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Bathroom Reveal!

Yes you read that right!! At long last, I’m back to share the bathroom I took on for the Spring One Room Challenge!


The grand finale of the ORC was May 11 but I hit a snag in my timeline when my floor tile was delayed indefinitely AND we ran into some plumbing issues that were way beyond my skill level. No big deal!! ? I’m happy to report everything is fixed, the floor is finished and our bathroom remodel is finito!

And oh my gosh my friends……I’m so excited to share this little room with you!!


My wish list:  update the laminate floor, replace the almond toilet, and add a little character to the walls. Mark’s wishlist:  possibly a new vanity and countertop.

Here’s the design that emerged within the first few weeks of the ORC:

A light and coastal design plan for a beige and boring bathroom.

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Before I show you how it all came out, let me refresh your memory on my starting point…….the peach party on the left is when we bought the house 7 years ago. I promptly slapped some paint all over that beauty and moved on to other rooms in need of de-peaching (literally every room).  

See all the door hinges in the mirror? The former owner had a dutch door installed. Because it’s nice to be able to talk to your family when you’re using the bathroom.

This is the bathroom that all our guests use, and I spend approximately half my life in since the washer and dryer are hidden behind bifold doors in here, and it had ZERO personality. It was time for some lovin!

The marble tiled floor, wall treatment, crown moulding, vanity rehab, shell mirror and eons of grunt work were all a labor of love by yours truly, but I couldn’t be happier to have tackled this space.


Here is our coastal-inspired bathroom today!

A light and bright bathroom makeover | Shine Your Light

Kelly Witmer’s watercolor print “Ocean Landscape”

Coastal bathroom makeover with board and batten and navy blue vanity. | Shine Your Light blog

I continued the board-and-batten style that I’ve already installed in our foyer and stairs into the bathroom. I’ll share a post about how that went down later on.  Bringing the battens up to the ceiling and adding crown moulding made the room feel so much taller.

A bathroom remodel with board and batten and crown moulding.

Board and batten boxes that wrap around wall corners | Shine Your Light blog

The battens were spaced to accommodate our beautiful new WHITE toilet graciously provided for this remodel by American Standard.

This toilet has a light and deep cleaning mode with the push of a button!


I mentioned this in a previous post, but it bears repeating that this little number is self-cleaning, a feature I never heard about before but one that makes such perfect sense. Why is every single toilet not self cleaning?!!!! Especially in this house with three teenagers and an endless stream of their friends visiting?!! The toilet still has to be cleaned manually of course, but in between, especially when we have a houseful or life is busy, I have been LOVING this little feature. So smart and Jane Jetson-esque, right?

American Standard's self cleaning toilet, Acticlean.


The vanity is original to the house (32 years old) but it’s solid oak and not horrible looking. We decided to keep it, and plan to replace the sink and countertop when we put in new kitchen counters (fingers crossed there will be a remnant we can use). For the time being the ivory countertop is great, I’m not complaining! Have you see my current kitchen countertops?

Updated 80s bathroom with marble herringbone tile flooring, navy painted vanity and coastal touches.

Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray…..the most misnamed paint color in all the world……it’s hard to get a photo that does it justice. The color sometimes reads teal, sometimes completely navy, depending on the time of day (and no hint of gray whatsoever). I painted our bedroom this color a few years ago and I STILL love it – that is saying a lot about a paint color, when I can commit to it for years and use it in other rooms of our house!

Bathroom vanity painted Benjamin Moore's Gentleman's Gray

Instead of just slapping another coat of paint on the vanity like I have in the past, this time I took the doors and drawers out, scraped and sanded everything, puttied little knicks and holes, and replaced the old corroded hinges with concealed hinges.

Before I just had knobs on the drawers, but this time around I drilled holes and added knobs to the doors and the faux-drawer panel in front of the sink as well. These mercury glass knobs were the winners after trying about 10 different styles. It’s amazing what a bit of elbow grease and new hardware can do for an old piece.

Mercury glass knobs are so pretty against dark tealy blue!


The floor. Oh the floor. We have wood-look laminate that runs through our kitchen, hallway and into this bathroom. We’re planning on replacing the kitchen flooring with hardwood when we get around to renovating that whole space someday, but I’ve been dreaming of marble for the bathroom since I renovated the fireplace.

I did some research to make sure there was no asbestos lurking in the laminate or adhesive it was installed with, then cut the flooring at the entrance to the bathroom and ripped it out with a whole lotta blood, sweat and tears (seriously the worst demo job in the universe!!!!!!)

Removing laminate flooring - it's a tough job but you can do it.

Then I prepared the subfloor and laid 6″x12″ marble tile in a large scale herringbone pattern to echo our hearth. I could not love it more and am SOOOO SO SO glad I went for it and ripped out the laminate.

