i should be mopping the floor: Master Bath Makeover

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Master Bath Makeover

This Master Bath Makeover is sponsored by Lowe's. 
All opinions and ideas are mine.

Our master bath makeover is finished. And we couldn't be more smitten with our bright and happy new space. We went from the 1970s to, well...a vintage version of a modern master bath. Check out all of the photos of the new space below.
Master Bath Makeover
We broke all the rules with our master bath remodel. Plates hanging in a bathroom? Sure, why not? Floor to ceiling drapes on a tiny window? Absolutely. Funky layout to remain intact? Of course. But, honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. We truly now have a master bath that reflects our tastes and personalities. See all of this fun below.

Master Bath Makeover

If you haven't had a chance, be sure to check out all of the before photos of our master bath here. It's a whole lot of 1970s for ya. I did put in a couple of the before photos below, as well, to show what a difference this makeover made.
Bathtub Refinishing
The tub area had a fairly dramatic transformation. More details on it below. 

avocado green shower
But, hands down, the shower area is my favorite before and after. Adios to the green cave. In the photo above, you can see how we moved the existing overhead light actually into the shower now. We used a waterproof can light to make that work. It's made such a difference. Before, we were definitely showering in the dark...even with all of the lights on. You can see how our contractor also bumped out that overhead bulkhead that was over the shower. Although the actual square footage of the shower space didn't change, it feels enormous, by comparison.

Master Bath Layout

Master Bath Layout 

Before I get too ahead of myself, let's back up to the "start of the bathroom". I mentioned this in the before post, but we actually love the layout of our master bath. It's super unique, but ridiculously functional. So, we kept the layout completely. From our bedroom, there are two entrances (pictured above). When we initially looked at this house, I thought that was so weird to have two entrances...it seemed like a lot of wall space in the bedroom was going to entrance areas to the bathroom. However, after living here almost three years, I've come to realize how wonderful this layout is. These two entrances are to two separate areas: my husband's dressing/vanity area and mine. And each space has our closet off of the area (those are the doors pictured). He, literally, never has to even set foot in my space (in all of its product-laden glory that drives him bonkers). There is a wall between the two dressing areas. I'll go into more detail on paint colors in a post next month, but we actually kept the vanity areas the same color as our bedroom, since there aren't actual doors separating the spaces. The green color here is Geyser Steam from the HGTV Home line by Sherwin Williams at Lowe's.

Master Bath Vanity Area
My vanity area is on the right side of the space. I kept it fairly simple, decor wise. I have an antique Chinoiserie print on the wall, along with two pieces left to me by my Aunt Margaret (the pitcher and basin and Linden alarm clock). New hardware, counters, lighting, etc. have gone a long way to make this space so much nicer. Lowe's has a great selection of countertops and vanities here

Master Bath Dressing Area
My husband's side is a mirror image of my vanity area. 
I love how the coral pops through the doorway. 

Vintage Vanity Decor
I kept his vanity fairly tidy, too...just the essentials. 

Delta Linden Faucet
The new faucets are really pretty. If you're ever putting in new sinks and counters, be sure to have your contractor drill out for a single hole fixture and try to go with one of those. They are so much easier to clean. I found this out when we did this in our half bathroom a couple of years ago. We have super hard water and when our faucets are overly complicated, every smudge, smear and hard water stain shows on them. Having this single-lever faucet with one small hole into the countertop is a lot less cleaning. This is the Delta Linden Chrome faucet from Lowe's. We used the Linden line everywhere in the master bath.  

Zebra Light Fixture
We used the Allen + Roth Grayson light fixtures in the vanity areas. I love how they have a slight zebra-like texture to them! The shades are actually a lovely milk glass...perfect for that vintage vibe I was going for. You can also see the enormous mirror selection here at Lowe's. 

Coral Bathroom
The two vanity doorways lead straight into the heart of the master bath...where the tub, shower, and linen cabinets are located. I've been collecting plates for eons for this space...so happy to have them hung! The tile in here now matches the new shower perfectly (more on that below). And we, again, used Delta Linden faucets for the tub area. The paint in here is Classic Coral from Valspar at Lowe's

Plates in a Bathroom
I made the corner the actual anchor point for the plates...I wanted them to kind of wrap onto both walls. On the next Thrifty Style Team post, I'll be sharing more about how I hang these kinds of plates.

