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How to Update and Decorate Your Dated Bone Tile Bathroom

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Our “upstairs bathroom” is like a little family secret no one talks about, or wants to talk about 😆. Our kiddos have used the dark “window-less”, dated bathroom for over 11 years now, and have literally grown up in this bathroom you’re about to see. This is certainly one of the reasons why I am so excited to share “How to Update and Decorate Your Dated Bone Tile Bathroom”. To be honest, this could be the most shocking makeover on this blog besides our DIY Kitchen Makeover. Here’s a few before photos to start us out…

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

This double sink full bathroom had fantastic bones when we moved in, in 2008. It was hardly touched since 1994 when the house was built, and was perfect for our young children whom were only 7 & 9 at the time. Now a days, our kids are in college, but due to the pandemic this is still their bathroom (and I love having them home).

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

After we settled in, and started updating a few things (that was when I started redheadcandecorate.com), we decided to replace the old counter top with the same neutral marble looking Corian we had installed in our master bathroom, and the laundry room. I must say, I have been very happy with our 2 inch wide Corian counter tops in all of those rooms, for all of these years.

As time went on, we replaced the light fixtures, shower head, faucets, and I switched out the cabinet knobs. Aside from that, we painted the walls a sandy brown, and a beachy blue and tried to get away with a coastal theme. It worked for a while, but that bone colored tile, up against the orange Oak wood floor, doors, and trim really seemed dated.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

For all these years I just didn’t know how to make it look any better, and always thought we may need to gut the entire bathroom 😖. I am so happy it didn’t get that far. I should have known… how to update and decorate my dated bone tile bathroom!

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

How Black Paint Instantly Updates Bone Tile in Your Bathroom

After painting the exterior of our home a darker shade of blue/grey (get a sample mailed to you), and doing the same in our family room, I began to visualize things in this bathroom that I hadn’t seen before. Those new thoughts triggered me to ask the kids what they thought about painting the walls black (I totally trust their judgement because they are both artists). It took them 2 seconds to say, “YHAS! I think it would look so cool!” That was all it took, and I was ordering 2 gallons of black paint. Just look how the black paint instantly updates not only the bone tile, but it also brought out the beautiful tones in our wood door, trim, floors, and cabinets.

TIP: Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls to make the room look even larger.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

After we painted, I was blown away at how all of the sudden, the tub walls existed, where before it was like a deep hole of nothing that made the room feel so small and narrow. Painting the walls black, and taking down the shower curtain rod that held nothing but scarves, made the room look twice as big. And wowsers, look at the wood.

The biggest surprise of all…our dated bone tile above the tub and in the shower looked like a movie star shining on stage. It was then I knew we were on to something. The dated dark bathroom with the creamy blah tile I hated was going places, and I was going along with it in my black pumps, and diamond earrings 😆.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

The Best Lighting for Bone Tile Bathroom

Now that we nailed it with the black paint on the walls, I began looking at the light fixtures above the 2 sinks and tried to think of ways to updated them without removing them. No matter what I tried, they just looked dated. Like I mentioned earlier, we had updated the old fixtures shortly after we moved in, but that was 11 years ago 🤯.

So, I got real busy, real fast and spent close to 4 hours researching for modern led light fixtures that would cover up where the present light fixtures were, and light up the room bright.

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Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Luck was on my side, and these modern sleek led light fixtures were the absolute perfect touch. They were also easy to install, (my husband did each one in about 1 hour). You can tell in this next 3 photos how they really light up the mirror for make-up and hair styling. I should also mention that the price was amazing too (see all sources below, or click on the word).

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Lighting up the long rectangular mirror over the vanity was a fantastic move (the kids LOVE IT!), but what about the dark area above the shower-less tub behind us? This is where I had to really dig deep into my crypt of decorating tricks. I had to really think-think-think 🧠 for this Dated Bone Tile Bathroom!

Adding the large black framed round mirror above the shower-less tub was first, and truly makes it seem like there is an actual window there. When you look into it, it just keeps going, and going.

Then, boom…it happened. The angels sang, music played, and adhesive lights entered my life forever. I think I need a bubble bath, how about you?

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Can you believe how beautiful this 1994 dated bone tile tub looks now? I just can’t believe it. I am literally in shock (Obviously, this would only work if your tub is just a tub, and not a shower.)

First, I want tell you that these adhesive string lights around the tub are battery operated/remote controlled and completely safe near water (not in a shower though-please always read warnings and recommendations). They are so simple to install (took me 10 minutes with no tools), have several mood settings, and can go anywhere (I chose white so they don’t stand out when they aren’t on). We now have these adhesive lights up in the kid’s rooms too. Wouldn’t they work great for under cabinets? FYI: All sources are below, or just click the word.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

I almost stopped there with the adhesive lights, until I came across the single larger disc lights and though they would look great on the bottom of the wood shelves. Holy wig heads, was I right (our kids make costumes/wigs for Cosplay so we own many wig heads so putting 1 on the shelf was a funky twist).

