DIY Projects

3 Steps to a Better Bathroom

Thinking about a bathroom remodel? With some smart planning, you can get a better bathroom quickly and easily without sacrificing the style and functionality you want.

1. Get inspired.

Imagine your dream bathroom's overall style before you begin to select the products and solutions that will bring it to life. Browsing Pinterest and exploring other homeowners' DIY projects are great ways to start. Ask yourself:

  • What colors, patterns and materials interest you?
  • What styles appeal to you?
  • What mood do you want your bathroom to convey?

Take inventory of the things you like and the things you'd like to improve in your current bathroom.

Love your color scheme, but looking to transition from a bath to a shower? Want to keep your toilet, but have a need for increased storage in the bathing area? Keep your overall vision and any existing elements in mind as you begin planning the details.

As you find styles and products you like, save them on Pinterest and in your MySterling folder.

Get Inspired

2. Consider how you use your bathroom and find solutions to fit your lifestyle.

Bathroom Solutions Optimize a shared bathroom space.

If busy mornings mean negotiating for a turn, think about ways to improve your bathroom's functionality. Adding two sinks can enable shared space at the counter. For smaller, tight spaces, such as guest baths/powder rooms, a corner sink or pedestal sink can be a great choice.

Bathroom Solutions Keep kids and pets in mind.

If you bathe children or a dog, you may want to consider a bath shower door with ComforTrack® technology. ComforTrack allows you to kneel, sit or lean on the cushioned threshold, making it easy to bathe your loved ones and clean your bath without discomfort.

Bathroom Solutions Think about how you'll clean and maintain the space.

Too busy to spend hours cleaning? Skip the shower tile and make cleaning quick and easy with a bath or shower made of Vikrell® nonporous material. Vikrell resists stains and scratches and wipes clean easily.

Bathroom Solutions Consider your must-have functionality.

Is saving important to you? Look for a WaterSense®-labeled toilet. WaterSense toilets can save up to 20% more water per year than industry standards require.

3. Make sure to measure.

Bathroom Solutions

Measure your bathroom as a whole, as well as the toilet space, bath, shower and shower door. Your toilet space will help you determine if an elongated or round-front toilet is a better choice. And if you're replacing an old bath or shower, pay attention to your drain location.

Need to fit through tight doorways?
With a modular design, the Ensemble Medley® bath/shower fits through doorways and around corners with ease, and it's lightweight enough to be carried by a single person.

With a lot of inspiration and some smart planning, it is possible to get the bathroom you want quickly and easily. And a beautiful bathroom with great functionality is something you'll appreciate every day.

Tuzzolo Bath

Reworked Family BathFunctionality for a Family of Four

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    12 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $9,193.00
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert Project

See how one family traded a water-guzzling toilet, hard-to-clean bathtub, and non-working bathroom faucet for the bathroom of their dreams.

Overhaul Master Bath

Overhaul Master BathA Tranquil Escape for Busy Parents

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    18 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $14,172.55
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert Project

See how one family created a spa-like master bath on a tight budget.

Overhaul Kids Bathroom

Overhaul Kids BathClassic Style for a Girls' Bathroom

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    10 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $5,748.15
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert Project

Discover how this couple created a functional bathroom with a "vintage boutique hotel" look for three girls.

Krickeberg Bath

Krickeberg BathUpdated Design and Functionality

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    21 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $8,972
  • Required Experience

    Significant experience recommended. This project requires multiple tools, cutting materials and significant demolition or preparation.

    Difficult

See how this couple turned a dated bathroom into a more functional and modern space that met the needs of the whole family. Featuring soft, subtle colors throughout, this new room includes the Stinson® sink, Poplin™ vanity, Solid/Expressions™ vanity top, Kelston® faucet and accessories, Windham™ toilet and Ensemble™ Medley™ bath.

Schroeder Bath

Schroeder Bath Space for Three

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    10 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $5,991.35
  • Required Experience

    Significant experience recommended. This project requires multiple tools, cutting materials and significant demolition or preparation.

    Difficult

Discover how one family transformed a 60's-era bathroom into a contemporary space that accommodates three growing boys. This beautiful new room incorporates the Ensemble™ bath/shower, Finesse™ frameless bath door in Lake Mist Glass, Toobi™ faucets and accessories, a Rockton™ toilet and a Stinson® sink.

Cuneo Master Bath

Cuneo Master Bath A Fresh Look for a '50s-Era Home

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    18 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $3,605.90
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert

Explore how one family modernized its bathroom while staying true to the 1950s ranch-style home. With an Accord® shower, Finesse™ shower door, Karsten® toilet, Wescott® sink, and Margaux faucets and accessories, the renovation had a transformative result.

Kress Bath

Kress Bath A Part-Time Project for a Busy Family

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    6 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $6,974.59
  • Required Experience

    Significant experience recommended. This project requires multiple tools, cutting materials and significant demolition or preparation.

    Difficult

See how one family made their existing bathroom meet the needs of a toddler, a dog and the adults with an easy DIY project. This beautiful new space features the Accord® bath/shower, Flipside® handshower, Tresham™ vanity and more. This busy family worked as time permitted over the course of four weeks, squeezing construction in between work and other responsibilities.

Age in Place

Age in Place Adding Accessibility

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    18 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $1,718.00
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert

See how one family met its needs for accessibility by turning a corner of its living room into a new bathroom with the Stinson® Luxury Height® toilet and Accord® shower with grab bars.

Valdez Bathroom

Valdez Bathroom A Safe Space for an Aging Mother

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    10 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $3,706.35
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert

See how a loving son renovated a bathroom to make it usable for his 82-year-old mother by incorporating safety and convenience features such as the Accord® seated shower, the Forté ® handshower and grab bars. A major remodel, this project required moving plumbing.

Casper Utility/Bathroom

Casper Utility/Bathroom A Beautiful Look for a Utilitarian Room

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    7 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $4,957.95
  • Required Experience

    Significant experience recommended. This project requires multiple tools, cutting materials and significant demolition or preparation.

    Difficult

See how one couple turned a utilitarian laundry/bathroom space into a beautiful room they were proud to share with guests. The updated bathroom features an Ensemble™ Curve shower and a Latitude® sink.

Baroun Bathroom

Baroun Bathroom A Contemporary Look for a '60s-Era Home

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    8 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $5,080.00
  • Required Experience

    Significant experience recommended. This project requires multiple tools, cutting materials and significant demolition or preparation.

    Difficult

Discover how one family turned a 60's-era bathroom into a contemporary space that provides everyday functionality and is beautiful enough to share with guests. The new bathroom features the Accord® bath, Finesse® bath door, Stinson® toilet and more

Kress Kitchen Refresh

Kress Kitchen Refresh A Complete Kitchen Remodel

  • Time Required

    While everyone works at different rates, this is our estimate of time from initial demolition to project completion. Please keep in mind the actual time may vary based on the complexity of your project and your skill level.

    30 days
  • Material Costs

    This amount is based on the list price for the products used at the time the project was completed. Prices may vary by region and purchase outlet.

    $6,015.80
  • Required Experience

    We recommend you involve a professional contractor for some parts of this project.

    Expert

Discover what a difference a new sink, faucet, countertop and cabinets can make in a 60's-era kitchen. This DIY project used the Carthage™ kitchen sink and Simplice® kitchen faucet to freshen up the space and add increased functionality. The family also replaced all appliances.

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