We turned an ugly bathroom into more stylish space in just one week on a tiny budget! Check out this vintage industrial glam bathroom reveal!

One of the rooms in this house that we have NEVER shown you is our main bathroom. And for very good reason! It was ugly!  Nothing like a green tub and tiles, brown flooring, rust colored walls and a hunter green vanity! Not to mention a massive medicine cabinet, 70’s wood trim and a spaceship looking light fixture! When we made it to the final round of Creating with the Stars a couple of weeks ago and were faced with the Home Decor round, this was the room we picked to makeover. In less than a week! We’re calling it a Vintage Industrial Glam Bathroom Reveal. 

Did I mention that it’s our ONLY bathroom? Let’s just say I was a little cranky that week. Sigh.




But the end result was totally worth it. And even though we came in last in the finals of #CWTS2014, we adore our bathroom. Even we couldn’t figure out how we lived with it as it was for over a year. Totally #firstworldproblems, I know.


(Find similar faux flowers here)

Painting the walls was the first step. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to use primer and it took three coats to cover up all the rust color.


Then I painted the trim. And forgot to use primer again. So I painted four coats to cover the door and door trim’s 1970’s orange wood glow.


And I painted the vanity. Amazing what a difference paint makes! Thankfully the vanity only needed two coats of paint. By this point I’d worn my paint clothes for about 4 days straight.


Dean laid new vinyl tile. Yes, vinyl. Dean hates laying ceramic and didnt’ have time to fight with it that week. Even still the new tile really freshens up the bathroom. As does the new baseboard, doorknob, and hinges.


In decorating the bathroom, I wanted to think beyond the normal bathroom stuff. So we used actual curtains for a shower curtain (there’s a vinyl one behind it for water protection) and hung them really high, brought in flowers (they’re fake!) and I shrunk a great print by DearLillie to fit in a glam silver frame.


Dean spotted the metal and chalkboard tote first and thought it would make a great toothbrush organizer. There are five of us which equals many toothbrushes and toothpastes!


We made the shelves – they’re just like the ones found in our kitchen. And we put together the towel hooks too. Just simple things to add some rustic elegance to the space.

vintage industrial glam bathroom reveal

Source List:

  • Bathmat/rug – Target Canada
  • Shower Curtain – actual curtain, Homesense (Find VERY similar greek key shower curtains here!)
  • Wire laundry basket – Homesense (Find a similar laundry basket here!)
  • Mirror – Homesense
  • Galvanized chalkboard divided tote – Homesense
  • Faux plants – Urban Barn
  • Metal file sorter (used as towel holder) – Homesense
  • Gear clock – Homesav (Similar here)
  • Wire lined baskets – Homesense (Similar here)
  • Metal chalkboard hanging tags – Target Canada
  • Large jar of soap bars – Target Canada
  • Other miscl. accessories – Homesense
  • Chalkboard art (in silver frame) – Dear Lillie
  • Vanity legs – The Home Depot
  • Vanity Hardware – The Home Depot
  • Vanity Lights – Lowe’s
  • Wall Paint – Snowbound, Sherwin Williams
  • Trim Paint – Snowbound, Sherwin Williams
  • Vanity Paint – Grey Tweed, CIL tinted in Sherwin Williams Duration line

So, what do you think? Did we do good? Have you made over a bathroom lately?

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  1. Hey! Love the renovation!

    I’ve been waiting for this reveal post forever b/c I’m dying to get a curtain just like the one you used for the shower curtain. Then I realized you got it from HomeSense (apparently the Canadian version of Home Goods?). Is there any chance you could tell me the brand of the curtain so I might be able to find it online somewhere else?

    Amazing job. Can’t imagine what a whirlwind that week must have been!


    1. Yes to Homesense being the Canadian version of HomeGoods. Unfortunately I didn’t keep the curtain package. I’m so sorry!

  2. I love all of it!! It’s amazing what paint can do. The vanity cabinet color and hardware is my favorite but I love all of the small details. Well done! Hope you guys get a break soon!!

  3. Love your transformation! I have a bathroom transformation in my future – and this is looking gorgeously inspirational!

  4. First off I want to tell you your bathroom is gorgeous. I have a builder’s grade bathroom and it really is in dire need of a makeover. I would love to know how you added the silver brackets on the ends of the shelves you made? Great job…

  5. In your bathroom makeover, I’m using it as my ins privation for mine. I love the industrial glam style. I was wondering what faceplate you used for your switch/ outlet cover. I have a large one and it’s practically in the center of the room. It had to be custom made so I’m going to have to paint it. I was thinking a bronze or some metallic..

    1. I bought it at Home Depot or Canadian Tire, I can’t honestly remember. I’m sorry. Good luck with your makeover!

  6. I am in love with the curtain you used! I know at the bottom it says you got the curtain from Homesense, but is there maybe a tag on it somewhere that has a more specific brand? I would love to use these in my home if theyre still available. Thanks!!

  7. I just found your remodel via Pinterest and I LOVE it 🙂 Can you tell me where you got your towel bar? I didn’t see it on your product list. You guys did a great, GREAT, job!!

    1. The wooden one with the three “hooks”? That was a DIY using boating parts! As for the other one for the hand towel – that’s a file sorter that we found at Homesense.

  8. Thank you so much for posting this! I love the mix of hardware! It makes me happy I will not have to go and change all of ours and it is okay not to match. We can’t wait to do ours 🙂

  9. Bathroom looks awesome! I LOVE the look the the shelves over the toilet, but can’t seem to find them anywhere. Help please, my bathroom needs some of these!!

  10. Such a beautiful bath makeover!! Could you tell us the paint colors for walls and woodwork, as well as the cabinets? I am also fascinated that you painted the counters! Could you explain that process?
    Looks wonderful!!

    1. Wall Paint – Snowbound, Sherwin Williams
      Trim Paint – Snowbound, Sherwin Williams
      Vanity Paint – Grey Tweed, CIL tinted in Sherwin Williams Duration line

      And we did not paint the countertops. They just look different because the colors around them changed!