Reader's Bathrooms: Marit's $1500 Magic Makeover

Reader's Bathrooms: Marit's $1500 Magic Makeover

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 16, 2007

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Welcome to Marit!

My house was built in 1938. When I bought it 3 years ago, I was only the second owner. Needless to say, it was in MAJOR need for some renovation. My bathroom had carpet, yes---carpet, in it. The day I closed on the property, my mom and I went straight over and ripped the floor out. With a budget of $1,500--I completely transformed this room... (Before pic with floor already in)

The first purchase was the bathroom floor, which I found at Home
Depot. Because I have such a small bathroom, I had to make many phone calls to find a vanity that would fit. I was beginning to think I'd have to either get a pedestal sink or have something custom built--until I walked into Lowe's one day, not even looking for it, to find an "all in one box special." I didn't use the countertop or faucet that came with it, I put it on Craig's List to get the money to purchase the new faucet and soap dispenser and a granite slab---which I bought as a remnant from a local stone shop. The sink, or as my plumber called it---a "salad bowl," is a stainless steel vessel sink that I found online at a kitchen/bath supplier out of New York.

The walls were originally covered with PLASTIC tiles, which I popped off. I smoothed the walls and then covered them with beadboard---an easy fix! I replaced the old, and disgusting, toilet with an American Standard. The bathtub happened in good shape--which worked out great because it wasn't really in my budget to replace. Instead, I tiled it with white subway tiles (American Olean)---placing a diamond in the middle of the main wall to tie in with the diamond design on the floor. Also in the shower, but not shown, is a recessed black box/shelf to house my products.

I bought a basic white medicine cabinet at Lowe's, and then purchased new hardware for it and the vanity at The Great Indoors. I found the lighting at Lowe's on one of their wonderful sale tables located in the back of the store.

I finished the bathroom off by painting the walls a bright green--which really pops with the black and white theme that is carried on through the rest of the bathroom.

You can see the "before" picture (with the floor already in) here.

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