Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bathroom Reno on a Budget

Our master ensuite reno was a real splurge: from the vanity to the shower set to the exhaust fan, we spared no expense. And that's the way it should be. Besides being the most used bathroom and our my retreat, the master ensuite is also one of the top selling features of any house.

As I am getting ready for yet another bathroom renovation, my goal this time is to up-cycle as much as possible and stay on budget. I will only get rid of those that absolutely won't play into my overall design such as tiles and vanity countertop. In addition, I will replace more efficient fixtures such as toilet and shower set which are not only good for the environment but also offer great payback through energy/water savings.

Another really inexpensive way to renovate a bathroom is paint. A few days ago we finally dropped off this ugly baby at Paint It Like New, and I made a gutsy move (to me at least)  by choosing a darker shade -- the Benjamin Moore's Pigeon Gray.

And this is the final design plan of my main bathroom. After much consideration I've decided to stick with natural Carrara floor tiles and countertop. Porcelain look-alikes and quartz countertops just don't cut it for me in a bathroom like this.

Clockwise from top right: Pottery Barn Mercer Sconces; Kohler Fairfax Lavatory Faucets in Chrome; Crate & Barrel Bamboo Bathroom Tray; Target vintage glass soap pump; West Elm Ombre Border Bath Mat; Bianco Carrara Marble countertop; 4x16 white gloss subway tile with Carrara mini-brick border; 12x12 Carrara floor tiles; BM Pigeon Gray for the vanity, Valspar Polar Star for the walls; American Standard Hampton Shower Set with Price Pfister hand shower rail.

Reno starts in mid September and I can barely wait to see how my vanity turns out in the BM Pigeon Gray. Stay tuned for updates...

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