We love a good Before & After, and this is a good Before & After for a good cause. Starting in October of 2014, Emma and Elsie, the creators of the design blog A Beautiful Mess, took on a very ambitious project: they decided to buy an entire house, completely remodel it, and then donate it to the local Habitat for Humanity. Some pretty fantastic makeovers followed, including the transformation of this bathroom, which in addition to being aesthetically unappealing, was slowly falling apart.
The 'before' bathroom was in pretty bad shape. Highlights included peeling linoleum, an unfinished bathtub, and strangely mismatched wall finishes, not to mention the toilet paper holder strangely placed all the way across the room from the toilet. To make matters worse, the wall with the window was severely water damaged and rotting from the inside out. So in addition to replacing finishes, Elsie and Emma also completely rebuilt the outside wall.
Post-remodel, the bathroom is almost unrecognizable. The sink, toilet, and tub were all replaced, and the new lighting and shiny white wall tile make the bathroom feel, in Emma's words, like "a place you would actually get clean in."
But my favorite part of the new bathroom is the floor tile, a simple combination of white and black subway tiles with a big impact. It adds a delicious bit of contrast and gives this traditionally styled bathroom just the right amount of edge.