Before & After: A Bathroom Color Makeover for the Ages

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Moving into their new home in the middle of a Michigan snow storm this past winter, these new homeowners first tackled their kitchen then this full-of-potential half-bathroom. The changes they made, both in color and surface, make such an impact on this tiny space that it quickly became one of their favorites in their new home. Go on and click over, Color Curists, you'll be delightfully pleased by this classic overhaul!

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The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home?
Christian: We bought our house in January of this year (2011) and moved in February in the middle of a Michigan snow storm. We are only the 3rd owners since it was built in 1928—so it hasn't seen a lot of upgrades over the years.

The Color Cure: When did you overhaul the space?
Christian: The bathroom was finished this March after we completed our kitchen (it is right off the kitchen).

The Color Cure: How long did it take?
Christian: The bathroom was done in about a week with me doing the demo and electrical and a contractor doing the tile work and plumbing.

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The Color Cure: Where did you find your color and design inspiration?
Christian: The wall color is Benjamin Moore Soot and we borrowed the idea of a flat black room from the blog Door Sixteen (I think their bedroom was this same color).

The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project?
Christian: We didn't have to spend a lot of time planning since we wanted to keep a quasi-historically-accurate look. So elements like the subway tile and hex floor tile were a no-brainer. The black paint was just sort of a chance we took and loved the outcome.

The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project?
Christian: The hardest part of dealing with the room is the size, there is so little room that even just painting became a huge chore. Ditto that for removing the wallpaper. I think we spent 4 days prepping the room and 3 days putting it back together. Finding bits and pieces to fit in the space was also a challenge—there was only 1 toilet that would fit, limited number of corner wall mount sinks and limited number of faucets that would work in a tight corner.

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The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome?
Christian: We are very happy with the way it turned out and love that we were able to take an unusual space and make it one of our favorite rooms in the house.

The Color Cure: What, if anything, would you do differently next time around?
Christian: We have a bit of a gap between the toilet and the back wall than we would have preferred. In retrospect, it would have been a big benefit to move the drain back a few inches to close up the gap and get an inch or two more between the toilet and the swing of the door.

The Color Cure: If you had one piece of advice for Apartment Therapy readers, what would it be?
Christian: Paint is cheap and easy to change so trying out a crazy color really isn't much of a risk.

Thanks for sharing, Christian!

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.

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