Renovation Reality: Volume 3, The Bathrooms

Welcome back to the renovation story of the English Tudor home that we’ve been working on. If you thought the powder room in last week’s post was bad, just wait until you see the two second floor bathrooms!

When you head upstairs in this home, there is a good sized hall bathroom for the three secondary bedrooms to share. Like the powder room, there were very few things that were appealing about this bathroom. The floral wallpaper, faux marble countertops and bathtub liner, and dark cabinets made the bathroom scream, “update me!” The original penny tile flooring could have been cleaned and polished, but was cracked and broken in several places, leaving us with no choice but to gut the entire bathroom, and start fresh.

All of the tile on the floors, and along the bathtub wall was replaced with a warm beige 12x12” polished marble tile, giving the room a timeless and neutral feel. A new white vanity with a warm beige granite top and chrome faucet, replaced the dark wood vanity with its faux marble top. A framed medicine cabinet above the vanity provides additional storage.


We removed the radiator and cabinet, choosing to install radiant floor warming mats under the new marble floors, and brought in a free standing cabinet for extra storage. A fresh coat of paint, and this bathroom is complete. Bright green towels and frog themed bath accessories give the room a playful and youthful feel. By choosing light and neutral finishes for this bathroom, the towels and accessories can be updated as the children grow up, but the room is sure to stay timeless for the long haul.


The second full bathroom is just off of the master bedroom. The biggest problem with this bathroom was the dark black printed wallpaper. Even with a window in this room, the dark walls, and dark wood vanity made the room feel like a tomb!

The home’s original tile (seen a bit clearer in our “after” photo) is a variegated pale yellow and green 4x4” square, which is used on the lower half of the bathroom walls and inside the entire shower. By removing the black printed wallpaper, and painting the top half of the walls a light green, the room instantly feels fresh, and the tile looks as if it was something new that we selected specifically for this project. A new white vanity, recessed medicine cabinet, and classic style glass and chrome light fixture add to the clean and bright overall feel. Above the towel bar, we hung a modern glass and steel wire shelf to provide additional storage or display space.

With limited resources, we were able to give these bathrooms a completely new look and feel, keeping in line with the style of the home, and the family’s needs. By selecting classic and timeless finishes, each space will continue to feel current and updated, even years down the road, ensuring that each and every dollar was money well spent.

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