#Elsiesnashvillebnb Bathroom Tour (Before + After)

Hello friends! I am so excited to share my final room tour of 2017 with you today. This year has been incredible!! I learned so much and had an amazing time working on this project house. This post is sponsored by Delta Faucet and these faucets are available at The Home Depot. You all know by now I have an ongoing love for these faucets in both my personal home and at the bnb home. They are amazing quality as well as super good looking, and they’re really affordable compared to the other really good looking brands (cough cough) that I considered. So I kept coming back to them over and over, long before they became our sponsor!

Earlier this year, I worked with them to renovate the master bathroom as well as the kitchen this past month. I chose matte black faucets and hardware throughout the entire home and I LOVED working with a high contrast color story in this space. I’m so happy I decided to branch out beyond my typical brass + pink + white color scheme.

This bathroom was challenging. I will be honest, when we started off it was one of the worst rooms in the house. It 100 percent needed a makeover, but as we got deeper into this renovation, I realized that we didn’t have the time OR money to fully remodel the room. Instead, we needed to do as much DIY as possible to keep the budget reasonable.

Alright … well, you know what time it is! Time for a walk down memory lane. You can see a full “before” tour of this home here.

As you can see from this photo, we didn’t reconfigure this room in any way. Instead, we chose to refinish it and make it the best it could be on the budget (and time) we had. We chose new tile that was cute, but more on the low end of the tile price range spectrum. Then we opted to install it DIY-style, which Collin did. It was his first tile job ever. He learned from YouTube and online DIYs. And the result is pretty darn GREAT. To me, this is just another testament that you can learn to do anything from the internet if you have the right attitude, patience and focus. Because we went the DIY route, we were able to retile this small bathroom (it’s smaller than it looks) for around $500.

If you’re interested in learning anything about tiling, here’s our beginner’s guide to tile laying.

Originally, when I was getting this project quoted, I planned to remove the older bathtub and replace it with a shower and glass door. While this would have been modern and nice, we saved A LOT of money by opting for a bathtub paint kit instead, which only cost $50. In the end, I am SO PLEASED with the result.

Replacing the plastic shower surround with real tile that went all the way to the ceiling really helped the space look more expensive and, of course, the Delta shower + tub faucet set is SO good looking. The whole renovation looks a lot more expensive than it really was.

Finally, the real difference in this space is just making the decor a bit more intentional and finding things that best fit the space. The space is SMALL (like I said, it really is much smaller than it looks—these photos were taken with a wide angle lens), so finding little ways to optimize the space was important. These tiny toilet cabinets can be awkward. Unless you absolutely need the storage, I would skip them since they don’t hold much anyway. Since we added a new vanity with storage, I didn’t feel bad saying goodbye to this little guy.

I always think bathroom curtains are really awkward! In my personal home, they’re the only curtains that don’t match the rest of the house. I personally think the short curtains in the before pic are ugly, but they also still stick out just as much as full length curtains (and toilets always seem to be super close to windows so if you’re sitting there it could feel like a curtain was way up in your face … no good). For these situations, you have to get creative. Here, we opted for a long curtain that went to the ground, but it didn’t feel right. So we added a curtain hook and it looks (and feels) SO much better.

Here are some more images …

Just admiring that tile. It was Collin’s first solo tile job! I am so proud of him!

We chose this tiny hexagon floor tile as a nod to the 1930s when this home was built. I love it so much! Ahhh … that “above the toilet” art moment. It’s important to make this space either a nice art moment, something pretty or much needed storage is also great. There are so many ugly “above the toilet” shelves … and WHY? Just keep it simple.   These makeup wash cloths are GENIUS for any guest bathroom. Love them! I was so happy about these hair dryer bags as well. Such an easy way to make a guest bathroom feel more hotel-like. Normally, I would hide away the spare toilet paper in a cabinet or closet. But in a bnb (or guest bathroom) situation, I really think it’s worth it to just make it simple and accessible! Why not? And a cute basket doesn’t hurt.   I felt so lucky to find a vintage rug that perfectly fit the color scheme. I was worried any rug would be too busy with the patterned floor, but I love it SO MUCH. I am so in love with the light in this room! Actually the whole house. It’s so nice! The morning light is SO pretty. So we decided on a soft, diffused curtain for privacy, yet not total darkness.

Source list: Vanity faucet/Delta, shower + tub faucet set/Delta, toilet paper holder/Delta, robe hook (I used it for the hand towel)/Delta, vanity/Wayfair (This has a real marble top and is so pretty! I highly recommend.), light fixture/Wayfair, Subway tile/Home Depot, Daisy hexagon tile/Home Depot, vintage rug/Apple + Oak, Shower Curtain and Curtain, soap dispenser, towels/Target, mirror/Target (we spray painted it matte black), art print/Jenny’s Print Shop, makeup wash cloth (perfect for any guest room!)/Amazon, hair dryer bag (set of two)/Amazon.

The green paint color is Thunderbolt by Valspar, once again. We’ve now used it in a bedroom, another bathroom, the kitchen and here in this bathroom. I am thinking about using it in one more room (the laundry room, which is still in progress). I feel like I really bonded with this color scheme … it’s a good one!

Well, thank you so much for following along! I hope this renovation has been as fun for you to read as it was for us to work on. We had the best time! Here’s another bathroom renovation that our pal Shailey did if you love a good before and after. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments! xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer.
  • Hi there!

    Can you share again the name of the bathtub paint kit you used? The link doesn’t work anymore!

    Thank you,

  • Love this bathroom remodel! Where did you get that adorable shelf above the toilet?

  • I tried clicking the link to wayfair for the vanity but it won’t direct me to the page of the vanity. Do you by chance remember the name of the vanity?

