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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

An Inexpensive Bathroom Transformation

Today's real estate buyers want 'move in ready' homes. Properties with nondescript, dated bathrooms do not meet their 'move in ready' criteria, especially when the toilet , sink and tub are not white. I promised I'd share before and after photos of a property I have been staging this past week. Blinded by its dated look, buyers failed to notice its many positive features.

The main bathroom was lacklustre with its grey sink/toilet/tub/ bidet and its gold light fixtures. The out of fashion faux marble countertop with its dual sculpted sinks could not be missed, sitting atop a natural wood cabinet. Buyers did not take note of the bathroom's generous size, its two sinks, its 6 foot jetted tub, its bidet and the fact that there was a step-up to the tub which added interest to the space.

My goal was to camouflage the faux marble counter top and grey bathroom fixtures. To do so I had the walls painted a grey, very close in colour to that of the toilet and had the vanity painted glossy black. Then it was time to ice the cake. And voila!

I love the challenge of transforming bathrooms when renovating is not an option. The hotel style towel rack was strategically placed to hide an ancient, unsightly, large, plastic intercom cover . The towels were not cooperating so I used straight pins to keep them in place. One of the tricks of the trade Here's a cost breakdown:

2 wall sconces-$15.00 each on sale at Home Depot
Black Melamine paint-$20.00
Grey Sherwin Williams Paint-$23.00
Extra long curtain panel instead of shower curtain from Wicker Emporium-$15.00
Shelf/Towel rack that hides unsightly intercom- 20.00 Kent Building Supplies
2 towel racks- HomeSense-$25.00 each
Large black lacquered light weight bamboo vase Homesense-$25.00
Branches- HomeSense-$12.00
Grey Towels HomeSense- 2 sets of 6 towels 25.00 each-
Poppies HomeSense on clearance- $3.00
Greenery with poppies HomeSense clearance-$2.00
White rectangular poppy container HomeSense - $15.00
Picture on wall HomeSense- comes as a set of 2-$25.00
2 mirrors Canadian Tire ( Debbie Travis)-each-$40.00
Planter on counter HomeSense-$30.00
2 Soap dispensers/cups that come with soap dish( not used) from JYSK- each $7.00


Can't afford a bathroom renovation? Want your bathroom to garner Rave Re:views? Send me a photo. I'll be happy to help you out!


  1. Hi, I am looking for a metal towel rack for my bedroom and was wondering if there was anywhere online that I can order one? could you let me know. Thankyou. Jessica.

  2. Hi Will, Sorry don't know. I purchased the ones in the photos from HomeSense (HomeGoods in USA) and at Kent Home Hardware in Halifax.



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