Before and After: My (New) Master Bathroom

By Brittni • posted on 02/14/2024

A minimal modern bathroom makeover / refresh for spring

I’ve been trying to get our new apartment decorated since we moved in a few weeks ago, but with being out of town for a week and some other stuff that’s been happening behind the scenes, it hasn’t been the quickest process. So, I decided to give myself a break and kick off the decorating in a place I wouldn’t normally start: the bathroom! Why? It’s small, which means I could get it done in a day or two and wouldn’t need to run out and buy a ton of stuff. Plus, my last bathroom makeover (at the old place) strangely ended up being one of my favorites, so I’m rolling with it.

I’ve teamed up with the folks at Boll & Branch, who make Fair Trade certified, 100% organic cotton luxury bedding, bath towels, and more, to share my new mini bathroom makeover. And since it’s spring, I’m throwing in my tips for refreshing your bathroom for the season too…think plants, flowers, and fluffy towels – oh my! Click through for the before and after.

Here’s a side by side before and after…

Before and After: A minimal eclectic bathroom makeover

A minimal modern bathroom makeover with Paper & Stitch

And here are the tips I followed to go from before to after. My master bathroom refresh for spring…

1. Remove what you can. One of the things I liked least about our bathroom, aside from the dark cabinets (which I can’t really do anything about in a rental), was the random placement of fixtures. So, Jeff and I removed all of the towel holders that were in awkward spots on the wall (we left a couple that were more convenient) and put them under the sink in a big bag, so we can put them back up when we move. They’ll never even know they were gone.

I patched over the holes that would be exposed and covered over a couple of the others with artwork. Super easy! Eventually, I want to replace the scones above the mirror too, but for now, they’ll work.

Boll & Branch washcloths

2. Refresh the staples. There are a few things in our bathroom that we’ve had forever (i.e. probably too long) that needed to be replaced. Specifically our mismatched towels, washcloths, etc. So, I switched all the old ones out for a big ol’ set (bath towels, bath sheets, hand towels, and washcloths) of Boll & Branch towels that all match! All their towels are 100% GOTS-certified organic with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes and are made up of proprietary low-twist threads for maximum absorbency and durability.

My faves hands down are the oversized bath sheets – it’s like wrapping yourself in a giant blanket after a shower. But honestly, the entire collection is great – it’s all ethically sourced and really well-made (comfy and soft). Read more about the Boll & Branch mission right here.

A minimal bathroom makeover

3. Find a place for everything and put everything in it’s place. With all my makeup and skincare, it was easy for the counters to look and feel cluttered even when things were organized. So, I came up with a new little system for everything. The stuff I use multiple times a day could stay out, as long as it fit on the new shelf I installed or in my DIY makeup organizer. And Jeff could keep out a couple of his most-used items too. Everything else had to go in the drawers, or in the cabinets underneath each sink.

I strangely got really into the whole everything has a place thing – and even found a cool drawstring bag to store my curling iron and straight iron in. So, I was pretty pumped. Whatever it takes to get me excited for staying organizing is fine with me.

Add a gallery wall in a small bathroom to add depth and character. Click through for more tips and a before and after minimal modern bathroom makeover.

4. Add depth with artwork. With the changing season, it’s a great time to add artwork to a room or replace existing pieces with new ones for a refresh. I love having artwork in a bathroom because it can bring so much personality to an otherwise pretty bland space. Eventually, I want the artwork in our bathroom to cover the walls entirely, but this was a good start, with a staggered gallery wall.

A spring refresh for a minimal modern bathroom (with before and after photos).

5. Add foliage. Bringing plants into a room always makes it feel more homey, lived in, and comfy. So why not bring a few indoor plants into that bathroom too. I used a couple of my DIY planters to bring in some greenery and bought a large plant from a home improvement store to soften the back wall by the closet door. Fresh flowers are a great way to bring nature in too, especially for spring.

Old hardware was removed and a new geometric shelf was added for more storage. Click through for more tips and a before and after minimal modern bathroom makeover.

A minimal modern bathroom makeover with Boll & Branch.

That’s it for my master bathroom refresh. This little project is getting me all kinds of energized for getting the rest of our apartment done. Which room should I do next, the entryway, living room, or master bedroom?

Oh, and speaking of bedrooms actually, Boll & Branch also has a really nice bedding collection, again thoughtfully designed and made with 100% organic cotton (and fair trade as well), if you’re looking to branch (haha) out from bathroom goodies. I have the hemmed sheet set in white. And they offer a 30-day trial period and complimentary shipping to ensure every customer is happy with their  purchase.

ANYWAY, enough of my rambling. Here are a few more pics of the refresh…

Use a uniquely shaped shelf to store everyday items. Click through for the full reveal of this minimal modern bathroom makeover.

A bathroom makeover / refresh for spring with Boll & Branch

Use a large basket as a hamper in the bathroom for easy access to dirty clothes, etc. Click through for more tips and a before and after minimal modern bathroom makeover.

Have your own bathroom or spring refresh tips to share? Let me know what I missed in the comments! I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have.

This post is in partnership with Boll & Branch. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

30 comments | Click here to reply

Wow this is amazing!! It looks more homely I love this!!


Plants often grow beautifully in the bathrooms, due to the large amount of moisture and light. The flooring and suspension plants are brightly and cozy, they are refreshed with color, they cover with comfort and they add the effect of active use of the room.


Where is the art from?


Do you have the links for the artwork? I LOVE this bathroom makeover! GREAT updates!


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I love what you have done to your bathroom. My favorite decor piece was the triangle shelf. Very modern looking.

Kelly Nguyen

It’s simple but beautiful makeover. It looks chic and modern now. The wall art gave life to your bathroom and the plant too! I love that triangular shelf. Thanks for the tips!


Beautiful choice of artwork. And I love the triangle shelves, they are still very functional, yet very unique and eye-catching. Keep up your awesome work!

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Sure thing, Claudia – it’s from Target.


I love this makeover! Do you mind sharing where you found your laundry hamper?


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Thanks Christeen. The rug is from Target.


Love this! Working on my rental bathroom refresh as well, so this is huge inspiration! Where is the rug from?


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I LOVE the triangle! It looks very chic and provides lots of storage! I’m actually moving to a new rental in Miami soon and I am looking forward to making the place very homey. Thanks for the inspiration!



Love the artwork ….I too have artwork in my bathroom, well all through my house for that matter, but it adds so much pop and personality. Love the carpet runner too. Good job!!

Judy N.

this looks great- I am wondering where the triangular shelf is from?


superbe j’aime beaucoup bravo a toi bise raymonde

chez raymonde

It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love the carpet, and all those pictures!


Wow, the bathroom looks much more homely; I love it! I really love the plants that you included. I think that plants are such a great and simple way to add a little something extra to your environment.

Emily |


Thanks Emmy. The planters are one of my fave DIYs rn.


Love the planters and that triangular shelf! Looks great!


Totally agree, Ariel. 🙂 Good stuff!


Omg, just love boll and branch sheets. The towels are a must!


Aw, thanks so much Ttfd. Appreciate it.


So elegant and chic😍


Thanks Jared. 🙂




Thanks Monique! There’s still a few things I want to do to it decorating-wise, but it’s coming along. 🙂


It’s so chique! And elegant! I love the little details, and the triangle on the wall is so cute!

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