I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read more
Even though this little powder room is by far the smallest room of the house, it still went through a major transformation! The main problem in this room was lack of space! There was hardly enough room to maneuver and it felt very tight and uncomfortable. I knew that simply switching out some of the fixtures would really open up the space since it already had such great original features like the moldings, large window, and high ceilings. Here is what this half bath looked like before:
This clunky 80's style vanity wasn't helping the space situation at all. It was taking up way too much unnecessary space and blocking part of the window which visually made the room seem cramped. There were original floors in here but they had significant water damage from the bad plumbing so we unfortunately were not able to save those.
Another problem was this large ledge along the right wall which was causing the toilet to stick out over the doorway! After tearing it apart our contractors found that it was just some lazy plumbing that should have been under the floor all along. Since we were already replumbing the entire house we were able to get the pipe that this ledge was hiding back underneath the floor and have proper space to move the toilet over away from the doorway.
The room also was covered with some lovely wallpaper but since there was so much plumbing work in here we ended up having to basically re-drywall the entire room. The walls and trim were all painted which also opened up the room even more.
This was one of the few rooms in the house that had this textured ceiling. This was covered with new, smooth drywall and painted as well and we switched out the old light fixture.
I knew immediately I wanted a wall-mount metal bucket sink for this bathroom. I searched online for hours and just when I thought I would never find one within my budget, I happened across this sink from Rejuvenation. If you have never visited the Rejuventation site, it is part of the Pottery Barn/West Elm family and has SO many amazing reproduction fixtures and vintage-inspired finds (this is about the only thing I could afford though!).
I needed a wall-mount faucet to accompany this style of sink and I really wanted to try brass for something different. Wayfair has a great selection of brass faucets and I liked the simple, industrial style of this faucet. Since there isn't any kind of countertop or ledge with this sink I added a little wall shelf next to it from Target and a towel hook that matched the brass faucet.
We used the same ceramic slate-look tile in here that also is in our kitchen and mudroom/laundry. So far I really love this tile- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt/dog hair in between cleanings (which is a total win in my book!). This is one of the perks of ceramic tile vs. true slate tile, which is very difficult to maintain and actually sheds a little throughout the first couple of years. I already have two shedding dogs, so the last thing I needed was a shedding floor too!
Here you can see our new toilet which is actually centered on the wall now like it should be! Just moving it over those couple of inches made the biggest difference in the overall flow of this small bathroom.
I wanted a neutral wall color that also complimented all the industrial/vintage elements of this bathroom, so I went with a light gray color that has some green tones and new bright white paint on all the trim and the ceiling.
This light fixture is one of the first things I bought to inspire the overall style of this bathroom. We found this at Blue Ocean Traders in Louisville which is a wholesale furniture warehouse with amazing vintage and reproduction finds. This is a reproduction but everyone has thought that it was an original, old light! I love the quirky, unexpected touch it adds to this space.
I still have a little decorating and finishing touches to add. I'm not 100% sold on this mirror but I found it on super sale and it is the perfect size so it will do for now. I also want to get a new wastebasket and hang some more art/pictures on the walls. The windows are frosted glass so I don't necessarily need a shade or curtains but it might make the room look a little more complete- what do you think? I also like all the light that is coming in now with the window bare. Thank you for following along with our progress and stay tuned for more updates!
Metal bucket sink: Rejuvenation
"Restroom" vintage bulb light: Blue Ocean Traders
Brass sink faucet: Wayfair
Brass toilet paper holder: Amazon
Brass towel holder: Amazon
Wall shelf: Target
Mirror: Target Threshold via Bargain Hunt (similar here)
Hand towel: Target
Flooring: Ceramic slate-look tile via Louisville Tile
Wall color: Sherwin Williams "Chatroom"
Trim Color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
I'm so excited to share our master bath progress! Besides the kitchen, this was probably the 2nd biggest transformation in the house. We basically gutted the entire bathroom and started from scratch. The biggest problem in here was that we had ZERO water pressure (and I mean just a trickle of water if that), coming out of the shower, tub faucet, or sink. One of our biggest expenses was replumbing the entire house with new PEX plumbing which is the latest innovation and best option in plumbing. We also got a new tankless hot water heater which is super energy efficient, takes up much less space, and provides basically an unlimited amount of hot water. We turned the old tub/shower into a large walk-in shower with two shower heads. We got lucky because the tub in here already had a unique layout that was kind of inset into the wall which worked perfectly space-wise for a walk-in shower. We also replaced all the flooring, moved the toilet, and replaced the vanity. Take a look at what our master bathroom looked like when we first purchased the house below:
Above you can see the overall layout of the master bath. For the most part this stayed the same except for the toilet which we moved out of that awkward corner and onto the adjacent wall so it had more space around it. We also removed that built-in cabinet in the corner above the old toilet.
Here you can see the old tub/shower that was very outdated and not in the best shape.
The tub ledge that leads into the shower was super tall and took quite an effort to step over! By converting this space into a walk-in shower we were able to take advantage of the space better, push the walls back a bit more, and remove that awkward feature.
