If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you’ve seen the beginning of our master bathroom makeover! The demo, electrical, and plumbing work are done, so we are well underway.
I would say that our bathroom is a pretty good example of a suburban master suite that is about 10-15 years old. It’s big with a good layout, but it has basic finishes and fixtures. I do think the jet/soaker tub and Corian counter were upgraded options, but the tile, fixtures, and fiberglass shower were all inexpensive, neutral choices. When we bought the house, we learned that it was built before there was a buyer, so it makes sense that all of the finish choices were pretty basic.
Before I go any further, let me say that this bathroom is the best bathroom we’ve ever had. We have never had two sinks, a separate shower, and a deep, big bathtub. I appreciate every inch of this bathroom! The bathroom makeover isn’t about fixing things that are wrong or bad, but about customizing it to our taste and making it feel more luxurious, which matches the beautifully built home better than the basic fixtures.
With the exception of small wiring changes and some plumbing alterations, all of the work is cosmetic. All of the dust and the noise of the demo doesn’t feel like it’s cosmetic, but it is! Paint, tile, and new fixtures (mirrors, lights, and faucets.)
When it comes to bathrooms and kitchens, I keep my choices pretty predictable and classic. These are expensive rooms to renovate and I want to make choices that I will love for years and will feel timeless. Marble is the winner for me when it comes to tile. Well, I love slate, too, but I didn’t envision that for this room. I want the space to be light, bright, classic, and clean. Marble, chrome, blues and grays, with an antique wool rug and touches of wood for visual warmth.
The larger plate mirror is going to be replaced with large chrome-framed mirrors that tilt…
I selected the Kensington Rectangular Pivot Mirror to put over each sink…
I decided to have the wall behind the sinks tiled to make it a real feature, so I liked the idea of the mirrors that set out from the wall a bit. To me, they also have a vintage quality that I want to bring to this master bathroom makeover.
I’m replacing the 2-light fixtures with chrome 3-light fixtures that also have a vintage vibe. This is the Vinton Vanity Light…
We’re replacing the counters with Hanstone Quartz in Monterey, the same counters we used in our kitchen makeover. I selected simple white undermount sinks that were a little larger and deeper than the existing sinks. THESE are the ones I bought.
And we’re installing Delta Chrome Cassidy faucets like the ones I saw in the 2019 HGTV Dream Home a couple of years ago. We ordered THIS faucet and THESE cross handles. With this particular faucet, you can select different handle styles to customize it.
The vanity cabinet is high quality and in great shape, so I’m just going to paint it and put on new hardware. I haven’t decided if I want to use chrome, glass, or add some warmth with brass. (There will be an antique brass chandelier over the tub and an antique full-length mirror in the toilet nook, so they could tie into that and other accessories.) I’m going to wait to make that choice towards the end of the master bathroom makeover. I also haven’t decided the color I’ll paint the cabinets, but I’m thinking a smokey mid-tone blue/gray.
The walls will most likely be Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore to flow nicely from the master bedroom, but I’m also waiting for the tile to be installed to nail down that decision.
We’re removing the fiberglass insert and having a custom tile shower built. It’ll be the biggest expense and upgrade we’re making in the bathroom, but it’s fitting for the price-point of our house and we’ll really enjoy it! I was initially going to use 3 x 6 subway tile, but opted to go with 6 x 12 tiles, which gave me a very similar look for half the cost! It also reduces the labor time, because it’s easier and quicker to install.
I looked up several inspiration images to get a visual of that choice to make sure I was still going to get the look I wanted. Here is one example…
I selected 1″ hex tiles for the shower floor, so they would be grippy on our feet and give some variation from the rectangles on the wall. I’m excited about everything, but I can’t wait to try this new shower system! I don’t want to get carried away with sprays and such, but I want to make the small shower feel more luxurious and custom. THIS system by Delta has a hand-held shower and a rain head that can be used at the same time or separately. I like that we get the best of both!
I learned through this process that switching from one handle to two does require a permit and inspection. The plumbers I am working with, though, took care of pulling the permit and scheduling the inspection. It ended up being more expensive than I planned, but everything else has been right in budget.
I ordered all of our tiles from Marble Warehouse, which is where I ordered the Montauk Slate for the foyer. It sounds a little crazy ordering tile online, but they have a huge selection and very personalized customer service. They sent me samples, showed me the bull-nosed option on the marble, and even spoke to me about my project to compare the 3×6 subway to 6×12. I trust that they will select marble from the same lot, so there is some consistency in the color. Variation is not a big deal with the 6 x 12 tiles, but matters a lot when dealing with the 1″ hex.
Here’s what I selected…
Calacatta Chiara Marble Tile Polish 6 x 12 for the shower walls, behind the vanity, and the tub surround.
Calacatte Chiara Marble 1″ Hex Marble Mosaic Polished for the shower floor.
Calacatta Chiara Marble 3″ Hex Marble Mosaic Polished for the floor.
I thought long and hard about the floor and decided on the 3″ hex, which will be more dramatic and visually interesting than a 12 x 12″ tile or something that is larger in scale. I think it’s an interesting choice and will look great with my antique wool rug (I inherited it from my Opa.)
And, of course, we’ll get a nice, clear shower door with chrome fittings.
The toilet nook will just get a fresh coat of paint and I’m going to hang a full-length antique wall mirror I found for $60 on that blank wall. I considered some wallpaper or a handpainted mural in that little nook, but I want the tile to be the real star of this bathroom and I think that would only compete. Again, that’s a choice I can make after the big parts of the master bathroom makeover are complete.
The toilet is new, the tub is in great shape, and the tub filler is new, so we’re resuing all of those.
I found a handmade vintage wooden shelf that I’m going to hang in this niche to add visual warmth and a place to store some rolled washcloths, bars of soap, etc. It’ll be more to fill the space than anything else. It was around $20, so it’s much less expensive than doing built-in shelves.
While some parts of this makeover are a real splurge, I’m trying to save where it makes sense and make each dollar count.
While my dad is here, he’s going to hang a little antique brass chandelier over the tub. It’ll look so pretty!
The tile is going all around the window, which will look really sharp and frame out the window nicely. You can read about the shutters we installed HERE.
So, there you go! All of the choices I made for our master bathroom makeover.
I’ll share more as the makeover progresses…