Amanda’s bathroom makeover is a huge reminder that paint can not only transform the walls of a boring old bathroom, it can also spiff up a seen-better-days wood vanity. And decorative drawer liners can be the icing on the cake. Here’s her letter:
I just wanted to share the before and after we just completed in Brian’s bathroom. You guys have been very inspirational and have become quite the household name- “Brian, you should see over on YHL, they have such and such in their house and it looks awesome!” or “You should see what they just did over at YHL- we could do that!!” So, thank YOU for opening your home to us and the many, many others to share your thoughts, ideas, and successful projects. I know that I specifically thought about what I loved so much about your house when we started on this project. The cool colors, natural elements that you bring in with decor, and all of the bright white! I also love how you heightened your bathroom with the shower curtain being raised to 95″, so I’m sure we’ll be tackling that project sometime in the near future. Thanks for helping to empower and inspire us to really tackle something that wasn’t so great and turn it into something that we think is just awesome. We love that we did it on a budget and in just a short period of time, probably less than 20 total hours I would estimate. Thanks again- keep on posting because I’ll certainly keep on reading! -Amanda
Here’s the bland builder before bathroom shot:
And here’s the chic and classic after thanks to a little Amanda and Brian elbow grease:
Isn’t this a great reminder that paint is the number one way to cheaply tranfrorm almost anything? Just don’t paint the dog! And isn’t that fresh chocolate vanity even lovelier with those gorgeous patterned shelf liners? Yummy. What do you guys think of Amanda’s stunning bathroom update? Oh and be sure to drop in on her blog for more photos and info. Thanks so much for sending your awesome makeover our way Amanda!
This transformation looks great – and is so do-able! I especially love the cool tones and beach accents…very tranquil. Thanks for sharing.
If anyone has learned anything from YHL it’s that decorating can be easy and affordable and that a little work goes a long way. I love the after pictures of this redesign, especially the blue paint with the white/silver (can’t tell in the picture) shelf. Very pretty!
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This is such a nice (and easy) transformation that makes a big difference. I love the drawer liner!
Thanks John & Sherry, for being such a great inspiration to me! We’ve since made our way to the kitchen and guest bedroom. If anyone is intersted in taking a look, the kitchen is up today and I’ll be featuring the bedroom this weekend as well.
The shelf is actually a distressed white with a mirror inset on the bottom part- it was a score at Home Goods! Thanks for your sweet comments.
Great transformation. Love the color – but then again, it is nearly the color of one of my bathrooms. Did Amanda switch the door? The hinges are on one side in one picture, the other side in another.
Kevin M says
The mirror image going on here is a little confusing, but overall a pretty good job.
Amy @ Renovation Innovation says
Love the cool blue color. Tara – the first pic looks like a mirror reflection of the bathroom, so that’s why the hinges appear to have swapped sides!
I don’t know, Tara, but I think it’s one of those bathrooms with two doors and the one in second picture is the one beside the toilet while the other one is across from the toilet. :)
That is a great makeover. I love the color, so fresh and clean. How do you put your shower curtain 95″ from the tub? Do they make shower curtains that long?
Bethany ~ you are very observant about the two doors. ;-)
OK so that toilet paper roll holder would never work at my house. LOL! TOO FAR TO REACH!! I wonder if it could be mounted on the back of the door….just a thought.
LOVE THE ROOM, COLORS and the paper in the drawers is great!!
Just follow this link to see how we hung our shower curtain from floor to ceiling: https://www.younghouselove.com/movin-on-up-2/
Hope it helps!
Hi there! Just wanted to answer some of the questions…
There are indeed two doors- one from the hallway into the bathroom and one from the bathroom into the walk-in closet. It’s a TINY “master” bathroom. I say “master” because A) it is indeed attached to the master bedroom but is so LITTLE and B) because it’s the only bathroom on that floor of the house, also making it the only bathroom for the guest bedroom, kitchen/living room. Very strange builder set-up.
The TP holder is also not very far from the toilet, trust me! Normal lengths reach when you’re doing your business! :)
Sorry for the confusion with the picture but it was the only before picture we had… always seem to get into the projects and forget to take the befores, so this one is from when Brian bought the house over 4 years ago.
melissa laine scotton says
This is a little off topic… but yesterday, while driving up 95 North towards Delaware, i saw a NORTH DAKOTA license plate and I totally thought about you guys! I was so excited to see one of the elusive dakota plates! I wanted to take a photo to share… but figured I better focus on driving. haha! oh and the plate design was kind of cool, I think it involved a buffalo!
No way! That’s awesome and we’re green with envy.
Hi amanda – great job! My only suggestion would be to swap (or paint) the basket holding tp to white… it will add continuity to the color scheme. And tell Brian to get a lidded waste basket! :)
Pretty nice, but more than a repaint…I see sterile replaced with architectural and at least one fixture moved (the toilet).
If you scroll up and read Amanda’s previous comment you’ll see that she didn’t move the toilet at all, she actually just forgot to take a before photo from the same angle as the after. This makeover truly is super simple and budget friendly. Hope it helps!
Yes, no swapping of the toilet! :)
We did pull off the towel bars, which the builder did some pretty big damage to the walls… we were certainly shaking our heads at the stupidity of some things they did.
Thanks for the comments, Brian has been shocked so many people actually take the time to read about it, over on my blog!
Anna at bathroom vanities says
I love the new bathroom! That paint and the light over the toilet really freshens up the whole look and brightens the room. The little bottles and vases with what I think are shells inside of them make accentuates the whole design :-) great job! and i like the wallpaper inside the drawers, makes it so much more fun.
Thanks Anna! We didn’t replace the fixture over the toilet because (surprisingly enough) that was the builder installed fixture and it was modern enough for us!
The glass jars are filled with driftwood and shells and they sit upon a white (spray-painted) tray filled with sand and then that large silver shell and the white/glass jar filled with ocean scented oil and diffuser reeds. That little tray is my most favorite part of the room, but runs a close one to the paper lined drawers- I love doing that to as many drawers as I can, makes it more special to open them!