Bright Bathroom Remodel
In this guest bathroom, there was beautiful, existing marble tile that was hidden beneath years of dirt and grime, but I saw through the neglect as it was the floor that inspired me and drove the entire design process to revamp this bathroom. First, we removed the existing grout and regrouted the floor with bright white to enhance the beauty of the marble. Then, we started replacing and adding fixtures… not pictured above is the pink toilet that matched the pink tiled shower, but that was the next thing to go! It found its new home in the back of a 40 yard dumpster! The tile in the shower was covered in white by ReBath costing $3200.00, a major chunk of the budget for this room. The walls were painted a soft grey, oversized moldings and modern light fixtures installed, and an antique style vanity with the look of a beautiful piece of furniture replaced an old, built-in cabinet with a faux marble top. It really turned out nicely: elegant and soft, clean and simple.
Updated His & Her’s
This bathroom desperately needed to be updated, but with a small budget, I had to be creative in my achievement of a modernized look. The vanity was in good condition and housed his and her sinks, so I decided instead of tearing them out, it would be more cost effective to update them with some paint and polished hardware. After the wallpaper had been removed, the walls were painted a shade of relaxing neutral and two oversized mirrors were hung above each sink.
A new toilet was installed, totaling a whopping $100.00 (the best money I’ve ever spent), and new tile was laid on the floor, replacing the old, dingy and dated linoleum. New sink hardware was installed and bathroom accessories added to make this bathroom feel clean and bright.
Looking at the pictures of this once 50′s era bathroom, it’s hard to believe that the redesigned finished product ever resembled its pink past. Everything had to go! But at what cost? My ability to make this bathroom look like a relaxing spa was achieved on actually, quite a modest budget; of course, a little elbow grease didn’t hurt to cut the costs too. The large, built-in vanity was removed and replaced with modern, pedestal sinks; the toilet and tub also replaced with top of the line fixtures…
The shower was completely built from scratch down to the shower pan. The small space required us to think outside the box on how the plumbing could be run to ensure you had maximum movement in the shower… hence the shower head feeding out of the ceiling. Also, notice the Versailles patterned tile which was installed on the floor and continued up the shower.
Notice the claw foot, modernized with jets and a heating system to keep the water warm when circulating… much more appealing to relax in than being crowded by the old 1950′s shower curtain.
Bright white bead board capped off with trim covered the remaining pink tile while crown molding and recessed lights provided the finishing touches to this now inviting space.
Bathrooms in Europe tend to be ultra compact as seen in the picture below but believe it or not, this is a good sized bathroom compared to others I have seen. The fixtures used in bathrooms are all compact, taking up no floor space, and use every square inch available. This bathroom is already really nice, neutral tile, white fixtures, and plenty of lighting… all it really needed with to be decorated!
All this bathroom needed was a little bit of paint! This small powder bath is what guests use when visiting so the homeowners wanted a new and vibrant feel to the space while keeping true to the style of the rest of their home.
We tore down the old faded wallpaper and began painting… the rust orange color really made this room pop and many of their small pottery pieces seemed to match perfectly! A new rustic mirror as well as a matching light fixture, sink hardware, and towel bar bought from Lowe’s were hung over the sink…
Large detailed crown moulding was hung around this small space and then painted and antiqued with glaze…
Finally, the existing vanity was painted a dark brown to match the rustic feel of the room and the homeowner’s accessories brought in and staged to warm the space and make guests feel welcome!
Bathing at the Beach
I’m a huge fan of coastal deign but not in the form of themed wallpaper! This children’s bath was an easy fix… I just ripped down the wallpaper and painted a neutral color on the walls, painted the vanity dark brown (almost black), and installed new lighting & mirrors to transformed this bathroom to an adult space.
Believe it or not, this small hall closet was transformed into a half bath… I have pictures to prove it! On the main floor of this old house, there was only one bathroom, which happened to be the master bathroom. Now that just doesn’t work when entertaining friends… “I’m sorry, but you’ll have to go down a flight of stairs to use the guest bath,” so this home was in desperate need of a water closet, literally speaking. Professional plumbers were hired to rough in the room with a water supply and drainage for a toilet and sink–the rest was pretty simple… the other fixtures were installed, a dark chocolate brown color added to the walls, crown and chair moldings fitted, and light fixtures added to make this closet function as a powder room.
This basement half bath was neglected since the 1960′s. The oversized vanity was too big for the room so that was the first thing to go, along with the wallpaper. New fixtures were installed and a neutral paint coated the walls to make this low budget remodel a success.
This bath had to be renovated with the smallest of budgets so I knew that I had to salvage the majority of what was already in this space… but there’s no saving that blue sink… it had to go! With the limited budget in mind, I bought a small builder grade sink from Lowe’s for only $90, if I remember correctly. Bead board was pinned up over the blue tile, the walls painted, and a new mirror and light hung over the sink.
An inexpensive tile was installed with small mosaic inserts for that extra detail at no extra cost, only a little extra work. The tub was epoxied a bright white, a new shower curtain hung, new blinds in the window, and towel racks installed, completing this small and inexpensive project.