Reader bathroom after the remodel
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
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Best Bathroom Redo: After

Who: Ronda and Les Batchelor
Where: Magna, Utah

Their Story: "Our master bath lacked storage and style, so we decided to revamp it. My husband and I have remodeled many rooms together; I come up with the ideas, Les builds things in his shop, and together we handle installation and finish work.

"Our low budget forced us to be creative. I saw a recessed medicine cabinet in This Old House that I loved, but I didn’t want to pay top dollar. So we built one instead, creating a box that fit between the wall studs. Les also made the mirrored cabinet doors. We topped the piece with salvaged molding, painted it white, and finished it off with vintage-style chrome latches.

"To dress up the walls, we put up beadboard wainscoting and painted the walls above it. We tore out the vinyl floor and laid octagonal mosaic tile. For visual variety, I replaced a handful of squares in the pattern with gray glass ones.

"We built the vanity with medium-density fiberboard, wood veneer, and secondhand cabinet and drawer fronts that cost $1 apiece. I scored a marble countertop with sink cutouts at a salvage shop for only $10 and had a stoneworker cut the slab to size and drill faucet holes. Finally, we painted and distressed the piece and added bun feet and knobs. It took a year, but the bath is now an oasis from all our other unfinished projects."

Take a video tour of the Batchelors' bathroom.

Shown: Sweat equity and well-priced, repurposed vintage finds make this simple bath a charming retreat.
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