Spruce Up a Tired Bath
* Give the walls a fresh coat of paint and glaze.* Update the space with a new shower curtain.* Hang a framed mirror.* Use fabric to turn everyday towels into something special. Sew a 1-inch-wide band of fabric that matches or complements your shower curtain on towels to add a custom look without the high cost.
Homeowners Katie and Al Vreeland decided that they were ready for a new look in the cozy bath that functions as a powder room on the main level of their residence. The existing pedestal sink was too formal for the rustic stone wall that is original to the house. And then there was the shiny brass shower door that only served to date the small space.
A room such as this one that seems so easy to update can often blow the budget. Removing the door was too costly for the couple's satisfaction, so design consultant Missie Neville Crawford went with plan B--the classic cover-up.
For the shower curtain, Missie selected a canvas fabric to highlight the walls' warm tone. She mounted it from the ceiling and let it fall to the floor. This technique draws your eye up, visually enlarging the space. It also masks the brass door and covers the 8-inch-wide gap that exists between the top of the frame and the ceiling.