Glum to Gleeful – Before. Black-veined tile covered more than half the wall and made the bathroom look really dark. After. White tiles cover the walls and floor, making the space light and airy. Next, Tanya Mclean and Nichole Skladan of Mango Design Co brought in teak and brushed gold materials to give the couple the midcentury style they wanted. Then, the design team added a boho rug, a paisley shower curtain and pieces of the couple’s art collection to give it a personal, and fun, feel.
Uncomfortable to Luxe – Before. The 1970s fixtures and finishes had seen better days and the toilet and tub were uncomfortable. After. The black-and-white ceramic tiles on the floor make a fun and fresh statement in the narrow space. Designer Susan Klimala of The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn then added in more black, white and gray features to keep the palette calm and inviting. The most dramatic change comes at the end of the room, where Klimala replaced the brown tub with a sleek white tub and sliding glass door.
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Checkered to Elegant – Before. Busy checkered tile surrounds the built-in bathtub and covers the floor. The homeowners wanted to remodel their space with materials that would better reflect the home’s original Victorian charm. After. Amy Storm and Lisa Abeln of Designstorms removed the half wall at the foot of the old tub, opening up the space. A new classic-style pedestal tub floats on the right side of the room. The changes created room for a larger makeup vanity across from a matching double-sink vanity. The team selected a cement floor tile with a light pattern to replace the old checkerboard design.
Do a surface-level bathroom remodeling. This is an option when your bathroom fixtures, the knobs on the faucets and such, are still in good condition but your bathtub and/or your shower stall is looking a little shabby. When that’s the case, a surface-level bathroom remodeling can give you the feel of a whole new bathroom, without the price tag. It’s a great project to take on if you don’t have the budget for a complete overhaul just yet. The rule of thumb to follow here is, ”Cover, don’t replace.”
Michael Orehowsky was all but born to be a plumber. His father, Mike Sr., began his career as a professionally licensed plumber in 1986, when Mike was four years old. Growing up, Mike learned from his father the keys to running a successful plumbing company in Northern Virginia: Take care of your customers, and be true to your word.