From Lynn on April 9th, 2010 in Bathroom Remodel
Look at this lovely bath redo we found on Woman’s Day. Leslie Plummer’s great article takes us through the transformation of a plain bathroom in a Connecticut farmhouse to one it’s a pleasure for the owner to spend time in. Ingrid Leess, a designer, wanted to update her old-fashioned space into a more modern room while retaining its charm, and as you’ll see from the photos, her project was quite a success.
The old setup offered minimal counter space, so Ingrid opted to add shelving around the basin and across the toilet, a great idea to maximize a narrow space where she can now put her accoutrements. (It lifts up above the tank to allow for maintenance.) Note also the mounted faucets, which free up even more surface area.
Another even thinner shelf runs along top for décor pieces and accessories. Salvaged banisters add character to the mostly white room, which coupled with two mirrored cabinets arranged above the sink, makes the small space seem larger and brighter. Also to make the bathroom feel bigger, Ingrid replaced the toilet and tub with smaller models.
Mosaic tile is one of the best ways to prettify a bathroom. It’s a little detail that can be echoed throughout to provide big impact. Ingrid used it in this precious nook, above the sink, and on the floor. It really ties the room together nicely and gives it warmth and character.
Another nice detail, both decorative and indulgent, is this heated towel rack. Bringing the outside in with a plant adds freshness, life, and a bit of color to the bath.
This project shows that a few simple replacements and some carefully thought-out details can make a huge difference in the usefulness, comfort, and appearance in any dull, cluttered bathroom.