The décor in Koreen and Sean’s bathroom looks as if it came from the 1980s TV show Miami Vice. There are tacky pink flamingo tiles running throughout the room. The pink flamingos are not the only thing the homeowners can’t stand. The peeling wallpaper, Broadway-style lighting and dizzying floor are also on the top of their hate list. The couple has made a habit of peeling off the warped wallpaper while they wait for the shower to warm up. The patterned floor tile gives them vertigo and the large, glaring light strip over the sink looks like it belongs on a runway. To make matters worse, the color scheme is dated and the fixtures are barely functional. Designer Krista Watterworth and carpenter Marc Bartolomeo have a design plan that will wash away the 1980s bird bath and transform it into a relaxing retreat.
After: Tranquil DesignThe Florida flamingos have flown the coop. The new, tranquil design was inspired by an aerial photo of the Philippine islands. The beach-inspired color scheme comprises luau-green walls, indigo glass shower tiles and sandy floor tiles. Three-dimensional lotus flowers are stenciled in a random pattern around the room. Molding paste was used on the stencils instead of paint to achieve the 3-D effect. The old cast-iron tub is replaced with a bigger, relaxing jet tub and new plumbing. New lighting is dispersed around the room to highlight the bold colors. Three recessed lights are installed over the tub area, a large surface-mount fixture in the center of the room and a contemporary sconce over the vanity.
Before: Limited StorageStorage is a big issue in this bathroom. There is no medicine cabinet, so all the toiletries have to be kept in the vanity. There are two recessed cabinets built into the wall, but they so deep, the homeowners practically have to crawl inside the cabinet to reach anything. The homeowners also can’t wait to replace what they call their low-rider toilet –– it is so low to the ground, it is uncomfortable to sit on.
After: Optimal StorageThe homeowners no longer have to be contortionists to get anything out of their built-in cabinets. Pull-out drawers and shelves optimize the space in the very deep cabinets. New medicine cabinets and a vanity provide plenty of storage. The low-rider toilet is replaced with a comfortable, standard-height model. A granite countertop and modern-style sink make the homeowners feel as if they are at a high-end hotel in an exotic location.