Project Amherst - Guest Bathroom

My friend/client was over the other day and mentioned that I should do a post about my guest bathroom. I kind of cringe anytime someone steps foot in or mentions my guest bathroom because I can't shake the original image from my head. When we first bought the house, I wasn't sure there was much hope at all without completely gutting the space. Here's what it used to look like:

So. Scary. But I remembered a bathroom that Bailey did in her house! This picture really doesn't do it justice...

I've always thought it was genius to pair that wallpaper with vintage tile. Needless to say, I had a change of heart and started seeing the potential in the bathroom. I started out by ordering the wallpaper right away! 


Next, I decided to paint all the trim black. I went back and forth on this a lot. I almost painted it a green, but my husband said we already had too much green in the house (and he was right). I'm glad we didn't go with green because I think it would have made the bathroom feel childish. The black is much more sophisticated. 


Confession: We had to remove an old heater that was mounted into the wall tile directly across from the sink. This left a huge gap that we replaced with new wall tile. The problem was that they no longer make the tile we needed, so we had to improvise. I found this bakers rack in Round Top and thought I could add towels at the bottom and cover up the mismatch. 


On the same note of mismatched tile...if you look back at the before photos, you can see that there was really hideous grab bar next to the shower door. We couldn't permanently remove it because it would have left holes in the tile, and I didn't want those two pieces of tile not to match since there was no way of hiding them. I ended up switching it out with a glass towel rack from Restoration Hardware. We just mounted it vertically to make it serve as a "grab bar" rather than a towel rack. I still need to switch out the grab bar in the shower, and I would also like to replace the old white towel rack too. I'll get around to it one day!

We also upgraded the shower door with a frameless glass door, which made a huge difference...

It's not the fanciest bathroom ever, but it's much more pleasing to the eye now. I'm glad we were able to find a way to save money and make the most of what we had. If I am able to gut the bathroom one day, I would love to use this same wallpaper again. Except I would style it a little more like this: 

P.S. If anyone knows of any tricks to clean old grout, please share! This tile seems to look dirty no matter how much I clean.