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Americana Guest Bathroom Makeover

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! I spent this past weekend sprucing up my guest bathroom. {Thanks so much to my mom who came and helped me out with the kiddo and taking down my Christmas decor – gasp! – otherwise it would have been up until February!! #hangsheadinshame}

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

As an Ace Blogger, I was thrilled to team up with Ace Hardware to spruce up the bathroom for a full weekend project. I changed out all of the hardware as well as painted the cabinets and added some fun color and personality, too! I already shared about painting the walls last week, which did wonders in getting rid of the orange-y builder’s beige.

Clark+Kensington Oyster Pearl

Before I painted it and did all of the work this weekend, I hadn’t done a thing to the bathroom since we moved in. Well, I added a shower curtain, but only because that was necessary for it to be functional. Everything else had been untouched. Let’s take a look at the bathroom before.

Guest Bathroom Makeover: Before

The walls were beige and the cabinets were a honey oak color, which isn’t horrible, but it’s not my favorite. {All of the cabinetry in my house is the same.} The towel ring, towel bar and toilet paper holder were all pretty simple and cheap-looking hardware. They worked fine, but I wanted something a little more substantial for the hardware. And the faucet was fine, too, but I wanted something a bit fancier.

Let’s take a look at how it looks now! Unfortunately, due to the shape and size of this bathroom, it is particularly difficult to get a good all-of-the-changes shot. So, you’ll have to see it in bits and pieces. It is also equally difficult to take good pictures in a room with no natural light. So, if the wall colors look a bit off, it’s the elementary editing skills and not the actual color.

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

The transformation started with the paint colors on the wall and on the cabinets. Wall color is Oyster Pearl and the cabinet color is Ominous Cloud. LOVE them both!

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

The paint I used is Ace Hardware’s Cabinet and Trim paint. The self-leveling is ah-mazing!!

Ace Hardware Cabinet, Door and Trim Paint

The cabinets look like they came from the factory in this color. I’m going to do a full post on how I painted them and all about the paint, but in the meantime, if you want to try it yourself, check out your local Ace and see if they have it. And if they don’t carry it, see if they can order it. I had to have mine shipped special to the store. But it’s oh so worth it! I love this product!! {Just a little tip: you want to paint really thin coats. I had to paint my cabinets three times, but they look incredible!!}

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

I kept the knobs on the cabinet doors, but changed them out on the drawers. I’ve been wanting to have some bin pulls in my house and I love these! I have a source list at the bottom of this post, so that you can buy some for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

My jumping off point for color was the Norman Rockwell art. I picked these up at my great-grandmother’s house when were cleaning it out after she passed away 15 years ago. So, literally, for 15 years, these art pieces have been sitting in my closet un-touched and un-opened. These are so American to me, giving the guest bath, what I call, a Traditional Americana style.

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

When Coach and I got married, I really loved the color red. But as time as gone by, I’ve tried to remove most reads from my decor. I did get these red towels for my wedding and several times have thought I should just donate or sell them. But I really love them in this bathroom now. The muted grey-blue and red along with the Norman Rockwell art make me want to break out in the Star Spangled Banner. I just think it works!

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

I so love this cute little art piece. I want to live an intentional life – always.

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

So love my new hardware, even the hardware for my toilet paper holder. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so much more substantial than the old hardware and it’s just so pretty.

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!
Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

Thanks so much for taking the tour. I hope you liked it! I’m so glad to finally have infused a little personality into my blah, bland guest & kid bathroom.

Sources:
“Live Your Life on Purpose” printable: On Sutton Place
Moen Banbury Two Handle Bathroom Faucet in Brushed Nickel
Moen Sage Toilet Paper Holder
Moen 24in Inspirations Towel Bar
Moen Sage Towel Ring
Spectrumยฎ Small Locker Basket
Ace Cabinet, Door & Trim Semi-Gloss Alkyd Enamel Paint
Red and Blue Bowl
Bin Pulls
Mercury Glass Candle
Wooden Tray

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26 Comments

  1. It looks really good! I really like the Rockwell pictures. What a treasure! The pops of red are perfect! I am starting on my bathroom next week. Seeing your completed bathroom has gotten me excited.

  2. The whole bathroom is gorgeous, but I’m especially loving the cabinets, because I SO want to paint my bathroom & kitchen cabinets. I’m just dreading how much work it’s going to be! But I’m glad you showed that particular paint. I’ll have to try it when I get around to tackling this big job. I’d love it if you’d join my History & Home link party, starts each Tuesday at 5am Eastern, runs through Friday. Take care! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

    1. I’m also dreading painting my kitchen cabinets, so I thought this would be a good first step. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s still going to be a lot of work, but I’m determined to tackle them this spring or summer.

  3. A really charming bathroom! Love the cabinet color and hardware! And I love the red accents too!

  4. Wow! This is awesome! Love the hardware you chose. Thanks for sharing with Sharing It Sunday. I’m definitely pinning this one!

  5. The wall and cabinet colors make such a difference, love them. The decor is such a nice touch, what a pretty bathroom.

  6. Your bathroom looks amazing! I really love the theme. The pictures on the wall are beautiful and I like the little bird detail. It’s so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This is so nice! It feels so different from a lot of other blog bathrooms. I like the traditional art and the bright red! Way to go!

    1. Thank you, Kelly! I’m loving having another room “completed.” Although we all know nothing is ever really complete. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Very pretty Laura – love the Norman Rockwell’s, the hardware and the shower curtain. It looks so fresh and new!! Great job:)

  9. If we weren’t getting a giant snowstorm today I’d be out getting that cabinet paint! I have the oak cabinets in both bathrooms and will be painting as soon as we dig out!!!

    1. It’s fabulous! You will love it!! just remember to paint with thin coats, and I used a foam roller as much as possible.

  10. Beautiful job! and great to know about that paint. I am not a fan of the honey oak cabinets either. We are shopping for a weekend home right now and I think it is possible there may be some in my future – so glad to benefit from your experience with the paint. I love the gray!
    The Rockwell prints look fabulous! I so love being able to see a pretty print behind me when I’m looking in the bathroom mirror.

  11. I love it and once again I’m amazed that you were able to get all of this done in a weekend! Can’t wait to see it in person this weekend!

  12. It all looks great!! I have slowly been using red in some thing sin our kids bathroom and my sons room. Hs is 6 and his fav colour is red. He always asks for it! Now that I am using it, I am loving to pops of it around the house ๐Ÿ™‚
    I ordered some “Canadian” prints last year and can’t wait to use them in the bathroom as well!!

    1. Fun! I like a few pops of red, too. But once I had lots of red, even a red couch. Trying not to overdo it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. You did a fabulous job with your bathroom makeover! I love it!! I have naked walls in my main bathroom right now and was wondering what kind of art would work. Norman Rockwell hadn’t occurred to me and I love his work. Gonna have to copy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also love the colors and am taking note of that paint as I have some kitchen cabinet painting in my future. Thanks for a great post!

    1. Please copy away! I have kept those Norman Rockewells in my closet for years and when I came across them, I just knew they would be perfect. I love them! And love that they came from my great-grandmother’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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