Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Before and After: Master Bathroom Remodel

Remember when I mentioned that we were remodeling our master bathroom?
Walls in the middle of the room, making it feel claustrophobic; ugly blue shower; closed in tub; toilet inexplicably placed in the middle of the room
Well, we finished! 
Goodbye, ugly blue shower!

Actually, we finished about a month ago, but I'm just now getting around to the blog post.  I know you were probably on the edge of your seat.

Here's some before pictures:
Please notice the lovely shell-shaped sinks

Lots of choppy walls

This is how it turned out:

Vanity: slab granite with rectangle sinks and new lighting/faucets/hardware.  We painted the existing cabinets and replaced the carpet (yes, carpet in a bathroom...) with travertine

Jacuzzi tub with granite tub deck/backsplash and curved marble mosaic tub surround

Travertine shower with two heads, marble accent tiles at eye level and granite seat, shelves, and threshold
 We did not add any square feet to the bathroom, but knocked down existing walls and moved plumbing so the bathroom had a more open layout. 

Even though the space is still a little tight, it is so much better!!  I love the tub and shower; they are such a huge improvement on the original bathroom and I really appreciate them.  I can't decide which I like more, they both make me feel so happy and relaxed.  Love.  It. 

Our smartest move: adding a ceiling fan.  Not a costly addition to the budget and makes a HUGE difference to diffuse heat and humidity after a steamy shower.  No one likes to be "dewy" when you're trying to straighten your hair, put on make-up, and get dressed.  Or at least that's what Kristopher tells me.  (kidding).
See the fan over the vanity area?
Our not-so-smart move: Heavy sigh.  As I mentioned, space (and budget) were tight, and we were trying to maximize every inch and dollar.  We planned to re-use the same cabinet over to the toilet when we built the separate water closet.  Although the dimensions of the water closet were wide enough to accommodate the cabinet once it was inside the doorway, it wasn't wide enough to fit it through the doorway sideways and turn it to hang on the wall.  Whoops.  Long story short, we had to buy a new cabinet.  Not the end of the world, but definitely an "aw shucks" moment.

My favorite individual features:
1.  Waterfall tub faucet, with handles placed on the side near your head so you don't have to lean forward to turn the water on and off when you are soaking

2.  Rubbed bronze square shower drain.  This was all Kristopher's idea.  Really adds a little something extra, don't you think??

3.  Chandelier over the tub, on a dimmer switch.  Everyone knows how much I love a bargain, and I got this for a STEAL because it was a display that needed some TLC.  Now, it is all shined up and I love it.  Adds ambiance.


  1. Only you would have a chandelier over your tub. Hmmm...I bet you bathe with your pearls on too!

  2. The bathroom redo is fabulous! Can't believe you got all that - and such a great look - from what it was "before."

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