February 11, 2014

Renovating a bathroom – part 1

Sometimes you don’t need to gut the bathroom and start from scratch.  A face lift or ‘refresh’ is all that is required.


bathroom renovation


We often get called in to do a partial renovation or redecoration of a bathroom.  The vanity and flooring might be just fine. But it needs a few cosmetic items to refresh it:  a new backsplash, new mirrors, light fixtures, paint colour, and window covering.  This will give the room many more good years of life before a total gut is needed.  The upkeep maintains the value of the home and gives you much enjoyment along the way – win-win!

Last summer we did a partial renovation for a young family in two of their bathrooms.  The teenage girls’ adjoining bathroom needed some freshening up and some colour!  We started by proposing this turquoise glass tile be used from the counter right up to the ceiling.  It created a great focal wall and added beautiful colour to the space which was otherwise quite neutral. Then we chose a window valance fabric that picked up on the same turquoise colour and had a soft roman valance made.  The paint colour remained neutral to pull the creamy marble on floors and counter together.  Finally, two new mirrors and light fixtures added some needed sparkle to the space.  Can’t wait to show you the room once its photographed.  ‘After’  photographs are in the works – we’ll have some soon.


At the same time we refreshed the parent’s ensuite bathroom.  Again, we chose a great glass and stone stacked mosaic tile for the backsplash to add some colour and tie together what was already existing.  The limestone floors, vanities and stone counters were staying.  So by adding this tile it gave the room new verve and it looked like it was done intentionally bringing the existing stone tiles together in the new design.

ensuite bath tile

Parents’ Ensuite Bathroom Renovation

Again, mirrors and light fixtures were updated and in this case a gorgeous Candace Olsen fabric by Kravet was used on a pleated valance over the window.  Again, pictures will be coming soon – so stay tuned!

In our over 20 years of experience we have found that well chosen vanities and flooring can have a life of 15-18 years.  But usually after 8-10 years the decor can look tired.  If you need help refreshing your bathroom decor, give us a call or [email protected] for more info.

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