Met Monday: $100 Guest Bath Makeover

Welcome to Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Please make sure you stop by this weekly blog event to see all the wonderful “Before and After” pics.

I will start by saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed the Holidays in more ways than one. Aside from the fact that my beautiful family was all together this year, and – besides the fact that I went on a wild Christmas decorating binge *smile* – I have had some spare time to blog and welcome you into my home, and share some of my projects with you.

That said – today was the “official” last day of my extended vacation period. Tomorrow …it is back to work in full force. Back to reality. So…my blogging may be sporadic…again! sigh!

I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely visits and comments I have received over the past few weeks. It means a lot to me. Red heart

This week, I am sharing my Guest Bathroom Makeover.

This past year, we had travertine marble installed. Love it!

A coordinating tile surrounds the edge of the bathroom.

Previously, it was painted “Wet Concrete” by Ben Moore. I really am not a “purple” person per say, but to me this is one of the prettiest Ben Moore colors available. (but what a horrid name! )

I found the large silver mirror at Ross 5 yrs ago when we first moved into this house. I could not face another contractor-grade “slab-o-mirror” again. Because there were a few small nicks in the frame of this mirror, I was able to purchase this beauty for about $50. I knew no matter what the color scheme was, I wanted to keep silver, and this mirror, in the design profile.

Technically, there wasn’t anything really wrong with the bathroom. It wasn’t exactly a major eyesore.

Mr. Grits said it was a project that could wait, because there were other more pressing issues. (like his deck maybe? ) “rolling eyes here*

No matter, I started planning and working on some of the ideas that were running through my head…

I created a few mini mock-ups with fabrics and colors….

But alas, Mr Grits said “nit!” He jokingly said…

“If you can re-do this bathroom for $100 or less, you can do it.”

Silly, silly man…..

“Ninny, ninny, poo poo -

I will show you what I can do!”

Now before I show you the “After”…I will say this project was a testament to the power of bartering.

Me and my handyman struck up a little deal. I would manage his property free for 3 months, if he supplied the labor and I supplied the materials. Done!

The “After”….

Chocolate Brown with Crisp White Wainscoting

The magic of moulding….

Love the “beefy” chair rail….

Chocolate Paint $27

White Paint (already had)

Mouldings $48

This was one of my fave projects….with 3 yards of clearance rack fabric ($12) and a roll of ribbon ($3)…I created this “No-Sew” window treatment in about 5 minutes.

You can’t really see the true color, but its a gorgeous grey-sage embroidered silk. Yum!

With the basics of the room in place, it was time to accessorize….

“Home Shopping: 101″

I had a white over-the-toilet shelf which I really never liked. So, we cut off the bottom part and my hubby added hardware on the back to allow it to hang. So much better!

Small touches “borrowed” from here and there throughout my home. The little silver bird was a recent $4 purchase at Ross.

(wish I had bought more, I can see a sweet little tablescape themed around this little guy.)

I removed two prints from these frames above, then painted them white. I rubbed the edges to give them a slight aged effect. The bird prints with burlap mats were taken out of other frames. I bought two $4 sage green mats. I love the burlap mats and was glad I was able to use them.

You know how I love to add “bling” with scrapbooking stick-on gems and jewels. I dug through my box and decided on these…

A single sage-colored jewel fancies up a candle…

More stick-on gems decorate a plain white shade….

A vintage silver tray holds a white porcelain sugar and creamer with silver trim for cotton balls and q-tips, and a glass soap dish.

…even the mini gems look great when used on the border of the shade.

Silk hydrangea blooms fill a crystal, Waterford pitcher.

Brown and white transferware plates …

A silver, petit four stand holds seashells collected on a family vacation to Sanibel Island.

A view looking into the mirror….

A small $1 Michael’s silver frame and a hand-written message…

Total expenditure…. $102

(shhhh….Mr Grits does not need to know I was $2 over budget) *wink*

I hope you enjoyed seeing my “$100″ guest bathroom makeover. I am sure some accessories will change along the way, as I see the perfect little “this” and the ideal little “that” which better suits this space…but for now…I am very pleased with the outcome.

Please make sure you visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more “Before and After” projects on Met Monday.

I am also joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday,

as well as, Thrifty Decor Chic and

and Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal for her Silver Sunday Blog Party.

Have a Great Week, Dear Friends….

Blessings, Barb

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  1. Your bathroom looks fantastic! I love the crisp white contrast with brown.

