Prior to a recent renovation, the guest bathroom was a source of shame in our house for years. The mirror that was fixed onto the wall lackadaisically by the home builder had crashed onto the floor and shattered into a million pieces a few years ago, and we hadn’t been bothered to fix it. The small bathroom instantly was even more closed off without any mirrors to make it appear bigger. Then, there was a leak in one of the sinks that caused the carpet to need to be ripped out. Paired with the old linoleum flooring in the toilet portion of the bathroom, cracking sinks, and old baseboards, the merely 15-year-old bathroom needed major help.

Once guests were coming to stay at our home and appearances of the bathroom mattered (we could no longer simply rush someone past the shameful bathroom and towards a more presentable one in the house), it was clear we needed to roll up our sleeves and get to work. New, water-tight flooring replaced the yoga mat we stood on for years. I painstakingly hand-painted the cabinets white and added silver hardware, instantly updating the look. A new mirror was placed on the wall which instantly seemed to add square footage to the small room.


Light fixtures were updated, and new soap dispensers and counter decor took the space from horror-film set to a luxury spa feel in comparison. Due to a bit of hard work, quality products, and following inspirational photos, our guest bathroom is now a source of pride in our home instead of a source of shame! I find myself preferring to use this bathroom now, simply due to how bright and open it feels with the new additions. Taking the time to redecorate a part of your home can truly transform the space, and I have experience that first hand.