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DIY Bathroom Makeover

Hello friends! Today I’m excited to show you our guest bathroom makeover. My vision for this bathroom was something calm and neutral. So we went with a light grey and stenciled accent wall. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!
Bathroom Makeover
stenciled wall
For the accent wall I used the Moroccan Dream Stencil
from Cutting Edge Stencils. I’m so proud of this project because besides moving the toilet, I completed this makeover without my husband’s help. I even cut the molding to frame the mirror. This is a huge improvement for someone who, besides a screwdriver and hammer, has never touched a tool in her life up until a couple months ago.
To keep the bathroom from looking too busy I chose white towels and a simple orchid for a pop of color.
Here’s a quick before picture (excuse the horrible lighting)
So what do you think? Eventually I’ll switch out the light fixture and paint the cabinets. My question for all of you is what color? White or black? I’d love to hear some ideas.
Thanks for stopping for checking out my DIY Bathroom Makeover!

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Update: the paint color is Valspar Chromium from Lowes
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Disclosure: I received a stencil to review, no other compensation was provided. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Looks beautiful! You did a great job with framing the mirror too! I'm a die hard DIYer from tiling, hanging doors, sheetrock to vynal siding yet I don't touch trim work, that is always for my hubby. I think a black vanity would look really nice and contrast the white and grey.

  2. Veronica and Daniel says:

    Wow! It looks so much brighter and bigger with the new color! I would say black cabinets. I am a newer follower – did you do a post about your stencil process? I am considering a similar stencil for a wall in my entry way… You did a super great job!

  3. holy cow!! you did an amazing job!! i cannot wait to own a house so i can paint and remodel!

  4. Ooh pretty. I love stenciled walls.

  5. I think a white vanity would flow well with the rest of the room. A black vanity would draw everyone's eyes to it. If you want that gorgeous accent wall to be more of a focal point, I would paint the vanity white.

  6. Very nice look! Even with just the two of us now, I can't make white towels work. They're mussed in a heartbeat! Pretty though.

  7. Andrea @ Decorating Cents says:

    Very pretty. I love stenciled walls…did one in my dining room recently. I think painting the cabinet dark would really pop.

  8. Beautiful! I want to do a similar stencil in my kitchen! Love the gray, too!

  9. Holy Craft says:

    I love the colors and the stencil. It looks amazing. Nice work!

  10. Teresa@Magazine Your Home says:

    You did a lovely job, it looks so fresh and light. I definitely vote for white on the vanity!

  11. amy and jesse hudson says:

    Crystal, I love this bathroom! It feels so clean, fresh, and chic too! I would love for you to consider linking this to my very first link party tomorrow at my blog Sugar and Spice. The link party is called Drab to Fab, and this would be perfect to link! You can link as many as you want. Here's a link to see more about it:

    Hope to see you tomorrow morning!

  12. WOW I'm loving the stenciled wall. This is something I want to do to our bathroom this year. Frame the mirror and stencil the wall… and change out the builder grade light! lol. Your bathroom looks amazing!

  13. A Lived in Home says:

    Oh, how I love your space! It looks fresh and up to date. The stenciling rocks!

  14. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty says:

    It's gorgeous, just gorgeous! And to do it all on your own- I aspire to do that someday! (I would say black cabinets would contrast nicely- and they hide the bathroom grunge better).

    Love it-
    Valerie- http://www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

  15. Natalie Dixon says:

    Love it! I've been on the fence about stenciling something in my house and then I see posts like this and I wanna get started immediately! You picked great colors too! I just started my first link party and would love it if you linked up!http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/01/share-wow-wednesday-first-ever-link.html

  16. Sheryll And Critters. says:

    Oh how beautiful. I have been eying that very same stencil and considering it for one wall of my bedroom… only thinking a light bluish gray and white for the stencil as well. Oh, only paint the cabinet white. That is safer if you decide to change colors or repaint the walls, it is easier to paint walls than the cabinets. Plus I think the stencil should be your focal point.

  17. Kristina @ ReMadeSimple says:

    so so gorgeous! Loving the soft gray and yellow. Great job!

  18. I am inspired. You have made me want to try stenciling!

  19. Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} says:

    That looks amazing!!!!

  20. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    Awesome job on the stenciling. It looks great!

  21. craftytexasgirls says:

    I love stencils- great job. Visiting from Whipperberry!
    :) Samantha

  22. D @ The Shady Porch says:

    Visiting from Simply Designing…loved your wreath and stencil projects and wanted to invite you to link up at my party too!

  23. WOW! Your bathroom is stunning! I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and link up this project. I host a Home and Family Friday linky party each Friday. I hope you'll come link up to the party!



  24. WhisperWood Cottage says:

    Gorgeous transformation! I absolutely love the colors!! The stencil and mirror frame look amazing. Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

  25. LOVE!! I just posted this on my fb page :)

  26. live by the sun, luv by the moon says:

    Love the stencil and paint color! Great job : )

  27. Designed by Dawn Nicole says:

    Love, love, love this! I am obsessed with the grey/yellow combo lately to!

