Before and After: Darby's Bathroom Makeunder

Darby's bathroom before...

We sympathize with Darby, whose taste in bathroom décor seems decidedly less—well, um, dramatic—than that of her new home's previous owner. When we moved into our new place last year, we ran into the same problem: a bathroom several shades too fancy-schmancy for our taste. But large-scale bathroom renovations are so costly that the only choice is to come up with some DIY cosmetic improvements. Take a look at Darby's inspiring results...

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...and after!

For less than $500, Darby and her family gave the bathroom an amazing makeunder, brightening up the space and simplifying the look without having to spend a lot to tear out tile, sink, or tub. Freshly painted walls and cabinets really open up the room, as does the new window treatment. The fabrics Darby chose for the vanity stool, roman shade, and shower curtain make the orange sink and countertop seem like a fun and happy choice instead of an over-the-top mistake. All in all, the new bathroom seems a much better fit for Darby's two young daughters, who will share it.

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Darby found most of her fabrics, hardware, and accessories on sale at discount stores. She used cabinet knobs left over from previous renovations, choosing to embrace a mis-matched look rather than buy a new matching set.

For all the details of the renovation and many more photos, visit Darby's blog, Fly Through My Window. Erika from Urban Grace Interiors, who happens to be Darby's sister, also did a post a while back chronicling all of the crazy bathrooms in Darby's family's new home.

(Images: Fly Through My Window)