Before and After: 7 Stunning Bathroom Makeovers

Because the bathroom isn’t the first thing visitors see, it often falls to the bottom of the DIY to-do list. But a bathroom shouldn’t stay out of sight and out of mind, because it is one of the most-used areas of any home. With a little tender love and care, even the most shameful space can be transformed into a spa-like retreat. Upgrades can be as easy as changing the paint color or switching up mirrors or other accents, or as complex as replacing vanities and renovating showers. We’ve found 7 before-and-after bathroom makeovers sure to inspire you to take the plunge with your own project.

By Cody Calamaio | Updated Aug 18, 2015 01:32 PM

BEFORE: Goodbye, Granny

Old Fashioned Bathroom

This 1980s master bathroom might have been stylish in its day, but not today. Dated floral wallpaper, an ugly countertop, and sad tile made this bathroom cringe-worthy enough to earn the epithet "granny-like."

AFTER: Hello, Style

Spa Bathroom

A pair of framed mirrors replace the single large mirror, and a new vanity and countertop bring the bathroom up-to-date. In place of the busy wallpaper, a calming taupe paint color enlarges and warms up the space. Wood-look tile flooring imparts a spa-like quality to the room. 

Related: 10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Modern Bath

BEFORE: Not Pretty in Pink

Carpeted Bathroom

This large bathroom had a number of problems, the first being tired, impractical pink carpeting. The overpowering floral wallpaper and brass-framed shower added to the girly, less-than-glam effect.

AFTER: Lovely Earth Tones

Remodeled Bathroom

A tumbled marble floor replaces the carpeting, and tile now covers the lower half of the walls. The tile's glass mosaic border adds a stunning decorative accent. Bright, dated brass fixtures were painted oil-rubbed bronze in keeping with the new palette, and wood shelves hold nature-inspired knickknacks.

Related: How To Create a Spa Bath at Home

BEFORE: Off Broadway

Dingy Yellow Bathroom

These homeowners were never fans of their bathroom’s peeling vinyl tile floor or crumbling vanity, and the bulb lights above the vanity made the space more akin to a dilapidated theater dressing room than a family bath.

AFTER: On the Mark

Cool Crisp Bathroom

This peaceful makeover employs clean white tile and polished-nickel wall lights that illuminate newly painted walls. Providing a counterpoint to all the white is a dark brown vanity topped with Italian marble.

BEFORE: Single Sink

Ordinary Bathroom

While the original bathroom wasn’t horrible, the number-one priority for these homeowners was providing more space for a busy family. With just one sink and a single mirror, only one person could brush his teeth at a time.

Related: 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big

AFTER: Spreading Out

Double Sink Bathroom

A new vanity with a double sink adds more utility while still allowing for ample countertop space. The new bathroom got a farmhouse-inspired upgrade with a set of arched mirrors set in distressed frames.

BEFORE: Boring Beige

Old Bathroom

This snooze-worthy bathroom was just adequate, not special. With dated flooring and yellowish walls, the large space offered the perfect blank canvas for a fun design.

Related: 30 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas for Your Private Heaven

AFTER: Salvaged and Chic

Industrial Chic Bathroom

This awe-inspiring makeover packs in a ton of vintage charm. A license plate-adorned vanity is the focal point of the room, while a mirror framed in yardsticks is the perfect playmate for the shabby-chic ladder used as a towel rack.

Related: Architectural Salvage 101

BEFORE: Pepto Pink

Pink Bathroom

While pink tile certainly has character, it isn’t for everyone. Rather than being a place of bliss, this shabby bathroom was enough to put anybody on edge.

AFTER: Accented with Charm

Charming Bathroom

White subway tile provides a crisp update while retaining some of the space’s original charm. A white vanity blends in nicely, letting the artwork and decorative accents to do the talking.

BEFORE: Bland Bathroom

Palm Tree Bathroom

This dated bathroom had plenty of palm trees, but it lacked personality and pizzazz. A monochromatic beige color scheme added to the blah vibe.

AFTER: aShow Your Stripes

Striped Bathroom

A bold horizontal stripe paint job infuses the bathroom with modern style. The rest of the makeover relies on easy upgrades like painting the vanity and switching out the shower curtain.

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