A Grimy Bathroom Cleans Up Nicely

A soothing white palette leads the way in this refresh

White bathroom with white floating vanity and sink alongside glass doors for walk in shower after renovation

Project: A rip-and-replace bathroom in Yorkville, Manhattan

Before: Deborah purchased this 1-bed, 1-bath co-op apartment and within a year, she could no longer live with the old, grimy tiles and outdated look, so she turned to Sweeten. Her Sweeten design-build firm went to work freshening up the space (she redid her kitchen as well; see results here). The goal was to modernize the small space with new fixtures and finishes while retaining the original footprint. “I wasn’t allowed to expand the existing footprint,” says Deborah, “because my co-op wouldn’t allow a ‘wet space-over-dry-space’ rule.”

When they went to demo the bathroom, the contractor discovered that the waste lines were all sunk into the floor, rather than the walls, where they are usually found. They had to redo them all, which added an additional week to the project for inspections and approvals and an extra cost.

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Off white bathroom with glass door to tub and white vanity with oval sink after renovation

After: A calm color palette provides a serene spot to get ready for the day. White subway tile and a subtle gray paint on the walls are paired with a modern white floating vanity with custom pull-out drawers, which provides more accessible and usable space than traditional doors. The vanity, with ample storage, was a suggestion by her contractor and “meant I didn’t need a bulky medicine cabinet,” said Deborah.

A metal grille cover was created for the radiator. A combination of white-plank open shelving and a glass shelf above the toilet provide plenty of display space for small toiletries. The Sweeten contractor also came up with the idea to add the paneling on the side of the bathtub for a classic look, as well as framing the window in white Thassos marble molding. Topped off with a frameless shower enclosure, the space is functional and beautiful, a major improvement from its predecessor. “My contractor was excellent with design,” she said. “I am thrilled with my new bathroom.”

Bonus: Everyone loves a window in the bathroom, and the Sweeten contractor was sure to frame this one with a waterproof application that would keep the space watertight for years to come.

White and gray bathroom with blue double hung window near the shower niche and white vanity after renovationWhite bathroom with half white subway tiles and marble countertop for a white sink and large vanity mirror after renovation
White bathroom with subway tiles and double hung mirror on window ledge and nickel coated showerhead after renovation
Nickel coated showerhead in a white subway tiled bathroom after renovation

Style finds: White Thassos Mosaic floor tile and Abecks ceramic wall tile: Complete Tile. Brushed nickel shower fixtures and sink: Kohler. Faucet: Signature Hardware. White floating vanity: Plain and Fancy. Toilet: Toto.

See Deborah’s full kitchen transformation here!

Mary Ann and Frank designed a calmer, less cluttered space for their master bath.

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