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Before and After: An Aging Blue Bathroom Gets a Modern Monochrome Revamp

updated Aug 16, 2019
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Lucinda Mitra and her husband inherited a bathroom from their UK home’s previous owners that was “completely livable, but somewhat tired and dated,” she writes. They decided to spend a couple of weeks and just over 4,000 pounds to make the room feel more like them.

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The space got a sleek update thanks to a new bath and professionally fitted tiles—white subway for the walls and black hexagons for the floor.

The pair purchased a white sink unit that Lucinda customized by repainting with a sample pot from Farrow & Ball, and recycled existing hardware in order to stick to their budget (though Lucinda admits she would have loved to spend more to purchase a modern black showerhead and taps). “I would always advise people to try and make the most of what they have and upcycle if they are on a budget or are trying to be more sustainable with their renovation,” she writes.

For a big visual change with minimal money and effort, Lucinda spray painted the existing radiator black. “I loved the shape, and now it looks more contemporary and in keeping with the vision I had for the overall bathroom,” she writes.

Overall, the entire renovation went quickly and smoothly, writes Lucinda: “Aside from the ceiling needing re-plastering, there were luckily no other setbacks or surprises, thankfully!”

Thank you for sharing, Lucinda!