I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally share my master bath before and after with all of you!
Before I begin however I wanted to say thanks so much to all of you for your support regarding my last post… I’ve loved all the amazing comments and suggestions and look forward to tackling the subjects in future blog posts.
I love before and after renovation details, don’t you?
To give you a little background on our new home.. It sits in a neighborhood we love and couldn’t wait to get into. The house was built in 1996 and after 20-21 years with the original homeowners, it finally went on the market for the first time. Even though everything needed to be updated and the inside looked tired and worn we were thrilled and totally up for the challenge. The rest is history as they say… and here we are.
The bathroom before…
This wide angle camera shot from the realtor’s listing is misleading… The bathroom really isn’t very big. It has high ceilings which definitely help give it a larger than life appearance but that’s about it.
The before photos are almost unrecognizable to me now. The bathroom was so dark and full of old yellowed oak cabinetry, wall to wall carpet and yucky linoleum. (I couldn’t wait to rip that out!)
There was even a linen cabinet that sat directly next to the vanity which caused the sink area to look and feel so much smaller. That was gone the minute they said the house was ours. ;) Yay for demo day!
I always knew if given the chance to renovate I would go with an all white color scheme in my master bathroom. I’m drawn to bright spaces and love spa-like environments.
When I first began looking at materials I felt like I knew what I wanted but in typical Kristy fashion, I had to look at every kind of tile imaginable and drill everyone on what they loved most… I then ran around with samples in my car, purse and home before circling back to my original love – all white marble for the walls and Carrera on the floors. It’s an exhausting process but it works for me… Lol
The shower tile I fell in love with is simple and classic. We placed AKDO Thassos 12 x 24 inch tiles on the walls and a 3/8th mini mosaic tile in the niche and in a picture frame that surrounds the shower head and handle. One good thing about the larger tiles is there is less grout… I love that and thank my lucky stars every time I clean the shower. The white tile also hides calcium buildup and stains from the hard water in our area. We had a water softener in our last home and plan to add another here.
When we began designing the bathroom we knew one of the the first things that needed to go was the bathtub. While I love a good soaker this space just didn’t have the room for a pretty clawfoot and a shower so we decided to remove the tub from the equation altogether. Tearing out the tub allowed us the opportunity to give Jeff the larger shower he’s always wanted. It was a win win situation.
When deciding on floor tile I knew I wanted a basketweave of some sort. It wasn’t until I saw Jeffrey Court’s Metropolitan Gramercy Gray Dot that I knew I had found the one. It’s not only a soft beautiful white and light gray basketweave but it also has a clear glass dot between the tiles that sparkles and looks so pretty in different lighting.
While having a large shower is a great thing on one hand, it also means having an entire wall devoted to glass. I chose a 3/8 inch thick glass for the shower door and surround but also made sure to upgrade the glass to Starfire which is extra clear. I didn’t want any tinge of green in my white space.
We also added the Diamon Fusion which is sprayed onto the glass to help protect it from water spots. Pleasanton Glass supplied all. They are amazing.
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Every bathroom deserves something different so we added the new San Souci hands free toilet from Kohler. You simply wave your hand over the flush button to flush the toilet. We thought it would be nice to include a high tech piece… plus, Jeff thought it was cool. ;)
Flanking the large mirror above the vanity are 2 sets of Charlotte double sconces from Lamps Plus… I love these pretty lights. The octagonal polished nickel back plate makes a nice contrast sitting next to the large rectangular mirror from RH. I always choose opposite shapes to add more interest whenever possible.
Another Restoration Hardware piece that we’ve added to anchor our master bath is the white Kent Double Vanity. I loved this classic piece the minute it arrived… It’s the perfect size and the honed Carrera countertop was thicker than all the others I found online. The Kent also provided the extra drawers and under the sink cabinetry storage that we needed. The only thing I’m disappointed with is the choice of cabinet closures on the doors. They clang every single time we close the doors and it drives me bananas. (crazy more like) Jeff said he will switch out the hinges to a soft close hinge.. Thank goodness!
The vanity comes with countertop and sinks so that left us with the faucet selection. I’ve always wanted a timeless faucet with cross handles and the Brizo Tresa faucet looks like it belongs with this vanity. We loved them so much I included them in all 3 bathrooms. The polished nickel finish lends a warm and regal touch to the white space.
Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the changes we’ve made to our new Master Bath… This home has been an adventure to say the least. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in a comment. I’m sure there are several things I’ve forgotten to add.
Faucets – Briza Tresa
Towel Train Rack – RH Lugarno Train Rack
Hand Towel Rings – RH Asbury
Double Sconces – Lamps Plus, Charlotte Double Sconces
Face Mirror – Kimball & Young
Baseboards – 9 1/4 Santa Fe