Need to start a bathroom renovation but don’t want to break the bank? Take a cue from blogger and interior designer Heather Cooke. Her dated ’90s master bathroom was in desperate need of an upgrade, but instead of splurging on a pricey renovation, Cooke gave the space a makeover using secondhand finds, a lot of creativity, and a little bit of elbow grease.
Now, the black-and-white space has an eclectic farmhouse feel more in step with her family’s tastes. “As someone who has decorated their home 95 percent secondhand, it’s always a proud moment for us to develop spaces that are both unique and fit our design aesthetic,” Cooke says.
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Cooke’s home was built in early 2000, so the bathroom had a very traditional 1990s feel. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad. “We fell in love with the size of the master bathroom and its large open windows,” she explains. “The space had a large long double vanity that was functional, just very dated. We wanted to update the space immediately to fit our personal style and make it feel more modern.”
One of the first projects the family renovated, the bathroom was hardly used before completion. Still, Cooke wanted to preserve the ease and function of the roomy layout.
“We wanted the bathroom to have an electric mix of styles, yet still be crisp and clean,” Cooke explains. “We also wanted to achieve a bit of an old farmhouse vibe and ensure that the space felt old and more original.”
To nail that balance, the Interior Swag blogger opted for a clean black-and-white color scheme. She painted and stenciled the floor tiles instead of ripping them up and installing something new.