Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
We did it, my friends! I could just cry from pure excitement, exhaustion, and celebrating the official end of our first One Room Challenge. But the end is truly just the beginning of sharing another space of our home with all of you: our guest bathroom. We demolished our guest bathroom down to the studs and created a brand new space in just 33 days. It sounds like pure craziness when you put it that way. But a craziness I’ll gladly do time and time again. We’ve all been waiting for this moment, so here she is, our new modern guest bathroom.
All sources listed at the end of the post.
But really quick! Let’s get a quick refresh of where we started just a few short weeks ago. You can also check out the previous weeks so you can see the whole process of how we got here today with our guest bathroom.
Everything in this guest bathroom had to go. And it did except for the tub but even that got a fresh new coat of epoxy paint. So, where did we even start when renovating and designing this bathroom? The tile floor! We knew from the very beginning we wanted hexagon concrete tiles. We went with porcelain tiles that look like concrete to stay within budget. And this, my friends, is what dreams are made of. At least when it comes to home renovations. We are beyond excited with how the floors turned out after what was our third day spent tiling.
Our next biggest hurdle was narrowing down the shower tiles. After making about 5 different trips to tile shops, we finally decided on the very first tile that caught our eye, the dark navy scallop tiles. They have essentially become a feature wall in our guest bathroom and I’m obsessed with them. I adore them even more once I discovered I can see them in the mirror from the living room and hallway. And let’s not forget knocking down the drop down ceiling. It did wonders with opening up our shower area and allowing the tiles to truly show off.
Now, let’s chat about our dream vanity and how Ryan needs to think about becoming besties with Clint Harp. When designing our bathroom we quickly realized how expensive bathroom vanities can be. The particular one we wanted was a staggering $1800. So what did we do? We built one. As if flipping a bathroom wasn’t enough in 6 weeks. But it saved us $1400 doing it this way and we got exactly what we wanted plus being able to choose our own countertop, stain color, and handles.
There was a moment, a tiny moment, where we weren’t sure if we were going to get it built in time. We had to get it built and stain in time to install the countertops. Which in return, they also needed the time to come out and measure the vanity and cut the quartz countertop. They ended up coming out the Monday of the last full week (10 days left of the challenge) and measured, cut and installed within 5 days. The amazing perk of working with a local, small business.
Now, if you’ve been following along for a little while (especially on Instagram), then you know how paint is my favorite way to transform a space. So when Clare Paint reached out wanting to spoil us with some of their paint, it was an automatic yes. Wanting our bathroom to be bold yet neutral, we went with Whipped on the walls and Ivory on the patio door. The way this door greets you when you walk into the bathroom is such a gorgeous sight to see! You’ll find me randomly walking down the hallway just so I can stare at the reflection of the tile in the mirror and to get a glance at this door.
Now, let’s chat about lighting. We used to have one, very long light going across the top of the old mirror. We decided to change things up and have a little fun again. And by fun I really mean trying something we’ve never done before: re-wiring electrical. Instead of having lighting above the mirror, we wanted a sconce on both sides of the round mirror. It was surprising how fairly simple running new electrical can be. The hardest part was fitting in the small crawl space in the attic to run the electrical wires.
Want to know the cutest surprise of all? The hidden wooden towel hooks made from the left over vanity pieces that we placed behind the door. Which is why I think they’re such a pleasant surprise when a guest shuts the bathroom door. They’re also conveniently located right next to the shower.
Everything else beautifully fell into place. From the DIY floating frames to the cutest little stool to use while we give Oliver a bath every evening. I seriously can’t pick a favorite part of our bathroom because I just adore it all.
Our overall goal for this bathroom was to create a modern space that we’ll enjoy for years to come. Truth zone: I try not to get emotional when I look at these images because this guest bathroom is truly a vision that came to life in a way that is so much more than we ever imagined. It was a quick 6 weeks and I can’t thank all of you enough for the encouragement to keep going! Especially when things seemed to be going against us with power tools breaking, realizing we had the wrong tiles, and decor items breaking two days before the reveal.
What we learned, the experience and what we accomplished while working together makes all those things feel like very tiny delays is this huge renovation journey. I’ve enjoyed every single second of sharing this adventure with you. Flipping a bathroom in such a short amount of time isn’t for the faint of heart but it was certainly worth it.
I’m off to sleep for the next week . Or at least going to bed at a decent hour. I truly hope you enjoyed this reveal and it inspires you to try something new in your home. Enjoy more pictures of our guest bathroom because I simply couldn’t resist sharing even more.
Thank you Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge and to Better Homes and Gardens for being the official ORC media partner! It has been a blast joining in on all the fun for the first time!
All photos are by my sweet and talented friend, Krissi Nicole Photography.
Also, thank you to my partners! I’d love for you to check out and support the amazing companies that took the time to support me!
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Hexagon Tile (floor tile) : The Tile Shop
Deep Navy Scallop Tile: Floor & Decor
Matte White Subway Tile: Floor & Decor
Shower Faucet + Showerhead: Amazon
Shower Drain: Wayfair
Shower Curtain: HomeGoods
Shower Curtain Rod: Target
Shower Curtain Hooks: Target
Towel Hooks: DIY project
Turkish Towel: Amazon
Turkish Hand Towel: Amazon
Shower Print: Etsy
Black Frame: Target
Wooden stool: HomeGoods
Bathroom Rug: World Market
Wall Color: Whipped by Clare
Door Color: Irony by Clare
Trim Color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams
Bamboo Shade: Overstock
Large Wall Planters: Target
Floating Frames: DIY project
Ocean Print: Etsy
Botanical Print: Etsy
Floating Frame Mounts: Amazon
Sconce Lights: Wayfair
Mirror: HomeGoods (similar here)
Vanity: DIY project (similar here)
Interior Door Knob: Amazon
Door Knob for Patio Door: Amazon
Quartz Countertop: Apollo Stone
Sink Faucet: Home Depot
Sink Drain: Amazon
Planter: World Market
Countertop Tray: Target
Towels: World Market
Wicker Basket: HomeGoods