Evidence that Dawn McKee's Martinez home was built in the mid-1970s was clear from its avocado-green bathroom.
Thirty years later, McKee said goodbye to 1970s chic by winning a national sweepstakes for the ugliest bathroom.
"I'm kind of a sweepstakes-aholic. I love sweepstakes," said McKee. "This is the biggest one I have ever won."
McKee was one of five winners chosen from 8,000 entries in the national Re-Bath Ugliest Bathroom Makeover Sweepstakes, said Re-Bath Augusta President Jim Sigg, who renovated McKee's bathroom in July.
"We did the tub, walls, faucet and the shower doors," Sigg said.
McKee said she entered the contest and was called in early June to be on the national radio talk show On the House with the Carey Brothers and Rebecca Cole , where she was told by Dave Sanders,the resident and CEO of Re-Bath, that she had won a $5,000 bathroom makeover from the Martinez store.
Because McKee had gotten started on the renovation by reflooring the bathroom last year, she already had an idea of what she wanted to replace the green tile in the shower, the worn tub and outdated faucets.
"Most people need a little help picking stuff out," said Ben Lesshafft, who works in sales at the Martinez Re-Bath showroom. "She really didn't. She picked it all out on her own."
McKee chose a shiny white bathtub, tan tile and textured glass sliding doors that accent the new flooring and paint.
"They gave me options," McKee said. "It was quite difficult. I didn't realize how hard it would be to figure everything out."
McKee has continued the bathroom renovation and said most everything in the bathroom, from the toilet paper holder to the towel racks, now coordinate. The only parts of the bathroom left to replace are the vanity, which still bears some avocado green swirls in the formica top, and the medicine cabinet.
The project prompted McKee to start a home improvement binge. She's since stripped wallpaper from the hallway and kitchen and repainted the living room.
"It is so awesome," McKee said of the bathroom renovation, which she looks forward to showing off to out-of-town family at her son's graduation in May from Greenbrier High School. "I am very impressed."
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