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Before and After: An ‘Old and Messy’ Bathroom Becomes a Sleek, New Spa

published Sep 26, 2019
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Credit: Aniko Levai

Aniko‘s tastes are always changing, so when she got the opportunity to update one of the rooms in her house, she was ready for something new. The builder’s grade guest bathroom had “old and messy” flooring and was painted an “awful” green she’d chosen when she moved in eight years before. She couldn’t wait to get started on her vision to turn the room into a spa-like haven.

Credit: Aniko Levai

The first order of business was a complete bathroom demo. With her husband’s help, Aniko removed the vanity, vinyl flooring, and plastic bathtub. Then, they tackled the retiling. They opted for white subway tiles with black grout for the shower (“simple but cool,” she says) and cement tiles in a black-and-white geometric pattern for the flooring (“to add a little bit of flair”).

Next, they removed the linen closet door and replaced the existing shelves with a dark wood to match the sleek, new vanity. The shelving inspired them to put a rustic beam over the sink where they installed matte black pendant fixtures and recessed lighting.

Credit: Aniko Levai

The real challenge came with the bathtub install. The acrylic tub they chose couldn’t be pushed into place without cutting into the drywall. This set their progress back an extra day. “We forgot that there’s a good chance to face unexpected issues in the process of a makeover,” Aniko says.

Credit: Aniko Levai

The unexpected construction issue got Aniko thinking about how she might manage larger unexpected remodeling expenses. Discover, for example offers personal loans up to $35,000 to cover your remodel. There’s no collateral needed, meaning you don’t have to use an asset like a home or car to secure the loan. Plus, if you’re application is approved, funds can be sent as early as the next business day after acceptance. It can make it easier and faster than ever to get started on turning your long-awaited remodel into a reality. Also, it’s a loan designed around you, you can choose the amount (up to $35,000) and repayment term (from 3 to 7 years) that best fits your remodel budget.

Despite the delays, Aniko felt the bathroom renovation was well worth it—it felt like a renewal. She finished off the room with a vintage rug in lieu of a bathmat and woven baskets and bamboo accessories to give it that spa-like feel. The renovation was a big undertaking, but now she’s able to “sit back and enjoy the transformation.”