Typical Examples of the 70's Bathrooms
|Typical 70's wood paneling and wallpaper|
|This bathroom is fairly calm but the hanging|
lights give it's age away
This is what your bathroom could look like!
|Elegant and Classy!|
1 - Remove or cover that ugly fake wood paneling!! It is the worst invention ever. There are several DIY sites that say to fill in the cracks with drywall mud and paint it but I am a firm believer that this doesn't work. It takes a lot of effort to do this process and eventually the mud will crack and fall out. It's better to cover it or remove it.
|DON'T DO IT! (Example of filling the cracks in wood paneling)|
A - Wood Paneling is a great option if you just want to cover it.
|Beaded Board Wainscot (Love the green walls!)|
Beadboard comes in sheets so you can nail and glue it right over. Add base and chair rail trim. An 8'ft long section is $50.
|Example of Board & Batten type paneling|
Just attached a 4'x8'x1/4" sheet of plywood and attached 1x2 or 1x4s any spacing you want just make sure to cover the seams. A paint grade plywood sheet is $13.
|Paneling doesn't have to be white|
|Paneling doesn't have to be traditional|
Remove the fake wood paneling and add sheetrock. Finish and paint or wallpaper.
|Use a chair rail to cover any wall depth differences|
Or put green board (backer board for tile) up and tile!
|Love a subway tile wainscot!|
2 & B - Usually the 70's floor were sheet vinyl. Remove it or if it is stuck pretty good and not peeling up then put down self stick floor tiles over it. They are fast and easy to install and only $1 a square foot. Obviously a better option is to have new tile floors installed, so if you can afford it ...go for it!
3 & E - 70's cabinets...Oh boy, where do I start. They cheaped out. Most likely if you have 70's cabinets they are veneer or plastic over particle wood. Paint them or replace the doors with new ones!
Think color, not just white!
|Still keep that 70's glam with a modern take on cabinets.|
Here's some vanities you can replace that old cabinet with....
|Stone & Chrome Sink Vanity|
|Restoration Hardware Gramercy $2,195|
|Modern Vanity & Eclectic Mix|
|Great example of a simple & traditional bathroom (minus the fern)|
There are so many fun wallpapers! Paint a stencil or use removable wallpaper.
|Sexy Hexy by Chasing Paper|
6, C & F - Update with new hardware. This is the easiest update. Currently, gold is all the rage in finishes but if you aren't that trendy or it doesn't fit your style, stick with nickel, brass, stainless, or oil rubbed bronze. A satin finish is best because polished shows everything and scratches more easily. The least expense is chrome (which is a classic look)!
|Kohler Vibrant Modern Brushed Gold... Ohhh...Ahhh...Looove!|
7 - Replace that chained pendant that hangs from a ceiling hook with a wall sconce.
|Horchow Edison-Type Wall Sconce $195|
|George Kovaks Rectangular Bronze Wall Sconce (comes in chrome and brass too!) $117|
8 - A new mirror. This is the most important change because it is what you see the most, besides yourself of course! There are so many mirror fun mirrors, don't be afraid to try something new. You can even spray paint the one you have to breathe new life into it. Try layering mirrors especially if you have a plain plate mirror now. Hang another mirror in front of it using fishing line from the ceiling.
|The decorative mirror dresses up this plain plate mirror|
|Layer two framed mirrors|
H - Add some life to those counters with new accessories. Your toothbrush will thank you!
|Horchow Waylande Gregory Porcelain and Gold (sorry these are expensive but I couldn't help myself)|
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