Watch Shoreline's Grafstein family battle for best bathroom makeover

Thursday, March 28, 2013

After the Grafstein's redesign of their Sheridan Beach bathroom


Will the Grafstein family make it to the next round of Re-Energized by Design? The competition’s heating up in today’s new episode, where one family will be eliminated.

On today’s episode, contestants battle it out to perform the best bathroom makeover. One family’s bathroom goes from “really ugly” to “wow!” while another family’s bathroom gets a lukewarm reception from a judge, who wonders what the family did with all their time and money.

The "before" photo


The Grafstein’s had one week to make-over their bathroom using just $500 and energy efficient lighting from GE. Check out the before and after pictures along with a breakdown of their improvements and total spent:

  • Updated paint color from beige to light green.
  • Used baseboard trim to add a frame to the mirror.
  • Repainted light fixture and curtain rods with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
  • Put up window film on the shower door to create a frosted effect.
  • Replaced pendant light over the tub with a chandelier.
  • Added a teak bench in the shower that doubles as storage.
  • Replaced six incandescent bulbs with CFLs. 
  • Reused items from around the house to add d├ęcor.

Before. They had one week and $500.

Total spent: 495.07

All six Re-Energized by Design families redesign their bathroom, but only five will make it through to the next round. Will the Grafstein’s make it?

After. The Grafsteins followed all the tips.

Here are a few tips to get your own bathroom looking fresh and transformed:

  • A fresh coat of paint can really open up a small bathroom and make it feel bigger than it actually is.
  • Bathrooms require a lot of light. By moving light fixtures to the sides of the vanity you can minimize shadows created by overhead fixtures. Check out more bathroom lighting tips in this Re-Energized by Design Efficient Ideas blog post.
  • Decorative CFL or LED A-line bulbs can give your vanity a dressing room effect to make shaving, tweezing and makeup application quick and easy. You’ll also get serious savings – you can save up to $50 a year by replacing 15 incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs.

We release a new episode every week with more tips to combine creative design and energy efficiency on a tight budget. To catch next week’s episode, be sure to Like PSE’s page on Facebook or bookmark the website.


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