The Master Bath has been begging for a renovation since the day we moved in this house 4 years ago! We put it off in order to focus on other renovations like the huge back yard project and a hundred other updates throughout the house.
But we finally did it and we’re so happy we did!
Actually, we didn’t do it, we contracted out the work (which is not like us!). But Mike was busy at work at the time and just couldn’t take on a complete renovation and without Mike, there’s no way I could do it!
Let’s start at the beginning with the inspiration board I put together.
On Friday, my post will list sources for everything and tips on saving & splurging! Today though, I just wanted to show you the finished room and tell you a little about our process…
The inspiration board was easy since I’ve been pinning to All Things Bathrooms for years. Pinning images, even if they’re outside of my budget, helps me to narrow down what I love.
When we were ready to start this project, I pretty much knew what I wanted the space to feel like when it was done. After I made the inspiration board, Mike let me in on his one non-negotabile … he insisted that we switch the water closet and the old shower to make the new shower bigger…
The water closet used to be in this little room – which we actually made bigger for the new shower.
Even though all of the plumbing had to be switched and the wall pushed back…
Mike was right. The roomy shower is a decision we don’t regret.
Adding a bench was another good decision, it’s really helpful when you shave your legs!
Here’s the little water closet (where the shower once was)…
Not only does the chandelier over the tub give off a fantastic amount of light when you need it for getting ready, we have it on a dimmer and it casts lovely shadows when the sun goes down.
(Did you know that there are specific requirements when installing a chandelier in a bathroom? The thought is, if you stand up in the tub and slip, the chandelier has to be high enough and far enough away from the tub that you can’t grab it and …you know, electrocute yourself! So be sure to check regulations before installing one!)
And what about this window!?
The old picture window…
Mike and I were trying to add a little character to the front of our house with this Tudor-inspired, diamond grid window. We had no idea how much we would love it in the space!
The cabinets are a tough decision in a bathroom remodel. You have to decide the color, the style, the size and make certain there’s plenty of storage! These were custom built, using Restoration Hardware cabinets as inspiration…This stand alone piece is similar to a Restoration Hardware cabinet (see my inspiration board above), but the RH cabinets have single doors and I doubled mine to fit the space and give us more storage. Also, I didn’t want this to look like a built-in, instead I wanted it to be more furniture-like…
*I’ll tell you how my cabinet maker achieved this beautiful gray finish on Friday!*
The Restoration Hardware piece has glass inserts in the doors but I had mirrors put in my cabinet in order to hide the TV inside! (I know a television in the bathroom is nuts, but I love watching the news while we’re getting ready in the morning and if I want to soak in the tub and watch HGTV, I can see the reflection of the TV in the vanity mirror!)
And speaking of the vanity…I went with a marble top (which I love) and one framed large mirror instead of two smaller mirrors. The room is narrow and the big mirror reflects light from the window and gives the room a larger feel…
I’m also really happy with the board and batten on the walls. Since our ceilings are pretty high, I decided to go higher than the average chair rail.
We used brush nickel as a finish for the faucets in the shower and for the sconces. Although we like brushed nickel, the main reason we used it, is because we were reusing the sink faucets from the old bathroom (to save a little money) and they were brushed nickel!
(I copied RH with the dark knobs on the vanity and the contrast is nice)
Putting the plugs inside of 2 of the drawers is one of my favorite things in the finished bathroom!
(thanks to my daughter, who just built a house and gave me lots of ideas)
I love that there aren’t plugs showing and it’s super convenient. (especially with your blowdryer!)
A Master Bathroom renovation is a little like renovating your kitchen, there’s a lot of upheaval and it takes a long time…but in the end it’s absolutely worth it.
I know our bathroom might not fit everyone’s taste, nevertheless, I hope you get a little inspiration my friends xo
I’ve sourced everything along with Tips & Tricks on Where to Save & Where to Splurge when renovating a bathroom! ~HERE~
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