Sage Green Guest Bathroom Progress

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Today I am stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing my sage green guest bathroom progress with you, and it’s not even finished!

Today I am stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing my sage green guest bathroom progress with you, and it’s not even finished!

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I hope that by sharing this sage green guest bathroom progress, I can help you to see that projects take time, even for bloggers! Room makeovers do not come together overnight. Sometimes it take months or even years to finish. 

So, I wanted to give you a real life update, especially after I talked about having patience with home decor in my last blog post

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Sage Green Guest Bathroom Inspiration 

Back in June I shared a little bit about our guest bathroom and some inspiration I had for the space. I wanted to give it a really budget friendly makeover and just do a few things to give it a fresh, more cottage style look. Well, here we are two months later and this tiny bathroom still isn’t finished. Who knew it would take this long? I feel like that happens often with tiny spaces…you think they will be easy and they end up being so much work!  

How I painted my linoleum floors!

For the longest time I’ve been waiting for this big bathroom reveal to share with you guys. I wanted to post this amazing “Before and After”, but like I said earlier this week – decorating takes time. It takes patience and waiting to not only find the right pieces, but also deciding on finishes like stains and paint colors. 

Today I’m simply going to share with you what I have done so far in this space, and why I’m sort of feeling stuck.

What I’ve Done So Far…

Vanity Update

Rustic DIY Vanity

The very first thing I did in this space was sand down our DIY vanity that my dad and I made almost 8 years ago now. It’s made from some fence posts that I purchased for $5 at a lumber yard, and I decided to keep it because I feel that it has a lot of character. I chose to sand down the dark finish and now it has this pretty, rustic, weathered look which I am really loving. 

Rustic DIY Vanity - sanded down

Choosing the right Sage Green Paint Color

Next, I painted all of the bead board a really beautiful green that I already had in my basement. I added some white to it so I’m not even sure what the true color is, but I just love it, and since I know some of you will ask, I will try to color match it for you as soon as possible!

I painted all the bead board in our bathroom a beautiful sage green

It’s the prettiest green with grey undertones, almost a lovely sage. I decided to paint the top half of the bathroom a basic white that I already had on hand. It’s just an egg shell white right off the shelf of our local True Value Hardware. I painted the entire door along with the medicine cabinet that is original to the home the same pretty green color as the bead board. I love it and think it looks very historical!

I love the green that I used on the bead board in our guest bathroom!

Painting our Linoleum Floors

Once I had the paint on the walls, I had to decide what I wanted to do with the floors. If you watched my inspiration video, you know that the floors in my guest bathroom are linoleum. We chose linoleum at the time because the previous owner had already purchased the flooring so it was free for us.

I decided that I wanted to do something in here that wasn’t going to be a huge renovation, but would also feel timeless and not trendy. In another three to five years I would love to possibly redo the floor and the shower. It’s something I have in mind for the future because right now we are in the middle of our basement renovation, and I didn’t want to tackle another project in the middle of all that. 

Well, the cheapest option I could think of for giving our floors a fresh new look, was painting them. Now I know that painting floors is super popular and trendy right now. A lot of people are doing stencils, but I wanted to do something a little more timeless and true to my home, so I went with a checkered pattern. 

Painted checkered floors!

Honestly? This took FOREVER! When you are a busy mom of three little boys and you are painting their bathroom floor, it’s no fun for anyone haha! I’m not sure if I would ever do this again, and I chose a simple pattern!

White and beige painted checkered floors

The checkered floor was almost more difficult because of the straight lines. The paint would bleed through my tape and I would have to go back over and over to touch it up.

Painted linoleum floors using a checkered pattern

If you’re wondering how I painted my floors, I plan to share the step by step process with you guys very soon! I made some big mistakes and I don’t want you guys to make the same ones!

The Shower Tile

Painting our shower tile in our green guest bathroom

After the bead board, walls and floors, I was so done with painting and SO done with this bathroom, haha. There was one thing that remained… the shower tile. I know I’ve told you guys that originally when we refinished this bathroom, I went with tile choices that were more trendy instead of timeless. Now of course I regret my decision, but I didn’t want to tear it all out just yet. 

So, I decided to just paint the accent tile with Rustoleum Tub and Tile Paint. Right now it only has one coat, and this is where I feel stuck. I can’t decide if I should paint the entire shower white since I’m planning to replace it in a few years anyway, or should I leave it as is with just the accent tile painted? 

Painted accent tile in our green guest bathroom!

I’m anxious to hear what you guys think. For whatever reason, the beautiful green on the bead board makes my shower tile read mauve. It doesn’t mesh well with the pretty, soft green.

Painted accent tile in our shower

So, I am stuck and scared to move forward. Part of me thinks I should leave it as is because it will be such a huge project to paint all of the tile. Maybe I should just put one more coat of the white on the accent tiles and walk away?

Rustoleum Tub and Tile Paint

I’ll be honest, I was nervous to do this post because I was scared to open this bathroom up for opinions. Sometimes that confuses me even more and then when I do make the final decision, I worry that I am disappointing people because I went against the majority.

