I really love that industrial and salvaged objects are so prevalent in interior design right now, but I’ll be honest — I’m getting a little tired of all the dark, monochromatic neutrals that come with them. I think these two bathroom makeovers, from Kella MacPhee and Kate King, respectively, represent a new take on industrial, rustic, salvage chic — one that lightens and brightens the roughness with bold, brilliant colors and bright textiles.
This first bathroom from Kella is a great example of this; it’s modern with a laid back, tropical island vibe. The punchy colors and patterns are grounded with dark wood touches, industrial metal lamps and plumber’s pipe fixtures. It’s such a fun take on the salvage look, and it really transforms this tiny bathroom into its own little world. And I just have to add: the vintage signs are amazing. I hope to see more of this trend in the coming year. Great job, Kella! — Kate
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Time: 13 days
Cost: $3500 in labor costs and approximately $3500 in materials
Basics Steps: The first steps were scouring the Internet and magazines for inspiration. I had lots of luck on Pinterest (one of my favorite sites) and got a basic plan for the colors — turquoise, white and chartreuse. Our house is a 1930s cottage a couple miles from the beach, so I knew I wanted it to feel beachy and fresh but in a flea market meets industrial kinda way! We also wanted to repurpose as many items as we could; we did so with pipe to create a toilet paper holder. A large wire basket was hung on the wall and filled with toilet paper, and a Brimfield flea market find — a wooden shower and locker sign — turned into a towel rack by adding marine cleats! The lights were also made from salvaged materials and purchased at the flea market. Artwork became 1960s paint-by-numbers.
Our second colorful, salvage-inspired bathroom from Kate King is another example of mixing some worn, antique elements with bright hues. I love that Kate has decided to keep it simple by brightening up the white and wood with just a pair of colors: a beautiful cherry red and the oceany turquoise color of old glass mason jars. It’s made a huge difference in this small room, and the result is a fresh, modern and welcoming space for very little cost. Great job, Kate!
Time: one weekend
Cost: $250 for all paint, primer, light fixture/lighting kit, new sink faucet, and spackle
Basic Steps: Since we bought a 1910 American Foursquare fixer uppper, most of the walls in our house were in desperate need of repair, and this was no exception for our bathroom. The walls were incredibly uneven and filled with holes, so a good spackling and sanding was the first task we tackled. I then primed the walls and ceiling very thoroughly, making sure to cover the horrible yellow tint the room had before.
I wanted the room to appear super clean and crisp, so white paint was then applied to the walls and ceiling. Painting the door a rich red that matched my light fixture was the added “pop” to the room. After replacing the sink fixture, all that was left to do was add my repurposed light fixture that I had hand-crafted and decorate! Using the blue mason jars that were left over from our wedding added another dimension to the color scheme and a personal touch. Old rustic metal baskets gave the bathroom an amazing contrast to the “clean” feel and are great for storage.
Don’t be afraid to use colors that you tend to shy away from. I never wanted to have red in my home, always fearing it would be too loud of a color and hard to style with, but now I can’t get enough of it! — Kate