Good Question:How to Update a Bathroom on a Budget?

Good Question:How to Update a Bathroom on a Budget?

Grace Shu
Oct 11, 2007

AT:LA reader Kate writes: My SO and I are moving into a fabulous new home...The only problem is it was built in '91 and seems to be stuck in that decade. We're trying to figure out how to bring it up to date without breaking the bank. The'bones' of the house are terrific and mostly I think it just needs vanity fixes. The one room we'd like to tackle first is this somewhat depressing, grey tiled, master bath...Any suggestions on how to spruce this up with out killing our budget? We'd love to rip everything out and start fresh but that can start getting costly. Where's a good place to start?

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Here's our two cents, Kate: It looks like what the bathroom is screaming for the most is just...personality. And color, aside from mustard yellow. The grey really does lend itself well to be a backdrop of any color (and there are some great color combos with dark grey!) We pulled two photos from Ikea and Domino that we felt would at least jump start some ideas of how to work with small tiles and create storage space (right) and how a new kind of sink and fixtures would look on your existing vanity (left).

But if you need a quick fix to at least ease your mind, why not start out small: swap out those drawer pulls. Even with budget constraints, you can usually find something nicer than what looks like industrial-standard pulls on there now.

Anyone else have any tips for Kate?

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