Before & After
Couple Turns Outdated Bath Into A Functional Dream
By Joetta Moulden • Photography by Janet Lenzen
The thing I enjoy most about the interior makeover business is taking a sow’s ear and turning it into a silk purse. And when I can accomplish that mission in a master bath, it is also satisfying.
Jean and Paul Fontenot’s bath was outdated and did not reflect the rest of their décor.
TIP: The most interesting baths offer contrast among the flooring, cabinets, countertop, backsplash and wall color.
Like most baths, storage is always at a premium. It was hard for Jean to visualize exactly how adding storage on top of the new granite countertop and closing in the knee space to add drawer storage would look.
But, it was an easy sell to convince the couple to add a storage tower to the countertop, once I emailed them photos of finished baths so that they could see how these changes looked in actual rooms.
I also recommended adding new individual mirrors as well as bath bar lighting to replace the dated Hollywood makeup lighting.
“Your idea of removing the carpeting and adding 24-inch large format diagonal tile was inspired. It made the room feel larger, and now I can enjoy all of my favorite Tuscan accessories,” Jean explains.
TIP: Create contrast in materials—rough with smooth, polished with grooved, metallic with stone.
With my guidance, Jean and Paul selected the neutral Giallo Ornamental granite from Stone Quarry.
“At first I selected a much more dramatic granite, but you gently talked us out of that choice for resale reasons. After our visit, we decided to select a more neutral color palette. We liked that your suggestions were in line with our tastes and that you did not force your tastes upon us,“ explains Jean.
Additionally, Jean bought monogrammed towels, which added a personal touch to the room.
TIP: Minimal changes – like removing carpeting – can make a dramatic difference.
“Every project we have worked on has always turned out better than I expected, and this bath is no exception,” Jean says.
She advises consulting a professional before beginning any project that affects property value.
“We felt like your consultation was money well spent. We had more confidence in our choices and decisions. Your emailed photos and notes helped us visualize the changes, compare costs and assisted in getting competitive bids,” explains Jean.
TIP: Removing busy wallpaper can open up the space and bring the view and light in through the windows.
Jean loves the clean, crisp feel the bath now has. Even her oil-rubbed bronze accessories look crisp and organized in their new arrangement. She loves how her friends and family love the new space.”
- Resist the temptation to “decorate” the top of your cabinets with bric-a-brac that adds clutter and requires dusting. In this case, wood trim was added to the storage tower.
- By keeping the original tub, you can splurge on high-end Altman Passione oil-rubbed bronze faucets from Morrison Supply and save on bronze accessory items, such as the clock from Bed Bath & Beyond and the scrolled ironwork from Hobby Lobby.
- Do consider adding a storage tower to your countertop to add a custom look and more storage.
- Think outside the box. By keeping the original footprint of the bath, you save money and keep expensive roofing out of the equation.
- Sometimes the most effective strategy is to first rethink the items (like the bath tub) that are already paid for.
Joetta Moulden offers home makeovers using your own home furnishings to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. Joetta believes your pieces collected through the years reflect your personality and can be artfully arranged. Her ability to focus on your personal style and not let her own preferences influence the design of your home makes her unique. See more makeovers on her Web site at www.shelterstyle.com, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-461-2063. If an initial appointment or referral is booked by March 31, a 10 percent first meeting discount will be given. Shelterstyle.com holds a "Pages of Happiness" rating and, for the fifth consecutive year, a “Super Service Award” presented to 5 percent of companies that achieve and maintain a superior rating on www.angieslist.com.