Hall Bathroom Reno – After

Hall Bathroom Reno – After

Our hall bathroom makeover is finally complete! First, let’s take a trip down memory lane….

hall bathroom-1

Weird post from the 70’s, blue wallpaper with sea turtle border, and glittery shell sink = not cute. You can see more before pics in my before post.

We tore into our hall bathroom in February after Brad got back from India. There were a few stages to this makeover. We began by removing the post, taking out the toilet, then taking down the wallpaper.


Did you know that sunglasses can double as safety goggles?

Unfortunately, the wallpaper didn’t come down easily, so the walls got pretty torn up. We sanded the walls, painted them with primer, then skim-coated the best we could. We took the light fixture out and put in a new one where it was supposed to be according to the wiring. We also put a new fan cover on the ceiling since the original one had gotten very dingy over the years.

Next we painted everything white – the ceiling, the walls, the trim, the cabinets, and the door. It was at this point that I stopped to resurface the vanity. We took the faucet out and I spray painted the sink a dark gray, then sealed with with poly. This was a long process and I’m not sure if I would do it again, but I am satisfied with how it turned out. I’ll do a whole post about this DIY some time soon.


The picture above is from the middle of the process.

Next I painted the walls. I opted for Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in half strength. I wanted a very light gray since this room is small and has no windows. I wish the paint color was a bit darker, but I’m still pleased with it. I would rather it be a little too light than too dark. After paint, Brad put the toilet back in, which turned out to be an ordeal. Three trips to Lowes later, our toilet was back in and functional!

Next came the finishing touches! We put in a new door knob, spray painted the hardware, put up a towel rack, replaced the toilet paper holder, and put in a new faucet.

(Disclaimer: have you ever tried to photograph a small bathroom with no windows? Not easy. I guess you all just have to come over to see it in person!)

teal bathroom


spray painted vanity

bathroom decor

Do you remember in my before post I said that I wanted a towel rack along the back wall? We actually did it! I LOVE how this turned out. I’ll do another post with details about how we did it.

towel rack

towel rack

And my favorite part – I painted the inside of the door for a pop of color! I love that you can’t see it until you shut the door to use the bathroom.

teal door

bathroom reno

teal bathroom

Progress + After:

Progress + After

Brad and I are ecstatic to have a functioning hall bathroom again! The next room to be reno-ed is what we’ve lovingly called the “pink hearts room”.


  • Shower curtain: Target
  • Basket on toilet: Target
  • Hand towel rack: Lowes
  • Rug: TJ Maxx
  • Light fixture: Lowes
  • Mirror: from a friend
  • Fake plant: IKEA

Paint Colors:

  • Walls: BM Gray Owl (half strength)
  • Trim and Cabinets: Valspar Ultra White
  • Door: SW Geyser Mist

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