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Five Ways to Update a Bathroom

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I have renovation on the brain this month with two kitchens and two bathrooms in the works, so I’m dedicating this week to the topic of remodeling bathrooms! As we all know, updated bathrooms increase a home’s value and help sell your home quicker than similar houses in the market.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way, and the quickest way to update a builder grade vanity is to refresh with a quality paint job. Bathrooms are personal spaces and an opportunity to inject your style, however most experts agree if you plan to live in the home for less than 10 years, take into account how the space will appeal to a future buyer when making permanent choices. Beyond paint, here are five ways to update a bathroom with some fantastic examples of great design !

Replace the Flooring. This is a big job which requires removing the toilet and sometimes the vanity if it’s a freestanding version. There are several options available for replacement, my favorite is tile, there are so so many gorgeous patterns available from elaborate to simple. As an upgrade, consider radiant heat flooring especially in climates where it gets cold! Vinyl planks are another option, versions that mimic wood warm a bathroom space. Sheet and peel and stick vinyl are budget friendly options and easier to DIY.

gray vanity marble chevron floor

elements of style

ceramic tile floor

better homes and gardens

gray tile floor

involving color

open shelf bathroom vanity

house of tubers

  hexagon tile floor

life in grace

   

Replace the Vanity. Vanities range in price from several hundred to thousands of dollars. With research, you can find many with a countertop to go with. Freestanding or floating versions are contemporary look which requires the tile extends underneath.

floating vanity

jillian harris

gray bathroom vanity

veranda interiors

bathroom remodel diy showoff

diy show off

blue bathroom vanity

house & home

 

Update the Mirrors. Wide span mirrors with clips are basic to most bathrooms but  ubiquitous. A framed modern mirror wonders to update a bathroom. You can frame the existing mirror in place with a DIY project or a custom version from Mirrormate. If replacing, removal of the large builder grade mirror is best done by a professional since it’s a dangerous process. Once removed, repair any wall damage and hang a new one with a modern shape!

gray vanity curved mirror

veranda interiors

beaded mirror above vanity

style me pretty

updated bathroom mirrors

remodelaholic

   

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Builder Grade to Floating Vanity

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Welcome back to a new year and a brand new week! First I must say "Yay for the return of Downton Abbey!" I’ve ignored all spoilers and enjoyed the beginning of Season 5 last night with a cup of tea as a Sunday evening January tradition!

I thought I’d kick off the year with one of the projects we completed during our holiday stay at the fixer house in Las Vegas. A few months ago I posted about plans for the master bathroom vanity and went back and forth between stain and paint but opted for gray paint for two reasons. 1) I’ve had mixed success staining oak, often it enhances the grain and always requires stripping varnish which is more work. 2) Since natural light comes only from adjacent rooms it made sense to go with a pale paint instead of dark stain in this vanity space.

We began this remodel by repurposing instead of replacing the existing vanity to save money. After removing the old mirror and countertop, we updated by transforming the builder grade cabinet into a floating vanity raised to a 33" height.

builder grade turned floating vanity

To achieve the look and new height, first we extended the floor tile so that it would continue all the way to the back wall. My Dad helped Matt modify and install the cabinet. They cut off the old base with a jigsaw so only the vanity cabinet remained.

cut off base

Next they hoisted up the vanity so that it sat at a new height of 33" (with countertop and plywood base it will be 34 ½") instead of the old 29" height which felt too low.

hoisted vanity

The guys secured it to the wall with the help of 2x4s. They added "legs" in the corners and 2×4 boards along the back to support the base, making sure there was enough space for the plumbing to clear the bottom of the cabinet base at its raised height. Additional 2x4s helped secure the sides of the vanity cabinet to the wall to the studs.

rear support

2x4 in wall

I had an idea to swap the doors around, as nice as the raised panel cabinet doors were, I thought I’d experiment and swap the door fronts, flipping around the back to expose the Shaker style instead.

reverse doors

I filled in any cracks and the holes from where the old hinges were attached with spackling then sanded it before priming.

spackling primer

I also beveled the edges of the drawer fronts, removing the curved ogee edge with an orbital sander so they were refinished as curved and smooth.

beveled edges

Primer and paint assisted with the disguised reversed doors and sanded drawer fronts, I’m so pleased with the outcome !

shaker style bathroom cabinet door

 

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