They Gut-Rehabbed a Bath for $877
An opened-up layout and all new finishes and fixtures take a full bath from dreary to cottage-charming
After: Removing the wall that enclosed the toilet room helped open up the space, and stealing 1 foot from the room next door for the tub surround opened up a sunny window. Minty-green walls and vintage-style finishes throughout give the room a fresh look.
Renovating the only bathroom in the house can be crippling. That's why Angie and Colby Campbell set to work whipping their lone bath into shape before they even unpacked the moving boxes in their new 1910 Colonial Revival, in Brewer, Maine. First to go was the dingy paneling and vinyl flooring; next they tore out the wall partitioning off the toilet room. They pried out the old pink cast-iron tub before bumping the shower space 1 foot into the adjacent office to annex the window and brighten the bath.
After Colby popped in the new acrylic tub, Angie added subway tiles to the shower walls and hex tiles underfoot. New baseboards and MDF beadboard on the ceiling help further the vintage cottage look. Angie found a sturdy wood buffet on Craigslist that the couple converted into a vanity and installed perpendicular to the old sink's spot. She painted it gray and screwed in new porcelain knobs before painting the walls a retro minty green. New lighting, plus a DIY mirror and rope shelves, finish the space. The result is a soothing retreat—and the couple's favorite space. "Everything was boxed in before," says Angie. "Now it feels a thousand times bigger and more luxurious."
The Project Tally
• Tore out old paneling and flooring, removing the wall enclosing the toilet and bumping out the back wall of the tub/shower by 1 foot $80
• Installed a new acrylic tub, showerhead, and tub filler $260
• Tiled the shower and the floor $300
• Added new baseboard, plus MDF beadboard on the sloped ceiling $70
• Scored a used buffet on Craigslist that the couple painted and converted to a vanity $82
• Painted the walls a soft green $50
• Installed overhead lighting, to brighten the space, and a new vanity light $25
• Trimmed a plain mirror with scrap wood, then made a rustic wood-and-rope shelf using salvaged wood found in the basement $10