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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  1. Erika2:48 AM

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

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

  3. Thanks for the post :)

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

  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.

  6. Love this, great ideas.

  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.