  28. Very pretty! I love stenciling on walls. I'm doing my hallway now and I think I'm in love :)

  29. LOVE the stencil! and the grey/yellow combo!!! Came over from Every Creative Endeavor.. following you now!

  30. Amy {All In A Day} says:

    Your bathroom looks AWESOME!!! Nice work! You have definitely inspired me to frame out some of the mirrors in our bathrooms! Nice work! xoxo

  31. Beautiful!! Love the color!!!

  32. BabiesandBargains says:

    wow fantastic job! You did amazing!!

  33. Cindy @ Creating at Home says:

    Wow! It's stunning. You did an amazing job on this. I love the stencilling.

  34. Way to go! I really like that stencil. Nice work!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous. The stencil is awesome, and the colors are so clean and nice. I would never leave the bathroom :)

  36. That looks amazing!

  37. my meller says:

    I'm so jealous! I am trying to convince my husband to let me stencil in my craftroom, and he is being difficult. I am going to keep at him, because I just love the way it looks!

  38. Kim @ Too Much Time says:

    The stenciling is just lovely! Gray and white is so soothing. I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!

  39. It's absolutely stunning. I'm planning the same for our half bath but I still need to find the paint for the stencil.


  40. Angie Ramirez says:

    love it!! So clean and crisp just my style!

    Stopping by from TT&J. I have a linky party and would love for you to come by and link this and other projects you have!


    Hope to see you there!
    Angie from A Little Inspiration

  41. Netties Expressions says:

    Came here from the Check Me Out Saturday party. Love, love the stenciling job you did! Maybe someday I can try this.

  42. Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com says:

    This is beautiful! I love the stenciling.. its gorg! And very calming too. :)

    I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party going on now :)

  43. beautiful! it's so bright and airy now! love it.

  44. So pretty! I love white, but black would work too.

  45. Kyle-Michelle-Kaylie says:

    so pretty! with all the lightness of the room i would sand and restain the cabinets to be more of a cooler brown, not the warmer red, like a mix of dark walnut and ebony. that would be so pretty! (its what i did on mine haha)

  46. Laura from Top This Top That says:

    just stunning! great job.

  47. Love the stencil and the grey – what color paint did you use? I'm excited to see that your stencil worked well on textured walls. I've been afraid to try it because of that, but now I know it can be done!

    Visiting from TT&J's feature~

    Rhonda @ home.made.

  48. I stenciled so much of our house years ago (we no longer live in that house) – I love seeing it coming back in style – I LOVE this look!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/valentines-day-ideas/ Have a great weekend!

  49. The DIY Show Off says:

    Gorgeous transformation – I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  50. forever fancy says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job! Visiting from the ECE linky party. I love the stencil work and the color. I vote for white cabinets so your wall remains the focal point.

  51. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    That's absolutely stunning! You should be proud. Stopping by from Tidy Mom's. Great job!

  52. Michelle {Daydream Believers} says:

    Very nice job! I recently re-styled our bathroom in white and grey; I'm loving how clean and fresh it feels! :)

  53. Megan Hellrung says:

    So beautiful! I love the colors.

    I hope you will share this at my party, Some Good Stuff: http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-3.html


  54. Two Sides of the Rainbow says:

    Beautiful job! I love the look of espresso finished cabinets in an otherwise neutral colored bathroom. Found your blog on Sumo's Sweet Stuff : )

  55. Hellooooo fabulous! what a great before and AFTER! :) beautiful job! thanks for linking up and sharing on Make it Monday!

    I'll be featuring it on the Brassy Apple FB page :)

  56. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    I'm dying to stencil something! Thanks for the inspiration!

  57. You did a beautiful job with your bathroom redo! I love the color and the crisp white towels.

  58. Natasha in Oz says:

    I love everything! What an incredible transformation.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  59. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    thanks for linking – just gave you a shout out on my FB page :)

  60. Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style says:

    This is so nice! I'm so jealous that you do something like stenciling in your bathrooms! Here in Greece, we only have tiles all over the bathrooms from head to toes! LOL!
    Love, Olga
    P.S.: visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts

  61. Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style says:

    I like it so much every time I see you guys stenciling your bathrooms! I wish I could that, but here in Greece the bathrooms are tiled. Tiles all over, from head to toes! LOL!
    Love, Olga
    P.S.: visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts

  62. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Great job!!!

    Pamela @ pbjstories.com

  63. serious yummy stenciling going on here.

    visiting via TTJ and would love to have you stop by kate spade/vintage jewelry giveaway: http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-old-something-new-giveaway.html.



  64. Sheer Serendipity says:

    Wow! It looks amazing! I want to do this to my little bathroom… It looks gorgeous!

  65. Anca Veronica says:


  66. New follower :) I was also featured on TT&J room reveals! Love your bathroom makeover. I'd love for you to stop by and say hi!


