Before and After: A Dreary Wallpapered Bathroom Gets a Fresh Scandi-Style Redo

published Dec 6, 2020
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Before: Wallpapered bathroom with beige tile

Some spaces don’t just feel dated—they feel like a bit of a time capsule. One look at this bathroom that Patchi Cancado of Made By Patchi renovated and you’ll feel a little like you’ve been swept back to the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to the pastel wallpaper with a floral border, the beige tile, and the scalloped pedestal sink.

But Patchi shows that there’s hope for even these trapped-in-the-past spaces.

The bathroom, part of a flip project, certainly needed lots of help. Patchi gutted the whole thing, reframing the bathroom to make better use of the space and adding new plumbing and electrical work as well.

The bathroom once served as a half bathroom/laundry room combination, but a reworked layout totally divided the two spaces and gave separate access to the laundry room.

Patchi also moved the sink and toilet to give them more space.

For finishes, Patchi reached for fail-proof neutrals: gray for the tiled floor, and white for the walls. She custom-made the floating wood vanity, which is fitted with a Signature Hardware sink and a sleek black faucet. Adding molding in a geometric pattern to the front and side of the vanity gave it special touch, as did the mossy green paint color.

Above, Patchi hung a round wood-framed mirror and a simple globe sconce with brass accents. The simple shapes and clean lines of the bathroom evoke classic Scandinavian style—a far cry from the old, dated look of the bathroom before.

Now, the bathroom’s virtually unrecognizable, and, Patchi says, “we love the functionality of this space now and how fresh it feels.”

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