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Guest Bathroom Remodel -BEFORE and AFTER

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Just after Thanksgiving, I started on a major home improvement project – remodeling the downstairs guest bathroom!  If you didn’t see the start of the project, you can catch up {here}.  While the handyman completed construction before Christmas, I hadn’t yet shared the final result with you because I wasn’t quite done decorating.  But I am now and can’t wait to show you how it turned out! Are you ready for an amazing bathroom remodel with BEFORE and AFTER pictures?

1980’s Bathroom Before

You might recall, the bathroom started out as a builder-grade creation straight out of the ’80s, complete with cultured marble countertops and shower walls, brass everything, fluorescent lighting, and a mismatched patched flooring.

1980s bathroom with cultured marble countertop and gold fixtures - Before Makeover

My inspiration piece was an old dresser that I found at the antique fair that I wanted to use as a vanity.  The overall look that I wanted to achieve was a mixture of warm and cool tones paired with contemporary finishes and antique accents.

Bathroom Remodel AFTER

Here’s what it looks like now!

small bathroom with antique dresser used as a vanity and trellis wallpaper

It is *so* much brighter and as a result, feels so much bigger!  We removed the old vanity and countertop, along with the wall mirror, fluorescent lighting soffit, and toilet.  The new vanity isn’t quite as long as the old but actually offers more storage since it’s a bit taller and the drawers are deep.

Antique Dresser as a Vanity

bathroom with dresser as a vanity wainscotting and wallpaper

The old floor was replaced with 12×12 marble and we added matching subway tile in the shower.  I also asked my handyman to add a decorative panel that drops down from the crown moulding to hide the shower curtain tension rod.

Marble Subway Tile in Tub/Shower Combo

tub shower combo with marble subway tile and white ruffle shower curtain

Inside the shower there is a shampoo and soap recess and while it took forever to figure out how to align it properly with the wall, I love the end result.

Shower Shampoo Niche

shower shampoo niche made from marble subway tile

The shower curtain itself hides behind this decorative, ruffled panel.  The panel is actually an 84″ curtain panel that my mom lengthened for me over the holidays.

DIY Ruffle Shower Curtain Panel

diy white ruffle shower curtain panel for tub shower combo with silver table next to it

Next to it is a small table that holds extra soaps and Q-tips, but all of that decor can easily be moved and stored in the vanity if guests would prefer to keep extra towels or a change of clothes on the table.

Silver Butler Tray Bathroom Decor

silver butler tray in bathroom holding soaps and q-tips for bathroom decor

I have even more spare toiletries in a vintage sewing drawer on the back of the toilet.  The drawer holds a wash cloth, extra hand soap, travel sized shampoo and conditioner, room spray, nail files, and even a small sewing kit.

Guest Bathroom Essentials in a Sewing Drawer

vintage sewing drawer holding bathroom essentials for guests

Above the toilet is a small vintage hand mirror and compact that I have framed and placed a vintage comb from the late 1800’s above.

Bathroom Decor Ideas

Framed silver mirror and comb hanging on wall above toilet with sewing drawer holding essentials

The wall art on the back wall is a large gold and silver vintage hand mirror and I love the juxtaposition of it against the bright, contemporary wallpaper.

vintage silver hand mirror framed and hanging on bathroom wall

The vanity itself is still my favorite part.

Turn a Dresser into a Vanity!

French wooden dresser turned into a bathroom vanity with marble floors

I love that the paint looks like a warm, weathered patina with its mix of warm and cool tones and I love all of the carved details.

closeup of details on a chalk painted french dresser

The old faucet was replaced with this vintage-inspired one.

Vintage Style Faucet

closeup of a chrome vintage style faucet

Separate soap and lotion dispenser sit on a small tray on one side…

Beautiful Vintage Style Soap Dispensers

closeup of vintage inspired soap dispensers in a bathroom remodel

…while a boxwood sphere in a mercury compote dish sits on the other along with a small container that can be used to hold guest items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, jewelry, watches, etc.

Cute Bathroom Decor

French bathroom container holding q-tips and mercury glass compote with preserved boxwood bathroom decor

Above the vanity, two sconces offer additional lighting.  The sconces are on a separate switch from the overhead lights and the overhead lights are on a dimmer, so all of the lighting can be customized to each person’s comfort level.  The mirror is actually the front of what used to be a medicine cabinet.  I love that its shape repeats the pattern in the wallpaper.

