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Master Bathroom Reveal!


It’s about time, right? This reno has been 90% complete since, oh, Thanksgiving or so… but I finally finished that last 10% yesterday and now it’s ready for the world to see!

As always, I’ll start with the befores.

This bathroom was a real piece of work, let me tell you.

It’s split into two small rooms: the shower/toilet area, and the vanity/sink area.

Excuse the mess, we had just moved in here

It had the same white washed oak cabinets and beige formica countertops as the kitchen, and the old guest bath… they must have gotten a group discount.

And oh, the almond tile again… why???

Gotta have the matching almond toilet. Oh, same crusty white tile as the old kitchen.

But they opted for carpet in the vanity/sink room.

Make a note of that medicine cabinet for the ‘after’ pictures.

The view from the closet.

Back in November we decided to get this project started, and I put together a mood board (are they still calling it that?):

The look I was going for was coastal-modern-rustic-spa.

Once that was settled, we began ripping it out and putting it back together the right way:

I’ll just skip through all the in between phases and get to the good stuff… I present to you, our completed master bathroom!

Building these frames for the mirrors was the last 10%, by the way. I’ll do a quick writeup on that process laster in the week.

These lights are my favorite thing ever.

We converted the medicine cabinet to a recessed box. I built a shelf out of scrap wood and found these perfectly fitting vases (at Michael’s) to store our bathroom essentials.

I slipped a couple flat seagrass baskets (also found at Michael’s) underneath the floating vanity, and Brad installed LED lighting underneath.

I built this textured wood piece from lumber scraps. It’s stained to match the mirror frames and recessed box shelf.

Moving onto the shower room….

To save money, we simply reglazed the tile from almond to a bright white for around $600 (it was $1200 to do both this room and the guest bath).

We found this clean and modern ORB shower set on Ebay for around $130.

Ahh… love me some long rain showers.

I found this shower bench at Macy’s for $90. It was a perfect fit.

We swapped out the old beige toilet for a white dual flush version:

Then I installed a couple floating shelves (Lowe’s) and topped them with more seagrass baskets (Walmart)

No renovation would be complete without Brad’s in ceiling speakers and recessed LED dimmable lighting. There’s one speaker in each room. And the crown molding was the final touch.

And there you have it.

I actually tried to keep a list this time to calculate our costs. Some of these are accurate to the cent, some are approximate… and I’m sure I’ve left some things off. Here goes…

Tile: $927.32  From a local retailer called the Floor Club. Floor tile: Bambu “Grigio”, Glass/Marble accent tile: Eclipse “Eternity”
Tile installation: $477
Shower tile reglazing: $600
Vanity/Sinks/Mirrors (without frame): $910 Ebay
Vanity Lights/Bulbs: $152 agtstores.com
Toilet/plumbing: $239
Ceiling & accent lighting: $169
Speakers: $50
Drywall: $145
Paint: $34 Behr’s Reflecting Pool
Sink Faucet/Drains: $153.61
Shelves: $53.42 Lowe;s
ORB accessories: $51.29 Ebay
Drawer pulls: $30 Ebay
White square vases: $15 Michaels
Baskets: $30 Michaels
Towels: $10
Wood shelf divider: $10
Shower bench: $90 Macy’s
Shower fixtures: $130 Ebay (no longer listed)
Wood art: $30
Crown Molding: $40

Total: $4436-ish… so even with the rough estimates and probability that I’m missing some things, I think it’s still safe to say that this is another under 5k reno. Woohoo! I’m actually surprised the number came in so low… probably because this project has just been dragging on for-ever.

Be back tomorrow to announce the hand stamped necklace winner!


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81 thoughts on “Master Bathroom Reveal!

  1. Hi, you did a great job, I have the same bathroom layout, so odd. And my shower area is even smaller,oh well..

    I have a question about ceiling speakers. How did you wire them? What kind of stereo system do you have? I read somewhere here that you can turn off each room individually, how do you do that?

  2. Leila–The main home theater system has an Onkyo receiver with a Zone 2 output, that output is fed up through the wall via RCA Cables to a closet. Inside that closet there is an amplifier and a speaker selector box. The selector box has 1 input and 8 outputs, one for each room in the house. It handles the loads so that the amp doesn’t get overloaded. The Zone 2 output can be a separate source than what is being listened to in the home theater room. The source and volume can be controlled by phone with the Onkyo App, however the speaker on/off for each room is manually selected. You can buy an electronic selector, but they are much more expensive.

  3. That helped a lot, I will read this to my husband, Im pretty sure he will love it. Do you like your speakers? I checked out ebay and I was wondering if they have a good quality.

  4. Hi Jenna!

    SERIOUSLY?!!??! What a stunning master bathroom!

    My husband and I are currently remodeling our master bathroom in the fixer-upper we purchased a year and a half ago. We've already installed regular recessed lights, but he was really wanting recessed LED lights. Now seeing your recessed LED lights makes me want to put it in the rooms that remodel next!

    Would you mind sharing more details (cost, manufacturer, size, etc…) about the recessed LED dimmable lighting that Brad installed?

    Thank you so much,
    Holleigh
    Kansas City, MO

  5. The bathroom looks incredible!! Wow!!

    I was wondering where you did your mood board up? Im starting a nursery and would love to do one up but am wondering if there's a website or program that might make it easier?

