Before & After: A Craftsman Bathroom Gets a Clean & Classic Remodel

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Chelsea’s black and white bathroom makeover incorporates classic elements into her family bathroom that keep the space feeling crisp and light. She also teaches us that one way to inspire even more tub envy is to paint said tub black.

From Chelsea: This was a bathroom remodel that my husband and I completed on our small upstairs bathroom in our 1918 Craftsman bungalow located in Columbus, Ohio.

The bathroom had many original fixtures (such as the toilet and clawfoot tub) that we kept intact. We remodeled the entire bathroom for around $1,500; plumbing costs, tile, cement board, grout, paint, a few new fixtures such as the light and hooks on the wall.

This is the second bathroom in our home (our downstairs bath is a full bath complete with a walk in shower that we also renovated ourselves). This bathroom is where we primarily bathe our two young sons.

We went over ideas to open up the dormer and ultimately decided to just leave the structure intact and as is for now since the boys are little and mostly use the tub instead of a shower. We opted for tile up most of the wall since it is easy to clean and splash proof. We went with a simple black and white backdrop that will allow us to easily change the decor (different colored towels, rugs, baskets, artwork etc) as the boys grow and start to have input on what they want in this space.

We painted the outside of the tub and the toilet bowl seat black as an easy and inexpensive fix for the beige and wood grain that used to consume this space. The sink was a replacement (but still vintage) sink that we found at a local flea market as the sink that was original to the house had rusted out in the back.

This space is so clean, fresh, and classic to match the rest of the home now thanks to a small budget a a few weekends worth of work last summer!

Thank you, Chelsea! Readers, you can see more on Chelsea’s blog Farm Fresh Therapy.