The original materials in Houzz user jons112’s guest bathroom certainly weren’t his style, but the wood subfloor underneath the outdated tile posed a much greater problem: years of water damage from damaged cast iron plumbing. He hired a contractor to completely gut the small bathroom and give him a blank slate. With a $9,000 budget, he turned the once-dingy yellow and brown tiled space into a classic and bright guest bathroom that still fits the style of his 1923 home.
What do you like? A glass sink blends in nicely with the design of a room that has a lot of other glass in it. If you have mirrors, shower doors or windows that are also glass then get a sink that is matching glass.Be aware of the fact that you can find glass sinks in many different colors. Don’t stick with the stuff that is easiest to find.
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Shell – Give a coastal style half-bath an elegant upgrade with an oversized shell sink basin. You can find an authentic one if you’re willing to hunt, but be prepared for a hefty price tag. Composite reproductions can save money but won’t look as genuine. Tip: If you do find an authentic shell, the edges can be sharp and dangerous. Ask your contractor or builder to carefully file them down so your sink is safe.
Washstand – A classic washstand can elevate a plain sink into something more interesting while adding a sense of space. In this smart powder room, it works perfectly with the vintage-style faucets, checkerboard floor tile and subway wall tile. A hexagonal mirror and armed wall lamps with shades also add a traditional touch.
At 5 by 7 feet, the bathroom had a very small space where the sink could go. jons112 opted for a classic-looking combination of a pedestal sink and medicine cabinet, rather than a standard vanity, to save space. ”Since this is a guest bath, I believe this minimal storage will work,” he says. The bathroom’s water damage meant that jons112 had to put in a new wood subfloor and a new floating concrete floor. The yellow and brown tile was original to the home, but the colors felt out of place with the rest of the home’s look and made the space feel drab.