Before & After: This Perma-Dirty ’70s Bath Is Now Crisp & Clean

The bathroom in Katie and Lance’s Park Slope home was not without its quirky charm. But it also had a few odd and even irritating features, like the pedestal sink placed between two tiled storage cabinets, the storage niche with ill-fitting saloon-style doors, and the icky, perma-dirty grout on the floor. When, suddenly, a giant water leak joined the list of less than desirable elements, the couple decided that their bathroom was due for a serious overhaul.

They decided to go in a very different direction from the bathroom’s previous color scheme of dark tile and dark woods. The new bathroom is very white — white floor tile, white wall tile, white walls. But interesting tile choices ensure that this space is anything but boring. The beveled subway tile on the walls, and the hexagonal tile on the floor, adds subtle pattern and quite a bit of texture. Coming together, the two shapes have an almost sculptural effect.

The previous (very unusual) vanity setup was replaced with a long double-sink vanity. (There’s a hamper to the left for dirty clothes.) Drawers in the new vanity make storage more accessible, and the new countertop situation is definitely more convenient.

Another notable feature of the new bathroom is the black accents, which give this all-white space a touch of contrast and a dose of modern style. (Black bathroom fixtures have been a favorite look of mine for some time now, and the look is still going strong.) Katie and Lance had originally wanted to eliminate the glass partition between the tub and the toilet, but decided to keep it to reduce the possibility of future water damage. The new partition, edged in a black that mirrors the room’s other accents, makes for a neat, modern look. The old storage niche, freed of its awkward doors, is lined in the same tile that covers the rest of the room. Round mirrors soften the room’s modern lines, and make for a playful touch.

Katie and Lance found their contractor on Sweeten, a free online resource that connects homeowners with local design and construction experts for renovations. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.

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