27 Before-and-After Bathroom Makeovers

See how designers take these bathrooms from gut job to gorgeous. These dramatic transformations are sure to leave you speechless.

July 18, 2019

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Regan Wood Photography

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Regan Wood Photography

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Regan Wood Photography

Photo By: DiMauro Architects

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Photo By: Jeff Herr

Photo By: Jeff Herr

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Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Mali Azima

Photo By: Mali Azima

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Ashley Ausland

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Photo By: Ashley Ausland

Photo By: Marisa Vitale

Photo By: Ashley Ausland

Photo By: Marisa Vitale

Photo By: Ashley Ausland

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Photo By: Lexi Grace Design

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Lexi Grace Design

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Lexi Grace Design

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Lexi Grace Design

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Caitlin Jones Ghajar

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Photo By: Caitlin Jones Ghajar

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Photo By: DiMauro Architects, Inc.

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Before: Dark + Dreary

The grimy wallpaper, disheveled drapes and grungy tile floors make this powder room appear especially uninviting for guests.

After: Pretty + Polished

Designer Claire Paquin achieves an extraordinary transformation in the space with lustrous textured wallpaper, chevron marble floors, traditional chair rail molding and a classic, wall-mounted console sink.

Before: Dated Master

Outdated wallpaper, unsightly shades and a dingy shower stall make this master bathroom a less-than-desirable space for the homeowners.

After: Dreamy Marble

The space is gutted from floor-to-ceiling to create this expansive, master en suite oasis. The dismal wallpaper and crumbling tile floors are replaced with luxe, white-and-gray marble tiles. A sleek, frameless shower and spa-style soaking tub replace the bulky shower stall and create an open, airy feeling in the space.

Before: Minty Kids' Bathroom

Over-the-top mint tiles pair with quirky, illustrated wallpaper in this retro kids’ bathroom. The bold wall tiling and dated color overwhelms the space and leaves little room for the new homeowners’ personal style to shine through.

After: Ageless + Elegant Bathroom

Green be gone! Crisp white paint and classic marble subway tiles replace the garish green tiles and illustrated wallpaper, giving this kids’ bathroom a fresh, new look. The retro wall-mounted sink is replaced with a functional storage vanity and the classic tub is encased with frameless glass doors for a crisp, modern look.

Before: Unsightly Aqua

This hall bathroom has good bones and a roomy layout but is appears dated and juvenile with flashy, aqua walls.

After: Elevated Beige + Ivory Design

The designers reimagine the space with a dreamy, ivory double vanity, traditional sconce lighting and earth-toned tiled floors. The unsightly aqua walls are replaced with a creamy white paint enhanced by traditional, bright-white chair rail molding.

Before: Dated Finishes + Cluttered Counters

Mornings were stressful and scattered in this master bathroom. The dated vanity features a stool but lacks in functional storage space and the homeowner’s beauty essentials overflow to the counter and crowd around the sink. A framed shower stall sits flush to the vanity and appears visually bulky in the space.

After: Bold Black Vanity + Punchy Palm Wallpaper

The designers toss the vanity stool and install a drool-worthy, black double vanity with ample storage and two marble sinks in its place. A punchy, black-and-white deco palm wallpaper adds panache behind the vanity mirrors and a frameless mirror and custom bench add everyday luxury to the design.

Before: Clunky Corner Tub

The dated corner tub takes up prime real estate in this expansive master bathroom. The clunky, built-in design makes the space feel cramped and cluttered.

After: Sleek Soaking Tub

Bubble baths are best enjoyed in a beautiful bath tub and this one checks out. The designers opened the bathroom floorplan by swapping the clunky corner tub for this timeless, freestanding soaker. Luxurious soaps and candles are storage within reach on three floating shelves on the wall, and the space is illuminated by a modern chandelier overhead.

Before: Musty Mustard

Tacky floor tiles, grimy walls and three mustard, floral bathmats? This outdated bathroom has seen better days.

After: Modern Bohemian

Designer Natalie Meyers takes full advantage of the abundant square footage of this space to create an updated and stylish escape for the homeowners. Meyers brightens the bathroom with fresh white paint, adds funky geometric tile to the floor and replaces the sunken corner bath with a contemporary freestanding soaking tub. A blonde, wood double vanity with leather pulls and sleek circle mirrors pair with a large handwoven rug to bring bohemian flair to the design.

Before: Sad Salmon Walls

Salmon-colored walls frame a dingy, wooden double vanity with a tacky tiled backsplash. The dated tile floors appear grimy and aged with blackened grout and discolored, varied finishes.

After: Bright Walls + Two-Toned Mirrors

Ultra-bright, white walls and double vanity with cool, contemporary two-toned mirrors transform the once uninviting space into an at-home oasis for the homeowners. The ghastly tile floors are replaced with dreamy black herringbone tiles framed with a crisp, white grout.

Before: Eyesores Everywhere

The walk-in shower is anything but inviting with its pair of dated, glass block windows, sage green walls and pine-paneled trim.