6"x12" marble tile laid in a herringbone pattern | coastal bathroom remodel | Shine Your Light

I’ll be posting about this project in the next few weeks, with a tip to make it relatively affordable!

Large scale herringbone marble tiled floor

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on whether I should go with white or gray grout over on Instagram!! You were all right on with the gray!!


As much as the carpentry and tiling transformed this space,  my favorite parts of this room are the photos I enlarged and framed. The pictures are a few of the beautiful places we’ve been blessed to see in this amazing world.

I wrote the location in pencil, just a very small detail in the corner of each photo. These are the frames I used; they are similar in profile to frame on the Kelly Witmer watercolor.

Travel photos enlarged and framed for a coastal-inspired bathroom.

These pictures make me happy every time I look at them.


And….last but not least…..the Ballard Designs-inspired oyster shell mirror!

DIY oyster shell mirror

My photos do not do this justice. It deserves it’s own post and I’ll post about it soon, pinky swear.

Use Liquid Nails to glue cleaned and bleached oyster shells to a mirror.

It’s huge, I don’t know one other person in real life with one and it’s a conversation piece. Love it.

A bathroom remodel with coastal touches | Oyster shell mirror | Shine Your Light


One last look at the before and after from when we moved in to today!

Bathroom Before and After | Shine Your Light Blog

Crazy, right?


AMERICAN STANDARD  for providing a fabulous self-cleaning, high efficiency, high quality toilet for this remodel (I don’t have to say that; as far as toilets go we really do think this one is awesome!)


MINTED  for the gorgeous print!


-to Linda of Calling It Home for creating and hosting the twice-yearly One Room Challenge. While I didn’t finish this room within 6 weeks, the challenge was a great motivator to get it done!

-to my readers, blog friends and Instagram buddies who cheered me along through this rocky One Room Challenge of mine! I appreciate you all so much.

-and to my amazing brother, an actual plumber, who came up and installed my brand new toilet even though I was bound and determined to do it myself (I did remove the old one!), who has taught me how to use many cool tools and walked me through many home improvement projects through the years, and who gently tells me when to smarten up and call a pro. Thanks for saving me bro!! I love you!


American Standard Acticlean Toilet   |  “Ocean Landscape” print  |  frames with mats for travel photos |  mirror (without shells) – Homegoods  |  bamboo shade (similar)  | mercury glass cabinet knobs  |  closet door knobs  |  marble tile (details coming soon)  |  hand towel  |  mercury glass soap dispenser  |  wicker tray on toilet – Homegoods


Vanity – Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray #2062-20 in eggshell  |  Walls – Benjamin Moore Simply White #OC-117 in eggshell  |  Board & Batten, Crown Moulding and Doors – Benjamin Moore White Dove #OC-17 in semi-gloss

If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with me through this looooooooong One Room Challenge and post! Hope you have a beautiful day! xox


This post is sponsored by American Standard, who has provided me with product. All reviews and opinions are my own because I value my readers and would never recommend something I wouldn’t purchase myself. 

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Carol Stoecker

Monday 14th of June 2021

Thanks for all the tips!! Love, love, love your marble herringbone floor! It's on our list!


Monday 19th of July 2021

Thanks so much Carol! Hope you get your floor done!


Saturday 9th of January 2021

How do you transition floor in hallway to bath? It looks likes piece of tile slanted? We have wood floors and the transition moulding in which I despise!


Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi Shani, I installed a piece of marble threshold between the tile and the hallway flooring. I purchased the marble threshold at a local tile shop.

Pam @ Simple Details

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

Oh my goodness gracious, friend!! It's truly fabulous, and your skills blow me away! I can't even choose a favorite element, they're all SO good - the mirror, floor, walls, and Gentlemen's Gray together are beautiful! Hope you're enjoying it every time you toss in a load of laundry or take a potty break! :) Hehe!


Thursday 3rd of August 2017

LOL yes I am enjoying it on those occasions :) Thank you my sweet friend, always my biggest cheerleader!!! XOX


Thursday 27th of July 2017

Wow! So impressed! Love EVERYTHING about it!


Saturday 29th of July 2017

Kerry thank you so much my sweet friend!! I appreciate you stopping by to check this post out :)


Sunday 23rd of July 2017

Love the bathroom - all of it looks spectacular! The marble floors are classic! Did u go with honed marble? I really enjoy reading your blog and love that you take the time to explain the process in detail and that you're not afraid to do the work yourself. Someone else asked if you would marry them, can I be your second wife? lol


Sunday 23rd of July 2017

Sheryl, thank you so much for this very kind comment! :) I'm so glad you don't mind my very wordy posts! The tile I used is polished, apparently it doesn't stain as easily as honed, but still needs to be sealed!