  67. A Gracious Home says:
  68. Sass - aka - Kathy says:
  69. Not sure if my comment went through (got an error message).

    In a nutshell: pinned, tweeted, facebooked and loved.
    newest follower.

  70. Thank you so much! :)

  71. I love the stencil, it looks great!

  72. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:

    WOW!!! :) Crystal, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the stencil, and those colors! The pop of yellow is just perfect with the light gray! Just tweeted this…. thanks for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

  73. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    The stencil is gorgeous and WOW, I am super impressed that you did this yourself! Kudos!

  74. WOW! What a gorgeous transformation! It seriously looks like something you'd see in a magazine!!! GREAT before & after! Thanks for sharing & linking up to Craft Monkey'n Monday!

  75. Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    It is beautiful and I'm 100% jealous of your bathroom! Guess it's time for me to invest in a stencil for our walls. New follower:)

  76. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    You are awesome so I featured you at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Feel free to stop by for a button if you'd like. :)


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  77. Sherika Lovett Alston says:

    AHH-AMAZING!! I have the same stencil and it is still in the box! Great inspiration, awesome makeover!!

  78. Oh, boy. Oh, joy! says:

    Beautiful, love the quatrefoil design!!

  79. SOOOOOO pretty. I love the stenciling. I think you should go with black for your cabinets for sure. Or maybe if your into it you could go with a charcoal grey. I think something darker will look amazing against to cool toned walls and crisp stencil. Great Job!!

  80. This is beautiful – you did such a great job!

  81. Being a lover of Calm Cool White I'd say
    paint the cabinets White… your bath is
    now beautiful.
    Wonderful Job

  82. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} says:

    Your bathroom makeover is so pretty!! I love the gray and white and that orchid just looks perfect! Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays! I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/01/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-36/

  83. Not Your Ordinary Agent says:

    Wow, I'm impressed AND you've given me a great idea for my bathroom! Thank you! I'm copying if you don't mind! Not Your Ordinary Agent
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  84. Chef in Training says:

    Wow! Your bathroom is GORGEOUS! I LOVE it and how happy and bright it looks! I would love it if you would link this up to the Tuesday Talent Show this Tuesday at Chef in Training! I hope to see you next Tuesday!
    Chef in Training

  85. Renee @ Rustic Crafts says:

    This looks amazing! I love the stencil. I would love to have you share this at my link party over at Rustic Crafts http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=4689

  86. I love love love that stenciled accent wall!!! You did an awesome job on changing that room big time!!! And gray and white…so relaxing!!! Thanks for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  87. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from my Show & Share party! Thanks for linking up!


  88. Six Sisters says:

    Very cute! The stencil looks great!! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another idea! -The Sisters

  89. I love gray, and I love this calming bathroom idea! I just submitted this to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  90. Claire Jain says:

    Great work! That's a totally inspiring makeover :-D

  91. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    Love the wall color and the stencil.. beautifully done!

  92. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

    I say paint the cabinet a dark, smokey grey


  93. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living says:

    What a great transformation! The bathroom looks gorgeous! What color gray did you use on the walls? I vote for black on the cabinets.

  94. This is so cute. I have a small powder bath that I've been wanting to spruce up. This could work. Hope all is well with your and your family! :)

  95. I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    Saw your room over at Funky Junk. Great choices on the stencil, and the colors!

  96. I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    The stencils and colors you chose are perfect! I think I would go with white on the cabinet. You can continually change your accent colors with a neutral background!

  97. I love stenciling in small spaces. I've got an entry I plan to stencil very soon and love seeing examples.

  98. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    It is so eye catching and beautiful.

  99. OMG What a beauuuuuuutiful job you did. WOW I am floored. I must save your page!!

  100. Paint Yellow !

  101. I recall this bathroom make over. Come link it up again, at our linky party about BEST OF 2012: http://www.finecraftguild.com/best-of-2012-linky-parties/

  102. Love your stenciled wall! It’s beautiful! I’m getting a stencil from Cutting Edge soon and can’t wait to get started with it!

  103. I love your stenciled wall, and I especially love the color. I’ve been looking for a similar gray. Would you mind sharing what brand/ shade it is? Thanks!

  104. Always amazed at the comments on AT. The room looks great and of course lighting played a factor but really the paint & stencil made a major difference! Lighting alone wouldn’t have had the same transformative effect!

  105. This is so beautiful! I love light, cool colors in bathrooms (icy blue, light gray, etc.) because I think they help things feel crisp and fresh. And congrats on cutting the molding yourself! I don’t think I’m brave enough to attempt that. :) I love that you transformed your bathroom in a way that is simple yet sophisticated. Good for you! (And don’t let the negative nellies of the world get you down.)

  106. You probably all ready posted this, but I couldn’t find it. What paint color did you use?
    I love the clean, bright look.

  107. I love this! You’re light gray is the perfect color! Would you please email me the name of your paint?


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