Today is reveal day! Our master bathroom has gone from dark and dated to a bright and elegant space that I never want to leave! Here’s our elegant & timeless bathroom makeover.
A big thank you to The Tile Shop, Vintage Tub & Bath and Hudson Valley Lighting for sponsoring and making this room makeover possible!
I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. It’s reveal day, friends! Ever since we started renovation on our master bathroom over three months ago, I have dreamed of the day I would get to share the reveal with you guys. After months of hard work and more sleepless nights than I care to admit today is the day I’ve been waiting for. In these last few months our master bathroom has gone from a dark and dated room that I couldn’t wait to get out of to a bright and elegant space that I never want to leave!
With all of that said, let’s get to it!
Let’s just take a quick look back at this room when we purchased our home. Keep in mind besides cleaning it extensively, removing the wallpaper and fixing the broken toilet and sink, this bathroom has stayed exactly the same for the last three and a half years that we’ve lived here. It was a “living with it” situation. We knew that it would be a huge undertaking to make it what we wanted. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that we do all of the work ourselves. This saves us big bucks and we secretly enjoy it but it is also very hard work and extremely time consuming. We knew before we started this project it was going to be a labor of love. You can see our first ORC post and design plan here.
Look at that sad vanity and vinyl floor. The room backs up to the woods and was very dark. The wall dividing the tub and toilet prevented natural light from flowing through the room and made it feel cut off and small. One of my priorities for this room was to move the toilet to a more private space. I hated that it was the first thing you saw when you walked in and if the bathroom door was ever left open you had a nice little view of it from bed. Gross. It was the stuff dreams are made of friends, ha!
I’m sure the tub was great back in it’s day but today it just seemed to take up most space than needed, the almond color had seen better days and because of it’s awkward shape it was quite shallow, no soaker tub here.
The shower might have been worse. It was in the back of the bathroom and was extremely narrow and long. It was extremely dark and the peach tile had to go. It also did not slope to the drain properly so for three years we had to squeegee the floor while showering to prevent water from sitting along the back wall and leaking into our living room below. Nothing felt better than when I said sayonara to that squeegee!
Even though we had to live with a dated and dark bathroom and squeegee the shower every day it was all worth it because it got us here. Our squeegee days are finally over, friends! Here is our dream bathroom.
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I wanted this space to be a mix of vintage charm, light neutral colors with warm wood tones and refined finishes.
We started by removing the wall between the vanity area and tub to open up the room. It immediately felt brighter. Josh moved and redid all of the plumbing. There’s not much he can’t do these days! We installed floor to ceiling bead board and planked the ceiling for that charming vintage feel.
Early on in the renovation I came across the vanity and marble counter top on Craigslist. It was a steal of a deal and in great condition. It is by far one of my best finds to date. It fills the wall perfectly and gives the room the warmth that I envisioned. My wonderful brother-in-law help Josh and I pick it up and get it into our home. It’s extremely heavy and quite large. It has only one sink which is actually what I wanted. We’ve never had a situation where we needed two sinks. We don’t get ready at the same time each day, so this allows us to have more counter space, which I love.
The gorgeous rubbed brass sconces are by Hudson Valley Lighting. They’re part of the Logan sconce line. From the moment I saw them I knew they would be perfect for this wall. They’re such timeless fixtures and really give the space the elegance I wanted. They also come as a single light as well.
When we open the bathroom door instead of being greeting by an almond color toilet we have towel hooks. We made sure to make them close enough to the tub to grab easily.
Where the dated garden tub once sat is now a classic claw foot tub from Vintage Tub & Bath. Instead of keeping the tiny shower, we opted to use that space as a water closet and have a tub and shower combo. I love the vintage look of it and it’s super functional. It doesn’t get much better than sliding into a large soaking tub and taking in our new space. I’ll share more details about the tub and how we made our little shelf for storing shampoos, soap, etc. next week on the blog.
Josh and I for as long as I can remember had always wanted a pocket door. I’ve always thought they were so cool and extremely functional. We knew it would be a great option for the water closet due to our limited space. One problem, we had never installed a pocket door before. That didn’t store use from buying one though, ha! My dear father-in-law came to our rescue and helped Josh install it from start to finish. It took just under two days to build the wall separating the spaces and to install the door. I for one think they did an amazing job. That door slides like butter. The child in me just wants to slide the door open and close as much as possible. Now, if I could just talk Josh into installing them elsewhere in the house.
The water closet is a smaller space so I thought it would be fun to only take the bead board up the wall at 5 ft. and install a English county style wallpaper. While hunting for the perfect paper I came across this Paris rose paper from Cabbages & Roses in London. I instantly feel in love! I had already ordered several wallpaper samples but I just knew this was the one. I didn’t have quite enough time to order a sample so I just went for it. I wouldn’t recommend it because lighting on computer monitors and be deceiving but in this case it all worked out. The paper is just as gorgeous in person as it is online. When I ordered the paper I messages C&R that I was a little concerned about it making it to me with enough time to install it before the ORC reveal. They called me right away and assured me that it would go out that day and would make it from London to Ga. with plenty of time to install. I was so thrilled to see it less than two weeks later!
