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.
This bathroom was not of the charming vintage variety…more like gross and outdated with a moldy tub surround and grimy vinyl tile.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Cabinets – Kitchen Cabinet Kings
- Countertop – Q by MSI in Fairy White
- Sinks – Kohler Archer Under-mount
- Wall Sconces – Restoration Hardware
- Faucets – Grohe Concetto
- Mirrors – West Elm
- Hardware – Atlas via Hardwarehut.com (discontinued)
- Hooks – Rejuvenation
- Shower Tile – Florida Tile Streamline Collection
- Marble Accent – Marble Systems Avalon Collection
- Floor Tile – StonePeak Bardiglietto
All photos by Cassandra Monroe, who is seriously awesome.