Small Cottage Guest Bathroom

Our small cottage guest bathroom got a major overhaul and redesign this summer. I’m so excited to finally be sharing aaaaall the details.

Small guest cottage bathroom with gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

So far I’ve shared the guest cottage kitchen, living room, exterior, and bedroom makeovers. However, this may be my favorite transformation yet!

Let’s take a look back on where this guest bathroom started. BEFORE –

A close up of a sink in a small bathroom

If gold speckled fiber glass walls are your thing, then this was the bathroom for you! The hot water heater that was taking up half the room was the first issue we tackled. We were able to add a small addition on the outer wall where we moved all the utilities.

AFTER –

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

This meant we lost the window, but the layout of the bathroom improved greatly. Although it made shooting this small guest bathroom difficult. The tiles are reading a little purple in some of the images, but they are actually white and gray.

Bathroom reno progress

Demoing this guest bathroom was a beast of a project for the Mr, but it was surprisingly larger than we thought once everything was removed. I’m not sure why they determined the best use of space would be to have a tiny sink directly across from the toilet. Unless you were under 5’2 sitting down without nailing your knees was a bit of an issue.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

Thankfully we had a local plumber help us figure out a new layout. It feels SO much bigger in here now.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

I had a few questions during the remodel process on why we chose to go with a bathtub in this guest bathroom, instead of just a walk in shower. We only have one bathtub in our main home. I thought it would be better for future grandkids, friends with small kids, or renters down the road some day.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

Not to mention I did all the tile work. Tiling a tub surround is much less complicated than a full tile shower.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

I actually really enjoy tiling, so this was a fun project for me. We bought extra tile so I was able to continue the tile along the wall behind the sink and toilet area.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

One tile I did not enjoy working with was the marble herringbone flooring. It probably would have been ok in a new space, but nothing is level in this old cottage which made things a bit tricky.

Let’s just say thank goodness for this cutie rug that is hiding a few less than perfect, let’s call them “quirks”…

Bathroom with pedestal sink, green floral wallpaper and brass mirror

Once all the tiling was done we added in the toilet and pedestal sink. That was really the only option for this tiny space. Not having storage was kind of a bummer, but there is large closet in the kitchen that I store linens and toilet paper etc…

Floral wallpaper with brass photo frame

This guest bathroom still felt like it was missing a little something. So, I ordered this fun wallpaper. I love the simple lines and the charm of the flowers.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

It’s hard to tell in these photos but it’s a pretty deep green color.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

The green theme continues with this striped shower curtain. I love the extra pattern against the floral wallpaper.

Gray and white tile, green floral wallpaper and brass accents.

I capped off the tile wall with a little shelf that just barely fits a few accessories and toothbrush holder.

A favorite small guest bathroom idea is opting for simple wall hooks vs towel bars. They take up less space and are kid friendly.

white bathroom towels hanging on a bathroom wall

These vintage prints really added the perfect little bit of fun and charm.

Prints on in brass frames on a bathroom wall

Let’s look at a little side by side BEFORE and AFTER shall we?

So, crazy to look back at this space. I still need to do some touch up painting and caulking in here. You also may have noticed I have a few different brass colors going on. It doesn’t bother me as much as I thought, but I may rub-n-buff a few things to get a closer match.

We have one more bedroom to go, plus a long punch list of details that need to be wrapped up. I’ll have to do a fun before an after house tour post once we finish everything up!

If you are looking for more guest bathroom ideas you can check out our pool house bathroom as well.

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13 Comments

  1. Love what you did with that hideous bathroom! It’s totally charming now! Happy to see you used hooks. I’m a big fan. I even used hooks in my master bath remodel – the shower is open and large enough that we put them directly inside the opening. I think your guests may use them for hanging toiletry bags as well.

  2. Oh my gosh!!!!! That is absolutely remarkable!!!!!! It’s unbelievable that it is the same space. This is one of the best before/afters I have ever seen! Well done, you two! It is WOW!!!!

  3. It’s charming, Kelly, and so nice and bright in there! I love all of the tile and the wallpaper and I actually like the mixed metals. Your shower curtain is the perfect cottage-y touch. I think I’d smile every time I walked in there. Well done!

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