A Bath Remodel for Only $439
Creativity and four gallons of paint go a long way in transforming a makeshift space
Even in long-haul remodels, some spaces cry out for prompt design attention. For Roeshel Summerville of Butler, Pennsylvania, that space was the first-floor bath. Located between a home office and the family room, it's the most trafficked of the 1927 farmhouse's three baths and two powder rooms. But when Roeshel, her husband, and their two daughters moved in, it sported bare drywall and grungy carpeting.
Two years in, with a full redo out of the question, Roeshel decided to make the space "less embarrassing." Refinishing everything from the plywood subfloor to the original sink fixtures with paint, she updated the bath over four weekends with a gray-and-brown palette and low-cost touches, such as a three-light vanity fixture. "It was supposed to be a temporary fix, but I love it. And now we can focus our money on bigger projects," says Roeshel.
Shown: The rug motif and wide wall stripes add classic charm to this now-inviting space.
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter and Nimbus
The bare-bones bath lacked some finishing touches, like door casing.
After sanding and patching the plywood subfloor, the owners used porch paint and stencils to create the design. Three coats of polyurethane ensure it holds in a humid bath.
Using spray paint to refinish, the homeowners avoided the need to replace the sink or shell out for costly single-tap reproductions.
A simple white waffle-weave shower curtain lets the striped wall design take center stage.
Extending the stripes over the shower walls adds a customized feel to the previously lackluster stall.
Removed the carpet, $0
Primed and painted the ceiling, door, and trim with cans left over from previous projects, $0
Mounted a three-light fixture over the sink and a flush-mount schoolhouse light on the ceiling, $221
Painted the floor with an area-rug design using two stencils, 1 gallon of new porch paint, and leftover gray paint, $40
Sealed the floor with three coats of polyurethane, $16
Created a striped wallpaper look with 2 gallons of paint, $62
Hung an oval vanity mirror, $75
Primed, painted, and lacquered the existing faucets to look like oil-rubbed bronze, $25