August 9, 2022

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A Tub Refresh: From Leaky to Luxe

A renovator redoes her bathtub out of necessity and finds the wonder in it

Mission: Repair leaky plumbing in a Manhattan co-op and when you’re at it, renovate all the bathtub

Earlier than: When industrial photographer, Veronica, moved into her Higher West Facet residence in 2014, she thought of it move-in prepared.  “All I needed to do was paint and tile the kitchen,” she explains. “I hoped to redo the lavatory sooner or later, nevertheless it appeared like an amazing and large job—and particularly costly in New York Metropolis.”

compact bathroom with single vanity and medicine cabinet and pink tiles walls and floor and bathtub before renovation

Reduce to a couple years later. She obtained a criticism from her neighbors instantly beneath and after investigating, it turned out her tub was leaking into their residence. “I had a plumber test it out, and he confirmed I’d should get the bathtub changed to repair the leak,” says Veronica. Sadly (or happily relying on the way you have a look at it), that meant the hooked up surrounding tile would must be changed. “It sort of turned a domino impact of redoing the whole lot, however I figured it was a great time to make some upgrades,” she says. 

Veronica was very happy to eliminate the outdated beige tile and dirty previous jet tub and posted her venture on Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches owners with licensed common contractors and tracks their tasks. “I used to be actually wanting ahead to designing a rest room that had a walk-in bathe with a glass door,” she says. The sunshine fixture didn’t work and the vainness was small and crammed in subsequent to the bathe so it was a no brainer to interchange these as effectively. 

After: The lavatory was remodeled from a primary beige toilet right into a wealthy, trendy house. Via Sweeten, Veronica discovered the contractor who would renovate her house along with her imaginative and prescient in thoughts. “The lavatory bought little or no gentle to start with so I made a decision to embrace the cave-like ambiance and go darkish,” Veronica says.

bathroom with floating sink and gold faucet and fixtures and black paint on wall and walk-in shower with black subway tiles and glass wall after renovation

Black bathroom tile

She added matte brass fixtures for heat in addition to marble flooring tile for texture. “My favourite factor is the walk-in bathe,” says Veronica. “It’s a lot simpler to scrub, it makes the tiny house really feel extra open, and it provides a contemporary appear and feel.” 

Having a wall-mounted sink with no vainness additionally opened up the room. Veronica was “glad to not have crammed in an 18-inch vainness that doesn’t maintain a lot anyway and visually disrupts the room.” Initially, the plan was to put in a wall-mounted bathroom however discovered that it was out of the funds and required permits.

black and gold bathroom

Bonus: A cupboard above the lavatory door serves as added storage for towels and different provides.

Fashion finds: Metro assortment flooring and wall tiles in graphite: Nemo. American Commonplace Decorum 20″ sink: Home equipment Connection.  Kohler uncovered {hardware}, #Ok-9018-BDG p-trap with lengthy tubing outlet; set of two npt angle provides; Glassware Home frameless fastened glass panel, #GW-SFP-35.5-PB; San Souci elongated one-piece bathroom: Wayfair. Mirror: Pottery Barn. Dewdrop Globe vainness gentle: Shades of Mild. Paint in Day’s Finish: Benjamin Moore. Cupboard above door: Ikea.

Thanks, Veronica, for sharing your new toilet with us!


Take a look at one other beautiful renovation born out of a water leak.

Sweeten handpicks one of the best common contractors to match every venture’s location, funds, and scope, serving to till venture completion. Observe the weblog, Sweeten Tales, for renovation concepts and inspiration and once you’re able to renovate, begin your renovation on Sweeten.