Thrifty Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal~ORC

It's reveal day for Calling It Home's One Room Challenge!
For the last six weeks I've been giving my bathroom a compete makeover.
I have to tell you I am thrilled with the results!

The room used to be very dark and kind of dreary.
It's now so light and bright.
I smile every time I walk by.

A new hand towel hangs next to the sink.
Above the towel I hung this little metal deer head.
It was originally part of a wreath holder, but I took it apart and just kept the little deer.

Above the door I propped up a little chalkboard I've had for years.
I like that it has a galvanized metal frame to tie in with other metals in the room.
I am horrible at chalkboard lettering, so I just used stickers for now.

The vanity used to be "orangey" oak and the mirror frame was plastic, but I updated them and tied them together using chalkpaint. You can read more about it here and here.
I also replaced our broken toilet paper holder with this cute metal basket which I gave a mini makeover you can read about here.

Now let's keep moving around the room....

I hung a gray and white striped shower curtain.
In between each thick stripe is a tiny metallic gray stripe, which is such a cute detail.

Above the toilet I hung this cubby/shelf.
We're never running out of toilet paper in this room!
The middle row has little metal buckets from Target's dollar spot.
They were shiny, but I soaked them in vinegar to age them.
I'm thinking I might put some faux succulents in the pots.
The top cubbies are filled with vintage marmalade jars and a reproduction apothecary bottle.

I decided to use plain gray bath towels because a pattern would look too busy next to the striped shower curtain and the subway art.

I've had the subway art for years.
It fits nicely in the room.
Although to be honest I'll probably replace it with something else down the road.

And now we're back to the door.
I wanted to try to give you a complete view of the whole room.
It's not easy taking photos in a small bathroom!

I adore before and after shots!
The dark blue walls are now bright and white. 

The cheap looking mirror now looks like it's meant to be in the room.

The dated oak vanity gets a fresh new look with paint and handles.

White and soft grays brighten the room.
A lot of you have told me that you have bathroom's that have this same lay out.
I am hoping you decide to tackle a makeover in your bathroom too!
 I assure you it was really not too much work and very little money.

Sources for the room (some of this stuff I've had for years)
Shower Curtain: Marshall's
Subway Art: Homegoods
Deer head: Pier 1
Cubby: Target
Gray Towels: Target
White & Gray hand towel: Marshall's
Rug: Kohl's
Hand Soap: World Market
Toilet Paper Metal Basket: Walmart
Wood Vase: Home Decorators
Cabinet Handles: Lowe's
Chalkboard: Kirkland's
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Vanity Paint: Home Depot Rustoleum Chalked paint in Aged Gray

Check out the other room reveals at Calling It Home.


  1. Very fresh and pretty. Your vanity and mirror look so nice! I like your hanging paper rack. I have a trough like carrier on our toilet tank in our powder room, and I've never missed not having a roll attached to the wall. I put rolls of paper, rolled up hand towels, and hand lotion in it, and it works perfectly. Thank you for sharing your new room!

  2. The room looks so pretty now, I adore the chubby shelf and the shower curtain. You have so many nice touches around the space it all works so beautifully together.

  3. It looks so much more brighter and fresh in there now! The vanity and mirror turned out really nice. Great job!

  4. Oh wow!! I'm one of those with the same layout in the guest bath. I so want to do this!! You've given me the courage. Love the basket for the tp. Great ideas!!

  5. the vanity looks so much better!!

  6. Your guest bath looks so lovely. I really like all the special touches. Great job!


  7. What a difference! The room is so much brighter and up to date. Great job!

  8. Lisa I love it!!! Sooo bright and lovely!!!

  9. Wow Lisa, so fab! Great update! Love love the striped shower curtain, you made the most of this little room! xoxo!

  10. Love how light and airy you've made it. Congratulations on finishing the ORC.

  11. This bathroom turned out so pretty! I love the striped shower curtain you used. It adds some pattern to the room. The rustic wooden cubby above the toilet is a great piece for storage and style.

  12. Beautiful transformation ! I love your storage solutions as well! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

  13. Your bathroom looks so pretty Lisa!!! I love the grey and all the cottages touches. Great job!

  14. Your bathroom turned out fabulous....every thing is so pretty! I love the cabinet you hung over the toity!!!!!!

  15. What a wonderful transformation! It's such a calm and beautiful space. I LOVE that toilet paper basket idea!

  16. it turned out amazing, i love the cubbies!

  17. I love the wire basket and cubby storage unit. It makes this make over perfect! Happy 4th, Linda

  18. I love this transformation Lisa - it is so pretty. I especially love that wooden box with all the cute compartments hanging on the wall. Who knew toilet paper could look so good - all lined up in cubbies. You did an awesome job! Love it!