I know that probably sounds really silly. It’s my home and I have to live with it, but I’ve always been a people pleaser. Anyway, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are! 

Sage Green Guest Bathroom – A Few More Details

There are a few more updates I’ve made in this bathroom so far. I did keep the shelf above the toilet. It’s a new shelf from Target but we happened to have some scrap salvage wood that was hand hewn, so I asked my husband to cut out a piece for the brackets.

I added a rustic shelf above the toilet

I think it adds more texture and looks more like an antique, but I’m still unsure about the black brackets. I haven’t decided yet on artwork, but I’d love to add some on this wall!

Rustic bathroom shelf

Another thing I hung up was the beautiful peg rack that I found at the antique store. I hate that it’s hidden behind the door, but when you’re in the space with the door shut, it’s beautiful. Most of the time the door is open, but it is perfect right here for towels, and I know it will be of great use. I think I’m going to leave it!

Rustic peg rack in our cottage bathroom

The last thing thing I wanted to share was my mirror. My mom had some extra mirrors she let me try. It’s always good to have a mom who loves antiques because she always has a stash that I can look through! Originally this mirror belonged to my grandpa who passed it down to my mom who then passed it down to me!

Painted gray mirror in our guest bathroom

It’s a basic round one with pretty, carved detail. I painted it a dark grey and distressed it to give it a more antique feel. I also switched out the globes on the light fixture with some ridged glass ones I found at Lowe’s that have a more classic, cottage feel. So, I spent $15.00 as opposed to $50-60.00 for a new light fixture. 

Gray, distressed antique mirror in our green guest bathroom!

Right now I have my old shower curtain hanging and I think it works in here. Originally I was looking for something green and beige, but I think this one gives that pop of white that I’m craving in this space. I also love how the grey pulls in the grey above the sink on the mirror. If I find another one that I absolutely love I will grab it, but for now I think it works. 

Choosing a shower curtain for our green guest bathroom!

I can’t wait to decorate this guest bathroom space with you guys and bring in the decor and the towels, and maybe replace the chrome towel ring with a classic hook. I want to add some flowers and artwork and play with the area under the sink as well. Maybe add some glass canisters with soap and sponges? We’ll see. 

Right now I’m sort of over this space and at a stopping point. I just wanted to share it with you so you could see that this is real life, even for people who love design and decor. I’m excited to see what you guys think about this sage green guest bathroom progress!

I’m really loving the direction that it’s going. If you have any questions, please comment below. Thank you for following along on this guest bathroom renovation and for having patience with me! 

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Today I am stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing my sage green guest bathroom progress with you, and it’s not even finished!


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  1. You’ve done a wonderful job of painting the floor!
    Maybe paint the accent tile a color rather than white?
    You’re adorable. I love your videos!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! I’m not even sure if they make different color tile paints! I’ll have to look into that. 🙂

  2. Hello Andrea, it really beautiful job. The floor is very nice with the simple design, although I understand that it is not easy to do. But your work is impeccable. I love it. I congratulate you on the result. Your mother’s mirror very beautiful too. And the shower tiles might look better in full white. Enjoy it very much. Thanks for ideas. I appreciate so much.I send you blessings and much love

  3. Hi Andrea,
    Great job on your floor! What about painting the accent tile beige to blend in with the shower tile rather than fight with it. I see a nice white waffle weave shower curtain, if you ever think about changing it…just another idea 😃

  4. Oh my Andrea I think it’s just perfect. My son is a floor/tile guy & I always get new tile but just close the shower curtain & in 5 years you’ll have your new tile!! You did a gr8 job on the floor too!!

  5. I cannot believe that floor is linoleum!! You did an amazing job and it looks amazing! As for the shower, I think I might find a longer shower curtain and maybe even pull the rod up higher and have the curtain cover as much of the shower as I could rather than painting all that tile. Especially since you are considering a gut job in the near future. The room looks great – can’t wait to see the finished product!

    1. Thank you so so much Renee! I can’t wait either haha!! I had never thought of a taller shower curtain, that is something I will have to look into for sure! 🙂

  6. I agree, keep the tile that is a huge job. I think it looks perfectly ok with your paint job. Love the floor and the vanity. Maybe add your green to the tile strip to bring it into the shower, rather than the white. Like the idea of a longer shower curtain too. Looking good

  7. Knowing you….the tub area will be painted. You were speaking from exhaustion, but guessing you won’t be at peace til it is finished 😭.the tile paint seemed. SUPER WHITE. Is there a softer color you can work with I think someone commented on a nice waffle textured shower curtain. In a soft white it would be perfect. You do such lovely work….now take a deep breath and finish it!!!! 😘

    1. Aww Annelies thank you!! You are right…deep breaths hahaha!! PS – I just love your name! It is so beautiful! 🙂

  8. The bathroom is really pretty & very cottage-y. I kinda liked your accent tile because it had a greenish piece that seemed to work but since you were “over” it, the paint is a good choice. I think I’d leave the beige tile surround…at least for a while. If you decide you HATE it, then paint. But it looks fine. I like the idea of a longer shower curtain…although the one you have is pretty & works. Maybe you could sew a piece to the bottom…perhaps ticking stripe? Eh…just an idea.

