I gotta be honest. This is the saddest master bathroom reveal. I had such high hopes for this unveiling. There’s just 1 problem. Our camera cannot shoot in small spaces and we don’t have a lens suitable for getting the entire bathroom in a single shot. So — I did the best I could to show you the completed project. Sadly, the photos just don’t do it justice at all but in person it really does wow you especially if you saw the before!
So a little background before we get started. Erik and I bought our home in April 2012. We have done an insane amount of work since we have been here. A full kitchen reno, exterior work, knocked walls down to change the downstairs layout, put in an inground pool and the list goes on. And let me add the house we had prior to this one we renovated top to bottom also. Our house is pretty big at about 3000 sq ft but it was built in the 1980s so the layout isn’t what homes are today. I think everyone on our street has a decent size master bath with the separate tub and standalone shower. Nice, right? Yeah for them. But the guy who built our home must have liked small bathrooms because our master is NOT big at all.
We have had so many projects so we wanted to cut costs and Erik decided he would do the bathroom renovation himself. We originally thought we would add space but we decided we still have other projects ahead of us let’s not get too crazy. So we kept the size the same as it was.
Here is the “before” bath. I had chalk painted the cabinet because it was awful and I put up a shower curtain to hide that shower. Hey 1985 called and wants their pink shower back! I’ve had worse before bathrooms to renovate but this one needed a major makeover and refresh!
True to how I live my life with fashion and home decor I naturally did the look for less. We knew we wanted whites, grays and marbles. We actually used a porcelain tile on the floor that looks like marble but we mixed in carrera marble on the shower floor and with the leftover marble I had Erik add a strip of it by the toilet to add a little interest.
The vanity was probably the hardest part to replace. The one we had was huge and unless I wanted one custom made it was next to impossible to find one to fit. I lucked out and found this one that is actually 2 pieces. You can buy them together or separate. I wanted the extension so I would have a makeup table. You can move them close so they are attached or space them like we did here.
The makeup extension came with a bench but I fell in love with this acrylic chair.
As for the mirror, this one was already here but it wasn’t framed. Erik bought gray shiplap (yes I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper) and framed it out to add a bit of a rustic look. Absolutely LOVE how the mirror came out!
Erik bought wood to frame out the mirror on the door and distressed it to match the vanity mirror.
For fixtures I really wanted to trim everything in gold. Let me tell you something. GOLD is hard to find unless you want that bright gold. So we mixed gold and champagne bronze throughout. It was impossible to find gold hardware to fit the vanity without spending a ton so we spray painted the hardware, garbage can and toilet paper holder gold. Amazing what a can of spray paint can do!
And because I’m obsessed with chandeliers and have them all over our house I had to add one in. Funny story behind this one. This was not the one I ordered. It took Erik and I FOREVER to hang this up. We finally get it up and I’m looking at it and realize this is not the right one! I thought Erik was going to kill me. Men have boundaries and based on his glare I knew I had to let it go. I was bummed but we left it up. It’s now grown on me and actually brings out the vintage glam look in the bathroom perfectly.
So that’s it. Whomp whomp on the photos! I apologize. But I am SO proud of Erik! He made my vision come to life and while he wanted to kill me after month 2 he really took the bathroom renovation well! We saved a ton of money doing the work ourselves and by mixing pricey fixtures with lower priced ones. The vanity, shower door, and carrera marble on the shower floor were on the expensive side but everything else I was able to do the look for less. And the good news is we only have Summer’s bathroom left to renovate. The bad news is we have Summer’s bathroom left to renovate. Sorry Erik. Till next winter!
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