Master Bathroom Remodel - Photo by Cassandra Monroe

My Master Bathroom Before and After

I’m very excited to finally share our master bathroom before and after photos. We have enjoyed every minute of using the new space for the past year. It was a tough decision to pull the trigger on such a big project because we’ve put quite a bit of money into our house already. But, in the end, it seemed worth the expense and one we think we’ll recoup on resale.

Before Photos


This bathroom was not of the charming vintage variety…more like gross and outdated with a moldy tub surround and grimy vinyl tile. I particularly hated the wood seat on the toilet and the recessed shelf above the sink with the sliding mirrored door. It was all just kind of icky, and no matter how much I cleaned it, it never felt clean.


While it did have a good amount storage for a 1960s bathroom, it wasn’t very functional storage. We wanted to keep everything in the same space to save on cost while adding double sinks and lots more drawers. Luckily, we had plenty of room to spare on the right side of the toilet, so we were able to create a 5′ x 3′ walk-in shower without moving any plumbing.

Floor Plan Before


Floor Plan After


I really wanted the space to feel light, bright, and modern while fitting with the mid-century lines of our house. We were definitely on a budget, so I was cost-conscious when selecting all of my materials. I ordered our cabinets online and used ceramic tile on both the floor and in the shower, incorporating a marble accent to make it feel a little more custom and special, which is a trick I picked up from watching Room Service with Sarah Richardson back in the day.

After Photos

Master Bathroom Remodel - white countertops with espresso cabinets

I chose to mix brass and chrome because I love the combination, but I kept resale in mind by limiting the brass to the hardware and mirrors. The next owners can easily swap those out if they don’t love brass as much as I do.

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

The walk-in shower is a dream come true after showering in that nasty tub with the sliding doors for four years. Every day, I think about how much I appreciate having this bright open space vs. the dark, coffin-like shower we used to have. The recessed niche is backed in the same marble as the floor accent. The teak bench provides extra storage.

Master Bathroom Remodel - brass mirrors with chrome faucets

We really love having our own sinks and our own drawers. The white quartz countertops contrast nicely with the darker cabinets and keep the space feeling light. We’re lucky to get a lot of natural sunlight through the large window on the opposite wall.

Master Bathroom Remodel - Art by Emily Jeffords

Master Bathroom Remodel - white quartz countertops with chrome faucets

Master Bathroom Remodel - vintage white and gold dish

We definitely love our new master bathroom. The style and price were appropriate for our home and neighborhood, and it’s such a huge improvement. It will be hard to let go of this room in particular if we do ever decide to move on to our next project house.


All photos by Cassandra Monroe, who is seriously awesome.

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11 thoughts on “My Master Bathroom Before and After

  1. Beautiful update Jillian. Our main floor bath had the same turquoise blue fixtures. We updated 10 years ago, and did very similar niches in our subway tile. We kept it classic and I still love it 10 years later. Love the idea of the teak bench in your shower.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I got the little bench on Wayfair. It does make a huge difference, functionally, and I also like how the natural wood breaks up all the white subway tile.

  2. I loved photographing your updated bathroom!! Seeing the before pictures shows me how much work you put into it!! Great job Jillian!!

    1. You did a great job! Let’s get together for coffee soon!

  3. […] Although the bathroom had good bones and space before, she was able to open it up more by sticking with a neutral color palette and by adding the floor-to-ceiling tile shower with clear glass doors. See the complete transformation here. […]

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  5. I love the mixture of metals! I like bronze and the nickle or chrome! That works if you give it balance! xo

  6. I love this look, major bathroom goals. What color paint did you use here? Thanks!

  7. Good post and thanks for your sharing. I always love great transformation. A walk-in showers look great and are a perfect addition to your bathroom. I am convinced that the white quartz countertops contrast properly with the darker cabinets, they refresh and update the entire look to the bathroom. I am looking forward to have bathroom remodel easton ma maybe 3 months from now. Good thing you shared some info here. Thumbs up!

  8. Good share.Thanks for your sharing. I always love great transformation. A walk-in showers look great and are a perfect addition to your bathroom. I am convinced that the white quartz countertops contrast properly with the darker cabinets, they refresh and update the entire look to the bathroom.Keep posting!

  9. It looks so nice! The before and after images shows how much efforts you put into the renovation!! Keep motivating us!

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Welcome! I’m a Des Moines based interior designer, boy mom to one, avid reader and always aspiring artist. I started this blog when I moved to Iowa in 2008. Currently, I write about life in Iowa, personal development, and my creative journey.

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