After: Airy + Open

The designers gutted the shower and started from scratch. Black herringbone tile floors lead the way to a roomy, frameless glass shower stall. The shower is wrapped with dreamy and creamy marble subway tile with varied, pearlescent finishes. A sleek, white soaking tub offers a spot to unwind after a long day and a blonde, wooden-bead chandelier dangles overhead to illuminate the space.

Before: Tawdry Tiles

A pink tiled shower stall pairs with an offensive, highlighter-yellow vanity and a, truly, grotesque tiled floor to create a bathroom in need of a total gut job.

After: Clean Slate

The designer kicked color to curb to turn the once overwhelming bathroom into a relaxing, modern and livable space. Fresh gray walls serve as backdrop to a polished, white tile shower stall with cool, black hardware. Black-and-white tile floors add personality underfoot and make a subtle nod to the original, retro design.

Before: Bleak + Boring

Cramped and colorful in all the wrong ways--this forgotten hall bathroom is in desperate need of a new look.

After: Open + Inviting

Designers replace the flat, white door with a stately, black paneled door to create a handsome first impression in the remodeled hall bath. Beyond the door, soft gray paint coats the walls and deep charcoal, herringbone tile floors lead the way into a revamped shower. Glossy, white subway tiles line the shower walls and unlacquered brass fixtures give the shower a luxurious, timeless quality.

Before: Good Bones

If you look past the musty, mustard walls and the dated vanity, you can see that this small bathroom is a diamond in the rough that’s rich in architectural charm and character. The substantial window trim and baseboard are begging to be noticed amongst the dated finishes.

After: Enhanced Classic Design

Designer Minhnuyet Hardy knows a good thing when she sees it! Hardy transforms the space with neutral, textured wallpaper, a petite marble-top vanity and quatrefoil-style mirror. Once given a fresh coat of white paint, the original millwork shines in the space and adds to the neutral and classic quality of the design.

Before: Flashy Finishes

Ornate accents, elaborate finishes and dark walls overwhelm this small guest bathroom and make it appear far smaller than it is.

After: Refined + Refreshed

It’s amazing what a little paint can do to expand a space. Pretty, periwinkle blue coats the walls and wakes up the once-dreary guest bath. Overdone accessories are replaced with cool, contemporary pieces like the geometric vanity mirror and the pendant light fixture. A mid-tone gray vanity with a sleek marble top and modern storage accessories add to the updated appeal of the design.

Before: Room to Grow

Sometimes less isn’t more. Though this expansive master en suite provides plenty of room to move around, the large open room lacks utility and appears cold and barren without the proper finishes.

After: Expansive Oasis

Designer Marie Flanigan reconfigures the space from barren to b-e-a-utiful. Flanigan creates a bright and airy master bathroom with crisp white walls and a soaring, arched and paneled ceiling. Reclaimed wooden double doors lead to the closet and add depth and character to the otherwise contemporary space. A custom, taupe-colored freestanding tub and built-in makeup counter add to both the opulence and function of the design.

Before: Dysfunctional Design

Cramped quarters, basic design and cluttered counters — oh my! This small bathroom features unadorned wooden cabinetry, dated tile with stained grout on both the countertop and floors. Aesthetics aside, the pint-sized bathroom lacks the function necessary for a modern family home.

After: Crisp Cottage Style With Double Vanity

Sundrenched and spacious -- it’s hard to believe this contemporary bathroom is the same space. Designer Ashley Ausland uses the home’s coastal as inspiration for this bright and airy new design. Ausland knocks out the dysfunctional and dated vanity and replaces it with a fresh, barely-there blue double vanity with ample storage, a large framed mirror and a pair of chrome and glass, globe sconce fixtures.

Before: Outdated Lacquered Brass

Nothing screams outdated in a bathroom (read: any room) like lacquered brass fixtures and hardware. This bulky shower stall is no exception, sporting an offensively-yellow, lacquered brass frame and thick white tiles along the walls and ceiling

After: Frameless + Fresh

Goodbye, gaudy gold. Designer Ashley Ausland reimagines the space and creates a sleek and seamless design with a modern, walk-in shower stall. The shower walls are lined with white subway tiles for a streamlined look and a solitary, frameless glass door adds a modern, open feeling to the space. The floor is refreshed with petite, pearly tiles laid in a contemporary herringbone pattern.

Before: Dust-Collecting Shelf

A thin tiled shelf extends from the corner vanity and provides pointless storage above the toilet in this cramped master bathroom. Lack of function aside, the tiny shelf is a dust magnet and a major eyesore with aged tile and grimy, stained grout.

After: Fresh + Functional Layout

Tacky and useless tile shelf, no more! Designer Ashley Ausland moves the toilet from the back wall and nestles it against a clean, bright-white wall on the other side of the room. The only thing above the commode now? A pretty framed print and a petite potted plant.

Before: Busy Tiles

This kids’ bathroom is equal parts dizzying and outdated with cream tiles coating the shower walls, the vanity counter and the floors. The vanity features unembellished, grimy wooden cabinets and a disproportionately large mirror.

