before and after

before & after: elegant bathroom makeover

by Kate Pruitt

I have bathrooms on my mind after sharing not one but two awesome renovated bathrooms today. Though they have vastly different styles, both Kim’s bathroom from earlier and this elegant bathroom makeover from Katherine use similarly brilliant techniques, which are worth listing: They both kept things light and airy with a mix of light, neutral tones; they invested in tiles that set the tone for the rest of the room; and they sprinkled in a few textural and colorful details with the accessories and decor to bring warmth and personality to the space.

Katherine also took time to seek out salvage pieces with an antique charm and save money. I’m definitely going to refer back to this space if I ever get a chance to renovate my own bathroom; it’s full of such lovely details that seem easy to re-create. Wonderful job, Katherine! — Kate

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See more images and basic steps after the jump . . .

Time: one year

Cost: around $3,000

Basics Steps: We just tried our best to do things on the extreme cheap (that meant a lot of thrifting and salvaging) and to do the 95-year-old house justice by keeping the style of the bathroom close to what it would have originally been. We wanted to return it to its former glory at least a little bit without making it stuffy, and that meant refinishing an old cast iron tub we bought at a salvage yard and also recycling things that were already original to the house (the faucet handles in the shower, the hooks on the cabinet and the lights on either side of the mirror were all somewhere in the house already).

Our advice is to be patient. We showered in a washing machine drip pan in the basement for a year, but it was completely worth it to see our beautiful shower and bathroom done perfectly the way we wanted. In the same vein, we thrifted for a lot of the things in our bathroom and got them for cheap as a result. It takes a while but when you do find the right thing, it has character and a story! Also, be flexible with your design. What I originally had in mind when we started and how it came out are very different in a lot of ways. The footprint is the same, but color choices changed as the room took shape. It sounds cheesy, but you have to let the room tell you what it wants to be, which returns you to that “be patient” part I mentioned before. Don’t expect to decorate a room in a day. Take your time and do it right! I’m still not done decorating : ) — Katherine

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