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Bathroom Remodel - Native Stone and Natural Colors Invite Warmth


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Bathrooms can be rather small and cumbersome, with required fittings, but there's always room for good design. Native stone offers water resistance, color, and style to a small, but serviceable area.

Ripping out the old. . .

Warped wooden floors and mildewed walls had to go. We spent a day demolishing the old bathroom, salvaging the old cast iron tub and a recently installed toilet, and removing outdated unserviceable cabinets. The walls were scraped smooth and dated tile pulled up and carried out. With a gutted space, we considered refiguring plumbing lines and other necessities, and then chose to leave the fixtures in the same spaces.

Putting it all back in. . .

Putting it back was more fun. With white primed walls all around, we reinstalled the bathtub, the toilet, and the new pedestal sink (our one splurge on this job). Soft gray color slate tile went on the floor, spaced in to fit the odd shapes of the tile with similar colored grout. Around the tub, we installed a speckled gray and Mohave sand tile in 8 X 12 inch pieces edged in rounded matching stone. We added a soft color wash of the Mohave sand color to the white walls in a rag rolled finish with just enough shine to make the lights dance on the walls.

A wide mirror, framed with pewter and a pewter light fixture finished out the hardware portion of the remodel.

For storage, we added a Bombay chest in light oak with painted accents and pewter pulls, a pewter based lamp with a white shade and a bowl of handmade soaps and bath beads on the top. Gray towels hung over pewter towel bars.

A sand colored shower curtain with a beaded overlay protected the room from shower spray. We threw a small gray rug on the floor in front of the shower and the bathroom was complete.

The total budget for the job was $500.00 and we met that budget at $438.00 by using yard sale, regenerated products for as much of the furniture as possible and reusing our original fixtures.

Whether you live in the Denver Metro area or not, colors of the Rocky Mountains can Rock your World.

Dorine Verhoeff lives and works in Metro Denver, staging homes for resale at the best prices available in today's market. Her talent for showing homes receives decadent financial results. Contact Dorine for more information or to learn how to stage your own home at and get your own FREE subscription to Design Home Ezine.


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