My California Craftsman house turns 102 years old this year, but the single bathroom looks straight out of the 1980s. We're talking a wall of glass blocks, a hoopty old jetted tub, and turquoise tile as far as the eye can see. When we moved in, I thought it was wacky in a fun and kooky sort of way. Now, seven years later, I think it's just wack.
The thing is, I appreciate, in a theoretical sense, that this bathroom is unique and full of personality. (The backsplash is made of rows of nickels!) Unfortunately, it doesn't reflect our personality--I mean, aside from the fact that we're brave enough to buy a house with a bathroom like this--so I'm always looking for ways to make it feel more like us.
The good news is the bathroom's a pretty decent
size, fairly functional for our family, and all of the equipment still
works, so I can't complain too much. And yet...although it's not awful,
the style has always been a challenge, especially considering we don't
have the budget to do any major renovation. (You guys, all the walls are
covered with hideous tile, so I can't just spruce it up with a can of
paint. We'd need to tear everything out, from top to bottom.)
If this sounds familiar--or maybe you can't renovate because you're living in a rental--stay tuned over the next few weeks as I share tips on how to beautify your bad bathroom on a budget. It can be done!
Do you have a bad bathroom? What would you change about it if you had all the money in the world?
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