Redoing a 1960s Bathroom on a Budget

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We live in an older neighborhood full of 1960s and 70s houses... you know, the era when they thought it would be a great idea to make teeny tiny bathrooms that you can barely cram 2 people in. So many times I've heard neighbors lamenting how they'd LOVE to redo the bathroom but it's just so small and it would be so expensive.
Well, I have a redo for you to check out. This is my friend Heather's tiny little bathroom that they redid themselves for less than $2,000. And the results? wow. Even though it's the same size, just removing some extra cabinets & reconfiguring the shower made a huge difference in how it feels size-wise.

Here's the BEFORE:

{gotta love that pink tile!}

{is that a shower... or a cave?}

And the AFTER:

{just changing the tile to a fresh white makes it already seem larger}

{and opening up that shower makes the whole room open up}


{Don't you love how they tiled the floor?}

{and one of my favorite... and cheapest solutions... for how to block the view of the neighbor's wall. a fern. genius.}

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7 comments

  1. Erika2:48 AM

    Cannot wait to do mine. Thanks for the inspirations Tonya & Heather!

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  2. Oh this is definitely much better. Love the changes, so much more airy and spacious-looking.

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  3. Thanks for the post :)

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  4. The shower transformation makes such a difference! Makes me want to start demo-ing ours :-)

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  5. I miss you!
    Your blog has grown leaps and bounds since I've been a regular; I can't wait to catch up.
    So, I've been thinking about you and here's why. Remember when you redid your kitchen and got a sweet deal from Home Depot? Well, we had them over to do an estimate on refacing our tiny little 10x10' kitchen with cabinets on only 2 walls...$11,000! So needless to say, we'll likely try to buy them wholesale and spend closer to only $2,000.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share that you were in my thoughts.

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  6. Love this, great ideas.

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  7. I'm impressed with the transformation. My bathroom is just like the old version and it drives my wife and I crazy. We opted to move rather than renovate. I think the shower change was brilliant - it really gives the whole room more space.

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