How to Remodel a 1960's Bathroom


Remodeling a bathroom is a major project, but it can add beauty and functionality to a bathroom built in the 1960s. Updating the appearance, appliances and aesthetics of the bathroom will make it look more modern, help it function better and match the interior decor of the rest of your house. Complete the major remodeling project in stages to keep the labor and cost from becoming overwhelming. Renovating a bathroom is an easy way to add beauty to your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Flooring
  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Counter top
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Sink
  • Shower curtain
  • Artwork
  • Candles
  • Empty the bathroom of all movable objects, including the shower curtain, curtains, rugs, soaps, bathroom supplies, candles and artwork. This will allow you to plan the remodeling process on a blank slate.

  • Decide what elements of the 1960s bathroom need to be changed. Choose new items for the bathroom, including fresh wallpaper or paint, new flooring, an updated bathtub or shower and a new counter top and sink. These are the biggest visual items that can date a bathroom and keep its appearance from being modern.

  • Choose a color scheme to use in remodeling the bathroom to make it more modern in appearance. 1960s bathrooms are often decorated in outdated colors; choose a classic color scheme like black, white and yellow that will look good for many years.

  • Install a new bathtub or shower, or have one installed professionally to avoid injury and mistakes with the plumbing. This is one of the biggest portions of the remodeling process. Pick a new shower or bathtub that matches your interior decor.

  • Replace the floor with a new tile or marble floor. Choose a color and style that matches the rest of your home and interior decor to bring the bathroom up to date. Have the floor professionally installed so that it will fit neatly against the counters, bathtub and toilet.

  • Add a new paint color or wallpaper to the bathroom walls to create a new aesthetic appearance in the bathroom. Use a bright paint color, or patterned wallpaper. Choose colors that emphasize the color scheme you want in your bathroom.

  • Install a new counter top that matches the new floor and bathtub. Choose a counter top that is easy to clean and complements the interior decor of your home.

  • Install a new sink in the bathroom to update more of the bathroom's hardware. Choose a sink that matches the bathtub.

  • Emphasize the decorating scheme of the bathroom with a new shower curtain and bathroom rugs that complement the color scheme. Choose towels, candles and artwork that add to the color scheme.

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