Before and After: Tiny Bathroom, Huge Update

My husband and I bought our house right out of college in 2005, and we have pretty much refinished everything. One room that had been driving me absolutely crazy since we moved in was our tiny bathroom on the second floor. Rather than explain it, I’ll show you what it looked like when we moved in.

Bathroom Before

That was the previous owner’s shower curtain. I swear!

Yes, we bought the house with this business going on full force. Paint splattered floor, cornflower blue wainscoting, and 90s floral border. I wish you could see the sink; there were scallops to hold the soap. Score.

As with most things in our house, once you start tearing things out you discover a rat’s nest of problems. So, we opted for minimal deconstruction. We did rip out the wainscoting as there were about fifteen wall anchors randomly dispersed through it, but it was a nice nod to the history of our house so we reinstalled new boards.

Yes, we have a window in our shower. There was a shower curtain inside the shower curtain to protect it, but we since replaced the whole thing with a rod used for claw foot tubs and bought two shower curtains. Problem solved. Keep that in mind if you ever run in to the same problem.

So demo started…

Bathroom Between

There was a step in between when I went crazy one weekend and painted everything because I couldn’t stand that blue.

Paint Choices

Don’t worry detail-oriented ones: I went at those touchups with the tiniest paintbrush before we could call things done.

…And probably three months later everything was finished. We are such sticklers for detail that everything takes forever. Ahhh. Much better. New sink, new floor, new paint, and things started to look amazing.

Bathroom After

Bathroom Open Shelves

You might remember me searching for some bathroom appropriate vessels in this post to hold things in our open shelving. And there’s the hot rollers Tammy got me for Christmas! Some days I take everything out of these blasted shelves and rearrange them, because I just can’t get them to look right. Probably in a month everything will look different!

Bathroom LightsAnother shot of the mirror I’d like to one day replace with a nicer one when I finally find it.

Bathroom Frame Collage

These frames have all been purchased at different times and I’ve been waiting until I had quite a grouping to put them on the wall. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the small space and by far my favorite detail.


And lastly, here’s a closeup of my favorite frame, purchased from my favorite dealer. It makes me happy every time I see it.

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  1. Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I love what you’ve done with your bathroom! The color is os soothing and the collection of frames is such an interesting touch. I love your blog, btw. 🙂

    • Angela
      Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Jill 🙂 It’s great to hear that!

  2. Shannon
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    How pretty! Could you share the name of the color of paint you used and where you got your shower curtain?

    • Angela
      Posted November 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Shannon! Unfortunately we’ve since moved and I don’t have the paint cans or the swatches anymore (I gave them all to the new homeowner). But the shower curtain I know was from Target. Last I checked they did have the same pattern but in yellows and grays.

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