Before: Brown and Yellow DisasterWhen Gina’s husband, Gabe, goes out of town, he doesn’t worry about her buying clothes and shoes. He worries about what wall she’s going to knock down. The last time he was on a business trip, she tore down a divider wall in the bathroom and started to peel up the old tile. She hates this bathroom and can't wait to have it remodeled, so she has started chipping away at it little by little. Designer Krista Watterworth and carpenter Marc Bartolomeo are ready to do a lot of chipping away to transform this tacky tiled bathroom into a masterpiece for the couple's three growing boys.
This bathroom is supposed to be for couple’s three young boys, but the boys don't like to use it. They find the brown and yellow room ugly and unexciting. There are also has some health and safety issues. There is no exhaust fan, so mold is starting to grow on the shower walls. In addition, the 1970s, brown-tile floor and tub surround are very slippery, and the couple worries about the kids falling.
After: Primary Color PaletteWhat was once an ugly health hazard is now a bright and welcoming space. The room’s palette consists of earthy, primary colors. Ceramic tiles in a slate-like shade of blue cover the floors with an inset of golden glass mosaics in the center. The shower walls are covered in organic-colored tiles, then accented with a big stripe of the same golden mosaic that is on the floor. Above the showerhead, a stained-glass window is incorporated into the wall. The glass is the first thing you see upon entering the bathroom. Its bright shades of red, blue and gold make a simple, but sophisticated statement. The oversize closet was removed and replaced with two locker-style, wood cabinets that provide the boys with plenty of storage. A new light/fan combination set in the center of the ceiling illuminates the space and helps eliminate mold growth.
Before: Medieval LightingThe homeowners love to hate their dated yellow bathroom vanity. Their boys make fun of the shell-shaped sinks and dingy yellow countertop. The medieval-looking lighting above the vanity is not only tacky, but it also doesn’t fully work — one bulb is always out. The vanity cabinet lends to the medieval feel with its bulky design and dark finish.
After: Sleek and ModernThe dated yellow countertop and hulking vanity are a thing of the past. They have been replaced with two nutmeg-colored, wooden cabinets. Two white sinks and black granite countertops give the space a sleek, modern look. The vanity is topped with two black-framed mirrors and a center medicine cabinet. The medieval, torturous lights are gone, and now two contemporary sconces hang in their place.