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Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 | 2 comments

Small-Space Bathrooms with Style

Small-Space Bathrooms with Style

If you’re thinking of renovating your small-space bathroom or if you’re just a little curious how others have transformed theirs, well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve seen some fabulous bathrooms on our home tours and thought we’d share a few of our favs here. Bathrooms don’t have to be big to have that spa-like feel, as these beauties with surely attest. After a long hard day at work, your feet will love the smooth and calming texture of this river rock floor. Wow. Modern, sophisticated and oh so peaceful, this bathroom received the star treatment. The completely renovated room boasts a vanity modeled after Billy Joel’s bathroom, marble tile and extra storage. The chi is happy here. Sometimes the best route is to embrace your vintage home. Built with quality materials, but just in need of some TLC, this bathroom has classic style and oodles of charm. We LOVE how this handy homeowner created a recessed ledge shelf in this 1950s bathroom. Of course he had to remove the old...

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Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 | 1 comment

A Bathroom Reno with Vintage Style

A Bathroom Reno with Vintage Style

If you’ve purchased a house as-is, you’re probably familiar with the classic Del Ray rowhouse bathroom — cracked and mildewy tiles, a tub that’s hard to keep clean, and not enough space for two people. And this is exactly what Sarah and Lee got when they purchased their house. Here’s a before shot: Based on the deteriorating condition of the bathroom, Sarah and Lee decided a complete gut-rehab was the best option. They wanted a classic look for the new bathroom to keep with the style and age of the vintage house. For inspration, Sarah found these pictures of Billy Joel’s bathroom that matched the look she hoped to achieve. And here’s how it happened. First, the bathroom was completely gutted. The demo alone took two days. New pipes were added in the floor: They installed a new cast iron tub and subway tile for the tub surround (Daltile Rittenhouse Square, special ordered from Home Depot). And here’s the end result — classic, clean, and simply chic! They chose a marble basketweave...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 | 3 comments

Little by Little, Bathroom Gets DIY Makeover

Little by Little, Bathroom Gets DIY Makeover

Christophe is not afraid to tackle a home improvement project; he’s a true DIYer whose passion and enthusiasm come out in his exceptional work. The original bathroom in his 1950s rowhouse needed some sprucing up. It had some redeeming qualities — the neutral white and gray tile floor and the tub were in good shape  — but overall the room was dated. With this being the only bathroom in the house, Christophe knew the renovation would be a long-term project. He needed to use the bathroom as he remodeled, so that meant he could only do a little at a time. Christophe started by removing all the tiles on the walls and around the tub. He liked the gray color and some of the tiles were still in good condition, so he kept some to use as accents for the new walls. He took the walls down to the studs, including the extremely messy task of removing the plaster walls. The process took well over a month. But it was well worth the effort....

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 | 2 comments

Modern Bathroom Remodel in a Cool, Classic Style

Modern Bathroom Remodel in a Cool, Classic Style

DIY Del Ray checked out a local bathroom renovation. The owners updated their bathroom to make it more their style. The design was somewhat dated, with, as they put it, boring tile, bead board that never looked clean, and scarcity of storage space. Here’s their story. First, the before photos: The Inspiration We don’t have a decent design gene between us. We were waiting to get inspired, to see something we would like. We knew what practical things we wanted like the kind of faucet and shelf on the shower wall, and more storage space inside the bathroom. We wanted a vanity with all mirrors, plus mirrors inside to let me cut my own hair. We also thought the color theme was okay (white and light blue), and we liked the white porcelain for the toilet, sink, and bathtub, although we only ended up keeping the toilet. What They Like the Most We love the subway tiles. We like the creativity in the way we used a different color...

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