DIY Washroom Makeover – with no reno? David Gamble & Jenn Shea’s Washroom | Before & After!

It seems like yesterday that Jenn Shea & David Gamble, anxious to revamp their home, visited us at 40 Autumn Street for some advice. The couple told us more than once that they had no clue when it came to interior design or interior decorating, however, this hasn’t stopped them from being a design duo. Nearly 3 years later, after their design journey, they took on a washroom makeover (inspired by the recent mini-makeover by Judith Mackin) by themselves and it appears that we may have some competition on our hands!

We could not be more proud of Jenn & David! Which is why we are bursting to share this before & after transformation!


It seems to be a dominating trend to household bathrooms that yellow is the default colour when browsing paint chips. This was the case in the family’s washroom; resulting in the cabinets, floors and walls blending together. The outdated vanity light cast an unpleasant (and unflattering!) glow to the counter below.

The walls made an otherwise beautiful vanity seem slightly dated. The light wood took on a yellow hue as opposed to the soft colour it would be in the natural light.


I’m sure you can guess what the first step in this makeover was. Goodbye yellow! For the flow with the rest of their home, Shea & Gamble opted to paint the room Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65 . The white walls instantly brightened the room and eliminated the yellow glow.

The addition of these mixed media collages by local artist Suzanne Hill, made with a variety of mediums, is just the right amount of visual interest and texture above the bathtub.

Pictured: Suzanne Hill Code Mixed Media Collages, Gus* Modern Dawson Cube Ottoman, Chilewich Dot Floor Mat 35″ x 48″ ($260)

The vision for the washroom was to elevate it to the same visual standard as the other rooms in the home. To accomplish this Jen & David decided to remove the upper cabinets of their vanity for a cleaner look. This gave them space to hang a large Umbra Hub Mirror . Painting the vanity wall Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169  created a perfectly subtle focal wall.

Photo: EQ3 Posey Vase White ($15) and Grey ($13). Umbra Hub Mirror ($180). Chilewich Dot Floor Mat 35″ x 48″ ($260). Umbra Prisma Jewelry Tray  ($15). 

We’d like to point out that no major renovations were needed for this makeover. With a bit of paint, some new accents from Tuck Studio, and careful planning, this washroom is now a light and refreshing space where Jenn & David can unwind and relax.

Feeling inspired by Jenn & David’s washroom transformation but not sure where to start? Call (506) 642-9692, email ( or stop by Tuck Studio and ask us about our Home Consultation service! We’ll be happy to tell you!

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