A Marble Marvel: ’80s Bathroom Gets a Facelift

The bathroom vent fan is extremely noisy, so we’re going to replace it with a simple kit from Broan.

Replace exhaust fan

David and Ally’s bathroom exhaust fan is extremely noisy — it’s time for a change.

We simply remove the old fan grill and motor to make way for the new ones. With a replacement kit from Broan, there’s no re-wiring required, and the new fan reduces sound levels by up to 35 percent while it increases air movement by up to 45 percent.

Other tasks

•Replumb for two sinks with help from our friends at Carpenter Plumbing Inc.
•Install new base and crown molding
•Install new vanity, faucets and light fixtures
•Rewire for two lights
•Paint walls, cabinet, doors, trim and ceiling

The bathroom features new faucets from Danze by Gerber.


David and Ally’s guest bathroom had plenty of square footage but it felt cramped and dated because of the massive, dark linen cabinet, the ‘80s fixtures and the beige tile.

By removing the linen cabinet and old vanity we opened up enough space for a bright new double vanity from Virtu USA Vanities. The new vanity adds charm and serves as a second sink for David and Ally’s daughters.

Plus, the new faucets, from Danze by Gerber, mirror and additional light fixture create the elegance David and Ally wanted for their guests. The large-format floor tiles with their white marble pattern make the space feel larger and add even more brightness to a room that lacks any natural light.

Finally, the addition of new moldings and a pale shade of blue on the walls removes any hint of the fact that this bathroom started its life in the 80’s.

And, all of the materials we used added up to less than $2,500.

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  1. I was wondering why you did not keep the air conditioning vent in the bathroom.? It should’ve been there all along.

    • Hi, Doug!
      This bathroom actually already had an air conditioning vent.
      Since the second vent was hidden above a built-in cabinet, it wasn’t being used before the cabinet’s removal.
      Thanks for your question.

    • Hi, Carolyn,
      The tile we chose is from Home Depot — it’s called Aspen Gris.
      The paint color we used is Glass Slipper.
      Thanks for asking!

  2. What brand/kind of floor leveling compound did you use? We are going to put vinyl plank over old concrete. Thanks
    P.S. We LOVE your show and watch it every Sunday morning. 🙂


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