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.

  1. BEFORE: Goodbye, Granny

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    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."

  2. AFTER: Hello, Style

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    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

  3. BEFORE: Not Pretty in Pink

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    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.

  4. AFTER: Lovely Earth Tones

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    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

  5. BEFORE: Off Broadway

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    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.

  6. AFTER: On the Mark

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    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.

  7. BEFORE: Single Sink

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    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

  8. AFTER: Spreading Out

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    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.

  9. BEFORE: Boring Beige

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    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

  10. AFTER: Salvaged and Chic

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    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

  11. BEFORE: Pepto Pink

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    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.

  12. AFTER: Accented with Charm

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    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.

  13. BEFORE: Bland Bathroom

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

  14. AFTER: aShow Your Stripes

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    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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