Vintage Towel Rack
I shared how my dad and I made this DIY Antique Knob Towel Holder here. All of the knobs we used on it were from my great grandmother's home.

Chinoiserie Plate Wall
And a lot of my plates were from family over the years, too. The beautiful Asian one on the bottom left was my late uncle's. It's the perfect Chinoiserie plate to me...I just love it. The one to the left of that (with the yellow border) was my grandmother's on my dad's side. Many of the others were collected at various thrift and antique stores over the years.  

Vintage Coral Bathroom
The drapes in here are the same style (and fabric) that I made for our bedroom. The colors go perfectly with both the green in the bedroom and the coral in here. You can see their complete tutorial here. They're reversible!

Bathroom Drapes
I used a basic ball finial curtain rod in white from Lowe's to hang the drapes. The rings coordinated perfectly.

Bathroom Chandelier
The cute chandy over the tub worked out perfectly. You can see in the before post here how our lighting has come leaps and bounds. We grabbed this six-light drum chandelier here at Lowe's. Initially, I was going to use it without the crystal pendants. But, the electrician went ahead and added them on before I could say anything...and I kind of like them, now. 


Shower Makeover
Of course, the real star of the space is the new shower. Our contractor, Steven, from Quality Contracting in Belton, Texas, really did a bang up job on this. We ran into a few snags along the way, but he came up with some really creative solutions that turned into cool features of the shower, in the end. 

Oh, and I have to point out how pretty the new glass door to the shower is. It's gone a long way to making this space feel so much larger. It's a frameless Kohler Shower Door from Lowe's. I highly recommend it. 

Shower Niche
The entire shower is anchored onto a Schluter System. Our contractor loves this system and uses it often. You can see it here at Lowe's. It's definitely providing a lot of peace of mind, too...we've dealt with shower leaks in previous homes and we're happy that this system is in place to prevent that scenario.

Tiling a Shower
It was fun to watch the daily progress of the shower...after the crew left every day, we'd sneak in and see the result. Above, our contractor Steven is setting tiles onto the Schluter System.

Penny Tiles
The main tiles in the new shower are the American Olean Gloss White Tiles at Lowe's. On the shower floor and on the back of the shower niche areas, we used these fun vintage-feeling penny tiles, also from Lowe's. Lowe's has a really extensive line of tile selections here. 

Kristin Ess Shampoo
One area where we ended up getting creative was the niche areas (and by we, I mean our contractor, Steven). Steven used the American Olean Chair Rail Tiles from Lowe's and built a frame for each of the niches. This turned out beautifully. The reason we did this was to tie in the chair rail tile to the other spot we needed to use it in (pictured below). You can also see how he used the penny tiles on the back of the niche areas to make them unique. 

White Tiles
As you can see, we used those penny tiles on the floor, too. But, the step into the shower (pictured above) was a bit odd in size, so the chair rail tiles were needed to make this space work. It was perfect to tie them into the niche areas, too...and turned out so pretty! A good contractor is worth their weight in gold, y'all. Steven really made our funky space work perfectly...and better than we imagined it could. 

Modern Soap Dish
We had become so accustomed to the 1970s soap dish that was a part of the green shower, that we were so happy to find one at Lowe's that matched our tile perfectly. So, that's two product niches and a soap dish. We have ample storage for sure. 

Delta Linden Shower Head
Another pretty Delta Linden faucet. We can use the outer water ring, the inner handle, or they both work simultaneously.  This thing is fantastic. You can find it here at Lowe's.

Classic Coral Paint
Across from the shower is the toilet room. Not a lot changed in here, but we did bid all of the 1970s wallpaper adieu, including in this space. I made the piece of artwork hanging in here several years back. You can see its tutorial here (I recently changed the colors of the lettering).   

Chrome Bathroom Hardware
We used simple Allen+Roth Chrome knobs on all of our cabinetry. You can see all of the cabinet hardware that Lowe's has here.  

Vintage Plate Decor
I also added a couple of nesting tables by the tub for flowers, candles, towels, or magazines to flip through while in the tub. I'm thankful we decided not to rip out this tub, but just update its tile and finish. It's a long and comfortable tub and that old cast iron that you don't see as much anymore. It's also perfect for bathing the dog...with a person on each side of the tub, she can't escape! Yes, it's a two-person job to bathe our Dachshund (apparently).

