Mom’s RefugeBefore: Peaceful Retreat Wanted
Homeowner Danielle Gackstetter wants just a few minutes of peace. With her husband David on the road most of the time, this mother of two active daughters sometimes needs a place to hide away. Her only time alone is the few minutes she gets in the bathtub every evening. Her bathroom isn't quite the tranquil haven she would like it to be. She wants a more peaceful, spa-like setting where she can wind down and relax.
With the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer and about $500, designer Kellie Kaufer turns a bland bathroom into an inviting spa retreat.
Paint – $68
Vanity and RugThe middle drawers are removed and replaced with open shelving for easy access. A leather rag rug in front of the vanity provides the homeowners some soft footing.
Vanity cubbies – $12, rug – $22
leather rug: COCO, 97044, Lowe's
cabinet paint: style 75555, Lowe's
Mirrors and LightingSpray frost solution is used to create frames around both mirrors. The vanity area is further enhanced with new brushed-nickel light fixtures.
A little ambiance is added to the tub area with a couple of inexpensive candle shelves. To make the shelves, shallow holes are drilled into pieces of scrap wood using a paddle bit. The boards are then painted brown and tea lights are inserted into the holes.
Vanity mirrors – $43, light fixtures – $80, candle shelves – $3
Chandelier and ShadeThe tapestry-style Roman shade and wrought-iron chandelier help frame the tub and give it a classic, cozy feel.
* Tip: Make sure to check with your local building codes before changing lighting around a bathtub.
Roman shade – $35, chandelier – $69
chandelier: 3519079, Menards
Leather MirrorTo make the mirror, a simple wooden frame is wrapped in leather and stapled on from the back.
Mirror – $50
Shower DoorGlass frost – $5
frosted glass spray: Menards
AccessoriesThe room is completed with more Old-World accents and elegant accessories.
Accessories – $113