Augusta Guest Bathroom: Before & Gameplan

When looking at our current home for the first time, the one room that really perplexed me was the guest bathroom.

There were a few things I didn’t really like…(note: these first 2 photos are from the MLS listing. Hence the fisheye feel & bright look!)

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  • The strange layout: The door bumps right into the shower and the vanity touches the tub.03-Augusta-guest-bathroom-before-pendant
  • The lighting: There was one dim overhead light, and then a pendant hanging over the sink bowl. A pendant! The combo of these 2 light sources didn’t exactly make for the most well-lit bathroom. In fact, when checking out the space it was so dark I could barely get a feel for this small room. 02-Augusta-guest-bathroom-before-pendant-light-sink
  • The bowl sink: Okay, the bowl sink didn’t really bug me all that much. Instead Finn disliked it immensely. I’m not sure why it irks him, but from the moment we walked in there he gave me a wrinkled nose face and shook his head.

01-Augusta-Guest-Bathroom-beforeBut we didn’t let the quirks of this small bathroom prevent us from buying our home. Instead I promised Finn that we could make some short-term upgrades, and then we could save our pennies to create a bathroom oasis we both truly love.

So that’s where we are today. We want to give this bathroom some lovin’, without breaking the bank. Sorry Finn, but the bowl sink is staying…for now.

Short-Term To Do List:

    • Paint
    • Remove Basic Mirror & Add one with more personality
    • Remove Pendant Lighting & Add Vanity Light
    • Move Outlet to More Convenient Location
    • Change Hardware on Cabinet
    • Install Toilet Paper Holder & Towel Hooks
    • Install Shelves for Storage over Toilet
    • Hang small hand towel next to new Mirror
    • Accessorize & style bathroom
    • Find new shower curtain that is the correct height
    • Clean up grout lines
    • Add personality with accessories
    • Hang Art


Prior to moving in we painted our entire place, and we chose Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray” for both of our bathrooms. Just painting really changed the space and gave it a fresh new look.

Here are the other small tweaks I’m thinking of implementing for the rest of the space.

Casey Bathroom Mood Board UpdatedWe already have some of these changes underway, and tomorrow I’ll be back with some progress shots of this space. casey_sig


  • Erin

    the layout is bizarre. I understand why they put the sink right in front of the door because no one wants the door to open onto the toilet. Otherwise i’d flip the position of the sink and toilet. would it make sense to either insert a pocket door or flip the door so that it either opens OUT or the other way? anyhoo.. just seems awkward!

    • Totally agree Erin! The layout is crazy. You open up the door and it hits the shower on the right and bumps right into the vanity. Not exactly a roomy oasis. Changing the layout & perhaps doing a pocket door/barn door are a part of my more long-term plans. I think it would make a huuuuge difference!

    • Oh I love the barn door idea!! I can’t wait to see both stages of progress. I’m sure you’ll make it look cohesive!

    • Thanks Jaclyn!

  • Nikki

    I think it’s so funny that you said Finn dislikes the bowl sink because my husband hates those, too! I’m not sure why, but he always comments on it when he sees them!

    • That’s hilarious! It doesn’t bug me that much…but he gets seriously irked by it.

  • Can’t wait to see the changes! I had not idea Finn hated that sink so much- too funny!

  • Remind me to ask you when I see you *soon how you put together that inspirational photo of all of those things.

    • hahah yeah he must have hid his feelings pretty well. No idea why he hates it so much! But yes, I can totally show you. It’s called “polyvore.” So easy to use.

  • Ooohhhh… I love that scalloped mirror and the white fluffy towels! 🙂

  • Love that mirror! We have mirrored medicine cabinets in our bathroom which is great for storage (we only have one, small bathroom in our whole house) but not the most aesthetically pleasing. I had trouble figuring out what to put on our open shelves though, wanted it to be pretty but not much seems to fit in a bathroom!

    • I know exactly what you mean Diana! There’s a fine line between functional & fashionable and it can be soooo difficult in a bathroom space. I’m struggling with that as well! I just want it to be pretty, but you need a spot for the everyday items too 🙂

  • Oh that’s going to look great!