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

If you keep scrolling below you’ll also see how I stuck 3 more adhesive lights to the ceiling above the tub to make it look like recessed lighting… which brings me to the decorating, my favorite part 👩‍🦰 .

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

How to Update and Decorate Your Creamy White Tiled Bath

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Well, I’m certainly relieved I realized I had gorgeous bone tile before it was gone! Seriously, what a blessing to be able to save all this money while still giving our older kids a gorgeous private space for them to really feel good…almost like an botanical oasis, right?

Let’s get to the decor…

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Honestly, the black paint, amazing led lighting, and now gorgeous wood tones made the decorating easy. If the green botanical vibe is a bit too much for you, I think black walls and light tile can work with many themes including boho, farmhouse, or even retro/vintage.

For us, I know how much our kids love plants, so I went with mostly botanical (a little boho) green accents. FYI: All sources are below, or just click the word.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Most of the plants are faux, but I did manage to use left over greens from a bouquet I recently bought. Have you ever noticed how the greens last longer than the flowers when you buy flowers? I just added a few big stems to some thrift store vases at each sink. In addition, I used a thrift store bowl for a soap dish, and a thrift store pedestal bowl for a simple tissue dispenser. The large liquid soap dispenser filled with mixed liquid soaps is originally from HomeGoods, but I just keep refilling that monster.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Find pretty green night light here.

Find botanical art canvases here.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

One of the best updates in this dated bathroom makeover are the tooth brush holders. Hands down, the best tooth brush holders I have ever used (I bought some for all of us, and I use one for my pencil at my desk).

Another helpful organization trick that also doubles as decor, are little shelves like this wood one with hooks for jewelry below. You’ll also notice I added little white shelves to the toilet/shower area for whatever the kids need them for (think phone, air freshener, toiletries, etc..)

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

While we are over here in the private shower/toilet area, I may as well tell you that the botanical canvases are located in my source list if interested 🌱, along with a back scratcher which is a must have in any bathroom, don’t you think? We have one in every bathroom 😂.

Oh, by the way, that garbage can comes in a million colors and was a bargain…

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

I have a few more tid bits to tell you to update your dated bone tile bathroom and then I need to go take a bubble bath because this was a long one, wasn’t it? I hope you enjoyed it though…

The sheer black curtain panels are strictly for decor purposes, but really add depth, and softness. I hung them easily with little black hooks (found in my sources) after I clipped on little black circle clip ons on the curtains.

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

Lastly, the cute black sparkly lumbar pillow is just something I added for fun with velcro, and the black tray across the tub is actually one of our old shelves from our living room. I saved the shelves when I added new stained shelves to our built-in units that surround our fireplace. My husband just gave it a quick coat of black spray paint and trimmed it to fit the tub just right. It kind of reminds me of our romantic master bathroom tub tray!

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

I promise this is the last tid-bit to update your dated bone tile bathroom and I was so excited to share it with you here…the antique stool was my grandfather’s whom I never met because he passed a few years before I was born, but I’m told he loved to decorate. I know he would have loved this!

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

BLACK PAINT: BEHR ULTRA BLACK in SATIN

BLACK SHEER CURTAINS

CURTAIN CLIP ON HOOKS

SCREW IN HOOKS TO HANG CURTAINS

MODERN LIGHT FIXTURES

ADHESIVE TUB LIGHTS

ADHESIVE SHELF/CEILING LIGHTS

CANDLES

SIMILAR HANGING PLANT(S)

PLANT HANGER

POTTED SUCCULANTS

LARGE ROUND MIRROR

BOTANICAL WALL ART CANVASES

WHITE SHELVES

WOOD SHELVES: WAYFAIR

BLACK SPARKLY LUMBAR PILLOW

VELCRO

BLACK TUB MAT

WIG HEAD

DANG YOU LOOK GOOD RUG: ETSY

BOHO BLACK REVERSIBLE RUG WITH TASSELS

BEST AREA RUG NON-SLIP GRIPPERS

GREEN BATH MAT

BACK SCRATCHER

GREEN VASES: THRIFT STORE

TISSUE DISPENSER: THRIFT STORE BOWL (tutorial coming soon)

FRESH GREENS IN VASES: LEFTOVER FROM ROSES

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDERS

WHITE TOWELS: OLD

GREEN NIGHTLIGHT

ACRYLIC MAKEUP ORGANIZERS

JEWELRY/TOWEL BAR

WOOD JEWELRY HOOK SHELF

FUN TOILET PAPER SIGN

FUN TEA TOWEL (R RATED)

ANTIQUE WOOD STOOL: MY GRANDFATHER

GARBAGE CAN

HAND SOAP: HOMEGOODS

PENGUIN & CREATURE: KIDS ART

Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!
Here's affordable ideas on how to update and decorate your dated bone tile bathroom without renovating and it's truly shocking!

