Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover from start to finish.

Bathroom Makeover

Hello and welcome!  I am glad you  came to visit.  If you’ve visited before, you already know that I do enjoy a good home project.  I love making improvements to our home.  And, I’ve got another one to share today.  So, grab a beverage , sit down, and enjoy the bathroom makeover project that I just tackled.  You can enjoy the befores and afters without even breaking a sweat.  I already did that for you!

First off, let me just say, there was nothing wrong with this bathroom when I started.  It’s a new home and so I don’t have any major problems or dated colors that I need to update.  However, what I do have is a standard, one color, not pizzazz bathroom ~ except for the shower maybe.  I do love the shower. 🙂  So, my goal for this project, was to add a little somethin’ somethin’.  Here are a few before pics so you can see what I am starting with.  Please forgive my lack of photography skills.  I’m working on it.  The lack of natural light doesn’t help matters either…


bath wall before makeover



behind bathroom door


mirror and sink before makeover


I toyed around with a few ideas before settling on one.  I looked into wallpaper.  For a time, wallpaper was definitely out.  However, I think it’s made a comeback.  There are really some beautiful patterns out there and some products that make the whole project easy as well.  For this project though, I didn’t want to spend that much money.  (I have another room I’m working on and that is where I want to spend.)  Consequently, I decided to try stenciling again.  I chose the Starry Moroccan Night pattern from here.


Initially I ordered the antique nickel color to use for this project.  I wanted to have a more subtle effect with this pattern, kind of like a damask.

stenciled wall using antique nickel


Clearly, this was not the color for me if I wanted that look.  It looked more brown on my gray walls and it was way too bold for this room.  I tried Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey next.  It was too subtle.  I took a picture of it for you to see, but you can’t even tell it’s there.  So, I broke down and ordered again.  This time I chose antique silver ~ because silver on gray would work, right?  Wrong.  (sorry about the glare)


This was just too shiny for what I waned and again, bolder than the look I had in my head.  Bummer.  Now what?

Out of sheer desperation for wanting to get this show on the road, I had a brilliant idea.  I wondered if I could mix my Paris Grey with the Antique Silver.  The answer is yes.  Yes, you can mix the two together.  I mixed 2 parts chalk paint to 1 part creme stencil paint.  It turned out close to what I had in mind so I went with it.

stenciled wall using antique silver and Paris Grey


With my paint color mixed I was ready to start.  This stencil is a very large stencil to work with.  It measures 19 x 33 1/4″ . That means on a flat wall, you can cover a lot territory pretty quickly.  However, when you are in a corner or a tight space such as around a mirror or at the ceiling, you are cursing that large stencil.  Long story short, don’t look too close, and don’t be too critical.  #Iknowitsnotperfect  Lesson learned ~ bigger is not always better.  You can read more about the lessons I learned through this project here. 


stenciled wall using antique silver and Paris Grey


Anyway, with walls painted, I moved on to the details.  Sometimes it is all about the small details.  However, this wall does draw a lot of attention on its own.  I love farmhouse style and I love mixing old and new, but I am not wholly farmhouse. Transitional is more my style, I think.  I like to incorporate a lot of different elements in my decor.  For this room, I wanted to accent with a bold pop of color.  I chose blue. This blue bath mat was picked up at Home Goods (love that store!), but there is a similar color at Target along with some lovely towels to hang on the rod.  Midnight blue bath mat -Nate Berkus

Foulard print blue bath towel

You can find the bath mat here and the towels here.  I played around with some patterned towels, but ultimately decided they were just too busy next to the wall.  Best to keep it simple here.  I added a small succulent and a blue soap dispenser to the counter.


Next, we moved the towel bar to make room for a shelf over the toilet (where the towel bar originally hung).  The towel bar now hangs right outside the shower (doesn’t that make the most sense?).  For the shelf, I incorporated more of a vintage/farmhouse feel by using raw wood that I stained xx.  The only thing left was simply to rehang my pictures on the wall and add a little basket with toiletries for guests and a fun pineapple to the shelf.  Did you know that the pineapple is the symbol for “welcome?”  Fun trivia.  You’re welcome.

Moroccan stencil i gray


gray stenciled wall as part of bathroom makeover
OOPS. Snapped this shot too soon ~ before I stained the shelf.

gray stenciled wall with blue towels as part of a bathroom makeover


gray stenciled wall as part of a bathroom makeover


I have to say this geometric pattern gives the bathroom a really cool vibe and I like the mix of the modern geometric with the farmhouse style shelf we added.  I am really happy with the way this room turned out and I feel like my guests will enjoy it as well.  So, what do you think?  Have you tackled a bathroom makeover?  Is there something you’d like to try yourself but are unsure of?  Comment below.  I love hearing from readers!

pineapple as part of bathroom makeover


  1. Wow, it looks great! I love how everything goes together and makes it all pop. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

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      Thanks Emily! I am really happy with it. You’ll have to visit again. I’ve got another makeover going on right now. 🙂

  2. I like the pattern and the mixing of the paint was a great idea.

  3. This looks great! I love that there is a big pop without being overwhelming color. Can’t wait to see it all!

  4. Wow, the walls look amazing!

  5. Love it! The stenciled wall turned out great. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!

  6. It looks beautiful, Jennifer! A lot of work, but so worth it for the end result!


  7. Love it!!! Can I hire you?? I like decorating, but painting is not my fav! Lol!!

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