This 1970s bathroom remodel has been twenty years in the making. When we bought our 1970’s ranch style home in 1996, it was pretty much in original condition.

Which translates to “dated”: an Avocado Green kitchen, a Harvest Gold bathroom, shag carpet, bad wallpaper, odd lighting fixtures, and dark wood trim, just to name a few features.

Over the years, we’ve put on an addition and updated almost everything. Except for the 70’s bathroom. But, it’s finally done!!

Collage - dated yellow 1970's bathroom sink, and updated bathroom in dark grey and blue.

Here’s a quick recap on this project: we hired a remodeling contractor to complete several projects around the house, including the kitchen and this bathroom.

We picked out ceramic tile for the shower walls, porcelain pavers for the floor, quartz countertops, etc., while the contractor worked on the kitchen. We even ordered the vanity countertop.

And then he stopped showing up.

We realized we had two choices: try to find another contractor and wait for him to be available, or do the work ourselves. We decided to do it ourselves, so we scaled down the project, adjusted the design and completed the remodel.

1970s Bathroom Remodel Before & After

Here are a few of the before and after pics. The framed door opening had swinging saloon doors – makes me chuckle every time I think of about it.

Before picture of 1970s bathroom in Harvest Gold

View from the hallway back to 1977.

1970s bathroom remodel - updated with dark blue walls, grey vanity, white plumbing fixtures

View from the hallway in 2018!

Harvest Gold fiberglass tub/shower unit from 1970s bathroom

Harvest Gold fiberglass tub/shower unit. Hello, 1977.

1970s bathroom updated with refinished white tub/shower unit and dark blue walls

Same tub/unit, but now it’s white. Magic!

Harvest Gold sheet vinyl flooring in 1970s bathroom

Sheet vinyl floor, circa 1977

Dark grey luxury vinyl tile floor in updated 1970s bathroom

New luxury vinyl tile floor. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

1970s Bathroom Remodel Posts

As we remodeled the bathroom, I created a series of posts which detailed our design process and progress. The posts are:

  1. My 1970’s Bathroom Remodel – Before – be sure to check this one out for all the Harvest Gold your eyes can stand!
  2. Small Bathroom Remodel – Design Decisions for a 1970’s Era Bath – decisions on what to keep and what to replace
  3. Material Choices for Our Bathroom Remodel – our original ceramic tile, flooring, and counter choices
  4. DIY Bathtub Refinishing – Tips to Update Your Tub with Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit – I transformed the Harvest Gold tub/shower unit with epoxy paint (and it worked!)
  5. Dated 1970’s Bathroom Makeover – Beautiful Bathroom Remodeling Reveal – all the prettiness in the “After” pictures, AND all the products and materials we used
  6. Bathroom Remodel Costs: Budgeting Tips and Costs Involved in Renovating a Dated Bathroom – detailed bathroom remodeling costs plus tips to save money on your bathroom remodel
  7. DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame Project – instructions for our super-easy update to a large contractor grade wall mirror. It’s amazing what a little trim and some paint can do.

While the bathroom remodel didn’t go exactly as planned, we’re still really happy with the results. The most important thing is that we’ve said goodbye to the 1970’s yellow. Hopefully, this bathroom remodel will last as long as the original.

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