Before & After: A Blissful Bathroom Re-Do

Before...

There are very few home décor choices to which we are absolutely one hundred percent opposed in every case, but wall-to-wall carpet in the bathroom is one of them. Bliss found herself faced not only with bathroom carpeting, but also with dizzying wallpaper and a toilet that needed to be replaced. $900 later, her bathroom is completely transformed.

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...and After!

$900 is a lot of money, to be sure, but not for a bathroom re-do. Bliss and her husband splurged on the new toilet, and they had to buy a tile saw, which wasn't cheap. But the extent of what they accomplished, without even replacing the sinks, tub, or shower, is remarkable.

We especially love the decision to replace the wall mirror above the sinks with two framed mirrors. Combined with the improve vanity lighting, this really makes the room feel more streamlined and less dated.

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This project is an excellent example of the "pick your battles" philosophy of renovation. Instead of attempting an entire bathroom re-do for their under-$1000 budget, Bliss and her husband chose to live with the existing large fixtures, with the exception of the toilet, and to focus on cosmetic changes that would really make an impact. The paint alone makes such a difference.

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Aqua blue accessories are a nice complement to the gray walls. Bliss' next decision is whether to paint the wood accents white to match the trim. It's always fun to play around with these details once the big renovations are finished!

To read more about Bliss' bathroom and see more pics, check out her post on Craftster.

(Images: Craftster member bliss2187)

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