Before & After: A Large ’80s Bathroom Becomes Two for $4K

published Oct 31, 2017
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(Image credit: Chantel Heintz)

Chantel’s bathroom had a dark dungeon of an enclosed shower, dated vanity that lacked storage, and an odd medicine cabinet behind the toilet that protruded from the wall. With 35 years of use into this bathroom, it suffered from a grunge she just couldn’t get rid of — not to mention a slight odor and an odd color scheme that she just couldn’t live with.

(Image credit: Chantel Heintz)

As you can see above, the 1980s was in full effect. The bathroom was originally one large 16′ x 7′ bathroom. Chantel decided to break it up into two distinct spaces: one ensuite with a shower, off of the master bedroom, and another main bathroom for her boys and guests, which connects to the hallway. A door allows them to easily pass between both rooms.

Here’s what the main bathroom looks like today:

(Image credit: Chantel Heintz)

Chantel wanted a guest bathroom they weren’t embarrassed of, for guests to use while visiting the house. Knowing their two kids would also someday need their own bathroom, the second bath also has a tub to easily bathe them. There’s also a laundry chute in the medicine cabinet in this room, which gets a lot of use too.

The color scheme, with lots of whites, creams, greys and greiges, makes everything feel serene and peaceful, while the herringbone floor and mirror add a little bit of texture.

(Image credit: Chantel Heintz)

From Chantel: As my husband did most of the work himself, on top of a full-time job, it took longer than we wanted – about 3 months from demo to done. The cost came to about $4,000, which included materials and some needed outside labor, which we think was a great value considering the change. One of the setbacks was waiting for some backordered finishing touches; our faucets took longer to come in, as well as the pendant lights.

(Image credit: Chantel Heintz)

If we had more to spend, we would have loved to install in-floor heating. But, we were already at the top of our budget and timelines were too tight for us to justify it. It might seem like a luxury item, but I bet it would have been awesome for the winter months!

Thanks so much Chantel! You can see the ensuite bathroom, and read more about the whole project over at In Love With a House.