Before and After: This Bathroom Got the Perfect Paint Job

updated May 3, 2019
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This penny tile floor is fabulously snakeskin-like, but an unstable subfloor caused tiles to pop out. Similarly, that pedestal sink is graceful but offered no counter space, while the intriguingly low tub was unused and unnecessary. After 15 years, this remodeled bathroom was remodeled again and the results are dreamy.

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So pretty. Pink, black, white, and wood is a fantastic combo that I might not ever have thought of. It’s sophisticated and glam yet playful, and it brings to mind pink, black, and white vintage bathrooms.

After designing their dream bathroom, Nancy and Aram, whose home was featured on Sweeten, learned that their plans—which totally changed the room’s floorplan—weren’t up to code: “Specifically, their desired layout would not provide the required clearance in front of the toilet, as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”

We don’t often get to hear about ADA-compliance details in these Before and After posts, but it’s incredibly important. To maintain accessibility, the couple decided to keep the various elements where they’d always been and just give them all a major upgrade.

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Here we can see the floor-to-ceiling storage, which is incredibly handy and super-helpful when it comes to keeping a bathroom clear of clutter. And though the old sink offered enough horizontal space for a toothbrush and toothpaste, that simply wasn’t enough space.

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I love that they kept the built-in linen closet; it’s so cool, and with that new paint job, it reminds me of something out of the film Down With Love. The sink now boasts ample counter space as well as increased storage, thanks to the floating vanity. While the cabinets are great, there are definitely things that are nice to always have right at-hand, and the custom-built vanity has plenty of room for them and allows access to the litter box.

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That’s right: litter box! Look at this super-clever placement. The cat has easy access through the cutout, and the humans have easy access for cleaning through the doors. It looks like the cabinet has upper and lower sections, meaning that towels could probably be stored above without absorbing any odors from below.

And as much as I miss that glittering (if damaged) floor, the new tiles are absolutely amazing. They are the star of this bathroom, and while they’re bold, they would look good with a variety of styles and colors, if Nancy and Aram ever decide to repaint and/or swap out the accessories. Here’s how the couple found the tiles:

Nancy had wanted a patterned terrazzo or cement tile for the new floor and pored over dozens of virtual and physical samples. Ultimately, it was Aram who chose the new floor, spotting it just as they were heading out of the tile store: A black-and-white ceramic tile made to resemble the Moroccan-inspired cement options that Nancy had liked. (Fun tidbit: the couple hauled hundreds of pounds of tile in their car to NYC from the tile store in Hillsdale, NY . . . They were, shall we say, very committed to their upstate tile lady.)

Love that kind of loyalty!

Nancy and Aram found their contractor on Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with local general contractors. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.