One of my absolute favorite things about our new bathroom are the marble floors. We said see ya to the old vinyl and hello to this gorgeous Hampton Carrara marble from The Tile Shop. We made a visit to the Marietta location and I quickly feel in love with their marble options. The store manager, Van answered all of my questions and even walked me through the process of laying the under-layment and tile. I had originally wanted hex tile in the entire bathroom but quickly realized that it was going to be too busy for our taste. I opted to use the marble hex in the water closet and chose the same marble just in a 4×12″ tile for the rest of the bathroom.
Last week I shared how I installed the 4×12″ Carrara tile in a herringbone pattern. You can read that post here. I have always loved the herringbone pattern and was really excited to tackle this aspect of the bathroom. I thought it would be more difficult than it was. I installed it while Josh was at work last week and was surprised at how easily I was able to install it. I thought for sure that I would have to stop part way and wait for him to get home from work to help. I’m happy to report that wasn’t the case. The floors turned out beautifully, even if I was up until 2 a.m. finishing them.
I’ve always loved the look of antique and vintage cabinets in bathrooms. Before we didn’t really have a place for one. With the new layout the wall across from the tub works perfectly. I found this cabinet at a local antique store for a great price. I loved its petite size and it’s rich color, not to mention it just happened to match the vanity perfectly. We’re using it to store extra towels and toiletries. A basket on top hold extra toilet paper for the water closet.
I used new and old items to style with. One of my antique ironstone pieces is being used to hold bath utensils and an old sail boat print incorporates some pail blues and greens into the space.
We’re absolutely thrilled with our new bathroom. It turned out just as we had hoped. We’re exhausted and a little worse for wear but we’re pleased. The last couple of months have been difficult in our personal lives. Isn’t that how it always goes? As soon as we started the demo process we were met with all kinds of crazy events. Josh and I have joked many times that someone really didn’t want us to finish this bathroom but God was with us through it all and gave us the will power and strength to get it done. This summer is going to be all about recharging and I’m sure it’ll be filled with lots of relaxing baths in our new tub. We’re beyond grateful for this space and I hope that you find inspiration in it. I think its a great example that no matter what your space is currently there’s hope and with a little effort you can make it into something you truly love. Have a wonderful weekend!
Be sure to check out all of the beautiful One Room Challenge room reveals!
Wall Color – Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Satin
Trim & Ceiling Color – Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Satin
Pocket Door Paint Color – Graphite by Benjamin Moore
Marble Tile – The Tile Shop’s Hampton Carrara 4×12″ & Hex
Vanity, Marble Top and Faucet – Craigslist Find
Brass Wall Sconces – Hudson Valley Lighting
Paris Rose Wallpaper – Cabbages & Roses
Victorian Wooden Silhouettes on Pocket Door – Local Antique Store Find
Vintage Cabinet – Local Antique Store Find
Toilet – Lowes – Kohler
Mirrored Vanity Tray – Gift
Apothecary Jars – Target
Claw Foot Tub & Shower – Vintage Tub & Bath
White Curtain Panels – Ikea’s Ritva
Roman Shade – Home Depot (no longer available)
Round White Bath Rug – World Market
Framed Vanity Mirror – Lowes (We painted it the same color as the walls.)
Beveled Hanging Mirror – Pottery Barn (I purchased ours from them years ago. New one is slightly different.)
Bath & Hand Towels – World Market
White Bird Tray – World Market
White Bird Soap Dish – World Market
Vanity Flower Vase – Birch Lane / Wayfair
The bathroom turned out wonderfully…Great Job!
Thank you so much, Cathy! It was all worth it in the end. 🙂
Soooooo beautiful! Love all of it!
Thank you, Chris!
It’s amazing Amanda! I couldn’t stop pinning! Now you got me wanting to finish my bathrooms in the house!
Congrats, all that hard work paid off so much!
Thank you so much, Deb! That means the world to me. We’re so glad we got it all finished and we can sit back and enjoy it now.
Oh it’s SOOO PRETTY ??? You guys did SUCH a great job Amanda!!! Love it so so much!!☺️❤️❤️
Thank you so much sweet friend! It was exhausting but we’re so glad we did it. 🙂
It is so lovely! Very serene, peaceful & comforting space combining both elegant & homey qualities – just the type of space I am craving! Great job!
Thank you Connie! It really is so peaceful in that room. It’s currently my favorite space to be in. I’m so glad it could inspire!
Your bathroom is beautiful.
We did our Master Bedroom & bathroom too.
I have the same towels & bath rugs as you.
I love the bath rugs. The crochet around the edges are just stunning.
Have a great day and enjoy your new bathroom
Thank you so much, Rose! Those towels are some of my favorite. Aren’t they just so pretty?! I knew I couldn’t be the only one who loved them. Have a great week!
Very, very pretty and elegant. I LOVE the marble top and the wallpaper! Enjoy!
