Create a Glam Hollywood Bath
These readers traded sweat equity for high-end fixtures and finishes that evoke the silvery glitz of 1930s Tinseltown. Here's your ticket to transforming your bath without the movie-star price tag
"If we were going to do this bath, it had to be magnificent." —Janice and Frank Gingerelli, Bloomfield, New jersey
After 30 years of enduring their master bath's busy orange-and-fuchsia wallpaper, dingy beige tile, and dim light from one puny window, Janice and Frank Gingerelli wanted the opposite for their remodeled space. They made it bright and airy by installing a new leaded-glass window and exposing the ceiling rafters.
A silvery color palette, mirrored surfaces, and crystal accents—all hallmarks of 1930s Hollywood Regency style—added sparkle. And a pedestal soaker tub and marble-topped vanity gave the room a luxurious feel.
While the couple splurged on materials, they saved by doing most of the labor, including framing out the window. Janice even silver-leafed the vanity mirror's frame and the chandelier to coordinate their finishes. "No one knows your taste or works as hard for you as you do," says Janice. To bring the Gingerellis' silver-screen style to your bath on a more modest budget, read on.
The Gingerellis' vanity was custom-made. For a similar look, fit the recessed panels in this stock sink cabinet with mirrors cut to size at a glass shop. Glue the inserts in place with mirror mastic.
Vanity with marble top and undermount sink, $650; wayfair.com
Work the angles for a unique tile display. In the Gingerellis' shower, a floral mosaic border and a chair rail divide field tiles set as squares on bottom and diamonds on top. Details cut from the border echo the motif.
Floral border, $23 per linear foot;
chair rail, $12 per linear foot;
gray mosaic (shower floor and ceiling), $21 per square foot;
white micro mosaic (bathroom floor), $25 per square foot;
and statuary field tile, $12 per square foot; stoneandtilenj.com
Make the tub the main event. Centered under the window, it's the first thing you see upon entering the Gingerellis' bathroom. For a more affordable version of their cast-iron soaker, choose this acrylic one.
Acrylic tub, $1,100; signaturehardware.com