Guest Bathroom Refresh!

Welp, it only took us six months after ripping off the builder grade mirror in our guest/kids bathroom, but we finally finished this project! (And by “we”…I mean we called in an awesome handyman to finish the bulk. Raised the white flag and never looked back, ha! Usually, we opt for a good DIY…but then there are times when ya gotta just admit ya can’t do it ALL. 😉) We thought living with pockmarked sheet rock after the mirror came down would motivate us to buckle down, but alas…six months later, here we are! Meh. Better late than never, right….?!? 😉

What it looked like when we moved in.
What it looked like for 6 months post-mirror-removal.
What it looked like in progress this week.

For this guest bathroom refresh, we wanted to keep things relatively simple and budget-friendly, so we used leftover paint from other projects (SW Sea Salt on the cabinets and SW Alabaster on the shiplap, walls and ceilings), and instead of replacing the old cabinets, we simply added updated hardware and a coat of paint! The shelves, light fixtures and mirrors were all purchased on a budget, and we found the faucets on sale, too!

For the design, I wanted to mix my favorite blue/green color (SW Sea Salt) with whites, brass and black to create a modern farmhouse vibe with a little pop of color. The soft brass hardware and faucets [HERE] can also be found on the school house fixtures as well as the matte black. Loved the circular mirrors to add some soft edges to an otherwise sleek vibe, and the wood tones in the floating shelves help add back in some warmth to the space.

Moral of the story: when it comes to DIY projects, do as much as you can…and then ask for help. 😉 Since I have a home decor-focused social media platform, I felt kind of like I was failing to not have done all of this with my own two hands, but I’ll tell ya what: it was worth making room in the budget to ask for help in order to not feel as overwhelmed as I have in the past during projects. Maybe I didn’t get the new countertops I thought I wanted…but giving up control and a bit of the budget to a professional was well worth the trade off. Because…it is now actually FINISHED!! Ha! #worthit 🙂
❤️ERIN

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  1. Brenda

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    That bathroom looks so amazing!!

  2. Tisha

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I’m so glad you went with the round mirrors! It looks wonderful 👏

  3. Brandi Blikle

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    It looks so good!! I love it!!!

  4. Hillary

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    It looks so pretty!!
    Did y’all take down the mirror on your own? I really want to get rid of my huge mirrors but i am afraid of removing them.

  5. Donna

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Looks so good!! Love your lighting! (Didn’t see where you got them from)
    Amazing re-do!

  6. Erin | Cotton Stem

    June 28th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Hi sorry! I added a link for the lights at the bottom under “sources”! 🙂

  7. Angie

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Remind me about where that light was from!

  8. Christina

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    It looks awesome! I love the color on the cabinets. I may have to steal that idea when I redo my half bath!

  9. Christy

    June 27th, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    It looks AMAZING. Such a sweet, fun space for your girls ❤️

  10. Rachel Beal

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I absolutely love it and all the choices you made!

  11. TP

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Looks so great!
    Where are the lights from?

  12. Samantha Knapp

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! It turned out SO nice. I love it.

  13. Shawn

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! Looks amazing 😊 Love your style.

  14. Lynsey

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    This turned out so so good. I am working on a six month project in our little fixer upper. Fingers crossed we can get it done. I love all of the details you put in this space:).

  15. Tracey Nottingham

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Love your bathroom redo…Cute bathroom sayings will be cute in the picture frames too…

  16. Elesha

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Looks soooo good!!!

  17. Cynthia

    June 27th, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Is this a special paint from SW for cabinets???

  18. Megan

    June 27th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Oh my gosh! Gorgeous! The round mirrors look perfect!

  19. Laurie

    June 27th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I’m dying for some shiplap in my house. Seems people are using lots of ways to create a “shiplap” look. What product did you use?

  20. Elaine Ianniello

    June 27th, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I absolutely love it especially the round mirrors ! Job well done.

  21. Mae Wood

    June 27th, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. You are so talented.

  22. Reagina Sanders

    June 27th, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact on a remodeling project. I’m so happy for the girls. They are going to love it!

  23. Ashley

    June 28th, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Not sure if I missed the link, but where are the light fixtures from? Love the bathroom, it looks fabulous!

  24. Holly Ann Phillips

    June 28th, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This looks so pretty and bright! I’m thankful for your real-ness — there’s so many DIY things on my list that get put off!

  25. Mary-Stewart

    June 28th, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I love everything about this refresh!!! My girl’s bathroom needs some major attention. Their huge mirror FELL OFF the wall last week just after they had gotten in bed. Glass everywhere! PTL it didn’t happen while they were in there brushing their teeth! So, now it looks like yours did 😛 Is it ok if I just copy you? 🙂 Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas with all of us!

  26. Marms

    June 28th, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Looks fantastic!!!!

  27. Kathleen O’Neil

    June 28th, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Can’t find the lighting source either?

  28. Kristin Adams

    June 28th, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Just perfect! Where are the light fixtures from? Thanks!

  29. Katherine

    June 28th, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Gorgeous!! Love it!
    Did you post a link to the new light fixtures??

  30. Melissa

    June 28th, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I absolutely love it!! Quick question, where did you get your step stool from?

  31. Jessica

    June 28th, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Love the shelves! Where are they from?

  32. Jenna

    June 29th, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Where are the shelves from? I did not see them in your sources and we just did our bathroom and are looking for ones similar. Thanks

  33. Stephanie

    July 5th, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I love what you did in your bathroom. We just painted our Master bedroom and bathroom in the Sea Salt, which I love. I am looking for floating shelves that you used and am thinking I would like those in my bathroom as well. What ones did you use from Target? Or where they from somewhere else?

  34. Erica

    July 10th, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Love this! What finish is the paint you used?

  35. Kelsey Farley

    July 25th, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Erin, you did an incredible job with this space!!

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