Do it Yourself : How we updated our rental house bathroom from blah to GORGEOUS!

My husband and I bought a house to fix up and resell, but we wound up keeping it for a few years and used it as a rental. It was time to sell it. The home only had one bathroom, so I knew home buyers would want it to be perfect.


The floor was ok! Everything else – not so much. We removed the mirror and found the remnants of a medicine cabinet. And cobwebs. Also, the vanity light reminded me of something from a gas station restroom.


I painted the top half of the walls a pretty dark blue color. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the color, but Naval from Sherwin Williams is very close.

My husband installed beadboard on the lower half of the walls which I painted white. I chose Dutch Boy’s Sandstone Tint for the vanity and mirror.

FYI – If you are at a loss trying to chose a paint color and don’t know where to begin, browse the different paint manufacturers’ “Color of the Year”. They are amazing.

We bought new towel bars and toilet paper holder. The pretty light fixture came from Costco. And I fell in love with the glass vanity knobs and handle from Hobby Lobby. See how they glisten with the sunlight? They were very easy to switch out. I found the cute throw rug for under $4.00 at Menards, and the shelf above the toilet was a Goodwill find I had sitting around at home. All that was needed was a fluffy white shower curtain and bright white mini blinds.

When the realtor came to take pictures of the house, he commented on how nice the bathroom turned out. I agree!

I hope this gives you a few ideas how to refresh your bathroom. You can easily make as many or as few changes as you want.

Happy painting!

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