Before and After: This Springy $1,000 Bathroom Redo Covers Every Little Detail

published Mar 11, 2020
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Before: Beige bathroom with black vanity

Modern renovations to old houses can make a lot of much-needed fixes (think: new piping, or safer wiring). But they can also strip away some old house charm. Taylor Basilio, of Bungalow614, and her husband Dominic saw that in their 1938 bungalow, which was renovated in 2015 to give it a new floor plan. “The renovation was beautiful, but very basic and more cookie cutter,” Taylor says, “though it still kept much of the home’s character, like our original windows and floors.”

The bathroom was full of lots of beige—and blah fixtures that didn’t suit Taylor and Dominic’s tastes. “All the fixtures were pretty much the opposite of my style, as well as the cabinets,” Taylor says. “They were pretty unoriginal silver lights, faucets, and handles.” (One charming old-school feature, though, was the original window to the left of the vanity. Taylor knew that had to stay.)

Taylor and Dominic hadn’t planned to update the bathroom when they did—after all, it was in fine shape—but when Taylor saw a wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Design “it inspired me to just go for it,” she says.

Taylor and Dominic started by panting the black vanity white, which instantly made the bathroom feel larger. Then, they installed a new gold cabinet pull and two gold bin pulls. Once that was done, they painted the beige walls white (Behr’s Ultra Pure White)—another instant brightener! Taylor and Dominic added some high-impact contrast with black paint on the door and window (Behr’s Cracked Pepper).

A new gold faucet—a steal at just $48 on Amazon—ties in with the hardware and the new medicine cabinet, from West Elm, as well as the vanity light from Amazon. Taylor and Dominic even chose gold touches for the plate cover and a new decorative outlet that features USB ports, as well as the toilet paper holder.

Final step: putting up the removable wallpaper on the wall behind the toilet and vanity. “This was easily the hardest part of the process,” Taylor says. “It required lots of cuts around the window, vanity, and smaller areas like under the window. We also have plaster instead of perfectly flat drywall, so I won’t lie—when you get up close and personal with the wallpaper, it isn’t perfect. But we absolutely love how it turned out.”

This little bathroom has a lot going for it, but Taylor says one her favorite pieces is a practical one. “There are so many things I love about the way our bathroom turned out, but I have to say that my favorite addition is our West Elm medicine cabinet,” Taylor says. “We live in a home that’s just over 1400 square feet, with limited closet, storage, and cabinet space. Adding a medicine cabinet completely changed how our bathroom functioned, and honestly, I just think it’s a beautiful piece.”

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