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Bath Makeover in Stages

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Choose ideas from this dramatic redo to refresh your bath in affordable stages.

Bathroom makeover ideas to update in stages

A great bathroom fits both your home’s style and your lifestyle. If your bath falls short on either count, this farmhouse space will inspire you. We changed the floor plan of the outdated bath (at one time a bedroom) to boost storage and privacy, and updated the style with a fresh, clean look that honors the home’s past. You can do the same thing in your bath without gutting the space. The key is breaking the redo into three stages: the tub area, vanity, and shower.

Old whirlpool tub with steps

Before: The Tub Area

We took out the 1980s-look built-in whirlpool tub in one corner and replaced it with a freestanding soaking tub.

Freestanding soaking tub

Inviting Tub

Set in front of the window, the focal-point tub (#287544, model LW2-PC) is bathed in natural light. Plantation shutters (#120392, model 1047QS) provide privacy when needed. The tub comes with a floor-mount faucet that adds vintage flair.

Tub caddy with accessories

Add a Caddy

Make a catchall wooden tray that spans the width of your tub to hold bath basics. The project requires only intermediate skills, a weekend to complete, and about $26 in supplies.

Old pair of pedestal sinks

Before: Dated Sinks

The old vanity area included two pedestal sinks with improvised storage in between. Colors and surfaces gave off an outdated vibe.

Twin vanities with center storage

Vanity Flair

We anchored the new look with a pair of allen + roth™ vanities (#444576) joined by a center storage unit (#444577). The vanities feature stone-look tops and undermount sinks.

Old corner shower

Before: Not Showered with Space

Relocating the toilet let this corner shower morph into a larger enclosure.

Glass panel shower

Open Shower

A clear-glass enclosure (#522635) rests on a base pan (#469147). The shower welcomes natural light and makes the bath feel spacious. The spa-style showerhead (#40712) is easy on the eyes and the budget. Beside the shower, simple mouldings provide a spot for robe hooks (#68608). Save money by repeating the floor tile (#121011) on the shower walls. Then add built-in storage with a tile-ready niche (#190839, model RN1620D-BI).

Before and after floor plans

Floor Plan

Originally a bedroom, the bath in the “before” drawing was spacious, but the awkward layout lacked privacy, storage, and a focal point. We set the tub in front of the window, replaced pedestal sinks with vanities, moved the shower, and enclosed the toilet.

7 Upgrades Under $150

Can’t redo your entire bath? Create a clean, classic vanity area on a budget with these ideas.

1) Mount shapely sconces (#176885, model YB8261CH) with the globes facing up or down.

2) A tiltable mirror (#488916) offers a clean beveled-edge look.

3) Enjoy a timeless bath with neutral-color walls painted Valspar Gravity (#4005-1B). Wall trim is finished in Valspar Drizzling Mist (#40061C).

4) Kohler sink faucets (#65891) boast sleek style and WaterSense® smarts.

5) A chrome towel ring (#68590) lends engaging shape and sheen.

6) Basket-weave accent tile (#328716) is a splurge that helps define the vanity area.

7) Be safe with designer GFCI wall outlets (#197340).