Bathroom Makeover Before and After

When Amanda from Mommy is Coocoo shared her bathroom makeover after, I had serious bathroom envy. That doesn’t sound right, does it?  But read on, you’ll get it.


And when she shared the ‘before’ pictures, I may have involuntarily shuddered. There’s a reason you’ve never seen our upstairs bathrooms. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. Amanda understands because she had a nightmare bathroom too…

Mommy is CooCoo - bathroom-before

{see all ‘before’ bathroom pictures here}

This bathroom was HOT STUFF back in the early 1990s. Wallpaper {those are lambs and roosters…are you to be lulled to sleep counting sheep or cock-a-doodle-doo’d wide awake?}, gold fixtures, the Hollywood vanity lighting, and jacuzzi tub. Hubba hubba…luxxxxuuuuuury, baby.

Mommy is CooCoo - 1990s-bathroom-before

But as time wore on (holy cow! 1990 was 23 years ago? way to feel old.), the wallpaper peeled, the gold wasn’t as classy, the tub broke, tiles cracked, color coordinated metal blinds went out-of-style…

Mommy is Coocoo - maroon bathroom before

but Amanda had had enough and designed a brand new relaxing, peaceful, functional, beautiful bathroom retreat…and yea, I’m envious.

Mommy is Coocoo - bathroom reveal

It’s a bathroom that dreams (no nightmares) are made of now.

Mommy is Coocoo - bathroom after

Go ahead, visit Amanda at Mommy is Coocoo for the full details on her bathroom reveal. Just walk right into the bathroom. She won’t mind. I’ve already warned her you’ll be stopping by.

And I love it “as is”. Now (not before) but girlfriend looooves color. Evidence here:

{click the pictures below to be redirected to her original posts} how to glaze furniture

chandelier stenciled coffee table

I wonder what she’s up to with adding color to the bathroom. I can’t wait to see!

A Bathroom Reveal

Meet: Gemma from

The Sweetest Digs

She shares our love of thrift shop hunting, interior design and DIY. The Sweetest Digs is a blog about Gemma’s adventures in transforming her first house from boring to beautiful on a shoestring budget.

Gemma’s bathroom before was pretty non-descript, totally storage-deprived with a danky old tub.

Goodbye boring beige bathroom. Hello classic, bright, and fresh. She’s a whole new woman.

Love the white with beautiful shower curtain and spa blue glass tile accent.

Gorgeous floating vanity/sink…

Let’s throw in a little side-by-side comparison for good measure. She’s come a long way!

Budget breakdown {goal was under $5k}…

  • tile (marble, subway tile, accent glass tile): $601.23 (originally $900, but we returned some unused tile)
  • bathtub and fan: $364.45
  • accessories (shower rod, towel bar, shower curtain, toilet paper holder, etc): $155.46
  • drywall: $115.98
  • mirror: $30
  • vanity (wood, track system, legs, handles): $176.50
  • vanity sink: $100
  • paint: $64.85
  • supplies (tiling supplies, plumbing, trim, tools, etc): $900.26
  • gift card purchased for friend who helped out with plumbing: $100

Grand total: $2608.73!!!

And after using some wedding gift cards, actual out of our pocket expense was only $1527.67. Not bad for a complete bathroom renovation!

Want to see more awesome DIY from Gemma? Pop over to The Sweetest Digs and introduce yourself!
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