Simple Salvation

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A neutral palette and bold design in a 1950s style transform a bathroom on a budget.

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  • Ditch the existing pink tile and update this bathroom on an affordable budget
  • Create a design inspired by the home’s remodel in the 1950s rather than its Victorian origins
  • Utilize the existing bathroom fixtures


By installing affordable new tiles in a bold pattern, the Buckminster Green crew was able to bid farewell to the existing bathroom’s dated pink tile.

A neutral tile floor allows the blend of white, black, navy, and grey wall tile to stand out as a key element of the 1950s design.

The finish on the porcelain tub required sanding and buffing to fix damage and remove glue residue from a previous installation, but it was saved for use in the remodeled space. And after undergoing simple face-lifts, the existing sink and radiator were salvaged as well. New chrome accessories — sink and shower faucets, a magazine rack, and towel bars — along with a wood-frame oval mirror, enhance the vintage 1950s vibe.

Judges’ comments

The judges were impressed with how much the remodeling team accomplished in a small space and on a small budget. They felt that the simple design elements and the reuse of major fixtures was innovative and successful. One judge even commented that this remodel “was the best $14,000 I think anyone has spent all year.”


Bathroom plumbing fittings:Kingston Brass

Flooring: porcelain tile from American Olean

Lighting fixtures:Rejuvenation

Mirror:Hitchcock Butterfield


Wall tile:Dal Tile

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Philadelphia, PA.