Master Bathroom – Before and After

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you the before and after pictures of my home renovation.  Well, some of them.  I had to leave a few things out so that you’d keep coming back! 🙂  Anyway, the truth is that there are several rooms that are finished construction-wise, but not finished decor wise.  But one room that I left out of that first before and after post was my master bathroom.  I ADORE the way it turned out.  And I finally got the curtains hung and everything clean, so I’d like to share it with you.

When we first bought this house, the master suite was a real head scratcher.  It doesn’t have the best location in the house, the walls were all angled and crazy, and the master bath left a lot to be desired.  See for yourself….

Did I mention that it was dated?  Like seriously dated?  It felt so tiny.  How can a master bathroom be tiny?!  And honestly, I had no idea how to reconfigure it to make it work better.  Thank goodness for my architect, Troy from Smith-Slovik Design Group, who had the patience to do 2 or 3 revisions with me because it just wasn’t right.  We tried to keep the same footprint but eventually had to change the entire thing.  That meant losing 2 closets (small linen closets) and losing some space in the master bedroom.  But it was so worth it!  We moved the toilet over to where the tub was.  We centered the tub, moved the shower to where the linen closet was, created 2 same sized closets and squared off the whole room.  Seriously, this was the best use of space ever!

It was a full on gut job.  But the outcome is so much better than what I had in my head.  I kinda thought that I blew my budget on moving all of the plumbing and that I was going to have to live with cheap finishes in the master bathroom.  Luckily I know people…. just kidding! I did some smart shopping for tile and compared prices on vanities and different plumbing fixtures and got exactly what I wanted.  It is now a spa-like retreat that is just perfect for my husband and I.

When I started off, I knew that I wanted wood-look tile laid in a herringbone pattern.  I knew that I wanted a freestanding tub.  I knew that I wanted it to feel like a spa.  And I knew in order to get all of this I was going to have to budget wisely.

So, instead of custom vanities, we went for premade ones from Restoration Hardware.  I love them!

And instead of stone behind the shower and tub, it was going to have to be tile.  Can you believe that tile?!  It looks like cut limestone!  And the shower tile is seriously a super cheap oversized brick tile.  I think it was around $2 a square foot.  But it looks so nice!

The water closet, aka “toilet room” is tucked into the corner.  It mimics the layout of the shower, so the room has great symmetry. I like symmetry.

A sliding barn door is our bathroom door and 2 closets create a nice hallway entrance to the room.  The sliding barn door looks fabulous in my master bedroom, but that room is not decorated AT ALL right now so I’m not sharing it just yet.

I can’t tell you enough how much I truly enjoyed this remodel.  It has been a dream come true!  Every time I step into my bathroom I feel a little bit calmer because it is exactly what I wanted.  Perhaps I’ll start my week with a good long soak!



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  • Wow Brenna! That bathroom truly is a dream! I love the finishes you chose – the herringbone-laid tile on the floor is absolutely gorgeous, and I wasn’t even sure I was a fan of wood-look tile – until now!! The free standing tub and wall behind it is so pretty too!! Love it all!

    • Thank you so much, Lisa! That is a huge compliment coming from someone with your talent. I’m glad I could convert you into a believer on wood look tile!

  • Wow, Brenna, it’s gorgeous! What a transformation! The new layout is very clever, and the finishes look high-end.

    • Thank you so much Norma! That’s exactly what we were going for!

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