As a new homeowner, you don’t always get everything on your wish list. Whether it’s a paint color you don’t like, dated countertops, or minimal storage space, there is usually one aspect (or a few) that you are looking to upgrade. And in terms of priorities, let’s be real—bathrooms tend to be at the bottom of everyone’s list because they are the room people spend the least amount of time in. 

Patti Wagner went the opposite route with her home. The designer took the plunge and decided to give her vintage bathroom a facelift; a rather in-depth one that included stripping 89 years worth of paint from the walls while maintaining the original character. Wagner and her husband also replaced the old flooring, which sat in wire mesh and a concrete mortar bed, with a hexagon tile more befitting of the time period to complement the original green tiling on the walls. 

From start to finish, this 47-square-foot bathroom took about two months to complete. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, take a page from Wagner and turn your attention to your floors, as it’s one update that really makes a difference. Below, the designer shares what she learned about remodeling bathroom floors. We’re definitely taking note. Read more