Transform your bath with budget-conscious improvements that'll boost your home's wow factor—and its value
Ugly bathroom got you down? Forget the wall-breaking, layout-rearranging bathroom renovation. Add both style and storage by focusing instead on the room's centerpiece: the sink area.
Here, the homeowner traded a wall-mount basin for a white-painted vanity fitted with a Pegasus gray granite top and undermount sink, all stock pieces from the home center. A new, semirecessed medicine cabinet from EXPO Design Center, overhead light from Lowes, and vintage-look faucet also from EXPO Design Center finish the transformation.
Mix and match the components featured in this gallery for your own custom look.
Nothing defines the look of a bath more than its vanity. Rather than a closed cabinet, chose open shelving to make a small room appear larger. Standard vanity depth is 21 inches, but lengths range to suit a wide variety of bathroom sizes.
The white-painted finish on this simple wood vanity reflects light, making a diminutive bath seem brighter and roomier. Around $429, EXPO Design Centers
The faucet is the jewel of your setup. Be sure the one you pick is sized for the predrilled holes in the counter or sink you plan to use. Choose among single-hole spouts with built-in controls and three-hole ones with a 4- or 8-inch spread between taps.
The boxy lines of this pewter faucet make it ideal for bungalow baths. Around $321, Delta Faucet
From contemporary to classic, mirrored cabinets provide a place to primp and space to stow toiletries. You can save valuable square footage by swapping a wall-mount cabinet for a new semirecessed one.
This stainless-steel-wrapped cabinet mounts between the studs for a face flush with the wall. Around $495, Restoration Hardware
If space is at a premium and you can't open the wall to recess a cabinet, hang a slim mirror instead. A 3½-inch-deep shelf
on this wood-framed model provides just enough room for a toothbrush and paste. $149, Pottery Barn
A new fixture brightens your bath in more ways than one, providing crucial task lighting for grooming and enhancing the look of the room. Choose overheads or sconces that cast evenly diffused light to prevent glare.
Sconces like this aluminum Art Deco–style one should be spaced 36 to 40 inches apart to avoid casting shadows on your face. Around $259, Schoolhouse Electric