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a wee bathroom makeover

March 18

Tina and Barry’s north Toronto home was extensively renovated in the ’90s, and although a very welcoming home, it needed some updating. With a small budget that matched the small square footage of their family bathroom, this makeover frugally reused existing elements and added some new fixtures, fitments, and finishes for an effective end result.

Well on their way to piecing together this makeover, Tina and Barry called me in for some design advice to take them to the finish. With the tub and tile surround in white and in great condition, they knew that they could keep and work with these elements. But they also knew the dated vanity and way-too-bright-blue floor tile had to go. They purchased the elegant and affordable sink and flat-pack vanity unit with marble counter from a big box store. Wanting to work with the grey veining in the counter, I suggested pulling out a dark tone for the floor tile. Although once installed they felt they could definitely have even darker with the floor, the medium toned tile they went with, in a larger rectangular format and laid in a brick pattern, is dark enough to anchor the room. The toilet was replaced with an affordable, water-efficient model.

Tina really loves the look and functionality of sconces flanking a bathroom mirror, but the tight space just didn’t have enough clearance for this design idea. Given the existing over-the-mirror light fixture was classic in style and in chrome that matched the other elements, it was an easy, budget-saving decision to reuse it. A new, slightly larger mirror was installed, matching the width of the new vanity unit. For a soft, spa-like colour on the walls, I selected Benjamin Moore’s Silver Cloud to provide that serene feel in the small space. Tina accessorized with complementary accessories in olive green and blue to complete the space.

And although the original intent was to create an updated bathroom for their family’s enjoyment, shortly after completing the project Tina and Barry had a great opportunity to move cities, and ended up selling their home. But this simple, inexpensive update ensured that the room was at the ready to help attract buyers and quickly sell the house, proving a small space and small budget can have big impact.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18 8:12 am

    Looks great!

  2. March 23 10:28 pm

    so similar to my salle de bain… same layout, same mirror! That’s my issue – the mirror is practical but just not decorative – maybe it just needs framing, but that could look obvious that it was made to cover the edges…any suggestions?

    • March 26 9:33 pm

      Adding a frame to a standard mirror is a great way to easily add some detail to a plainer space. Lengths of wall or picture frame molding applied with construction adhesive can be quite impactful and look well integrated. Another option is to apply a decal design around the edge to add some subtle detail.

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