Bathroom Before & Afters

We got started on the two upstairs bathrooms shortly after the new year & I am excited to finally share the details as well as some before & after pictures! These bathrooms were so fun to update, I think bathrooms might be my favorite room in the house to remodel. Give me all the subway + hex tile!

In our second upstairs bathroom, which is smaller & we use for guests, we did a very similar style but used one large mirror & undermount sinks.

sources: faucets // overmount sinks // overmount faucets // mirrors (similar here and here) // light fixtures

A lot of you have asked about doing bathroom updates on a budget so I wanted to share a few of the things we did here to save money & some tips for adding style while doing it yourself!

  1. Salvage whatever you can, most importantly the tub & existing cabinets. This can easily add up to a few thousand dollars, but also helps to keep the original feel of the house. We painted the cabinets using an oil based paint (Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish) & added new black hardware. If you are able to leave existing vanities, you don’t have to mess with flooring, and in our case was hardwoods, so it saved us a ton of money.
  2. The countertops were super dated, but by finding an affordable style of quartz (under $50 per square foot) we were able to replace them which completely updated the look of the vanities. We added new sinks & faucets, all for around $50 each from Amazon (significantly less expensive than high end hardware companies).
  3. White subway tile & hex tile on the floors are both crazy inexpensive, but allow you to update a bathroom and still feel super classic. I don’t think they will ever go out of style!! They also make a huge statement, so if you can carry them to the ceiling or wrap them around a water closet, it wouldn’t cost much more! Our tile for both of these bathrooms cost less than $500!
  4. Skip traditional towel bars for fun wall hooks, lots of style and a custom feel for little money & work.
  5. Don’t skimp on lighting or mirrors, they’re the custom pieces that will make the room, and again, you can do these quite inexpensively, look at amazon or home goods!

And here is a shot of one of the bathrooms before (the only picture I could find which I think is from the original house listing!).

I would love to still add some framed art on the walls but we will have to save that for another day, it’s bath time! XO

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19 Comments

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    Tiffany
    February 26, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Obsessed! Love it all, thanks for sharing!

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    Laura Diiulio
    February 27, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Love your style and all of the accents! We just went through a huge bathroom remodel and it’s such a sense of accomplishment to finish the project and to make the space your own!

    http://lauradiiulio.blogspot.com

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    Ashley
    February 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Did you paint the cabinets yourself? Or hire it done?

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    Allison Ann
    February 27, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Love this! I am also a fan of the subway + hex combo, so classic. Nice work here, guys!!

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    Annie Smith
    February 27, 2018 at 11:51 am

    They are seriously so gorgeous! I love that you did tile behind the sinks, stunning!

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    Chelsea
    February 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    That cabinet color is so beautiful! Is it the same as your kitchen?

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    Jordyn
    February 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    So you painted the cabinets yourself? Was oil based paint hard to work with? Everything turned out beautiful, great work!

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    Carolina
    February 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    This post leaves me so inspired to redo my kids bathroom. Can you share where you found the cute towel hooks?

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    michelle
    February 28, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Love how it turned out. Wondering, how did you mount the mirrors on the subway tile?

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    Kate
    March 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Beautiful! It is so bright in there and looks very timeless. Where did you find the hooks for the towels?

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    Taylor
    March 2, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I love the way you use pink in every room, teach me your ways!

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    Nitsa Jensen
    March 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    We just finished remodeling out kids’ bathroom and it was SO fun! I think redoing bathrooms might be my favorite room to redo as well! I love how your bathrooms turned out. Beautiful mirrors & light fixtures! Awesome job, Jess!
    xx, Nitsa
    http://www.westcoastjensens.com

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    Schafer Rea
    March 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Jessica, these look so great! Definitely getting some inspiration for the home I just purchased. Love the impact on a budget.

    http://www.schaferreastudio.com

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    Melissa
    March 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I looooove it all, especially the light fixtures. <3 Thanks for sharing with us!

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    sarah
    March 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    where did you find such cheap subway tile? was that easy for you guys to do on your own?!

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    Jessica
    April 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    What kind of wood flooring and stain is through out your house? It’s gorgeous!

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    Julie A.
    May 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I am loving this style. Do you not have any artwork or wall art at all? That is my current problem while trying to fill this huge blank wall in our bathroom! I need ideas!

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    Melody
    July 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Where are the hooks from in the girls bathroom? They’re so cute, and exactly what I’m looking for for our bathroom.

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    Kimberly
    September 6, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Do you mind sharing where you found your tub faucets?

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