  2. What a beautiful and budget wise makeover! I love the brown and white! Your floor is stunning, may have to copy that sometime soon!
    Dee Dee

  3. Barb, your bathroom makeover is absolutely stunning and hard to believe it cost you just a tad over a hundred. Love, love the paint colors, wainscotting and all the pretty touches. Enjoy!

  4. Gorgeous makeover, Barb!!

  5. Wowee! Can’t believe you did all that for 100 bucks! You need your own show on HGTV and I would be your #1 fan :)

  6. Oh it’s GORGEOUS, Barb!!! I love the whole room and every little detail!


  7. Barb,
    Beautiful room, I love the contrast of the dark brown and white. The molding made such a difference. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Beautiful. The molding and trim really makes the room look rich and expensive. I love the cabinet on the wall, too. Every detail is magnificent. Rosie

  9. Barb, it is just gorgeous. I love the chocolate and the white together. All of the molding is just stunning. What a beautiful job. Your accessories are so pretty too. Love, Love, Love it. Hugs, Marty

  10. Very nice Barb….I really love the wainscoting and the shelf on the wall…great 100 dollars spent!! we won’t mention the uh….2 extra…shhhhh

  11. You did a great job. I love the color combo–the brown against the white.

  12. Very elegant and incredible that you were able to do it on such a limited budget!

  13. I LOVE this transformation! The crisp white and brown are just dreamy! Love the no sew curtains…right up my alley and the shutters make it all look so friendly! I really like the silver too. Just terrific! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a wonderful job for under 100.00. I love the bling to the lamp shade.

  15. Wow! What a great before/after! I love your travertine, and the brown with white woodwork is beyond gorgeous!

  16. You rocked this makeover. Fabulous.
    Just charge Mr. Grits $2 to use the bathroom and you will be right on.

  17. GORGEOUS!!! I’m telling you Barb, you have such talent! If you EVER come down my way….HELP!!!


    Robin :o)

  18. Gorgeous! You and your skills ROCK! Happy New Year from Houston, TX

  19. Your bathroom makeover is fabulous. Pretty soon we see you with your very own makeover show.

    @ BellaCasa

  20. I love everything, especially the brown and white. Transfer-ware is one of my favorite things.

  21. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  22. Beautiful, the mirror is a fav. right along with the beautiful no sew valance.. I did a “no sew” valance similar to yours in my bedroom… way to go!

  23. Beautiful Barb! I love that chocolate paint against the crisp white woodwork, just gorgeous. And the floor is beautiful! Wonderful job! Hugs, Kat

  24. Well done…love that big mirror. We have one bedroom done in Chocolate brown and I LOVE it….I’m thinking of re-doing our bathroom with that same luscious color. Hope you have a grand week!

  25. What is not to love about this room? Each detail is so clever and beautiful!! It’s amazing what you’ve done on such a budget. The bartering was a great idea. Loving the brown color and the silver and white touches!!


  26. You, my dear, are a very smart cookie! I love your bathroom! Like Mr. Grits, I was not offended by the “before” but this is something special! I have never seen wainscoting in a bathroom that I can remember. Love the shade fabric and the shells on the dessert stand! ps–the house in my post is not really my taste–good thing at 3.5 :)

  27. Barb…this is truly beautiful! I love the molding…I’m a molding freak! So I’m seriously drooling over all that great molding! You’ve really added so many wonderful details! You could have your own show featuring rooms done for $100 (+$2):-) Great job…I know you must smile every time you walk in there! Bet Mr. Grits was impressed!

  28. This was FABULOUS! So glad I stopped by!

  29. Barb

    What a beauty! You are sooo blessed (as I am sure as he is also) to have such a willing *cough* helper.

    You two make a great team.

    Stop by if you get a chance–
    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  30. Very Pretty. The chocolate and the white really make a statement. The moulding rocks!

  31. Very nice job! I really love the white/brown combo and your accessories really pull the look together.

  32. You Inspired me to do a $100 make over in my guest bath! I’m going to try!

    WHoo hoo!


  33. OMG – I’m in love with your re-do! It’s brilliant & would be so perfect for our blah hall bath!!! Thanks for the inspiration & wonderful ideas!!! ♥♥♥

  34. Absolutely gorgeous makeover!!! I can’t believe you were able to do it for only $102! Awesome job.

  35. Shame on you going $2.00 over budget ha ha!! Looks just wonderful Brab BRAVO a job well done…oh you girls and your new homes sighs…Many Blessings to you this coming year my friend…hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  36. Love the new paint color and the toile paint. Also like the crystal pitcher, and the idea of a sugar and creamer in the bathroom. Very clever. Like that bathroom shelf too. Don’t remember seeing that profile photo before, but it makes you look like 32.