Sconces Flanking a Mirror

sconces with shades flank a wooden mirror in bathroom with dresser vanity wallpaper wainscotting and beadboard ceiling

From builder-grade…


…to beautiful!

bathroom makeover with dresser vanity trellis wallpaper beadboard ceiling and carrara marble

It is so nice to have a bathroom where the sink doesn’t drip, the toilet doesn’t leak, and the shower actually works!  This is now our favorite room in the house and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

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Want to see another bathroom remodel? Click see how our master bathroom turned out!

French master bathroom with carrara shower pony wall next to freestanding tub


  1. what a beautiful transformation! You did an excellent job with this guest bathroom. I don’t know how your master bathroom look like, but this is really stunning. Such a luxurious make-over. I love all the tiles you have picked and the cabinet is just to die for! It fits beautifully in this space. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you so much!!! :) Kim

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Judy!

  2. What a beautiful makeover!! It really is stunning! So bright and elegant – well done!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Leslie – Thank you! I still can’t get over how much brighter the room is!! :)

  3. Every single square inch of this space is absolutely stunning! Seriously magazine-worthy. I’ve seen your blog before sprinkled all over Pinterest and on Facebook but really just dove into it today and WOW! You are a girl after my own heart. Love your style! :)

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Lauren – I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit today and appreciate the sweet comments that you left! Thank you!!! :) Kim

  4. It really turned out just gorgeous!! Are your walls stenciled or wallpapered?

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi – Thank you! The walls are wallpapered. I have textured walls but even so, it came out great. The key was to use a liner underneath. :) I’ll share all of the sources in an upcoming blog post.

  5. Beautiful Lynn!! Agreed, my favourite part is the dresser turned vanity. Have on in our teeny master ensuite.

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you! I think the dresser is my favorite part, too! :)

  6. This is an amazing transformation and I am SO jealous! No, really I am happy for you and I can see why it would be a favorite room in the house. I love every detail and you’ve certainly decorated it down to the very LAST one. Pinning for future inspiration.
    Bless you,

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Patti – Thank you *so* much for your kind comments! I really appreciate it! :) Kim

  7. This is simply amazing!!! The transformation is beautiful – you have a wonderful talent to imagine how it would all work out with the vanity and the wallpaper to achieve the look you envisioned for this space. I absolutely love it and keep going back & forth between the before & afters because I really am blown away by this remodel!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Liz! Thank you so much!! It’s funny because since I lived through the remodel, I forgot how the Before looked until I went back to grab the photos for the post and even I couldn’t believe the difference! Now, of course, I want to remodel my master bath {because it looks exactly like the guest bath before} but it’s not in the budget… :( I’ll just spend more time in the guest bath for now!! Lol!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Catherine!

  8. Just a stunningly gorgeous transformation. You are so talented. I love it all!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you so much!!! :) Kim

  9. The new bathroom is not as dark as the before picture and the colour scheme really brightens things up! It’s elegant and warm and a room guests would be happy to indulge themselves in. I’ve always wondered if there’s an easy way to apply moulding onto the wall. It really enhances the decor. Valerie

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Valerie – I can’t believe how much brighter the new bathroom is either – I love it! The moulding is actually three pieces all applied to the wall using liquid nails. There’s a chair rail at the top, a plain pine board, and a piece of trim that’s been mitered into a square. I was originally going to do a recessed panel, which looks a bit fancier IMHO, but it was more costly and so I just went with the trim applied directly on the pine board. Now I want to put paneling all through the house!!!

  10. Love this transformation! Did you refinish that vanity to that color or did you find it that way? (and if so can you share the finish you used)

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi – I bought it like that at an antique fair from Belle Maison Designs in San Francisco.

  11. On my, where to start to list what I love about this room? I will just have to say everything! Such a lovely transformation. I am sure you are loving your beautiful new room. Jane

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Jane – Thank you so much!!!!!! :) Kim

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Zeina!!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Martina!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Lynne – Thank you so much!! :) Kim

  12. Absolutely stunning! I had to pin some of your photos…just love every detail in this space : )

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Deb and thanks for pinning!!!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Marty – Thank you!!!!! :) Kim

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