Before & After: A Boring Bathroom Gets a Luxurious New Look

Before & After: A Boring Bathroom Gets a Luxurious New Look

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Nancy Mitchell
May 25, 2017
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Bathroom renovations are one of those projects that are easy to keep putting off, until you come up against a real, hard deadline. For Jenna and her husband, who had lived with the less-than-ideal bathrooms and kitchen in their Chelsea apartment, that deadline came in the form of a very small person. A few months before their baby was born, they decided it was time to bite the bullet and overhaul their kitchen and bathrooms. The long-anticipated renovation has dramatically transformed their space — just in time for the new arrival.

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For the home's main bathroom, Jenna wanted the feel of "a luxurious hotel bathroom" — a little retreat in the middle of her apartment. So the old, dingy square floor tiles were out, replaced with an intricately patterned marble mosaic that gives the bathroom a luxurious and classic look. A smaller mirror is illuminated by sconces on either side, which results in a much softer light.

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The beveled marble tile on the bathroom wall and the shower surround adds a bit of dimension and a touch of luxury. It also matches the marble vanity top, cut in a custom shape to stretch over the toilet. The new vanity, from IKEA, has drawers for easily accessible storage (and a couple of baskets to take advantage of the space underneath).

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Jenna hates the look of soap bottles sitting around, so she had her contractor build four shelves into the shower wall, which provide plenty of space for everyone's toiletries — so shower clutter is a thing of the past. It's little touches like this that make the new bathroom both pretty and practical, a little place to escape from the cares of the world, if only for a few minutes.

Jenna and her husband found their contractor on Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with local general contractors. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.

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