    I’ve worked on my kitchen for so long that I almost hate it. So I started some little projects…just finished a side table with chalk paint legs (grayish-white) & stained top. It turned out so nice that I now have 8 more pieces cleaned & partially sanded. It’s so satisfying to get something DONE.

    Love your pretty home. Good job.

    1. Hi Jeannie, yes! I know how you feel! A never ending project gets old so fast haha. I’m glad I stepped away for a while to think about it and get a feel for the direction I should go. Thank you for all the advice! It means so much. Your side table sounds so beautiful! 🙂

  9. Your bathroom looks beautiful! I agree, painting the whole shower is too much! I would paint the accent tile the same green color you used for the wainscoting to bring it into the shower. The white looks too stark. You just need to lower the shower curtain rod some and the curtain would be okay, I like the pattern of it and it goes with your colors you have used and is not too busy. I would also get or make a cute cutain for your sink so that the pipes are hidden and you can store things under there.

    1. Shelly thank you so much for your feedback! I have thought about a curtain for under the sink, too! It’s something I need to keep playing with. I so appreciate you visiting and leaving a comment! It means so much! 🙂

  10. Hello young lady! Its looking good!! I’m totally with you with sometimes too much input and you can get But I will say I do kind of like the idea of pulling a little bit of that green into the shower somehow but I definitely think the window tile color needs to be changed As I’m looking at it I think that’s what’s distracting me You have the Stark white in there and then the wall color and then the tiles around the window are just not blending in correctly and I think that’s what’s throwing the color of the other tile off, you’re gonna gut it eventually anyway! So i say try doing around the window With the white also or maybe be bold and do it with the green from the wall color. Or you got all those little teeny tiny tiles you could always put the green on just a few of them or whole strip of them! Be bold! if you did not like it you can always paint back over it.😉just a thought. Hugs

    1. Aww thanks Kim!! You know I don’t even know if they made different color tile paint, I’ve only seen white! Something to look into, for sure. I appreciate your feedback, your encouragement means so much to me! 🙂 Hope you are doing well! 🙂

  11. I may be in the minority here, but I like the white that you painted the tiles, it goes with the window frame. Also, I think the shower surround color goes very nicely with the green of the walls as they are both earthy colors.

    I would love to see one of your own paintings either enlarged, or more than 1 above that little shelf. Your paintings are so lovely,

    Great job!!!!

    1. Hi Deanna! Yes, I was thinking about putting one of my paintings in there! Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 The easiest thing would be to just leave the tiles, for sure haha. We’ll see what I do!

  12. Hey, I love your house and your blog! I would actually paint those tiles, they are too blaaah. 🙂 like you said they don’t mesh to well with your sage green, and as you crave white in there, I think you should go for it! How much work will be there if you get the right paint…?? I think also that a new white sink would make this bathroom look top class! Continue sharing your projects!

    1. Hi Sylvia! Yes, I am starting to agree with you! I should probably just paint them. Thank you so much for the encouragement, and I agree on the white sink! Just have to find one that’s affordable!! 🙂

  13. Andrea,
    Your bathroom is amazing and the colors are beautiful. What a transformation.❣️I understand how hard and long you worked to get it to this point but I feel painting the tiles in the tub area would make the room complete. As an artist, you understand and feel color. You know in your heart the tile color is not playing well with the wall color. Trying to cover the tiles with a shower curtain is not going to solve the problem. Every time you bathe the boys you will see that nasty mauve. Just do it, take a roller and paint it white, even the grout. In the long run you will feel much better about what needed to be done.
    Thank you for sharing this truly awesome redo with us. I love seeing the progress on your home.
    Annie B

    1. Aww Annie you are probably right. I think I might be leaning that way, too. I want to replace the tile with white on day anyway, so why not just go for it now? You are so sweet and I really appreciate your kindness and encouragement! It means more than you know! 🙂

  14. I’m putting off painting my bathroom walls until you let us know the name of the color of paint you started with, before adding some white. Brand would, also, be helpful.

    In addition, please provide a tutorial for laying off the squares for the floor. For some reason, I can’t figure out the taping process to create each square ( as shown in the video). Just doesn’t make sense to me when I look at it, probably because the paint is obscuring what the taping looks like. Duh!

    Absolutely, love everything you do in your home and this post has inspired me to do a bathroom “redo” in my older home. Your vitality and love of your family is so uplifting to all of us as you (and your husband) strive to make a wonderful home for your family.

    Blessings to you and yours!

      1. Hello fellow “Love my home” person! I just wanted to share with you I did my front porch the same way you did your ‘guest’ bathroom floor. Mine is taupe and warm white with slight antiquing, angular checks with mine but yours look best straight as your wall tile is angular. Also my porch is wood floors. I’m the ‘old designer’ who knows no age when it comes to creativity. I like the floor just as you have it!!! Laurene from St. Paul, Minn.

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