Before and After: HGTV’s “Battle on the Beach” Turns a Blank Bedroom Suite Into a Beachside Paradise

published Jun 16, 2022
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The competition is well under way in “Battle on the Beach.” The HGTV series, which returned for its second season earlier this month, follows three of the network’s design superstars as they coach teams of up-and-coming renovators through three identical beachside home renovations. In the latest episode, the teams — led by Taniya Nayak (“Build It Forward”), Ty Pennington (“Ty Breaker”), and Alison Victoria (“Windy City Rehab”) — were tasked with renovating the main bedroom and bathroom into a swoon-worthy suite. 

“When it comes to the main suite, there’s unlimited potential for added value,” Taniya explained. “This is where the buyers are looking for some luxurious upgrades, and you all know that they are willing to pay big bucks for them.”

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The bedroom began as a decently-sized space with two windows, white walls, and ripped up green carpeting. The bathroom, which was located off of the bedroom, was slightly more outdated. The room featured a small water closet for the toilet, a double white sink, a lone window, and old vanity lights. 

Wally and Jacqueline, Ty’s mentees, had the winning renovation. With a $18,000 budget and a 7-day deadline, the duo’s renovation was natural, beachy, and wood-centric. Under the guidance of Ty, they completely rearranged the bathroom. They demolished the original vanity, toilet, and shower and installed large antique wooden double doors. They put a fresh vanity and walk-in shower (with two-tone gray tile and vertical stacked glass) on one side of the double doors, and a toilet and large soaking tub on the other side. The new vanity, which was built on a dark wood base, featured gold-colored faucets and handles. An antique chandelier helped pull the entire space together.

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Beyond the double wooden doors was the bedroom, which featured a soothing and simple color palette. The pair stripped the remaining carpet from the room and added light oak flooring. In addition to a pair of wooden dressers and an accent chair, Wally and Jacqueline added a large wood-framed bed in between the two windows. The duo hung two calming white lights on either side of the bed and placed an abstract piece of art (supplied by Ty) over the bed. They made a custom pinion (long, thin pine) wood headboard, which gave the room a “rustic but elegant” look, according to Ty. 

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The headboard was installed into the wall and held together with thin rope, which added to the nautical feel of the room. Wally and Jacqueline used a very light turquoise for three out of four of the bedroom walls, and Ty painted the headboard wall gray to contrast the light blonde pinion wood. “I think having a darker accent wall can really make that wood pop,” Ty shared.

Judges Bryan and Sarah Baeumler (“Renovation Island”) were most impressed by the headboard, which helped clinch the competition for Team Ty. The feature served as an aesthetically pleasing (but still practical) piece of furniture. “It looks cool, but it’s also functional,” Bryan explained.

“Battle on the Beach” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV and Discovery+.