  • Hi there. Great reno! Out of curiousity, do you recall what the name/style/etc of the sheer geometric bathroom curtains from Target are? I’ve been all over their website and haven’t found them. Thanks in advance!

  • Hi there’Can you please tell me what kind/ color grout you used as well as the spacing of the tiles. Did you use 1/16”?? I am Renovating my bathroom and my wife loves your tiles. I’m stuck and this info would really help me out.
    Pretty pretty please!?

      • Thanks so much for the reply Jacki! I have bought a number of gray grouts at Home Depot, they sell poly blend brand grout and I’m not sure if they are right… Are you able to tell me the actual title of the gray? There is Natural Gray, Delorean Gray, Pewter, Platinum, Oyster Gray, GrayStone, Cape Gray. If you could specify you’d be such a lifesaver!! Thanks again 🙂 I really appreciate it!

  • Amazing transformation. Love the shelf and plants above the toilet! Where did you get the shelf from?

  • Hi Elsie!

    I currently still am in my starter home, but I am hoping to purchase a mid century fixer upper by next summer and do a complete reno. I have been following a lot of your blog posts for inspo! If you don’t mind, I think it would be very helpful to list the all in cost for certain room renovations just to give us an idea of what to expect! For example, what was the all in cost for this bathroom? Keep doing what you do, you are truly an amazing talent 🙂

  • what color grout did you use here for the floor and walls (except in shower). Looks like a light beige, very nice bc adds contrast but not overwhelming for a relatively compact space!

    • I am doing a renovation hugely inspired by this awesome bathroom. I second the question about the grout! Please share 🙂 Walls and floor tiles?

      • What color grout on the vanity wall? I’ve tried 4 different grays and it just doesn’t look right. PLEASE share the grout you used. I love it!

  • The before and after is amazing! I would never have guessed it was the same bathroom.

  • Looks beautiful! I have to say though, I’m in the plumbing business and I’m pretty sure your plumber installed the shower head arm backwards. ???? Might want to fix that.

  • Wow! What a nice transformation! Love the light in the bathroom. I did not know they made a bathtub paint kit…..have to look for that! How is it holding up?

    • This makeover is still pretty new, but we will update you on how things hold up once some time has passed so we can see. 😉

  • Where did you get the tub plug and overflow plate?

    I bought the same Delta shower kit, but it didn’t come with anything for the tub. I can’t find anything in matte black at any of the big box stores for the LIFE of me!

    Any tips would be much appreciated.

  • Never was there a more inspiring bathroom! You really turned the space around!

  • Hi! I was wondering, how might I find your AirBNB on the site? Visiting nashville soon and this place looks like a dream!!

    • It will be available early next year! We’ll post about it as soon as it is 🙂

  • Thank you for the tip about refinishing the bathtub; that is the answer to a problem I’ve been trying to solve!

  • A DIY hairdryer bag would be cute too! Could print a custom “Elsie’s BnB” Canon iron on! Also would love and Eversewn post on how to embroider on towels, with a cute “makeup” downloadable template!

  • Hi! Can you have an estimate how much this bathroom reno may have cost you? I know many of the products were c/o, but if they had not been would you estimate this to be, say, a $5000 reno? More? I am just so in awe of it, and have a very similar layout for my extremely dated bathroom… It’s giving me mad inspiration.

    • P.S. I tried to do the math based on your source list, but I have no idea how many square feet you required for all the tile, etc. Thanks. 🙂

  • Wow looks AMAZING!!!! I absolutely love the “makeup” wash cloths!!!!! NEED.
    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

  • Absolutely in love with the wall tiles and the floor, it looks so good!

  • Beautiful bathroom , i want a bathroom like that!!!

  • This looks so amazing. All the details make everything to look so finished and perfect. You always inspire me to think creatively and renovate my small, cosy space. Thank you for sharing this!

  • It is completely amazing! I would love to have this bathroom in my house, hahaha

  • Amazing bathroom renovation. I have a plan to makeover my bathroom within Christmas day. Thanks for the idea. Happy Christmas day

  • Ahh, the space looks so much more restorative, now, and the accents in green and black are utterly stunning – such a good design choice!

  • Ok, this is definitely by far my favorite before an after from your airbnb project. I am so inspired! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all the other afters, but I think the fact that you were working more on a budget for this room and finding ways to improve what you already had is so inspiring to me. Love it! I had no idea about these bathtub paint kits existed! Would love to hear an update in a few years of how it’s holding up! I’ll def be suggesting it to my sister in law who just purchased an 80s fixer upper complete with an avocado bathroom.

    Seriously, I just want to go home and get started on my own bathroom reno (that I meant to start in 2015!) after reading this! Thank you!

    • I am an owner of an avocado bathroom over here too! Complete with a plastic built in avocado shower, floor to ceiling avocado tiles, and a built in avocado storage cupboard. I found this so inspiring too! I’ve considered painting the tiles and doing some budget friendly updates (as I’m in a rental) so this post has sparked some good ideas!

  • Love this!! I really do enjoy a good high contrast design but I’m also of course a fan of the softer pink/white/brass style, I’m going to have some deciding to do when I’m decorating a house of my own someday… 😉

  • what a fantastic transformation! This bathroom aint big, but thanks to a clever design it looks much more spacious. Beautiful!

  • Simply amazing! I always love your transformations, plus all the details you add make each space look perfectly finished. So inspiring!


  • All of these details are so beautiful! I love all the tile work!


  • We are doing our Bathroom reno and I am so ready to use this blogpost. Thanks for sharing

  • I can’t believe that tile was someones first ever attempt at tiling – it looks amazing!

  • I love the green and white colour scheme of the bathroom, Elsie! I would die for my bathroom to look like this!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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