I can’t even believe we’ve made it…week six of our One Room Challenge and the master bathroom is complete. We’ve taken our space from a quick fix update to a full, down to the studs, all-new everything renovation. And we made it all happen in less than six weeks. It really is wild what you can get done when you set a deadline, make a commitment and put in a lot of hard work. If you’re new here and haven’t had a chance to see how we went from start to finish make sure to check it out!
Now the fun part and my absolutely favorite part of any project – the before and afters. This bathroom started jammed packed with lack of character, personality and really not much function for a family of four to use. Plus, we knew there were some serious issues behind our shower and it was time to take care of it. Let us walk you though the entire process of the makeover and how we transformed this space into a modern chic space for us to love and use daily.
For us the bathroom remodel all started out with function. How could we create a more useable space with the limitations we were dealing with and the angled ceilings that made everything that much more challenging? The only option we had was to gut the entire space and start from scratch. The major changes we made to address the function were changing the shape of the shower from hexagonal to square, adding a second sink and removing the ugly window in order to fit that second sink! But in order to pull it all together we also had to build a new vanity, change the plumbing and add all new electrical throughout the space.
Once we landed on the new layout, design was the obvious next step. For this space tiling, lighting, vanity, mirrors, paint, faucet fixtures, shower doors and bathroom accessories were all the key aspects to consider in our design. For tile we knew we wanted a bold patterned flooring to draw your attention to the length of the room and keep your eyes away from the angled ceiling. This tile made my heart so happy! I love the two different patterns the flooring makes when put together. It also works perfect for heated flooring which was a must for the pure luxury factor for us! Inside the shower we went with a Porcelain Carrara for the wall. I wanted to have a classic look with an elegant feel. We spent hours upon hours lining up the veining in the tile, which really makes me happy and creates a uniformed setting! We used the same tile inside the niches to create a finished look. On the shower floor we did a mosaic tile that is an octagon polished marble. I love the contrast from the floor to the walls. We used a charcoal grout to make the floor tile stand out even more.
Knowing we were designing in a space that now lacked in any natural light, having adequate lighting was an absolute must. We added two recessed lights and 3 new wall sconces. When planning for our sconce measurement was key. We had to make sure that we had enough space on the wall with the angled ceiling and enough room for two oval mirrors, along with the new dual sink vanity. We fell in love with these sconces from Schoolhouse Electric. What worked out even better for us was we got to pick the shade we wanted, and since we lacked in space we picked out clear shades that blended in, yet made a statement. These shades worked perfect and provided lots of love to our vanity area.
Our vanity was custom made for our space by our incredibly talented and overall amazing friends at 28th & Chairs, a local furniture and home store in Plymouth, Michigan. Rob worked with us every step of the process and was meticulous in the creation of this vanity. If you want to learn more about how we made this happen make sure to read this post all about creating your own vanity. Having the right color for our vanity was really important since this is our only pop of color in the entire room. We landed with Salty Dog by Sherwin Williams. This shade of navy was a perfect match with our lighting. We wanted our hardware to really bring out the vanity. Schoolhouse’s Vista Crystal Knobs and natural brass Greenwood Pulls accompany our doors and drawers. I couldn’t be happier with this combination.
And next, it is all about the countertop. Our initial plan was to build a custom concrete countertop, but due to some renovation setbacks, unexpected life occurrences and travel we ran into an issue with timing. When Michael visited Rob’s workshop late one night to check out the vanity they talked about the progress and timeline and together decided that a concrete countertop was simply not going to happen. So Rob suggested this magnificent 2.25 inch thick slab of maple from the 1950s that just happened to be sitting in a corner, not yet used. To make it even cooler, the wood was salvaged from the wood shop a local middle school in our area! Michael accepted the suggestion and offer and brought it home to customize.
Having all our faucets, shower fixtures and accessories match was key for us. We partnered with Delta Faucet to make all our dreams come true. The Dryden Bathroom Collection was everything we wanted for this space, and then some. I love the champagne bronze finish of these fixtures and accessories. For our faucets we went with the two handle widespread Lavatory Faucet in champagne Bronze while in the shower we have Temperature 17T Series Shower Trim. We’ve got the 24 inch double towel bar also in champagne bronze. And we even got a toilet paper holder, which is big for us because we haven’t had one in this house since we moved in almost 3 years ago. Here’s what we got.
Finding mirrors for this space was a real challenge. We only had 28 inches high and 18 inches wide to work with, which created quite the research project for us. We opted for an oval shape to maximize the mirror space for what we were allotted. When I found these natural wood oval mirrors I was in LOVE ?.
I knew exactly what I wanted for shower doors. It was just a matter of finding a black French door look. When we found these doors it was a HUGE win for us! The last thing we added was our palm plant with planter from Ikea and the plant and planter on the countertop from 28th & Chairs.
And finally, we’d like to thank our very awesome sponsors for helping us make this vision a reality.
We hope you enjoy this space as much as we do! It was a very long, very jam packed renovation project but we embraced every moment. Please let us know if there is anything you want to learn more about with our process as we are more than happy to share! Until next time…enjoy!