before and after

Before & After: All Hail The Pink Bathroom!

by Grace Bonney

In the world of design, pink bathrooms almost always get the short end of the stick. Those charming black and pink bathrooms from the 40s and 50s are the subject of many a “before” pic, so I jumped at the chance to have one pop up in an “after,” finally!

Jill Hamilton, a communications consultant in Denver, recently bought her first home and started renovations. The previous owner loved muted minty greens and reds, but Jill wanted to update the space to reflect colors and finishes that reflected her personal style. With the help of a contractor, she made over the space and gave it a warm, sophisticated look. I can never resist pink and black together (hence pretty much every iteration of Design*Sponge ever) so this is one of my favorite “afters” in a long time. Thanks so much to Jill for sharing it with us! Click through to read about her full renovation process. xo, grace

Photos by Augustine Wu

The before & after: click through to read about Jill's process.
The before. Jill set a strict total budget of $5,000 and planned this project herself, acting as general contractor for a few hired experts. Since this is the only bathroom in her house, she had to move out for a while during the renovation.
Jill saved money by working with the existing tub and by using inexpensive pre-made tile from Home Depot. She chose to splurge on a custom vanity to make the most of the corner space. (Jill created a Pinterest board of the products and finishes she used if anyone wants to check them out in detail.)
Jill loves the warm feeling of the new bathroom. The framed watercolor print (which Jill first spotted in a D*S home tour!) above the towel bar inspired the overall design. The custom vanity has a matte cherry blossom marble top and under-mount sink that's surprisingly spacious.
Jill removed the blinds and added inexpensive privacy film to the windows to let the natural light flow in. The old clawfoot tub and brass hardware now seem at home in the space. "I love getting ready here each morning," Jill said.

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