Bathroom renovations can be tough; while other rooms usually see huge improvements from a new coat of paint, a few accessories or small furniture swaps, replacing an ugly pink toilet or bad eighties sink fixture can set you back quite a bit. However, as Becky’s beautiful new bathroom clearly illustrates, the investment can be well worth it. Becky has truly transformed this room into a relaxing, elegant space — as every great bathroom should be. Great work, Becky! — Kate
Time: 2 weekends for construction, one month for the rest
Basic Steps: I purchased my older home a few years ago and inherited a small leak in the bathroom that turned into a huge problem. This was the true catalyst for my bathroom renovation. My whole concept for the new bathroom was centered on the idea of creating my own unique vanity using a found piece of furniture. After months of searching, I finally found an old stereo cabinet that I re-purposed into a new vanity. To add even more personality, I selected a vessel sink and sleek plumbing fixtures of contrasting styles. The next step was to select a tile that would add warmth to the space.
To create a more holistic space, I ran the same tile up the walls but added a horizontal band of glass tile to create some interest opposite the vanity. Selecting paint colors proved to be more difficult. It wasn’t until I came across a shower curtain that I absolutely loved that was I able to select the right paint colors. I purchased a light fixture that creates awesome shadows of flowers and leaves on the wall, found a home for some of my favorite estate sale finds and finally added some handmade finishing touches. Advice I would give would be to try to look beyond the ordinary and let your own unique style standout. Don’t follow someone else’s rules on how to design your space; create your own. And lastly, have lots of fun! — Becky
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This architectural before & after is one of my favorites of the day. Julie needed a way to create defined spaces for her living room and bedroom, and instead of simply hanging a curtain or using tall plants (both of which I consider perfectly viable options), she designed and constructed a modern open-shelving unit and wall divider in just two weeks. I love the end result, especially the frosted doors and the hanging bulb fixture. Well done, Julie!
Time: 2 weeks
Basic Steps: I used 3/4″ walnut plywood finished with walnut veneer edging and 3/4″ birch plywood that didn’t require edging because it was a higher quality Europly. I used 1/8″-thick Plexiglass frosted on one side for the plastic pieces which provided just enough of a visual barrier to separate my bedroom from the living room without blocking light. I finished the walnut with walnut oil and the birch with a clear polyurethane.
I was able to get rid of two shelves, a side table and a headboard with this project. I also plan on hanging a vintage Edison light bulb into the upper opening, adding one more function to the piece. Multi-functionality is critical since my apartment is so tiny (600 sq. ft. shared with my husband).
Don’t be intimidated by the wood shop; it’s not as scary as it seems. Working with your hands away from your computer can be incredibly fun and rewarding. I initially wanted to outsource the project to a contractor before one charged me over $800 to hang curtain tracks. I also feel lucky for having access to a public wood shop, since community college classes in my area no longer offer woodworking. — Julie