Photo Gallery: Budget Bathroom Makeover
Affordable updates allow a small bathroom to serve a family of five.
A bare window and dull colourless scheme.
Messy open shelves with limited storage left little room for toiletries and toys.
Pale blue paint makes the ceiling seem higher.
White subway tile on the walls and graphic hexagonal floor tile ($4.26/sq.ft.) give the bathroom a durable, water-tight shell. Design editor Sarah Hartill adapted two tall pantry cupboards to fit the narrow spaces flanking the tub. A navy and white window shade ($7/m) and funky shower curtain lend a cheerful vibe. A slip-covered stool ($50) is easy to wash and gives homeowners Rachel and Greg Meikle a comfortable place to sit during the kids’ bath time.
Add architectural interest and make space for essentials.
On the left, a top ledge adds the perfect finishing touch to a tub. On the right, glossy, wipeable doors, and interior shelves and drawers, create a great storage unit for a family with kids.
A single sink and a tiny mirror.
For Rachel and Greg, getting ready in the morning and prepping their three young boys for bed at night felt hectic with only one sink.
Old school light sconces bring vintage flavour.
Two sinks, each with its own mirror ($60 each) and set of drawers, makes Ikea’s Godmorgon vanity twice as functional. H&H style editor Sarah Hartill chose elongated heavy-duty pulls ($10/2) and elevated the unit above the floor to give it an airy feel. A new, more efficient toilet was added to reduce the home’s water consumption.
Give everything a place.
Clear plastic dividers keep drawers organized and make the most of the space inside the vanity. Separate containers for cotton balls, cosmetics and cleansers also mean things are found quickly, so time isn’t lost searching through messy drawers. “It’s so easy to get ready in the morning, because everything is right there,” says homeowner Rachel Meikle. “Before, I was digging through a makeup bag under the counter.””