This year I got the best Christmas gift. My husband told me that I could give our master bathroom a makeover. Now, many times my husband has told me that I could do something more on the expensive side, to spruce up our home, but inevitably, something comes up. You know what I mean….. the car needs to be fixed, the roof starts leaking, the dog needs surgery…. Life happens and we have to dip into the DIY/renovation pool. Therefore, I didn’t share the process on the blog. Because I didn’t want to share all of my ideas and inspiration and then not be able to follow through. (But I did share a little on Instagram!) So I’m kind of going to do it in reverse. I did get to complete the project and I love it! So let’s just jump into the before and after of my master bathroom makeover.
Let’s just be clear on one thing. This was not a full scale gut job. We weren’t doing a $30K tear out of the bathroom. And yes, it would cost that much because we have sooooo much tile. So I had to figure out where to save money but still make the room look better. I decided to work with the tile. My master bathroom was pink. Not the 1960’s pink but the 1990’s peachy pink. And it was everywhere. When we ripped out the counter tops it was actually written on the top of the vanity “calderwood peach” as the color. No joke. And since I was keeping all of the tile, I had to pull colors out of it that would contrast the pink.
There was some grey in it so that became my jumping off point. (Although you can’t really tell!) You can also see that the light fixtures were straight outta 1992 with the tile and cabinets. And the champagne silver and brass faucets and cultured marble counter tops were past their prime. So I set out to choose a color for the vanities, new granite or marble for the tops, wall paint, new faucets and new light fixtures. I felt that would be enough to truly change the space without (totally) breaking the bank. Oh, and a toilet. We needed a new toilet. But that’s not sexy so I’ll keep that to myself.
I decided upon paint colors and called my lady to spray lacquer the vanities. I chose to do this instead of paint because I wanted them to have a factory finish, no brush marks and to be really hard wearing. The color is called Porpoise by Sherwin Williams. Once I had selected paint I took the samples to the granite yard and began the search. I wanted something lighter with the grey in it but not too much of a contrast to the pink in the tile and the dark grey of the new vanity color.
As for light and faucet fixtures, I knew I wanted to stick with brushed nickel. It’s timeless and it matches my master bedroom. Plus, I wouldn’t have to buy new cabinet knobs. For my chandelier light fixture I chose a chandelier from Crystorama. It was elegant with a little bling. I knew it was perfect. My vanity lights are a little more contemporary, to offset the bling, and are by George Kovacs for Minka Lavery. I found these fixtures, by Delta and fell in love. I really liked the taller faucet and the square shape of the base and handles. Plus, they had the entire series for the shower, tub and sinks!
The wall color is a really pale grey and I had the trim painted a creamier white to match the rest of the house. I really think that all of the grey did tone down the pink. I am so pleased with how it all turned out! You can really see the transformation when I put the before and after pictures side by side.
Crazy huh? Now I don’t feel terrible every time I look into the bathroom. We no longer sleep with the door shut. I’m not embarrassed by all of the pink. Now it is grey. I have a grey bathroom and it’s so pretty!