It’s hard to believe around this time last year, we were chipping away at this budget-friendly master bath remodel. This remodel was one the most challenging renovations that we did due to the many elements that we had to account for such as tile, paint, grout color, trim details, etc. We were under time constraints as well so we had to move fairly quickly which made things difficult. We also ran into an unexpected problem later on – we discovered our skylight added a blue hue to everything in the bathroom so that added another layer of complexity. Nevertheless, at the end of the renovation, it all ended up working out and we learned so much through the process! Let me show you what we started with.
One of the first things we did was decide on a color palette. We ended up going with a very neutral, monochromatic theme of grays to evoke a calm and relaxed feeling. We chose materials and finishes that we thought would stand the test of time and always be a blank canvas that we could easily layer with accent pieces that we could switch in and out.
After we chose a palette, we moved on to some structural changes. To save time and money, we decided to keep the existing footprint of our bathroom and give it a cosmetic face lift instead. We really wanted to remove the jacuzzi tub and put a free standing one but we just couldn’t make it work because of the size of the space. It would have been a tight squeeze so instead we decided to remove all the tile from the bathtub and add custom wainscoting to give it a more classic feel. As far as specific colors go, we actually hired a color consultant to help us with our skylight dilemma. Her name is Kylie Interiors, and we were so happy with her choices. We ended up painting the wainscoting SW Extra White and the walls Sherwin Williams On the Rocks.
Then we moved on to styling our vanity. We decided to save money and keep the base of our vanity because it was a custom size and just refreshed it by sanding it down, painting it, and replacing the countertop and doors. The color we chose for the vanity and wainscoting was Sherwin Williams Extra White. We added simple chrome knobs and chose a honed marble counter top that we loved. Instead of using one oversized mirror we decided to put two elegant mirrors with a sconce in between which really elevated the small space and gave it an elegant touch.
Next, we progressed to the shower. We ended up gutting the whole thing and putting in a frameless glass door. For the tile, we went with a very simple and clean look by choosing white matte subway tile and faux marble tile at the base.
Despite some of the challenges we encountered in this renovation, we are so pleased with the final result. This project really taught us the importance of planning ahead. We learned that it is crucial to take the time to gather all elements of a room first and then observe how they interact with each other. We also realized how much of a factor light plays in a space. These invaluable lessons have come a long way and have truly helped us in subsequent projects.
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