    Thanks!
    Karla
    Edmonton, AB CA

  6. Hi Holleigh-

    The recessed lighting is just standard retrofit recessed lighting from lowes. You can get the fixtures for about 10 bucks, however they just come with a standard bulb. Once you get the fixture, you'll need to replace the bulb with a dimmable LED version. You'll also need a LED/CFL dimmer to be 100 percent sure it will work. Lutron has a section on their site that shows what bulbs are compatible with their LED/CFL dimmer. Not all bulbs will dim. I bought one off ebay for 6 bucks and it wouldn't dim, however the $23.00 ones from Lowes I bought will dim. Sorry I don't have the model numbers, but I would pick out the Lutron dimmer first and the retrofit recessed fixtures, then go to Lutrons site and print out the compatibility sheet before buying the bulbs anyway.

  7. Look for THEDEEPDISCOUNT on ebay. They sell in ceiling speakers, that's where I bought 90 percent of them in bulk and they sound great. I also got the speaker selector switch there.

  8. You'll have to find a local place that does it. We hired a local company to do it. Don't even attempt to do it yourself, it isn't worth it.

  9. Where Im so impressed. Its like a mini Spa 🙂 I have some remodeling Im gonna be doing in my masterbed room bath. I dont have this kind of money but this is gonna be my inspiration.

  10. I love everything about this bathroom! I can't believe you did it for under 5K! I can't decide what my favorite element is, I just love everything about this space. It's all so gorgeous and cohesive, and I love the freshness of it. You did a fantastic job!

  11. My decorator found your blog – your bath is almost EXACTLY perfect for my master redo for a 1940's bungalow in ATL, Thanks so much for sharing! I've found the vanity at Overstock for $1100 but one problem….it is 1.1inches wider than my space! Trying to figure that out. Also – did you find it with the oiled bronze handles or did you switch them out? The one on Overstock has chrome handles and does not include the faucets. Dan you also tell us the make/store for your faucets and on the glass tiles?

    Thanks again – awesome job and I'm getting so excited for my bath!

  12. If your vanity wall is sandwiched between two walls like mine and the vanity is wider than you're probably going to have to keep looking! We purchased the faucets separately on Amazon (scroll up and you'll see a picture with an link to it on the right sidebar). The glass tile is the first item in my breakdown at the end of the post. Good luck!

  13. Amazing stuff Miss Jenna Sue. Love everything about the makeover but especially love the tiles selected and the repurposing of the medicine cabinet – aren't those things wretched? But you made it into an amazing space. You guys did all the labor? I didn't see any labor mentioned in the break down – except for the reglazing, which was an amazing option! Good stuff all around

  14. Thank you! We did everything except the tile installation and drywall patching behind the vanity and for the medicine cabinet. There's a line item for tile install ($477) and drywall ($145).

  15. No way! You actually did this? It looks fantastic. I have never thought that one can DIY stuffs like this. This really looks like a professional’s work. I really love the transformation. It looks so fresh and clean. Thank you for sharing this post. This is such an inspiration.

  16. My bathroom has pretty much the same setup. How wide is your shower? I am looking to take down the glass doors and nasty bath fitter type of shower stall and doing something like what you have done but I think my stall may not be as wide as yours. My toilet is next to the shower on the back wall where the shower head/faucet are so it is not the exact set up as yours.

    What you did is beautiful.

    Thanks!!

  17. This is very nice. Our bathroom is set up exactly like yours – toilettub in one room, vanity sandwiched between two walls. My question is how wide is your vanity? We would like double sinks, but we think our space might be too tight. Thanks and good job!!

  18. What a beautiful transformation. You must have the knack for remodeling and redesigning. I love the tile backsplash, but I must say the lights over the mirrors really make the room look comfy and cozy. Keep showing your redesigns…..an inspiration to many of us who like to do things with a budget in mind! Again, BEAUTIFUL renovation.

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  20. It sure is nice to have a great looking bathroom such as the one shown in this post. From the walls, flooring, fixtures and lighting – you can tell that this project was well thought of.

  21. Your master bathroom is made almost exactly like mine. I hate how mine looks. You have given me some great ideas. I don't think I have room for double sinks, but I do like how the dark wood looks.
    You did a beautiful job!

  22. How did you create the frames for your mirrors in the bathroom? What color stain did you use on the wood? What did you decide to use on your pulls for your vanity? How tall are your faucets on your sinks? Can you tell that I am re-creating your bathroom. I'll send you pictures when it is complete!! Thanks so much.

  23. The bathroom looks amazing! I'm working on my own and I have a similar set-up with the vanity being in a different “room” than the shower and toilet. My “toilet room”, however, had an awesome window with great light in it that I really wanted to help light up the vanity area, so I took down half the wall!! I also really want to re-tile my shower, and I never thought of re-glazing until I read this…. how could I have not thought about that before??!?! I already know of a place and I'm going to call them tomorrow to get an estimate.
    Here's a look at my master bathroom progress http://jennnash.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/making-progress-master-bath.html

  24. Hi, I think the wood shelf in the recessed box looks great. I'm doing the same thing in my guest bathroom. Can you please tell me how you installed the shelf? Thank you!

  25. Hi Laura,

    I just cut the wood to fit very snugly, nudged it in with a rubber mallet, and then drilled two screws on the top (from each end) at an angle to they went into the wall. Ideally you'd use pocket screws for that but you can't see them anyway so it works just fine!

  26. This is the exact color scheme we are shooting for with our bathroom makeover…you did a fantastic job! I have a crush on the vanity lighting as well…gives just a hint of vintage/industrial feel. You two should seriously pat yourselves on the back! Thank you for sharing your hard work with the world!

  27. How do you prepare the bathroom niche? Drywall it? I took out my medicine cabinet, but now what do I do? thanks.

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