  37. Its amazing that small changes can make a big difference and how thrifty of you to do it on such a tight budget. Your BR turned out amazing – love the chocolate brown with the sage green – great colour combo!


  38. Beautiful makeover and I love the floor. Everything looks awesome, wonderful photos and mosaics.

  39. What an incredible job you did on this makeover. It’s amazing what a difference a little paint and moulding can make in a space.

  40. What a difference! The bathroom is beautiful now. It reminds me of something out of one of the Mary Carol Garrity books…really! It’s gorgeous Barb.

  41. I love the chocolate brown. What an awesome transformation and I’m glad you had time to work on things over your break. It’s always nice to give your home some lovin’

  42. Hello: I absolutely loved your bathroom…every detail. I want to copy a couple like the shutters. Oh I want to go shopping. I have a mirror similar to yours. It started out as a wedding present 39 years ago with gold hoosits on the outside of it. We took them off and my husband banded the mirror in wood molding. We painted ours a dark brown. It looks brand new and we love it. Thanks for sharing. Valerie

  43. Absolutely beautiful. That mirror is stunning. I love silver everywhere. You done amazing on $100

  44. beautiful bathroom

  45. I love it! I especially like the chair rail and moulding. What a great touch for a bathroom.

  46. Wow – that is truly amazing! I have a half bath that really needs some work. I love the wainscoting. And the brown color what a great contrast!



  47. I absolutely love your glamorous beachy bathroom. Next on my list of todos is the curtains for my beachy bathroom…I was thinking something way more complicated but I love how yours turned out and just might steal the idea. Enjoy your “new” bathroom!

  48. You did a fantastic job with your 100! Love the wall color and the sagey green with it. That says alot cause I hate green. You get a pat on the back!

  49. Great color and accessories! You did a fabulous job. I’m envious… what is the paint color and brand? Love it~

  50. Barb your bathroom re-do is just beautiful! My favorite part is the amazing molding. ~WOW! ~Gorgeous job! :)

  51. Really awsome Barb. You have inspire me to makeover my bathroom.

  52. How nice! I’ve seen expensive makeovers not turn out as beautiful as this. I love your color choices, the artwork and your window treatment! Thanks for the tip about scrapbook “bling” stickers! ~Lisa

  53. I love it! That molding just makes all the difference. I love the brown too and it just helped me make a decision I have been contemplating for months……uh oh :-)

  54. Barb, I love the dark brown wall with the gorgeous white wainscotting, it really makes a great statement. In my mind you can never have enough moulding,hehe. Hugs Kathysue

  55. Hello Barb,

    I love your bathroom redo! Between the colors and the decorating, I am truly inspired and now have more great ideas to use when I tackle mine next month!

    Great job!

    ~ Tracy

  56. Hello Barb,

    I love your bathroom redo! Between the colors and the decorating, I am truly inspired and now have more great ideas to use when I tackle mine next month!

    Great job!

    ~ Tracy

  57. Oh I love the redo. How pretty. And I especially like all the things you repurposed.
    Hey come over to my blog and read my post about Trade Days Tuesday.
    It starts next week at my blog. Come check it out.
    Have a great week,

  58. Wow! That looks beautiful!

  59. Just beautiful, Barb! I love the little birdie touches! The wall color is yummy! We used to go to Sanibel to collect shells when I was little. You had to go by ferry and there were virtually no homes! Big changes, I’ll bet! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  60. Absolutely Beautiful, Elegant Makeover… and for $102… you’re also a magician!

  61. Wow, your bathroom is just beautiful. It’s fabulous that you could do so much with just a little money…you’re very talented!

  62. So happy to find your blog. I’m hopping over from Met Monday party. WOW, WOW, WOW. It looked great before but now it’s just off the HOOK! I love the way the white mouldings pop on that chocolate paint. The mirror is gorgeous and I’m going to have to copy your little dessert stand with the shells. Beautiful! I’ll be following you!

  63. Wow, LOVE your makeover! Sooo beautiful! Thanks so much fir sharing at MM. :)

  64. Miss Barb, Congratulations, you did a fabulous job. I love it all, especially the wall color and the silver accents. It looks very high end!! I love it and all for $102. Wow!

  65. I really like the window treatment and would like duplicate this for my guest/spa room. How did you accomplish hanging this window treatment? Did you have rods underneath first?

    By the way, the bathroom is GORGEOUS!

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