Cherie Barber realises the renovation potential of a spacious, but dated, bathroom.
Cherie Barber gives a big, Nineties-style bathroom a beautiful budget makeover.
IT’S NOT OFTEN I get to work with a really good-sized bathroom over a small, typical washroom. There’s the option to add elements, totally rethink the layout and make a splash with feature tiles that might not otherwise work.
This bathroom that I worked on for Channel Ten’s The Living Room was a classic throwback to the blue-andyellow schemes of the Nineties. The dated colour scheme was a shocker, but with today’s fantastic selection of tiles, there was a solution at hand. I also wanted to add a toilet (additional to the existing WC), which always bumps up the value of a house. Here are the four major changes we made.
The best way to save money on a reno is to look at what you can save. In this case, the old tiles definitely had to go, but the vanity was in good condition and offered ample storage. I simply changed the profile of the dated doors by adding MDF architrave for a Shakerstyle look, and used White Knight laminate paint in Iron Age to overhaul the colour. I also added a new laminate benchtop with his-and-hers basins to put the final stamp on new-look vanity.
With the old tiles ripped out and new floor sheeting and waterproofing done, it was time to make the single biggest difference to this bathroom – new tiles. A feature wall in hexagonal Nova Hex Carrara Blend Bianco tiles from Beaumont Tiles provides a strategic focal point and a glamorous backdrop that won’t date. Neutral coloured, large-format floor and wall tiles complement the feature wall.
REJIG THE LAYOUT
In order to add a toilet I had to move the bath, so I seized the opportunity to replace the old one with a contemporary freestanding bath. I also took out the mouldy old shower unit and added an open shower with a frameless glass panel and tiles that seamlessly blend into the floor.
Given this is a family home with eight people sharing the bathroom, the additional toilet is a godsend.
THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL
Modern new tapware and fittings from a discount online retailer, Renovation D, along with updated lighting, including new wall sconces, and a coat of mould-proof ceiling paint were the final touches on a makeover that created a bathroom that was as good as new – on a budget that proves your imagination is one of the biggest assets on any dollar-wise renovation.
Remember this? The horrible Nineties colour scheme was on the list of things that had to go.
Shower power Removing the old built-in shower meant that the new one could be flush with the bathroom floor.
Cherie saved money by modifying and painting the old cabinets instead of replacing them.
The new tiles were the most expensive part of the reno, but make the biggest impact.
More is more There was plenty of room to add a another toilet and value to the house.