One Room Challenge

Before and After: An Overwhelmingly Brown Bathroom Gets a Glam Green Glow Up for $907 Exactly

published Sep 4, 2022
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Green is a popular paint color for cabinetry lately, whether in kitchens, living rooms, or bathrooms. It’s a popular pick because it can be bold or neutral, and in the words of Apartment Therapy writer Dabney Frake, it’s “sophisticated yet oh so cozy at the same time.”

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Designer Quintin Tate (@twentysevyninteriors) knew that green cabinetry was just what this “natural brown and orange … accented by three taupe walls” 1989 bathroom needed —that, and a complete overall to the walls and floors. “Walking into the space and seeing how it was completed, I couldn’t help but feel that the utilization of the color concept made this space feel so small and closed in,” he says.

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The vanity, mirror, and hardware throughout were also dated-looking, he adds. Quintin took on the half bath during the Spring 2022 One Room Challenge and created a glam “after” for exactly $907.

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One of his first steps was demoing the old tile floors, which had been in the home since 1989, so they took some muscle to get up. He planned to swiftly install his new black and white hex-shaped tiles, but due to a two-week shipping delay, he had to pivot to the walls and ceiling, which were given a coat of bright white, and the color change alone already made the space feel much larger. Behind the vanity, Quintin applied a geometric wallpaper.

Next, he sanded the vanity and painted it with green chalky finish paint (Sherwin-Williams’ Farm to Table). By then, the tile had arrived. “It was so mesmerizing to see it completed,” Quintin says of the tile installation. “I immediately felt the overall composition in the space changing for the greater good … the drama on the floor was exactly what was needed for this to be the perfect transformation.”

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Quintin says he loves the black and white wallpaper and floors with the pop of green. Unfortunately, after the tile issue was resolved, there was another hiccup.

Quintin had just finished refurbishing the brown countertop with matte black paint when he dropped the can and it spilled all over the counter and wallpaper. “Talk about a setback!” Quintin says. “I literally screamed! I found any and everything I could to wipe it off the wallpaper first and then the white walls.”

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But sometimes accidents are meant to be. Quintin was able to replace the stained patch of wallpaper, but he took it as a sign from the universe to redo the counters, which he wasn’t 100 percent sold on anyway. Instead of matte black, Quintin landed on a black marble look which he created with an expoxy kit. “I decided to take it the next level for a more luxury aesthetic,” he says, adding that it took him a couple tries with the epoxy to get the look just right.

Another luxe detail in the space is the pendant lights hanging on either side of the mirror. Quintin bought these brushed nickel fixtures from Lowes and spray painted them gold to get the brass look he wanted. “Don’t ever worry about getting the right color!” Quintin advises on Instagram. “Find the item and make it the color you need.”

He also replaced the clunky mirror from before with a sleek circular brass one and installed a glam brass faucet and hardware.

Credit: Quintin Tate

Across the room, Quintin removed the towel bar from before, painted the wall behind the toilet black for a bit of drama, and then filled in the space with black and white decor.

“I loved everything about it,” Quintin says. “It was exactly what I envisioned for the space … seeing a visual that I created come to fruition based upon a digital mood board and pure creativity is a never-ending feeling! It’s almost like doing a magic trick.”

His best DIY advice? You can create a luxury look for less by doing the work yourself. “Take your time, have fun, and trust the process,” he says. “And have some good music playing during the process.”

This project was completed for the Spring 2022 One Room Challenge, in partnership with Apartment Therapy. See even more of the One Room Challenge before and afters here.