrow

    What a transformation! Your new bath looks lovely now, and I’m so happy you got rid of that spider too…Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Holly

      Hi Alison – While you certainly don’t wish for a hole in the ceiling… Halloween is right around the corner LOL! Hugs, Holly

  21. masha

    Wow, I love it! Great job! :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Masha – Thanks so much and thanks for visiting! Hugs, Holly

  22. Meghan

    Wow! This is GORGEOUS!!!! I love the color on the walls and the big storage vanity. I am beyond impressed and absolutely love it! So much inspiration in this one post !

    SOOTHE Her Soul

    1. Holly

      Hi Meghan – Thank you so much for your kind words. We were very excited at the impact such small changes can make. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

  23. Paula Kiger

    I simply love this! Smurf families DESERVE GFI (?) outlets they can reach!! And if you have Restoration Hardware catalogs left over, check out this option for a great workout from a fave blogger: :-)

    1. Holly

      Hi Paula – Thanks so much for stopping by. Too funny about the catalogs… why do they send so many?!?!? Hugs, Holly

  24. caitlin

    Loving the storage! Thanks for linking up with us at the Be.You.Tiful Link Party!

    1. Holly

      Hi Caitlin – I was so excited to find a small vanity like that with the extra storage space underneath. Hugs, Holly

  25. Susan

    Congrats! You’re featured on the Inspire Us Thursday Link Party at Organized 31 this week.

    1. Holly

      Hi Susan – Woo hoo thanks so much for the feature! Hugs, Holly

  26. kim

    I love the bathroom transformation. We are in the process of renovating ours. It looks so similar. Did you replace the window?

    1. Holly

      Hi Kim – We didn’t replace the window, but gave it a lot of love. Good luck with your reno! Hugs, Holly

  27. Nicole

    Great update!! My kids got a kick out of your “epic hole”. We experienced similar problems in our house (windowsill rot and all-which we were lucky to have existing glass block which eliminated the need for window coverings and we replaced the wood sill with corian which looked a bit like limestone or marble) and we have simliar taste. Our bath is quite a bit smaller than yours though, if you can imagine. Great job!

    1. Holly

      Hi Nicole – Awesome that your kids loved our epic hole. The spider at Halloween was just fun. Although not enough fun to make another one for this year LOL! Thanks for stopping by to say hello and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

  28. Diane G.

    Similar to my tiny guest bath with the ahem, ‘vintage’ shamrock wallpaper, W shower instead of tub.
    I, too love my little wicker shelf for my guests. It sits on the back of the toilet though, due to space limitations.
    True about PB and RH…but darn it, they just get it right. Palladium Blue/ BenM, is SUCH a wonderful color.
    ( It looks divine when mixed with rich deep red, like my friend did in her palatial bath.) your transformation is amazing. Oh, for a magic wand.

    1. Holly

      Hi Diane -You are so sweet, thank you for your kind words. We wanted to keep the bathroom in the “peaceful and tranquil” category, so we limted the bolder colors. BUT… in the adjacent guest bedroom, we also had it painted PB and added the red accents like your friend did. I saw the colors in… was it Home Beautiful or Veranda??? and cut it out and glued it into my inspiration binder and I knew I had to have all of those yummy colors together. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly

  29. Bronwyn

    Holly, Thank You, for putting up all the before and after pictures. Your space looks similar to ours (5’x7′ = dinky), and we’re currently planning a full gut and remodel. Yours w/ the plug was made for giants, ours was made for hobbits, complete w/ a vanity tall enough for a grade school (in my 5’7″ opinion), and a shower head that comes out of the wall @ eye level, and hits lower! I saved your pic on my bath ideas list, and info on the vanity for both height and storage, and love what you did w/ the tub space to make it feel like a picture window even when curtained. Makes the whole space feel much bigger than it really is. Thank you for the ideas!

    1. Holly

      Hi Bronwyn – Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share your remodeling story. It’s so hard to do much in such a small space, and I look forward to seeing your final reveal too! Hugs, Holly

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