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You know how you can live with something and think it’s great for years then one day you look at it and decide that it has to go — stat?! Well, that was me and the shower curtain in my guest bath. When I originally bought the Waverly “Norfolk Rose” shower curtain in 2007, I was going for a cozy cottage look and it fit the bill perfectly. Fast forward to 2014 and — while my taste is still traditional — my color preference has shifted to grays and blues and I like my patterns a little more graphic. Thus, the hunt for a new shower curtain commenced.

Here’s a peek of my guest bathroom before:
Cottage-Style Bathroom Before Makeover
The golden-tan paint on the walls is a color that I custom mixed to warm up what’s otherwise a bright white room so I had no plans of painting the walls again. The new shower curtain would have to work with the existing paint.

I hit all the usual online suspects (Amazon, ebay, etsy, etc.) but couldn’t find a curtain in my color palette with a graphic but still feminine pattern for less than $100. I also tried my favorite brick-and-mortar design stores but, still, nada. Then, while I was in NC visiting family, the bargain-shopping gods shone upon me and I found a 100% cotton shower curtain with an oversized Moroccan tile design for $15 — that’s right, just $15, my kinda money.

And here it is, proudly displayed in my updated guest bathroom:
Gray and White Shower Curtain
My bathroom rug (which is actually a 2×6 bound carpet runner) was also looking a little tired so I swapped it out for a new one in a geometric gray-and-white pattern that I found at a carpet wholesaler for less than $10. Bound remnants make great rugs; check your local carpet stores, many carry rugs in assorted sizes they’ve made by binding small scraps of leftover carpet.  Or, you can create your own custom rug by combining carpet colors or patterns and having the edges bound. Bathroom After Mini Makeover

And here’s a before-and-after comparison, what do you think?
Camille's Bathroom Mini Makeover Before and After
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29 Responses

  1. Grandmabear says:

    Camille that shower curtain is great.
    @ Carolyn Edwards. I love white or soft cream with sagey greens. If you get a shade that has a lot of gray in the green, sometimes light grays look nice too. Look for cues in rooms that touch on that one. If you have white in the hall, I'd go with the white trim. Pittsburgh paints had a "Spring Green" shade, which I paired with white crown molding in our bedroom and bath. Everyone that visited us loved that combination, and one friend even painted her new kitchen with those colors. I kept the window treatments white as well to lighten up the look.

  2. Rose says:

    Can someone talk to me please

  3. Rose says:

    Grandma talk now please I don't want to be mean but I don't t have friends

  4. Rose says:

    If u don't talk I will run circles around u:@

  5. Rachel Pinhard says:

    I was expecting more changes here in this project :( But its looking nice.

    Rachel | http://www.totalenergyinstallations.com/pages/bif

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  7. Milan Ellis says:

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    They have a wide range of modern bathtubs, sinks, and other bathroom accessories. You can choose any of them according to your needs and bathroom design ideas.

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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