After: Clean + Contemporary

Designer Ashley Ausland took this kids’ bathroom from busy and dizzy to bright and breezy. The gray vanity helps to break up the white tile and brass fixtures and hardware bring in subtle warmth. Light gray-and-white mosaic tiles line the floors and bring a pop of pattern and personality underfoot.

Before: Dusty Design

Bland and bleak -- this disheveled bathroom needs some major TLC. The compartmentalized layout is dysfunctional and dated and the vanity cabinets are stained with age and neglect.

After: Spa-Like Retreat

Introducing: the ultimate bathroom glow-up. Designers took the dark, detached and, in the spirit of honesty, eerie bathroom and replace it with a decadent, star-worthy master retreat. Richly-veined, gray tile lines the shower stall, floors and walls for a cohesive contemporary design. A gray double vanity extends the length of the left wall and a minimalist-style soaking tub nestles against the opposite wall beneath a modern, geometric chandelier.

Before: Tacky Turquoise

The two words that come to mind when looking at this mud-stained, turquoise powder room? Gut. Job.

After: Chic + Clean Powder Room

Let there be white! The once-aggressive turquoise walls are toned all the way down with several coats of matte-white paint and a complemented with a matching, minimalist-style white vanity. A starburst mirror with an unlacquered brass frame brings subtle warmth to the walls in the otherwise ultra-crisp, monochromatic design.

Before: Not-So-Pretty in Pink

Pink has a time and place in interior design. As it turns out, it was neither the time nor the place for a pink bathtub in this dilapidated and dated bathroom.

After: Gorgeous in Gray + White

The unpleasant pink tub and crumbling double vanity are long gone. In their place? Airy shiplap walls and an elegant, dove gray vanity with sophisticated white countertops. Starburst mosaic tiles add an artful touch underfoot and warm, unlacquered brass fixtures shine against the cool tones used throughout.

Before: Dismal + Dysfunctional Family Bath

The crumbling cabinetry, stained walls and aged tile floors call for a complete overhaul to fit a contemporary family’s everyday needs.

After: Clean + Classic Bathroom Catered to Modern Family Needs

Turns out, the complete overhaul was completely worth it. Classic penny tiles line the floor and timeless subway tiles wrap the shower stall to create texture and character in the all-white design. A pair of matching vanities replace the original, built-in vanity and are illuminated with simple, chrome sconces.

Before: Outdated + Overdone

This master bathroom is overdone, overcrowded and overwhelming. The busy space features a built-in, clunky bathtub, window covered with tattered drapes and a dated, yellow-brass and glass shower stall.

After: Spa-Inspired Master Retreat

Designer Caitlin Jones Ghajar dragged the dirty drapes from the windows to reveal sweeping countryside views. Ghajar gutted the dated tub, cramped corner vanity and tacky shower and installed a deep soaking tub, an espresso-stained double vanity and a show-stopping walk-in shower in their place.

Before: Lacking Storage + Style

Small and simple, this hall bathroom features a dated vanity cabinet and tiny shower stall that struggles to contain the everyday essentials of this contemporary family home. Miscellaneous beauty products overflow to the vanity counter, creating visual and physical clutter in the space.

After: Packed with Panache

Boring and bland are descriptions of the past in this punchy, wallpapered bathroom! Bold, black-and-white geometric wallpaper elevates the space with dramatic flair and a marble-top, modern vanity with double-drawer provides the family with ample space to store their unsightly essentials. High-end linear sconces flank the vanity mirror to illuminate the space and add a distinct, designer-quality to the space.

Before: Old-Fashioned Wallpaper

Dusty wallpaper and outdated, tiled walls overwhelm the small bathroom in this old, English cottage home. What’s worse? Storage space is virtually non-existent, thanks to the single pedestal sink at the center of the room.

After: Ultra-Sophisticated Master Suite

Storage and style are abundant in this remodeled cottage bathroom. A pair of glossy black doors open from the master bedroom and reveal a handsome double vanity, herringbone tiled floors and two glamorous, gilded hexagon mirrors on the wall.

Before: Ugly Ochre Tub

Here, friends, we have visual proof that not all clawfoot tubs are created equal. The walls sport a grotesque green chair rail molding that wraps around the yellow tub to yield an ultra-unattractive ochre hue.

After: Breezy Blue Coastal Design

Adios, unsightly ochre! Designers replace the unfortunate color combination with classic white cabinetry, custom white wainscoting, earthy mosaic floors and breezy blue walls. A nautical-style flush mount fixture nods to the home’s coastal locale and bring a cozy glow to the space.

Before: Dated + Drab

Taupe tiles, dated walls and dark finishes overshadow this expansive master bathroom. The large space is begging to be refreshed with high-end materials and brighter colors throughout.

After: White + Gray Spa Escape

The updated master bathroom realizes the full potential of the expansive space. Designer Marie Flanigan maintains the original layout but swaps out the dark and dated finished for fresh, bright alternatives. Dreamy marble herringbone floors lead towards a pair of double closet doors and snowy white walls with custom, contemporary millwork. The vanity gets a fashionable facelift with creamy gray paint and sophisticated white counters.