Moody Guest Bathroom Budget Renovation

September 23, 2020

Alright, hop on in here and let’s go for a ride. This ride is bumpy and long and feels as though you never reach your destination. Still interested? This ride is called our Moody Guest Bathroom Budget Renovation. We might not be finished yet, but we’ve made great progress!! Let me start by saying that this is not our forever home. We bought this house a little over a year ago and our goal is to update it without pricing ourselves out of the market. So the key here is keeping it very budget-friendly while still giving it a facelift. This was the approach we took with this bathroom.

Like most of the rooms in the house, our guest bathroom was very bland. It had flat grey walls, thin beige floor tile, a white thermafoil vanity and builder grade fixtures. We decided to paint the walls, update the trim, add beadboard, paint the floor tile, and replace the mirror and lighting. The vanity stayed (we added pulls), the shower tile and faucets didn’t change and everything we updated was strictly cosmetic.

Here’s the bathroom before:

Like I said, nothing to write home about. Then, I saw a bathroom that Jenni Yolo @ispydiy painted “Modern Mocha” by Behr and thought it was a sign. I immediately decided I needed to paint my bathroom that color. Here is the mood board I put together for the room:

I started by painting the floor tile black. I know this was a bold choice but the tile isn’t in great shape and will need updated eventually, and anything was an improvement from the beige. I primed the floor with two coats of PPG Gripper, then painted on two coats of latex paint in “Limousine Leather” by Behr. I finished it off with a Rustoleum Floor Top Coat. I ended up using the top coat out of this Rustoleum Floor Painting Kit and had I known this came all together in the first place, I would’ve just used everything in the kit. Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out and it has been surprisingly very durable!

Last weekend we installed beadboard around the room and finished it off with new baseboards, door trim and a new coat of paint! We also swapped out the builder-grade mirror for a round one and replaced the light fixture with a more modern version in black.

After adding new pulls to the vanity and styling the space I am SO happy with the outcome!

So are you ready for the reveal??

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I ended up swapping our shower curtain for some longer window curtain panels I already had for a more dramatic and mature look. I think it made a really big impact for how little it cost!

The wooden wall hooks are an Amazon find and I’ll link them here.

Now, remember how I mentioned earlier that this ride feels like you never reach your destination? Well that’s because we aren’t sure the paint color is very “us.” I LOVE it, don’t get me wrong. But I think we are going to attempt to paint the top portion a creamy white for a more neutral look. Don’t hate me.

What do you think? Keep it one color or paint the top white? Let me know in the comments below!

Oh yeah and this whole renovation cost us around $400! Including the light fixture! It truly was a budget bathroom renovation!

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  1. Shannon says:

    Annnnndddds that’s my new paint color for everything 🥰

  2. Emily says:

    I am obsessed with your blog! Can you show us how you did the wall? I would love to replace my ugly wall tile with this headboard

    • Riley Campbell says:

      Thanks so much, Emily! I will definitely add this to my list of blog posts I need to make! In the meantime, Home Depot has a tutorial on installing beadboard panels that might be helpful. The only difference is that we didn’t use any adhesive in case we ever wanted the option to remove the panels. We installed them with small brad nails. Here’s the tutorial: https://youtu.be/Dc1eRy9XU_s

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