The bathroom often gets snubbed. Why would you give the smallest space in the home so much attention when there are bigger spaces (living room, dining room, bedroom) to decorate? Here's why: It deserves love, too.
The before: Hideous vinyl- covered plywood walls, grimy bathtub, lime and rust build-up. The reality: The smallest room in the house can also be the most luxurious. Follow these renovation tips:
sophisticated “headboard” There was no doubt about it, the vinyl-covered plywood walls had to go. They were yanked down and cement board was nailed up, creating clean, even surfaces—ideal for tiling over. On the non-shower walls, inexpensive tongue-and-groove knotty pine was installed and finished with two coats of chocolate-brown paint.
minimal lighting Unlike mirror-flanking sconces that shine in your eyes, a pendant-esque fixture was chosen to softly illuminate from above. The bare filament bulb is both attractive and flattering.
major tub scrub Almost as bad as all the vinyl was the grimy bathtub. With some strong rust-and-lime remover–and a lot of muscle–the former luster returns. (BTW: Breaking a sweat saves a whole lotta money.)
smooth shower-curtain track An aluminum system screwed to the ceiling provides an elegant way to hang a liner and curtain. This linen one—just a hem on the bottom and curtain tape across the top.
letting in sun It’s hard to believe, but the home’s previous owner had covered the bathroom window. This makeover involved putting in a new window and installing the sill.
unfussy white tile Inexpensive subway tile (staggered to resemble brickwork) in the shower and penny rounds underfoot complement the dark walls.
space-saving sink This porcelain classic was a fabulous salvage-shop find. A pedestal with a wide top means ample room for toiletries. The streamlined base hides most of the plumbing. Get even more bathroom design inspiration here.