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Before & After: Guest Bathroom Reveal

May 27, 2019


Erin Schrader

If there is one thing that seems to be a constant around our household, it’s a project. It seems for the past several years when we finish a room, an outdoor space, or the Living in Yellow headquarters we immediately start scheming what’s next. Apparently Shawn and I don’t like to get bored. After we purchased the cabin last year, our brains started creating a master list of all of the things we wanted to tackle over time and well, that time has come.

While the cabin is smack dab in the middle of major renovations [we’re talking kitchen gutting, repainting everything and so much more] we started with the bathrooms in the home first. You may remember when I revealed the master bathroom this winter and said that I’d soon be revealing the guest bathrooms we spruced up. My version of “soon” and others may look different because here we are — 5 months later finally bringing the reveal. While we don’t have anything hanging up on the walls yet, you’ll be able to see the direction it’s going and the work we’ve done on it so far.


With any good reveal, we have to start with where it all began. The guest bathroom I’m showing today is upstairs attached to a guest bedroom [this one to be exact]. Here she was before… As you can see, it was in need of some updating and we wanted to give it a new life with a more modern look. It’s amazing what some minor tweaks can do. Are you ready to see the grand reveal? Shut your eyes and open in 3….2….1!

Ta Da!

Light, bright and airy — we coated the walls with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray [reduced by 50% to make it lighter yet], removed the wood casing framing in the shower unit and drywalled around instead, painted the ceilings white to tone down the orange undertones. We removed the old vanity, light fixtures, mirror and bath fixtures to achieve our final look. I couldn’t love the outcome more! Here’s a brief walkthrough of the changes and what she looks like now!

For both the light fixture and mirror, I turned to Shades of Light which is typically my first stop when it comes to looking at light fixtures. They aren’t the cheapest option, but I do love their huge variety of not so ordinary looking choices! When I saw this truncated cone shade vanity light I knew it could be a fun choice! As you’ll see below, we went with a navy vanity so I loved that this light fixture could play off of the color below.

truncated cone shade vanity light // Boho Babe Mirror

For the mirror, I went with this Boho Babe Mirror as I was looking for a circle to break up the otherwise pretty squared off room. I love the leather hanging detail which you can see above.

Boho Babe Mirror // top [size down, wearing in XS] // favorite lipstick

When it came to the vanity, we worked with a local company, The Design Studio, for our cabinet needs. I loved this shade of blue and knew it could stand against all of the other wood tones we have throughout well. As far the countertop goes, we did a gray quartz that resembles concrete [it’s the same countertop we used in the master bathroom as well]. I’m a sucker for gold details, so I wanted the hardware to be a muted matte gold. It’s so classic and makes any space look just a little bit “extra”.

Delta Faucet 3561-MPU-DST Compel Widespread Bath Faucet with Metal Pop-Up, Chrome

A few touches of greenery, a great smelling candle [anybody else a candle hoarder?] and a cute hand towel or twelve and this guest bathroom is ready and open for business. I hit up TJ Maxx for random pieces of decor, rugs and shower curtains which you’ll see scattered below. Good ole TJ to always come to the rescue.

similar shower curtain: Chevron Textured Bath Towels – ThresholdTM

It’s amazing what a difference a few changes can make in a space. If you need a place to take a seat, holler at your girl 😉
Stay tuned [you know, in another 5 months or so] for the next guest bathroom reveal [spoiler alert: it looks quite similar to this one]. ps. For a more current updated look at what’s going on in home projects, make sure to follow along on IG stories as I’ve been sharing the updates as we go!

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