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The sole bath in a 1950s ranch goes upscale and modern using a warm, neutral palette; angular shelves; gleaming surfaces; and $1,650.
Floating wood shelves hang behind a deeper and narrower unit, purchased separately, that has glass shelves.
A clean-lined, square vanity and surface-mounted bowl sink carry a warm, brown hue across different materials for a cohesive look.
The bathroom's original 1950s layout uses the shower wall to hide the toilet from view upon entry.
Resurfacing the square tub's porcelain from fleshy pink to white proved a cost-savvy update and preserved a versatile design.
The raw salvage edge on this valance looks like fringe and offers a ready-made border that picks up on the rich texture of grass cloth on the walls.
Fixtures: bathtub refinishing $175; vessel sink $150; sink faucet $150; sink cabinet base $300
Hardware and lighting: recessed ceiling lights $120; mirror $125
Walls: wallcovering: $270; tile $85; shelving unit $200; floating shelves $75
A tiled shower, new faucet, and new shower fixture are high-impact upgrades. A curved shower curtain rod makes the shower space feel roomier.
Crisp white trim sparkles against soft green walls. Multiple shades of green give the bath a colorful custom look.
Hardware and lighting: curved shower rod $40; mirror $15; light fixtures $80; towel ring $18
Shower enclosure: tile $172; bathtub $491; fixtures $216
Storage: basket $20; towel stand $95
In just two weeks and for less than $1,600, this master bath in a 165-year-old upstate New York home went from dark and drab to sunny and inviting.
A new sink--a home center find for $150--left room in the budget for a $200 vintage-style faucet.
Pine beaded board on the cabinetry and wainscoting was painted white to brighten the space and give it a more traditional appearance. Jars on the shelves hold bath salts and soaps.
Framing the mirror and topping it with crown molding integrates it with the new white vanity cabinet. The prefinished cherry floor adds warmth and natural color without adding a lot--just $300--to the budget.
The homeowners saved money by using premade beaded board that they bought in sheets and cut to fit. They used inexpensive molding as trim, then strategically placed towel bars so hanging towels conceal some seams.
Hand-drawn designs add a creative and whimsical touch to the room. White picture frames add visual interest to the painted leafy bough.
Cabinets, lighting, mirror: base cabinet $310; fixture over mirror $50; mirror $45; wall cabinet $40
Plumbing and fixtures: sink, countertop $125; sink faucet $50; toilet $80; plumbing for shower $260
Surfaces: accent tile, mosaic tile $90; beaded board, molding $150; field tile surrounding tub $110; hexagon tile on floor $250; paint $40
Miscellaneous: hardware $15; shower curtain $20