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Vintage Inspired Guest Bathroom Reveal

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turquoise and red bathroom

Vintage inspired guest bathroom reveal by Simplicity in the South
Remember when I hinted at the end of my hallway reveal that my next room makeover would be our guest bathroom? Well, today’s the day I get to share it with you!

Some of the changes like the new wall color and vanity makeover were made recently. Other (more time-consuming and expensive) changes, such as the granite countertop, new tile floor and wainscoting were made long before I started blogging.

I’ll follow up with tutorials, but today I’ll show you how we worked with what we had and used mostly accessories and paint to transform the room.

vintage inspired guest bathroom makeover

I liked the room before but I was ready for a change from the brown vanity and wall color. The old wall paint had permanent streaks that would show up even more when someone would take a shower.

bathroom progress picture


The manager at our local Sherwin Williams store helped me narrow down the wall color choice to Tidewater, a light blue-green with just a hint of gray undertones.

Sherwin Williams Tidewater 6477

Sherwin Williams was kind enough to furnish a gallon of their Emerald paint and I was impressed with how well one coat covered over the old tan paint. I even had my husband look for places that might need a second coat but one coat was enough. I followed the manager’s advice to wipe down the walls before I repainted and to give the paint 24 hours to fully dry before using the shower. This would prevent the new paint from having the streaking problem we had before.

The color combination of turquoise and red was inspired by Hiya Papaya’s home tour featured on House of Turquoise.

vintage inspired red and turquoise bathroomThe step stool was painted with Maison Blanche paint in Cerise.

laundry bin and red step stool

If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know how much I love vintage signs. I made a reproduction Burma Shave sign reminiscent of the ones that were found along historic Route 66 from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.

The first time I ever landed on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog was on her bathroom reveal post. It was blog-love-at-first-sight. I thought her idea to use wire baskets hung on the wall was pretty brilliant so I used her idea to keep towels over the toilet.

Wire basket to hold towels and a reproduction Burma Shave sign

The picture frame moulding and glass tile border was a project I did five years ago. It was applied directly over the existing wall and really helps to brighten up the bathroom and add some architectural interest. Also at that time, we had someone come in and professionally refinish our tub enclosure to change the color from yellow to white.

wainscoting detailOne of my favorite paint transformations in this room has been the turquoise mirror painted with two shades of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint mixed together.

guest bathroom with turquoise mirror


I also love how the vanity was transformed with Maison Blanche’s La Craie paint and these beautiful blue glass knobs.Gray bathroom cabinet with Santa Cecilia granite countertop

blue glass knob detail

guest bathroom reveal

Our bathroom is only a 6′ x 8′, so putting a shelf over the door gives us extra storage space. One of the baskets is just for over-night guests. It holds extra towels, wash cloths, and basic toiletries they may have forgotten to bring.

storage over the door

over the door shelf

I made the soap dispenser from a vintage Burma Shave jar. The Dr. Kennedy’s Favorite Remedy bottle was one of many bottles I found in the backyard of the 1920’s Craftsman we lived in when I was in high school.

old pharmacy bottles

These decoupaged vintage label jars are the perfect size to fit on a shelf that I painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint over Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. The repainted shelf was my first project using the milk paint since I went to Marion’s paint class back in March. I love the chippy and crackled effect I got after experimenting with a few techniques.

apothecary jars and crackle paint shelf

preserved boxwood topiary

So, there you have it! After 4 different types of paint and a few vintage-inspired accessories, we now have a much brighter and more colorful bathroom, don’t you think? One last before and after picture so you can see how far it’s come in the past month and a half…

before and after bathroom


How about you? Do you lean towards keeping everything neutral or do you go bold with colorful accents?

Want to know where I bought everything?

Preserved boxwood, galvanized bucket, and seagrass baskets- Marshalls

White wire basket on shelf- DecorSteals

Wire basket on the wall- Etsy

Waffle weave shower curtain- Target

Blue glass knobs- World Market

Pictures- Middle one is from Etsy and the other 2 from a yardsale (frames from Target)

Glass tile- Thetileshop.com

Chandelier- Overstock (but I don’t recommend it since only 2 out of the 4 lights work)

Floor tile- Home Depot

Granite- Santa Helena (local supplier)


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Although Sherwin Williams supplied the paint, all the opinions expressed are my own. As seen from the home tour, we already use their paint throughout most of our home and trust the quality of their products.



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  4. Looks fabulous! Did you wax or lacquer over the Maison Blanche paint on the cabinets? Thoughts one way or the other? About to do my kitchen and I’m torn! I want the non-distressed look of lacquer as well as the ease vs wax, but one stockist made me nervous by saying lacquer wasn’t for the cabinets. Help!

    1. Thank you, BJ! It does feel like a new bath to me. It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint and accessories can do.

  5. Tricia, your bathroom turned out fantastic! The shelf over the door is totally genius! I pinned this to my bathrooms board because I have a small bathroom that could desperately use some extra storage. Great idea. I also LOVE how Tidewater looks in here. It’s one of my favorite light turquoise paint colors. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog. Let me know if you’re interested! Also, I saw that you’re going to be at Haven – looking forward to meeting you there!

    1. Hi Jena! Thank you for pinning! I’m flattered and thrilled that you want to feature our bathroom on Involving Color! Can’t wait to meet you at Haven!

  6. I’m just discovering your beautiful blog today through the DIY Showoff. I LOVE your bathroom transformation! I, too, am drawn to the blue/gray colors and love what you’ve done by adding in the splash of red. So happy and fun! Thanks for sharing…and inspiring. You’ve motivated me to perhaps start the process of choosing a color for our bathroom!:)

  7. I love your new bathroom … and your blog! I read often and I love your style :o)
    I would love if you stopped by my linky party happening now to share this!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. Beautiful transformation! I love all the shades of blue and the vintage touches add so much character.

  9. I am definitely a color girl…nothing neutral about any of my spaces…LOVE the blue hardware. Amazing!

  10. Love your bathroom makeover with the pretty colors you chose! I love using color in my home. You did a great job utilizing your space by adding shelves and baskets.
    Mary Alice

  11. Did I miss it? Where did you get those gorgeous knobs? I love this. It’s beautiful.

  12. This is stunning! Blue is my absolute favorite color, and you did such a great job of mixing shades and brightening up the space with fun accents! I tend to stick with neutral wall colors and furniture but like to add pops of colors with accessories and textiles. Kuddos to you on venturing out into the bold world with this space!!

  13. Love it! You chose such beautiful colors, and the vintage-style accessories are just perfect. We are in the middle of a bathroom reno right now, and I can’t wait for it to be done so I can have some pretty “after” shots like yours! 🙂 I popped over from Home Stories A to Z… thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  14. So CUTE! And really? that’s why we get streaky wet walls? Because I didn’t let the paint cure?? You may have just changed my life!! Thanks!! Love your transformation!

    1. I had no idea either! I could have saved myself a lot of time wiping down the walls thinking they were dirty. Glad you like the room!

    1. Red and turquoise is one of my favorite combinations too. I haven’t had the chance to use it enough in our home. Glad you like the shelf too! It’s been so nice to have the extra storage.

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