We completely renovated our master bathroom in September of 2014. Before it was redone, the space was outdated and broken up into smaller spaces by walls and doorways. We lived with it and it was totally fine but I was so glad to create a space that was open and beautiful.
Before we had kids, we would have tackled some of the renovation on our own but it was a HUGE job and the guys that did it were in and out in 2 weeks. I might have taken us months.... so we decided to use those months of waiting to save up to let someone else do it. And keep our bathroom in tact in the process...
If you read my post that included before pictures of our house, you might have seen this really bad pic that I took before we even moved in:
These before pictures were on my Instagram many moons ago:
here), painted over the gold strip of tile that went around the entire room. 'Organized' the closet with shelving and replaced the lights below with vintagey looking cheapies from the neighborhood hardware store. But it was just blah. Not to mention the unfinished concrete floors..
Here's the layout of the bathroom before it was demo'd. The following image was expertly rendered. You're welcome.
The shower was a nice size but had a ceiling that was a foot lower that the rest of the ceilings and had a very narrow entrance. The vanities were separate and mine (the one on the bottom) was out in the master bedroom. My closet was a sorry excuse for a "walk in" and between that space and the bathroom space, there was another very narrow doorway. (Hubby's closet is on the other side of the bedroom. I promise, I would share if I had to.)
I designed the bathroom I wanted and after years of daydreaming and those months of saving, here's what I came up with. Again, another expert rendering. #momlife "Ain't nobody got time for that."
So much more space! We turned the closet wall into one long vanity, took away doorways, added a pocket door and wall to close off the bathroom from the bedroom and busted out the ceiling in the shower. Now for some "After" eye candy.
Rugs (Target Threshold- no longer available)/ Towels (big and soft and great)The picture above was taken from the door to the bathroom. We have a beautiful 8 foot long vanity with plenty of space. The closet on the right, is closed off with Ikea wire hardware and a sheets as curtains.
I wanted the space to seem as big as possible so I used the same paint color for the walls and vanity. Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. Making a space monochromatic, allows your eye move around the room without stopping, giving the illusion that it's even bigger.
I love the shape of these Ikea towel hooks but I sprayed them antique bronze and mounted the large one to a wooden plaque that I painted, distressed and sealed. I love how it turned out. The plaque makes it look more substantial and brings in a bit of rustic.
I like the look of it when its open and pushed toward the wall. It adds a bit more texture to a pretty simple room.
The half wall in the shower gives a little separation between the toilet and the shower. It was originally there because if we had bought glass, you'd look out from the shower and see the toilet. Not cute.
I sourced the vanity lights above but I should mention they are an IKEA hack too. They were originally supposed to hang on the wall with a power cord to an outlet. The electrician was very confused when I showed them to him but I told him to just hard wire them and mount them through the face plate. I love the way they turned out. They look so much more expensive than the $22 that they were.
|Closet Curtain Hardware / Curtains|
So there you have it. Our more beautiful-than-the-rest-of-our-house, master bathroom. I'm so thankful for it and really glad we bit the bullet and made a space that we can enjoy and fit into... Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you with your bathroom renovation plans.
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Also, if you'd like to see a more updated version of our bathroom, go here.
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