Before and After: A Rustic Cabin’s ’80s Bathroom Gets a Total Turnaround

published Dec 19, 2017
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(Image credit: Carina Romano)

When three friends — Amanda, Kate and Carina — decided to chase their dreams and buy a cabin in the Catskills together, they were ready to start having fun and enjoying their mountain retreat right away. But the home was built in the 1980s, and though the architectural bones were extraordinary, there were still a lot of elements from the era (like bizarre wallpaper, carpeted stairs, funky electrical work, and a mustard yellow shower). The previous owner’s design choices didn’t just make the home look outdated, it also made the rooms seem darker.

(Image credit: Carina Romano)

“We wanted to brighten up each room by letting natural light flood in, creating a more modern and fresh space.” In the cabin’s upstairs bathroom, the salmon-pink wallpaper was ripped out (one of the biggest challenges of the house’s renovation was removing the wallpaper from nearly every wall), and fresh white paint used to create more light.

(Image credit: Carina Romano)

The old, heavy cabinet was removed and replaced with a more streamlined, gray modern vanity. Storage items like a vintage shelf and new hooks add function to the small space, and a fresh shower curtain is a simple addition that updates the room. But the pièce de résistance is the modern white and gray tile that replaced the old dark brown tiles.

“With the help of our friend, Mikey, we replaced both bathrooms’ floor tiles, tiled a new stall shower, and even decided to tile the stair landing after ripping up some really intense carpet. It was definitely our biggest splurge since we went with IKEA for the majority of the furniture.”


Thank you Amanda, Kate and Carina! Readers, see the entire cabin.