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Before & After - Guest Bathroom

Thanks for your patience (or impatience if your name is Suzanne!) waiting on me to post photos of our new guest bathroom. There are still a few tiny details to complete, but I can't wait any longer!

This was the before plan of the bathroom (not drawn to scale):


The previous owners had turned the hall closet into a wet bar area. Since this space is down in our basement, we really did not use the bar area. We wanted to add a shower to this bathroom so we decided to expand into the bar closet. The wall was concrete block so that made things a little more difficult. Here are some before photos of the bar closet:

It was definitely a little outdated. The wallpaper in the closet was pretty bold.

I guess it was supposed to look like bamboo shades? The floor was rubber tile that is usually used in garages. It reminded me of Legos.

The same floor tile was used in the bathroom. Here are before shots of the bathroom:

Here is the new plan for the bathroom:

And here are photos:

I had the contractors build a custom vanity and stain it a light blueish-gray. I love the way it came out. We reused the old mirror and they built a new frame for it. The light fixture is Pottery Barn. The sink and faucet are from Lowes. The floor tile is marble that I found at a local stone place. The wall tile is also marble. It came as 12x12 squares from Home Depot. I had the contractors cut it in half and lay it in a brick pattern. It was time-consuming for them but I think it was definitely worth it. 

I made the cafe curtains earlier this week and I am not sure if I am going to keep them or not which is why they are currently hanging from a shower rod. I don't want to invest in new hardware until I decide if I like them. I may just hang a Roman shade...

That's it - I hope you like it! We are really happy and can't wait to get started on the rest of the bathrooms in our house! 

I hope to show you the guest room soon! I am still looking for a few pieces of furniture to finish off that room but I promise to post pics as soon as possible!

Reader Comments (25)

Rachel it is beautiful!!! I can't believe I didn't see it the other week! Great job! BTW, want to do our house whenever we get one?

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Rachel it is beautiful. You did a great job. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Wow, you called me out. I am shamed. <shame>

The bathroom looks freaking awesome!! I will consider myself invited. :) I vote keep the cafe curtains, though. I like how the light comes in on the top.

I'll spare you the list of all the things I love, but that vanity is like, whoa.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

It is beautiful! All the more motivation to come visit again!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

What an amazing transformation! I love the vanity too. The marble tile work looks well worth the wait. Well done!!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabelle

It's absolutely beautiful!!! I love the cafe curtain - I think you should keep that!

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Wow Rachel, this is beautiful!! I also like the cafe curtain, please come do this to my house, thank you :)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAng

Thanks everyone! It looks like the cafe curtain will stay. Now, who is going to be our next guest???

December 14, 2009 | Registered CommenterRachel

Found your remodel via Design*Sponge. Fantastic! Do you mind sharing your budget for this bathroom?

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSFDC

Hi SFDC - I still haven't added up the total cost (I'm not sure if I want to know :) ) but the bulk of the money went to the labor and the tile. Our particular space had a concrete block wall that had to be removed and the contractors had to dig down into the concrete slab to run the plumbing for the new shower so that added quite a bit of labor costs. I splurged on the floor tile but everything else I found at stores like Lowes, Home Depot and Pottery Barn. We had to complete this entire bathroom in under 3 weeks so I had to find readily available materials - I didn't have time for special orders! I also reused the mirror and sewed the curtains myself to cut costs. Most of the accessories are thrift store finds. If there is anything specific you are wondering about send me an email and I will be glad to answer your questions!

December 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterRachel

Absolutely gorgeous!!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I LOVE your bathroom! We're just now starting a bathroom addition that I plan to add to my blog, as we go through the stages. I've been considering a bluish-gray stain look like yours. I would LOVE it, if you could share the stain color/name.
Thanks so much!

jvw home

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette Van Wicklen

Hi Jeanette - my contractors had Lowes mix a custom color. I think it is called River Stone if that helps!

December 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterRachel

Thanks Rachel!!
Have a great weekend....I'll keep you "posted" on my bathroom addition!
All the best,
jvw home


December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette Van Wicklen

It is absolutely beautiful, Rachel! I love the style.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Hi Rachel, I saw your before and after photos on design*sponge. This is such a great makeover! I'm loving the blue/gray stain like nobody's business. What really stuck out was the fact that your bathroom still feels homey (a good thing, since I've seen a quite a few makeovers that make the bathroom look like it belongs in a hotel or restaurant).

One funny thing about the rubber flooring--for the life of me, I can't remember the blogger, but she used that flooring in black for her bathroom makeover and it looked amazing! Different folks, different strokes:)

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergina

WOW!! THanks for commenting on my blog. I'm so glad I found you here. This is amazing!! You truly are talented. xoRH

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNestegg

I came across your site when looking for creative ideas for a kid's play area and noticed that you had a bathroom remodel post here as well. We are in the process of finishing our basement and would like to create a shower similar to yours, but are worried about space. Can you tell me what the dimensions of your shower are? Thanks, a lot!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

Hi Beckie - Thanks for stopping by! The dimensions of the shower are approximately 45" x 55". Hope that helps!

July 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

Hi Rachel, I love your gorgeous bathroom! Can you tell me what fabric you used for the cafe curtain? The name and the maker if possible please... Many thanks!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Hi Nina - thanks for your comment! The fabric in the pictures above is Della by Duralee.

However, I have since changed the curtain so if you saw the bathroom in BHG Real Life Kitchens and Baths it is Pinwheel Parade by Waverly.

Hope that helps!


April 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterRachel

LOVE the vanity. Found it on pinterest and I'm going to copy it :) How much did it cost you to have it made? Thanks!

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Very nice!!! What kind of wood did you use for the vanity?

October 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Do you know the name of the light fixture?

January 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Love it! Would also like to know the name of the light fixture if possible.

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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