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Real-Home Makeover: Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom remodels don't have to be expensive. See how one upstate New York couple transformed their bathroom on a budget of $1,600.

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    • Cheap Chic

      With a budget of $1, 600 and just two weeks, this upstate New York bathroom went from dreary to dreamy. To stay on budget, the homeowners purchased most materials from local home centers. They saved so much that they were able to splurge on wood-plank flooring. The prefinished cherry floor connects the bathroom to rooms throughout the home. The homeowners installed the floor themselves in just two nights.

    • Lighten Up

      Before the update, natural pine wainscoting engulfed the lower walls. The homeowners painted the wainscoting bright white to open the space. This required two coats of quality primer followed by two coats of semigloss paint. Crown molding in the same white hue adds an attractive and inexpensive architectural detail and draws attention to the 9-foot ceiling.

    • Modern Marble

      White marble replaced a black-and-white tile bathtub surround. At $375, the marble tile was the biggest budget item in the bathroom. The lower portion of the bathtub was covered in white wainscoting to create unity throughout the bathroom.

    • Mirror, Mirror

      The vanity was another splurge in the bathroom. The homeowners made the piece to blend in with the rest of the room's wainscoting. Framing the mirror and topping it with crown molding integrates it with the new vanity cabinet. They found the sink at a home center for $150, which left room in the budget for a vintage-style nickel faucet and a 12 X 12-inch marble tile top.

    • Perfect Fit

      Storage space is an important part of any bathroom. The new vanity features pullout storage shelves behind beaded-board-panel doors. The homeowners designed the vanity to fit between the bathtub and the wall.

    • Open Spaces

      Removing the door from a medicine cabinet and lining the back of the cabinet with beaded-board paneling created an open storage area that blends in with the details throughout the bathroom.

    • Clever Planning

      To get the most from their bathroom, the homeowners took advantage of the often-unused space behind the door and added a built-in cabinet. The shelves offer storage space for towels, baskets, and other supplies. Lower doors hide unsightly items and blend in with the wainscoting around the room.

    • A Pretty Sight

      The shelves behind the bathroom door not only increase the room's storage, but they offer a place to display items. Having towels and bath supplies on display frees space in the drawers for storing other items.

    • On a Roll

      Creative towel storage adds interest to the room and frees up space for other bathroom essentials. Here, a vintage urn is just the right size to hold rolled washcloths.

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