Black + White Bathroom Makeover

By Kate Riley December 31, 2018

*This post brought to you in partnership with Lowe’s.

Happy New Year’s Eve friends! Today I’m ending the year sharing one of the things I do best: taking a mundane space and giving it a style makeover on a budget!

My design studio has a small bathroom but it was so drab I couldn’t take it. It had nice new vinyl floors and decent shower tile but the rest of the space was boring in my eyes. Since I work here during the day I wanted it to be more than just functional and to give the bathroom a chic look.

I’ll start with the before and after shots so you can compare!





The two biggest changes were adding the black and white tropical leaf pattern to the walls with peel and stick wallpaper, and modernizing the space by changing the vanity. Today I’m sharing all the ways I did it with tips on how you can do the same!


Vanity Upgrade

The vanity before was oak and old, so I opted for one that was fresh and white and found one that fit the space perfectly.


I considered a few vanities with feet but I was restricted in my choices by the fact the vinyl flooring was cut around the old vanity. Since there was no old flooring to patch the floor with, this meant my options were limited to a cabinet that would fit inside or on top of the old vanity’s footprint.



Enter the Project Source 30” vanity from Lowe’s, the perfect solution! This vanity was the exact size I needed. I originally had my eye on the 30” vanity with drawers, another really nice looking option from the budget friendly Project Source line of vanity cabinets. Sadly the drawers would not work with the plumbing so I opted for the Project Source 30” cabinet door model instead.

This line of vanity cabinets is very affordable and they have a clean and fresh design in a style that blends with just about any decor! What a great upgrade to the old oak vanity!


30” Project Source vanity with drawers / 30” Project Source vanity cabinet



I opted for a oil rubbed bronze pull and knobs to add contrast and give it a modern edge. (They are a matte black finish despite the “oil rubbed bronze” label).

Adding a new vanity required adding a new faucet too! This glossy black stainless steel sheen appealed to me, it adds contrast but also has traditional lines just like the vanity.



Introduce Pattern

Bathrooms are a favorite place I like to add wallpaper! This Tropical Leaf Pattern is a peel and stick version available at Lowe’s, it is available in three colors. Isn’t it great?!



The wallpaper is more like contact paper with its peel away backing and adhesive back side but that means it could be removed effortlessly in the future. Not that it will happen anytime soon, I love the bold black and white tropical print!



Swap the Light Fixtures

This space had a 30 year old flush mount light before I changed it to a 2 light cage pendant a gray tone that would drop down and add shape and personality to the space. The bathtub faucet and shower head are brushed nickel so I played off of that tone.



Add Curves with a Round Mirror

I love round mirrors in bathrooms because those spaces have a lot of angles, so the round mirror adds necessary curvature. This round mirror from Lowe’s has a beautiful thick two tone frame in warm gold and black, I love how the gold adds just a bit of warmth to this black and white space.



Here’s another peek of the space as you walk in, the bamboo shade is Levolor and it’s from Lowe’s I’ve used this shade in half a dozen spaces over the years, I love it!



There you have it, that’s the tour! What a difference right? I love the new look!





Final style tip! Don’t be afraid to have fun and mix metal tones and sheens in bathrooms, I used four, a new record. :) Warm gold on the mirror, glossy blackened stainless steel on the faucet, black hardware, and brushed nickel on the light fixture!



Be sure to check out Lowe’s line of Project Source vanities for your next budget friendly bathroom makeover!

*This post brought to you in partnership with Lowe’s. All product reviews, opinions, and photos are my own!

Merry Christmas Eve!

By Kate Riley December 24, 2018

Christmas greetings! I’m settling in for a few days of merriment with friends and family just like all of you out there. I’m happy to be most of this week relaxing in my coziest clothes and catching up on shows I’ve been meaning to watch.

Sending you all warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas! I have one more makeover project to feature later this week, it’s a bathroom transformation that I can’t wait to share! Meanwhile I’ll leave you with favorite links from the past week:


I can’t even deal with the cuteness of this dollhouse makeover. (The video is everything!)

Nice job on this shed turned guest house renovation.

A roundup of paint companies’ 2019 Colors of the Year.

Michael is so creative during the holidays: his 100 Christmas ideas list.

Make ahead holiday breakfast recipes.

Festive and inexpensive: this NYE wreath.

This knit wreath is so snuggly I’d leave it up all winter.

A great tutorial and product to cover the orange tone in wood.

I take issue with the ranking of the “best movie musicals”, what say you?

Leadership from the heart, and not hurt.


Have a wonderful holiday friends!! I’ll be back in a few days to share that bathroom makeover!