How To Redesign Your Bathroom On A Budget

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Or do what I did—shop online. I admit being apprehensive about buying the centerpiece to our bathroom based on pictures and a written description, but I liked what I saw, including the price. I saved several hundred dollars compared with what home centers were charging and got attractive, top-quality products. A 48-inch-wide vanity, marble top, undermount sink, and framed mirror cost us $1300.

As a rule of thumb, artwork should be placed no more than five to nine inches above a sofa and no more than seven to ten inches above a table. The placement of your artwork should also relate to its surroundings. As a guideline for proportion, one or more pictures (including mirrors or other wall décor) should cover about 2/3 of the wall space above the piece of furniture. For example, if you have a 6 foot wide sofa, plan on a single picture or an arrangement that is about 4 feet wide and centered above the sofa.

After: Gilbert’s main objective was to improve the bathroom’s overall aesthetics and functionality. He stripped out the dated wallpaper and chose pale blue paint for the walls. The low-hanging lights and column partitions in the vanity area also had to go. A full-length tiled wall now separates the shower from the vanity area. Finishing touches, such as a dresser and nightstand recycled from another room in the home, were added to provide more storage.

When we moved in the bathroom had a home-made round wooden tub with a shower head. The walls were covered with cedar shakes, and the sink was a small steel bowl with a couple of faucets. The cedar shakes didn’t smell like cedar, the smelled like urine. Guess what. Another week crawling in the dirt with the spiders, and fitting plumbing and routing wiring laying on my back in the dark with a flashlight in my mouth. I re-located all the bathroom fixtures and toilet, installed a neo-angle shower stall, old iron claw foot tub, new sink, ceiling tile, window and wallpaper. After several more weeks of evening work we finally had a new bathroom.

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