See how DIY-ers took their small bathroom from 'blah' to 'spa'! It's not too late to make a few changes before your holiday guests arrive this season.
1. Dark and Cramped TO Bright and Open
Before: Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation started with a small bathroom that had lots of natural light but still managed to look overly dark and enclosed. After: By lightening up the room with paint, fixtures, and tile (subway-style for the walls, marble geometrics for the floor), Faith was able to add more brightness—and the illusion of more space.
2. Basic and Boring TO Bold and Modern
Before: Lela Burris, an organizing pro and the founder of Organized*ish, had three words to describe her original bathroom: “Boring. Boring. Boring.” After: Lela went bold with her redesign, opting for black walls and unique geometric accents. She also removed the bulky storage cabinet in favor of some simple, streamlined shelving, which ended up being a useful tradeoff for opening up the space.
3. Plain and Muted TO Fresh and Welcoming
Before: Erin Marshall of Live Pretty On a Penny is no stranger to quick, budget-friendly makeovers. And that’s good news, since that's just what her powder room needed. After: Erin took on the “One Room Challenge” and the results speak for themselves. In addition to painting the vanity and adding vertical shiplap to the walls, she also put up textured wallpaper and a focus-grabbing circular mirror. Her advice for doing it yourself: “Start small, but start.”
4. Straight Out of the 80's TO All Up To Date
Before: For In My Own Style founder Diane Henkler, color is a good thing—but not when it’s pink wallpaper reminiscent of decades past. After: Color still reigns supreme in this bathroom, but this time it’s a bright and timeless blue that takes the space right into the 21st century.
5. Drab and Dated TO Clean Dream
Before: For this small primary bathroom, Sabrina Scrivo of the blog Pink Little Notebook required some major creativity to make up for her limited budget. After: Your first thought looking at this amazing reveal probably isn’t “budget-friendly,” but Sabrina managed to get this look by purchasing just a few pieces and using what she already had for the rest. Her work-arounds included white paint she had leftover from another project, plus $6 worth of wood trim around the existing mirror.
6. Blank Slate TO Eye-Catching Details
Before: The Sweetest Digs founder Gemma Bonham-Carter wasn’t originally planning to update this basic bathroom, but a larger house renovation left lots of damage and a slant in the ceiling—plus some inspiration to do something a bit more exciting in the space. After: The first pick for the bathroom transformation was the pretty patterned tile, which Gemma then paired with updated, clean lines and a thrift store mirror that she painted herself.
7. Bland and Impractical TO Perfectly Proportioned
Before: Jen Fancher of Noting Grace had $1,000 to totally revamp this narrow space, which was no longer suiting her family (especially her son, who at 6’6” was struggling with the too-low vanity counter. After: Yep, this gorgeous space clocked in at just $1,000! Jen fixed the counter problem by removing the top completely and raising the cabinet base (plus adding in some trim to hide the addition). She also painted the walls, added in new hardware, and put up some textured wallpaper to bring variation to the space.