Bathroom of the Week: Open Spa Feeling for Empty Nesters

Before: After almost three decades, the Grogans had grown tired of the finishes and other features in their en suite bathroom. The floral wallpaper and ceramic tile flooring had to go. And the gray jetted step-up tub was a hazard. “It was always dangerous to get in and out of,” Patty says.

The shower was spacious but also out of date with frosted glass and aging tile. Back-to-back wood vanities with a large double-sided mirror and a wraparound countertop seemed especially from another era. (See “before” photo below.) And each vanity had only two drawers and a cabinet.
After: The design-build team took the former space down to the studs. It leaned on a bright and fresh color scheme to create a light and airy feel. The white shiplap and trim were painted in a mildew-resistant semigloss paint (Regal Select White by Benjamin Moore). The walls have a soft gray-green undertone (Sebring White by Benjamin Moore) that complements the new sage green vanities, a color that’s repeated throughout the Grogans’ home. “Also, my backyard has a lot of trees,” Patty says. “I just love that color, and wanted to break up all the white in the bathroom.”
Monica Donetti,


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