How I Redecorated My Entire Bathroom Myself

I took it from dark and dated to bright and beautiful—and it was so easy.

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My original bathroom was dark and dated with almost no storage. It needed to be updated, but I was intimidated by the scope of the project. I finally gathered the courage to renovate, and Wayfair’s 1 Room Reno Challenge was the perfect motivation. My dad, fiancé, and I did everything ourselves. That was a bit daunting—but Wayfair made the entire process so much easier. I challenged myself to take a few risks with the patterns and textures, and I’m so happy with the end result. Check out the before and after!

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The look was outdated and drab.

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I found an old piece of wood in my dad’s workshop and pickled it to create the small ledge above the sink and toilet. The ledge makes it so easy to switch out artwork and other knickknacks as my tastes evolve and I hunt for new finds. (The best part? No painful picture-hanging required.)

I coated the cabinets, window trim, and ceiling in Mizzle by Farrow & Ball, and selected Lucknow fabric by Carolina Irving to anchor the botanical theme.

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I had a brown and white color palette.

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I swapped out the sink and cabinets for a Shaker-style vanity (handmade by my dad!) and updated the mirror and lighting with matte black pieces that better fill out the wall space.

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The tile was dark and dated.

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After

The original shower tile made the space feel cave-like, so I chose Calcutta marble tile to lighten things up. The gray pattern is more interesting than plain white, but still manages to maintain a clean slate for the curtain, hardware and other accessories. I went with a classic cut in the shower, but decided to mix up the shapes with a hexagonal cut (my favorite!) on the floor. Wayfair’s square footage calculator made it super easy to order the right amount of tile.

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Sink

I chose Kohler polished nickel faucets to contrast the matte-black curtain rod and trim elsewhere in the space. I was so excited to find that had so many familiar brands on their site.

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Storage

For much-needed storage, I added open shelving in the narrow wall nook, which was previously wasted space.

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