Table of Contents
- 1 Before: Gloomy Guest Bath
- 2 After: Chic Meets Cheerful
- 3 Budget-Friendly: Upcycled Vanity
- 4 Before: Generic and Charmless
- 5 After: Warm and Inviting
- 6 Budget-Friendly: Twice-Used Counter
- 7 Before: Dark and Dated
- 8 After: Southern Charm
- 9 Budget-Friendly: Refinished Tiles
- 10 Before: Claustrophobic Chaos
- 11 After: Peaceful Powder Room
- 12 Budget-Friendly: Go Petite
- 13 Before: Green Gone Awry
- 14 After: Simple and Serene
- 15 Before: Cramped Quarters
- 16 After: Minimalist Luxe
- 17 Before: Sad and Ignored
- 18 After: Bold Accessories
Before: Gloomy Guest Bath
With dark wood cabinets and dull, colorless tiles, this guest bathroom is anything but inviting.
After: Chic Meets Cheerful
Soft gray walls, marble flooring and a furniture-style vanity create an elegant spot for guests to freshen up. Heather Scott Home & Design removes the wall-mounted cabinet above the toilet, making the space feel much larger and brighter.
Budget-Friendly: Upcycled Vanity
Instead of designing an expensive custom cabinet for the space, Scott attaches a Silestone countertop remnant to a chest furniture piece. The accent tile in the shower storage niche is pricier than the room’s other tile, so it’s limited to a small space where it still makes a big impact.
Before: Generic and Charmless
The builder-grade cabinets and basic tile floor make this feel more like a generic hotel bathroom than a welcoming guest bath.
After: Warm and Inviting
Designer Rebecca Zajac prettifies the room by replacing the cabinets with a custom vanity and laying down patterned floor tiles. Black and brass metals complement the gray and give the room a warm sophistication.
Budget-Friendly: Twice-Used Counter
Zajac saves money by using a remnant counter from the owner’s kitchen remodel. The mirror is a bargain find.
Before: Dark and Dated
The worn almond-colored wall tile, coupled with the maroon paint, make the guest bathroom a dreary corner of this historic Charleston, N.C., home.
After: Southern Charm
Designer Lauren Messina brightens up the room with an elegant chandelier. The pretty floral wallpaper ties the colors in the room together.
Budget-Friendly: Refinished Tiles
Rather than entirely replace the wall and floor tiles, Messina refinishes the tiling and makes it white for a crisp, updated look.
Before: Claustrophobic Chaos
Everything about this small bathroom is in need of a modern makeover, from the busy wallpaper to the curtained pedestal sink. The dull glow cast by the dated brass sconces is unhelpful in a space that already feels dark and confined.
After: Peaceful Powder Room
Designer Shelley Rodner brightens and modernizes the bathroom with playful silver wallpaper and a chocolate vanity with much-needed storage. A handsome chandelier replaces the sconces.
Budget-Friendly: Go Petite
Rodner chooses a petite-sized vanity, which costs a third less than similar designs with larger footprints.
Before: Green Gone Awry
Emerald green walls overwhelm this small bathroom, which lacks cohesion and personality.
After: Simple and Serene
To give the bathroom more personality, TerraCotta Design swaps out the plain pedestal sink for an Asian-themed vanity and replaces the oval mirror with an expansive frameless mirror that enlarges the room. TerraCotta keeps the wood flooring and repaints the walls to transform the room without going over budget.
Before: Cramped Quarters
There’s hardly any room to move in this outdated bathroom. A wall-to-wall vanity overwhelms the small space.
After: Minimalist Luxe
A floating vanity and spacious glass shower open up this previously cramped bathroom. Rather than splurging on stone slab counters, Brown Design Group cuts costs with a one-piece countertop and sink. A single glass-panel shower helps the room feel larger while saving on extra hardware for a swinging door. Large-format wall tiles make for a quick install.
Before: Sad and Ignored
From the square floor tiles to the dated sink faucets, this bathroom is an unsightly throwback to the 1980s.
After: Bold Accessories
TerraCotta Design switches out the faucet, hardware and tile for an instantly dramatic transformation. A pair of bright, bold red stools pulls the look together.