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34 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    WOW! I was shocked that it worked out so well. You rock! It was truly amazing!

  2. Sue at Blu says:

    Striking! The emerald greens are perfect highlights! Lucky D & L!!

  3. Patricia says:

    This is the prettiest bath room ! I love it!

  4. Robert Urtel says:

    Wow, lot of Work, and Thought, Great Job, Great imagination. love to all, Dad in NY.

  5. Sherry King says:

    Beautiful bathroom. I have a question. The glass ball feet of your grandfathers stool,
    do you have any idea where I could find a replacement glass? My son has a stool,
    very similar to yours and it’s missing one marble foot. I have looked at flea markets, etc. ,
    but with no luck. Thanks Sherry

    • Julie says:

      Hmmm… that is a very good question. Last night I remembered when we moved from Michigan to Florida and the moving co broke the seat! They took it to a furniture repair shop and fixed it. I would Google furniture repair shops and get their advice. Jewelry stores are also very knowledgeable. Let me know what happens!

  6. Leah Cundiff says:

    Wow! Love, love, love the update! And for teens it is perfect! Score again, Julie! Love your fabulous ideas 😊

  7. Can McCoy says:

    This is absolutely stunning Julie, I’m ready to do mine now!!!

    • Julie says:

      Candice… you have got to do it!! I cant get over how nice the tile looks now. Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

  8. Laurel says:

    Great job, Julie. You kept your clients/kids in mind when you designed this project. The fact that no sledge hammers were involved deserves you major kudos.

  9. Diane Urtel says:

    This is one of my favorite make-overs to date Sis! The black goes perfectly with the green accents and the lighting and all of the little touches are off the charts! I need to get some of those adhesive bathroom lights for my bathroom. D & L are lucky ducks to have such a creative mom. I know they appreciate you! Love that you incorporated the antique stool from Papa. He passed along the decorating gene to you and it’s so sweet that you include your roots in so many of your posts. I love that!

  10. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    I’m back! OMG you are amazing. That is probably one of the best makeovers you’ve done.
    I love the adhesive lights around the tub and the DANG carpet is so unique.
    Out done yourself this time girl.

    Cheers, Bette

    • Julie says:

      I am so happy you are back! I was so hoping you would enjoy this, Bette! I had so much fun doing it for the kids. Guess you can tell how much I love them ;). Stay warm,…oh my goodness this cold weather needs to go bye bye!

  11. Tee says:

    I don’t think I have ever responded to a blog before but your bathroom re-do is so inspiring that I felt I should tell you so. Love it! And I love all the black you have used all over your house. I get tired of seeing all the white and neutrals in other blogs.

    • Julie says:

      I am so happy to know you are out there, Tee! I need to put a post together on just black. I think I have enough now 😉

  12. Julie, the bathroom looks amazing! I’m headed over, well, when we can travel again .

  13. What a gorgeous and dramatic makeover! Green is my favorite color so I’m smitten!!!

  14. Suzanne Gavozzi says:

    What a knock out bathroom remodel job! It is gorgeous. I get a “Jungle Chic Vibe”.
    Love it! You are so talented.
    Suzanne

  15. Ivory says:

    My, what an amazing transformation! You nailed it again. So many wonderful ideas I got frim your makeover. Thank you for sharing. I am so happy you mentioned that fabulous stool, because I’ve been looking fir one exactly like yours, so I was going to ask you where did you get yours from

  16. Melanie Carter says:

    Julie,
    So many things! Creative, inviting, relaxing, and Earth friendly too by working with what you’ve got. Impressive. The saying on the towel at the end…loved it.
    Melanie
    :

  17. Karen Richard says:

    I love it! The greens and wood tones pop with the black. I just love your blog. You are so creative and show so many of us that you don’t have to be rich to make your place look great!

  18. […] it ended up in our kids’s bathroom and they used it for makeup storage. Well, if you saw the big bathroom makeover, you would know that it doesn’t really fit into that botanical theme. It was time to either […]

  19. Karolyn says:

    3 words…TO DIE FOR!!!

  20. […] upstairs bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen that shocker, you can see it in full here: Modern Botanical Bathroom Makeover. It literally took me 2 seconds to stuff the tissues […]

  21. In a word–FABULOUS!!

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