Sometimes our well-thought room designs feel outdated and we’re reluctant to update or change it. However, the long-needed updated look may turn out way better just like how it did for this homeowner in Chicago. Here’s how to update your bathroom and yet keep some of its original designs.
Who lives here: An artsy homeowner with adult kids who have moved out and fond of vintage items.
Size: 38.5 square feet
Designer: Stephanie Frees
Challenge: The room already has beautiful wainscoting and floors installed so it’ll be a waste to remove them.
As can be seen in the picture above, the original pinkish red or raspberry walls with a Venetian plaster finish looks glamorous but feels outdated. The dark colours do give off a heady vibe but can also feel closed in. The floors are also stained orange typical of the 1990s.
Designer Stephanie Frees updated the bathroom with brighter colours and new furnishings. The homeowner was an artsy person so Frees changed the red walls to a white wallpaper with floral patterns. The wallpaper was also chosen to complement the owner’s abstract artwork that’s hung in the bathroom.
Seeing that the homeowner loves vintage items, they converted a vintage drawer chest into a vanity with a sink. The legs of the vintage drawer were cut off and replaced with a custom brass base to look modern, elegant and classy. The drawers were also refinished to complete the look.
Fortunately for them, the vintage drawer was at the right height and width for the bathroom. It lined up with the backsplash just nicely. To protect the vintage chest from splashing sink water, it’s topped with a Bianco Perses marble counter and backsplash.
Keeping in theme with brass furnishings, the original faucets were changed to classic-looking ones.
Other brass fittings include the drawer handles, mirror frame, bathroom lights, bin and even the ends of the acrylic towel rod.
Finally, to pay homage to the original room, a raspberry red vase stands on the sink with beautiful flowers.