Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AO House Tour: Guest Bathroom Renovation

Welcome to our guest bathroom:

This bathroom did not come together quickly. As you can see from this post, I was initially going in a completely different direction that bombed. And then when I thought my plan had finally come together...I didn't like it.

But once I settled on the right shade of paint (a gorgeous orchidy lavender), things started feeling right.

I will say that although material choices were spot-on in the kitchen, I think we could have zhushed the bathroom a little more. The white-on-white-on-white was maybe a bit overkill in an effort to make the bathroom feel CLEAN. Looking back, I'd probably do something a little more interesting at least with the floor. Hindsight.

This renovation was a budget job, so most of what you see are pretty simple items. The mirror, glass shelf and wall cabinet are Target as is the shower curtain. The wainscoting was a kit we found at Lowe's. The big basket is Pottery Barn. The wee rug was a sweet little score from eBay. The most high-end items are probably the toilet and sink - both Kohler items. Oh, and my Leontine Linen monogrammed hand towel - hello gorgeous!

We kept the original cast iron tub because removing it was a little more than we could handle and we just had it reglazed. Almost five years later, the reglaze is holding up pretty well. Granted, this is a guest bathroom so it doesn't see much action and we knew that when we made our refinishing choice.

You know I like some side-by-side comparisons:

Paint - Rosebud SW 6288
Sink - Kohler from Lowe's (not sure if this is exact one, but pretty close)
Mirror - Lowe's (I think we got ours at Target, but this one is similar)
Glass shelf - Lowe's (also similar, but perhaps not exact)
Wall cabinet - Madison Avenue from Target
Monogrammed hand towel - Leontine Linens
Beadboard wainscoting - Lowe's (linked one is similar...I remember it was a kit)
Shower curtain - by Springmaid, purchased at Target (no longer available)
Rug - eBay (can't find seller info :()
Basket - Pottery Barn


  1. What a change! It looks so fresh! I really like that paint color.

  2. It looks great! no reason that everything has to be a budget blaster. I think with the 'boring' white tile you have so many more options to jush it up other ways - rugs, towels, shower curtains, etc. neutral base!

  3. amazing transformation into such a cheery space!

  4. Anonymous10/08/2013

    Don't you love the way the room always dictates how it will come together, we make big choices and then we always change them to fit the space, the room takes on a life of its own and begins to tell us what it needs! Great job love the transformation.

  5. I LOVE the color you chose!!!!!

  6. honestly, I'm sorry, but I think it's a bit of a mess....too much disparate elements in a small space. The little Kilim style rug is the first thing that jumps out, and not in a good way. The green oversized ginger jar on the commode doesn't bring it into the scheme. Can't imagine why so many different colors with no relationship to one another are used in such a small space. This is only my opinion, however, I've been decorating for over 35 years was published nationally many times, usually with rooms and homes decorated in the English, French and American style and recognized as an expert in combining colors and patterns...so, that's my basis for having an opinion....I'm amazed frequently by some of the "decorating" blogs I see and this wasn't the first or only one that literally "took my breath away" and not in a good way. You have a knack, but should study some of the really super talented decorators. So many wonderful books are available on Amazon, and we still have great design magazines available.....


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