Master Bath Remodel
Later this month, I'll be sharing more about the paint choices and how to tie in a master bedroom to a master bath...even when they're different colors! This is my favorite view that I get to see when I walk into our bedroom...a little glimpse into our new master bath. It's really such a happy space now.


Free Remodel Ideas and Plans




34 comments:

  1. Wow love what you did it's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much for that, Jules! I super appreciate your sweet words. xoxo

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    2. Simply beautiful! You are so creative

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  2. Great makeover, it's beautiful! Really thoughtful design, love how you tied it all together.

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    1. Thank you so much, Monica! I'm so happy you stopped by for our little tour. xoxo

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  3. Rachelle WisemanMarch 6, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    So BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for sharing your incredible design.

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    1. Awww...thank you so much for that, Rachelle. I really appreciate your sweet words. xoxo

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  4. This is an amazing space.
    You all did a great job.It would make my heart happy just being in this welcoming space. I also love the layout.So unique.
    You will be able to enjoy for many,many,years to come.The plates are totally adorbs!!!! You go girl.

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    1. Hi Noelle! Thank you so much for that. Those plates were a bit intimidating to put in here, but goodness...I'm so happy I did! Appreciate your kind words!! Thank you so much for stopping by today. xoxo

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  5. So beautiful, peaceful, and calming. Love your color choice and adore the plates on the wall.

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  6. Love the unique style and vintage vibe you created! I'm sure you're loving it every time you walk in :)

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    1. Thank you so much for that! Yes, it's been so much fun...the new hasn't even started to wear off and I doubt it ever will. Appreciate you stopping by! xoxo

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the plates on the wall, really unusual but so effective!

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    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! I really appreciate that! xoxo

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  8. love it!! that is such a uniquely laid out room for sure.. but looks like it works great.. it turned out so pretty!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Emily! I really appreciate that. Yes, definitely unique...but we're grown so fond of it. So happy you stopped by today, my friend. Hoping all is well with you. xoxo

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  9. Beautiful! I am especially interested in how you hung the plates. I’ve been collecting blue and white plates for several years and want to put them on the wall in my guest room. Aside from figuring out placement, which is intimidating me, my husband thinks I need to use those awful plate hangers where the wire shows and I want to use the kind you you stick to the back of the plate. I don’t see the ugly wires on yours and with the moisture in the bathroom if your are holding well it should hold in a bedroom.

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    1. Hi Reva--

      Thanks so much. Yes, I use Flat Iron Disc Hangers on the backs of mine. I am sharing how I laid out the wall and hung (all FOURTY FOUR!) of them next Wednesday here on the blog. The hangers are a lot more efficient than those wire ones...those tend to scratch the edges on my plates. Appreciate you stopping by. xoxo

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  10. great job! I like keeping the shape of original tile, just updating and making it clean looking! Our bathrooms are new. We use Daily shower spray (any brand) after showering .Its amazing how it keeps the white clean. After 3 years our white subway tiles look brand new! scrub once a month with clean eraser and good to go! Enjoy! Nothing like a clean updated bathroom!

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    1. Such a great tip! Yes, I bought a squeegee for the door and shower spray for the tiles...already have it in use daily! You're so right...it makes such a BIG difference. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words.

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  11. I like your ideas. The most important is that you enjoy them. When I saw your plates in the bathroom it reminded me of my mother-in-law. She collected the Mardi Gras masks, from 1" to 10" in size. They were hung in the bathroom. Same paint color.

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    1. Oh yes...I remember those masks! Such fun. I really appreciate your words. Thank you for stopping by today. xoxo

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  12. Love your new space! and LOVE the plates! I have been collecting for a couple of years now, and think I'm just about ready to hang! Can't wait to read how you hung yours!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacy! I really appreciate that. I'm a big plate junkie, myself. Yes, I'm sharing on Wednesday how I hang them wirelessly. It's a little more work, but so worth it to me. Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

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  13. I really like your use of bright colors and kitschy design, it's fun to see what you do. So creative!

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    1. Thank you so much for that, Denise. I really appreciate it. So glad you stopped by. xoxo

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  14. Love the transformation! As a Realtor, it still amazes me how simple changes like knobs, lighting and paint can change a room. You went beyond the simple and it us gorgeous!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Redle! That means a lot coming from someone in your field. Really appreciate you stopping by today! xoxo

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. xoxo

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  16. Good job. The colors are lovely.

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