Colorful Bathroom Makeover

My bathroom makeover started as a way to replace cracked tile on both the floor and in our shower. I’ve said before that I’m not an interior designer—and never could be. The way I design is more bit by bit. Once I add an element, it takes me to the next thing. I figure it out as I go. But in the end, I couldn’t be happier with how this bathroom turned out.

Two summers ago, Hector Sanchez photographed my house and the bathroom picture is shown below. We used this antique chair with fabric made from Carrie Schmitt‘s art. Besides the pink walls and window shades, that was the only splash of color in the space.

Photo by Hector M Sanchez Photography

Then, HGTV Magazine photographed it last September. You can see the photo taken by photographer Buff Strickland below, and then how it showed up in the spread.

Photo by Buff Strickland for HGTV Magazine

My bathroom is located to the left of the bedroom just as you see it below. The stylist added more texture to the space with an area rug and floral towel. I created a stool using Carrie’s fabric for this one too.

I chose a slate blue tile for the shower. A few of the tiles had texture and we placed randomly throughout the large shower. The floor had a white/grey marble look to them.

Once the shower was complete, I knew I needed to do something to my tub. The left foot was rusted and some of the white paint was peeling off. My walls are a pale pink, so I decided to paint the tub a cornflower blue.

I used Benjamin Moore Stix as the base coat so that the paint would stick to the shiny surface. At the same time I had decided to purchase this amazing wallpaper by GP&J Baker to marry the pink and the blue in the room. I painted the tub Sherwin Williams Meditative SW6227 to match the blue in the wallpaper and on my tiles. I used Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior paint in soft gloss for durability.

Then, I had my eye on an amazing chandelier by Stray Dog Designs, the Terrell Swann Chandelier. These artisan-created lights from San Miguel, Mexico are made from paper mache and painted the cutest colors. I chose Stray Dog Pink for mine. It’s truly the jewel of the room.

Instead of using two bath mats, one in front of my shower door and one in front of the tub, I opted for a striped runner from Annie Selke Outlet in coral stripes. This is my signature look: florals, solid, dots, and stripes.

Photo by Abby Grace Photography

My counter top was a tile, but I had it replaced with this white quartz top. I took out the mirror which was corroding and decided to hang a mirror. I found this one on Craigslist for $20, and I gave it an overall paint job using Valspar Reflecting Rose. Then I used acrylic paints to match the colors in the wallpaper.

The vanity lights were swapped out for these I found on Amazon… I painted those the same blue as the tub.

Photo by Abby Grace Photography

It took me months to finish it, but I can’t express how happy I am with this room now. We use it every day and I can’t help but smile when I’m in there. If you would like to see a full tour of this space, head over to my YouTube channel by clicking here.


I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

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