The flooring also wasn't in great shape and many of the tiles were loose or cracked.
The vanity was a good size for the space and I didn't necessarily mind the style but I really wanted something with a little more character. I kept the sconces that were placed on each side above the vanity and updated them with more industrial looking lights.
Above you can see the progress after they demo'd the entire tub and started tearing out the walls to work on the plumbing.
More demo progress in the master bath before any plumbing work was started. After the plumbing was redone we had to hang new drywall over all the opened up walls.
Here is the finished master bath as of today (still a few finishing touches/decorating to do). We are so happy with how it turned out and love how all the finishes came together!
This vanity is one of my favorite features of the bath. I love the character it adds and how the rustic style contrasts with some of the super modern finishes and glossy subway tile. This vanity was an old antique sideboard that I have used in various rooms in our old house. It was my first thought when trying to find a vanity piece for this space and thankfully it fit perfectly! It is also so nice to have these huge drawers for extra storage.
These sconces were a STEAL at under $40 each (I had been planning on buying some similar ones on Wayfair for over twice that price and then stumbled across these). I like the super simple yet industrial style and the oil rubbed bronze finish also fits in perfectly with our other fixtures. The old wood mirror is another item that I already had (it was left in my brother-in-law's barn and he let me take it!) and it was the perfect size for the vanity.
Here's a look at the new shower which is so clean and modern- such a change from the previous tub! We went with my favorite white subway tile with dark grout in here with oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Like I mentioned in my post about our master bath plans, we would like to eventually get a seamless glass shower door but right now we did not have enough money left in the budget. One of my biggest challenges in decorating this space was finding a shower curtain for the extra long, not-standard-size opening. I was able to find an extra-long shower curtain liner on Amazon but there are not many attractive options for decorative extra-long shower curtains. I had an idea to try a regular curtain and use curtain clip rings to hold both the curtain and liner together. I was able to find a curtain and rings that fit perfectly over my tension rod at Target and I'm pretty pleased with the look! It slides easily and works just like a regular shower curtain!
Here's a look at where the toilet was re-positioned. It looks so much better and it's hard to believe it was ever tucked into that corner to begin with. I added a little shelf above it and vintage painting to break up all the white. I found this vintage sailboat painting while we were moving and had completely forgotten that I had it in the attic! I love the colors and wood frame for this space.
Another view of the shower- I had originally tried a neutral shower curtain but decided I definitely needed a pop of color against all the white tile. This Nate Berkus curtain has a little bit of texture and matches the other navy tones I have going on in the room. I also love the super modern, minimal look of our main shower head. It was a little bit of a splurge but I think it was worth it because the rain shower head feels so spa-like and the look is so unique compared to other shower heads I was looking at.
These horse hooks were another thing I re-purposed from our old house. I got them from At Home and just spray painted them gold- they are perfect for holding towels! I also went with my favorite bamboo shades (again) for the window. The glass is frosted so we don't necessarily need a window treatment but I thought this added some texture and made it look a little more finished.
I had been saving pictures for years of old pieces of furniture re-purposed into vanities with vessel sinks on top. I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do in this bathroom and I also liked the unique touch of a wall mount faucet. I think it perfectly matched the style of our other fixtures as well. You can find our vessel sink here and sink faucet here. I like this sink because it has clean lines and is much deeper and more substantial than most vessel sinks.
Another big change was the flooring- we went with the same slate-look ceramic tile we did in the kitchen and mudroom downstairs. I really like the look of the dark floors and how it flows into the shower. We purchased all our tile from Louisville Tile Company which has a showroom in Lexington that you can visit anytime. We were on a tight budget for all the tile so everything we used is within their most affordable price range.
One more finishing touch I have yet to add is some open shelving in this little corner crevice (where the toilet/old cabinet built-in used to be). I would love to do some distressed wood floating shelves floor to ceiling (like this).
This entire room (walls, trim, and ceiling) also got a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams "Pure White"), which in addition to all the new drywall really made it feel brand new!
A huge shout-out to TJH Construction Company for making this entire master bath look so good! They completed the entire renovation (down to installing my old vanity so that it was perfectly level!) We can't thank everyone enough who was part of making our dream master bathroom possible (we still feel like we're on vacation at a fancy hotel every time we use this)! If you would like to shop any of the features or fixtures I used in our bathroom, check out my sources list at the end of this post. Stay tuned for more before and afters from the rest of Our Fixer Upper journey!
- Construction: TJH Construction Company
- Tile (floor + subway tile): Louisville Tile Company
- Wall + trim color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
- Main shower head: Delta Vero from Lowe's in Venetian Bronze
- Handheld shower head: Wayfair
- Vessel sink: Lowe's
- Sink faucet: Wayfair
- Ceiling light: Lowe's
- Sconces: Bulbs.com
- Shower curtain: Nate Berkus for Target
- Shower curtain liner: Amazon
- Shower curtain rod: Target
- Curtain clips: Target
- Horse towel hooks: At Home (spray painted gold)
- Corner shower caddy with basket storage: Target
- Bath mat: Nate Berkus for Target
- Bamboo shades: Big Lots