Thank you Suzanne 🙂 The vanity top is one of my favorite things in the room. The wallpaper was such a lucky find, glad I came across it. Thanks for stopping by!
Oh my goodness!!!!! It is STUNNING! I love every single thing about your new bathroom, especially the vanity and the antique piece for your towels. Those two make a perfect match. You guys did an amazing job. I’m happy dancing for you! 🙂
Thank you so much, Deb! We’re over the moon. The antique cabinet was such a lucky find. I’m still pinching myself! Thank you so much for stopping by and the encouraging words. Have a lovely weekend!
What a completely gorgeous bathroom! It certainly is elegant and timeless. Pure perfection! I poured over the photos in awe.
Thank you so much, sweet friend! It was certainly a labor of love but I really am so happy with the outcome. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet words. 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous! You two should be very proud of yourselves and the job you’ve done on the bathroom remodel. If you had hired professional it couldn’t look any better. I love everything about it.
Aww thank you so much, Carole for the sweet words! It was quite the process but we’re so happy we decided to tackle it. We’re exhausted but completely over the moon with the outcome. It was well worth the work. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
This bathroom is stunning, you guys! Every detail is perfection. I just can’t get over the transformation. So much hard work went into this space and in every inch it shows. I’m so excited for you. It’s gorgeous. Hugs, CoCo
Thank you so much, Coco! It has quickly become one of my favorite rooms in our home. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
Carol Heartfelt Whimsies says
I absolutely love your updated master bath! It is perfect—every choice! I love every detail and had to read the post twice!!
Aww thank you so much, Carol! That means the world to me. We’re over the moon with the outcome. I just keep pinching myself!
Laura at Duke manor says
So so gorgeous! Every detail. That vanity is so beautiful. Congrats!
Aww thank you so much sweet friend! I still can’t believe that vanity, such a lucky find. I think it might be my favorite room in our home now!
Michele M. says
WOW!!!! Your new bathroom is amazing! And to think you did it yourselves blows my mind!
Love love love it – well done – whoo hoo!!!!!
Aww thank you so much Michele! You’re so sweet 🙂 We’re over the moon with the result. We’re exhausted but it was so worth it. I think it might just be my favorite room in our home now!
Nancy Davies says
Gorgeous! Stunning! Beautiful!
Thank you Nancy! 🙂 Each of those words is a huge compliment. I’m so glad it turned out as I hoped. Have a lovely weekend!
Tina Copeland says
Unbelievably beautiful Amanda! Fantastic job!
Aww thank you so much, Tina! Josh worked so hard to bring my vision to life. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. 🙂
Jen @ Noting Grace says
Amanda! This is gorgeous! I love that vanity base! It’s simply stunning, my friend!
Thank you so much sweet friend! The vanity was such a lucky find. We were looking at marble tops for our old cabinet and they were going to be more than the entire new vanity and marble top, such a good find. We’re really over the moon! 🙂
Oh Amanda I am smitten with how it all turned out! That vanity you scored is showstopper! Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Thank you so much, Kelly! The vanity was such a lucky find. I’m still pinching myself!
This is absolutely stunning! I can’t get over the dramatic before and afters of this space! You have such an eye for pulling together beautiful pieces!
Aww thank you so much, Kristin! It was quite the process. Its crazy how far it’s come since the before photos. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!
Lindsey @hilltown_house says
That vanity is absolutely stunning! The touches of that deep wood against all of the white is perfect
Thank you so much, Lindsey! The vanity was such a lucky find. I still pinch myself every time I see it. I’m so glad it all came together as I had hoped. Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
It looks amazing! I love the antique cabinet and the way it matches the vanity perfectly.
Aww thank you so much, Steve! The vanity and antique cabinet were such lucky finds. I still can’t believe how well they pair together. Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet words! 🙂
This is gorgeous! And your Craigslist steal: well done! I love a good find, and this one is exceptional. Bravo!
Kathy T. says
Although I don’t believe anything in interior design is timeless, your master bath is beautiful beyond belief. I love it. I had read that pocket doors can’t be retro fitted so how did your father in law manage to install it? Did they build a new wall? I love pocket doors. I have read they are dated but I don’t know how. When they are open they look like an entry way and when they are closed they look like a door. I prefer them to a barn door in nearly every instance except where a barn door really makes sense like a loft or a a converted barn. I would love to install a few pocket doors in our house if I knew how they could be retrofitted. I have so many instances where a swinging door just is in the way.
Hi Amanda…..not sure if you read comments on old posts…? But I am wondering how the marble floor has held up for you with baths and showers? Does the water leave stains, and is it slippery if you’re not careful? I love your house and design style and am drawing inspiration from it for our own Colonial home renos.
Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for your kind comment. The marble floors are holding up beautifully! We went with a polish marble, so there has not been any water staining or any staining at all for that matter. Honed marble, can be a bit different. We also made sure to seal our floors well. We use a small bath mat when exiting the tub/shower, so we haven’t had any issues with slipping so far. I would highly recommend a mat for any tile floors, especially polished tile. I hope that helps!
Where can I purchase the oval shower rod?