Bathroom reno: from peach cabinetry to sophisticated and sleek

Article by Homes to Love

Peeling floral wallpaper and peach cabinetry have been replaced with a sleek and sophisticated look in this stunning bathroom renovation

At a glance

Who lives here? Matt, 32 (key account manager), Theresa, 31 (teacher), Levi, 4, Louis, 2, and Chase the dog.
Where is it? Sunny Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa.
Lived here for… Two and a half years.
How long did the makeover take? Two and a half weeks.
What was the budget?  $12,000

Behind the scenes video

Watch the behind-the-scenes renovation action here.

DIY details

Theresa, why did you enter the Your Home and Garden and Mitre 10 MEGA Room Reno competition? Having a young family and a mortgage, we weren’t in a position to renovate the bathroom, although it desperately needed a makeover. So, while reading Your Home and Garden one day, I decided to enter, praying like crazy that we would win.

How did you feel when you found out you had? Totally ecstatic! I really couldn’t believe it. I screamed and ran around the house.

What was the bathroom like before? It was peach with flowery wallpaper, carpet on the floor, an old spa bath that didn’t work properly and a broken shower door. It was so dated and really needed a freshen-up.

The bathroom was so dated

and really needed a freshen-up

How did you find the reno process with our stylist Emily Somerville-Ryan and Mitre 10 MEGA? I loved working with Emily; she made the process really enjoyable as renovating can be stressful. She took my ideas from my moodboard and helped me find just what I needed at Mitre 10 MEGA, the staff there were also an amazing help and so knowledgeable about the products. Having everything come from the one store is great because it ensures everything fits well together. It’s an easy place to navigate with a family too – especially as it has a cafe and a playground.

What style did you go for? We went for quite a moody, industrial-style look which, combined with the lighting, created a romantic space.

Favourite part of the new space? It’s so hard to choose one but… I’d say the bath. It’s so luxurious yet also works well for our little boys. I just love it!

Q&A with Your Home and Garden stylist Emily

Emily, what were your first impressions of Theresa’s bathroom? The bathroom was a very dated space with faded, peeling floral wallpaper, an aged vanity and shower, a scary, non-functioning spa bath and very old carpet. The rest of the house had been lovingly renovated and the bathroom was letting the overall look of the family home down.

How would you describe the look you were going for? Theresa and I decided to go with a sleek, modern, slate-look bathroom with elegant-yet-modern white accents such as the freestanding bath, wall vanity and wall-hung plant pots. The use of only one texture and colour on the floor and walls keeps the look simple and creates a sense of space in a room which previously felt pokey and small. The three concrete pendant lights hanging over the round mirror give the room a very on-trend look and connect to the other concrete-look features and hanging plants on the opposite wall.

What do you love about the finished space? Where do I start? I love the whole thing and am seriously envious! I love the way the hanging plants look against the tiles and how they cascade down towards the bath – they also reflect in the mirror and bring this sophisticated bathroom alive from every angle. The fully tiled shower and beautiful freestanding bath are pretty fabulous, too.

The fully tiled shower and beautiful freestanding bath

are pretty fabulous

Bathroom styling tips

  • Keep it simple – especially in a bathroom, which is usually a small space. Keep the major features unified to maximise a sense of space. Too many details creates a busy, ‘crowded’ look.
  • Keep it fresh.  Plants and flowers bring an otherwise sleek and hard-looking space alive. They add contrast and texture and brighten up any area.
  • Soft touch. Add extra depth to the bathroom by hanging thick, luxurious towels, bath mats and flannels. Store spare towels in simple baskets underneath the vanity.
  • Let there be light. Lots of lighting in a bathroom is important as the last thing you want is a dark and gloomy-looking room. Grouped downlights combined with feature pendants will add sparkle and glamour to any space.

How they got the look

Products from Mitre 10 MEGA

Nouveau Mador freestanding bath (240156), $1,299; Foreno Minimo bath spout (158779), $124.50; Foreno Minimo Shower mixer (158683), $139; Newline 955 Neo Angle Shower Box (242166), $1,099; Foreno I-Factor Slide Shower (158528), $129;  600X600mm Lakestone Glazed Porcelain Tiles (248932), $65.48 for pack of 4; Mercator Polly concrete pendant lights (274261), $64.98 each; Mercator 125mm Fancy Globes (241207), $17.98 each; Fabia 1200mm Thin Butler Wall-Hung Vanity (225572), $699; Foreno Fusion basin mixer (178875) $199; Trendy Mirrors 750mm round bathroom mirror (233544), $144; Fabia 4 bar round heated towel rail (202770) $193; ceiling painted in Valspar ‘Chalk Horse’; walls in Resene ‘Masala’; Philips Helo LED Downlights (278999), $59.87 each; Weiss Clearglow extractor fan (286944), $127; Venetian Toilet Suite S Trap (286944), $299; Award Verve Toilet Roll Holder (175699), $39.98.

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Words by: Kristina Rapley. Photography by: Mike Rooke.

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