Guest Bathroom Update: A Paint Refresh

Small bathroom makeover  - guest bathroom update Last month we gave you a glimpse into our guest bathroom update with our tutorial on installing penny tile.


This month we’re heading back into that same bathroom to finish up the update!

Given that our guest bathroom isn’t very large, we wanted to lighten up the room in hopes of giving the room a more spacious feel.  And of course the best way to accomplish this is through a paint refresh!

Bathroom Pre-Update

Before we could sling any paint, we removed the builder grade mirror from above the vanity and gained a considerable amount of usable wall space.  Plus, it gave us a chance to upgrade to a higher end framed mirror.


With the bathroom basically taken down to bare walls, we chose to up our game by installing a horizontal plank wall.

Plank Wall Installation

A plank wall in the bathroom would tie in nicely to the wall treatment we added in the nursery, and it would help give the bathroom the illusion of being larger than it actually is!

Bathroom Plankwall Pre-Paint

We wanted a lighter, much brighter room, but we also wanted to have a splash of color.  So we added some Valspar “Morning Jog”  to the wall above the planks and on any exposed drywall left in the room.

Bathroom Splash of Color

Then we added a few coats of Valspar “Ultra White” to the plank boards.


With the new “feature” wall in place, we brought in a few more upgrades.

A new Kohler toilet

Guest Bathroom Update

A more compact, taller vanity!

New Bathroom Vanity

And what might be two of my favorite additions to the room, new globes for the light fixture and this oil rubbed bronze Allen Roth oval mirror!

Guest Bathroom Oval Mirror

The most rewarding projects we’ve worked on are the ones where the before and after don’t look a bit alike!  This bathroom update definitely falls into that category!  And what’s cool is the biggest reason I love this room has to do with the impact the paint colors offer.  Never underestimate the power of a paint refresh!  

Bathroom Update Paint Refresh

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  1. says

    Love the end result! So refreshing, perfect look for a bathroom. That toilet is awesome. I love those tank styles, they look so compact and an elongated bowl is a gamechanger. never thought I would have such opinions about toilets, but hey, they get used. I love the oval mirror too. So pretty.
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  2. says

    Gah Jacque I LOVE IT! Plank wall is my favorite! We have the same style shower stall in our guest bath. By you adding that plank wall and refreshing the paint makes it look much more high end! Love!

  3. Frances says

    I’m absolutely certain my guest bathroom is identical to your “before” shot. Same layout, same tub, same vanity, etc. Of course, I’m also in Knoxville so it must be a common design here. Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. says

    That after looks nothing like the before! You did an amazing job! And I love how, with a few quick photos, you made a big job look super easy!

    • Matt says

      Hey Stephanie, thanks for the question! No, we didn’t use treated wood, we chose a 1/4″ Top Choice Maple Hardwood. But we did use Valspar Ultra Kitchen & Bath Paint & Primer. It’s great for high humidity areas and is mildew resistant! Hope that helps!

  5. says

    I know I already commented on this but it’s been like a year so I think I’m allowed to say how much I STILL love this and how much I really want to rip out the bead board in our bathroom despite it is glued to the wall and less than 5 years old… I’m an addict. Planked walls are SO amazing and this is so simple with such an impact!


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