Ideas for Bathroom Renovation?

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Q: I was wondering if your readers could help us remodel our bathroom. The previous homeowners seem to have installed everything that happened to be on sale one weekend at Home Depot: Dark-stained wainscoting, ivory-colored tub and toilet, cheesy lighting, brown marble tile on the floors and a vessel sink/vanity that's way too high for my young children to reach. The result is somewhere between country, modern and ugly...

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We can't do anything major, so the floors, toilet and tub won't change. We need a new sink and vanity, though (preferably one that doesn't jut out so far from the wall and isn't so high) and we're willing to paint and make other cosmetic changes. Any ideas? Do we have to get an ivory-colored sink since the tub and toilet are ivory?

We live in a 1956 rancher and we're going for what I call a "folk modern" look in the rest of the house. Clean lines. Mid-century inspired. White walls. Dark floors. And some handmade touches adding punches of color throughout. We also like giving new life to old objects but in a modern (not Shabby Chic) way, sort of like look of the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, if anyone has ever been there. Thanks!! Megan

Q: I can see from the picture that the vanity and vessel sink are way too big for this space — and the boxy openness of the vanity are kind of bizarre. I know that by painting and changing the vanity, sink and light fixture you can totally change this room! The style you describe is an "industrial modern" that is very popular right now — you should have no trouble finding materials and hardware to match this aesthetic. Who has more specific advice for Megan?

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