Before & After: Reviving a Dark & Dated Rental Bathroom

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Amy was #blessed with two very crucial elements of a rental makeover success: an apartment with good bones and a generous landlord. She took those gifts and ran with them, turning her bathroom into a totally lovely, stylish and calming sanctuary.

(Image credit: Submitted by Amy)

From Amy: The first thing I did when I signed my lease was ask my landlord if I could paint the bathroom. The tile flooring is a beautiful sea foam green, but someone long, long ago thought it would be a great idea to paint the wainscoting deep teal, the trim white, and the walls beige … needless to say it was very dark and very dated. Thankfully, my landlord said “Sure!” and the final results were well worth any sweat and tears shed while trying to paint behind a vintage (and heavy!) clawfoot tub.

I also swapped out the 2-light vanity fixture for a 3-light fixture, installed oil rubbed bronze bathroom hardware, and hung a giant vintage mirror that I got for $15 at a yard sale and spray painted white over a small (and unnecessary) built in medicine cabinet to keep things bright, white, and clean. Now if I can just find someone to help me remove the flow restrictor from my shower head …

Thank you, Amy!