Before &amp After: Lauren's Lovely Bathroom

Before &amp After: Lauren's Lovely Bathroom

Susie Nadler
Mar 19, 2010

It's been so fun ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the amazing kitchen and bath re-dos this month. This latest one comes from a Seattle reader, Lauren Zerbey, who was inspired by Kitchen and Bath Month to send us her dramatic bathroom transformation. Check out the results after the jump!

...and after!

Lauren and her husband, Kyle, both architects, have been keeping a blog, Chez Zerbey, to chronicle the unbelievably thorough DIY renovation of their adorable 1910-built bungalow in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. For renovation junkies, and for other ambitious remodelers looking for inspiration and helpful advice (with photos!), Chez Zerbey is a must-read.

And the bathroom... WOW. It was pretty bad before. A tiny little tub, bad floral wallpaper, fake marble tile. They basically ripped it down to the studs and added all kinds of fun features like a radiant-heated floor and a hacked Ikea vanity. Here's a nice little summary of the project, in Lauren's words:

With the exception of the drywall mud and tape, we did all the work ourselves. We were working with a tight budget, but didn't want to skimp on quality where it mattered. For us, this meant spending a bit more on plumbing fixtures, the tub, toilet and floor tile while saving money on the vanity, wall tile, lighting and accessories. To give our IKEA vanity a more finished look, we wrapped the top and side with pre-finished teak plywood. We also slipped a leftover piece of teak over the IKEA towel rack to hide the exposed fasteners and give it a bit more oomph. For easy storage space in the shower, we installed a solid teak shelf that is easy to reach whether you're taking a shower or bath. We also vaulted the ceiling above the shower and installed a skylight, which provides additional daylight and reduces our need to turn the lights on.

Inspired by this post from Ohdeedoh, Lauren and Kyle made this wall sculpture out of toilet paper rolls. Love the idea of hanging it in the bathroom! It's very "meta."

We also love the blue towel color paired with the deep red-brown of the wood paneling on the vanity. Nice choices! The bathroom has a clean, modern aesthetic without feeling sterile or impersonal.

For many, many more photos of the bathroom before and in progress, as well as detailed information about the remodel and the design, visit Chez Zerbey. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

(Images: Lauren Zerbey)

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