Our Four Secrets to Remodeling a Bath
Smart choices, stylish accessories, and flea market finds make this renovation easy on the eyes and the wallet.
You Can Do It Tip #4:
Be practical with your decorating. Both Bret and Jennifer love the outdoors, so they filled their bath with prints of wildflowers and birds, hung on pale moss green walls. Even the shower curtain displays a lively pattern of ferns and dragonflies. But, as they selected items, the couple didn't forget that the bath can often be a hot, steamy place. "I knew that the moisture would harm valuable pieces," says Jennifer. "So I found things that didn't cost much--old seed packets, architectural salvage parts, and glass canisters--that fit the garden theme but were not irreplaceable." She also added a discount dresser to the space.
This cheery bath just goes to show that if you start your morning in an organized space, chances are the rest of the day will be smooth cruising.
This article is from the June 2005 issue of Southern Living.
Where the Money Went
Here's a cost breakdown of the items found in the Frankses' master bath:* Cultured marble countertops--$900 (includes installation)
* Cabinets--$930 (includes installation)
* Hardware (includes towel bars, hangers, and cabinet pulls)--$250
* Wall sconces--$36
* Tile flooring--$800 (includes installation)
* Beaded board--$250
* Painting (cabinets and walls, includes paint and labor)--$1,600
* Art prints and accessories--$200
* Additional labor (plumbing, trimwork, and electrical installation)--$2,725(Please note that labor costs vary according to region and the degree of work required.)