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Before & After: A Small-Space Bathroom Makeover

An easy and approachable upgrade (in half a day!) for a refreshingly luxe look

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A new showerhead, faucet, and vanity light fixture, along with a deep-hued wall color and some glamorous accessories, turn a tiny master bath from drab to fab. 
A new showerhead, faucet, and vanity light fixture, along with a deep-hued wall color and some glamorous accessories, turn a tiny master bath from drab to fab. 


Like many New York City bathrooms, the square footage of this master bath isn’t exactly expansive. But while the overall layout isn’t groundbreaking, it’s functional and efficient—a wholly livable space. Rather than a full-scale gut reno, the goal for this makeover was to find simple and approachable ways to add an element of luxury to the existing structure… oh, and pull it all off in a single afternoon. The go-to source? The Home Depot.

The "before" shots of the bathroom—a totally forgettable space.
The "before" shots of the bathroom—a totally forgettable space.

The list of pet peeves for the old bathroom revolved around three things: a blah wall color, an aesthetically out of place light fixture, and a showerhead that was clogged and hard to clean. The pastel blue walls were neither here nor there—but given the expanse of brown tile, it was difficult to figure out what color would be right in the mix. The chrome-and-white tulip-shaped fixture over the vanity felt much more traditional than the rest of the space. As for the showerhead, the ideal new option was one that worked well, looked great, and didn’t break the bank.

First up: paint. The new shade—BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Home Decorators Collection’s Sarsaparilla in Semi-Gloss—added a burnished, bronzy plum backdrop that complemented both the white and brown tile nicely. (Bonus points for the paint-primer combination, which saved time and was easy to apply.) 

Riffing off the more sophisticated hue was the addition of a sleek, low-profile light fixture in a similarly deep finish. Reign Collection’s 3-Light Antique Bronze Bath Light looked even better once the existing chrome faucet was swapped with Delta’s Porter 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet in Oil Rubbed Bronze. 

The finishing touches to an afternoon makeover: greenery, art, and some subtle candlelight.
The finishing touches to an afternoon makeover: greenery, art, and some subtle candlelight.

Finally, the showerhead. With its multi-setting spray dial, streamlined silhouette, and easy-to-clean nozzles, the Delta 5-Spray in. Showerhead with Self-Cleaning Nozzle was the answer. One afternoon later, the bathroom refresh was complete. All that was left on the agenda were the finishing touches: a photography print, candles, a few fresh sprigs of greenery, and a tray of daily essentials that are pretty enough to put on display. 

 

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