Room by Room Recap – Master Bathroom

UPDATE: Click here to see our latest updates, including vanity hardware, new lighting, and a new shower head! For sources, click here!

Last week I revealed the “after” shots of our master bathroom.  We have done a lot of work and made a lot of changes to our historic home, but this bathroom is by far the biggest change. At one time, part of the upstairs of the house was a separate apartment.  Our master bedroom was the living room, our office was the bedroom, and our new master bathroom was the kitchen.  In houses as old as ours, you virtually never get big bathrooms and big closets.  But since we knew this would be our forever home, and we really had no need for a kitchen upstairs, we decided to go all out and completely rethink the space. Here’s a drawing of our blank slate. blank

And here’s the option we landed on. (You can see all of our options here.) Option 3 So, without further adieu…our master bathroom renovation! IMG_2620 IMG_3574 IMG_3575 6.12 IMG_3465 IMG_3466 IMG_3467 IMG_3468 IMG_3469 IMG_3470 IMG_4563 IMG_4564 IMG_4565 IMG_4567 IMG_4572 IMG_4651 IMG_5167 IMG_5169 IMG_5170 IMG_5173 IMG_5188 IMG_5193 IMG_5196 IMG_5197 IMG_5232 IMG_5233 IMG_5235 IMG_5242 IMG_5259 IMG_5314 IMG_5316 IMG_5320 IMG_5373 IMG_5374 IMG_5375 IMG_5376 IMG_5380 IMG_5381 IMG_5476 IMG_5477 IMG_5478 IMG_5479 IMG_5482 diy 1 tape 1 diy 3 image_2 IMG_5485 IMG_5487 IMG_5807 IMG_5809 IMG_5810 What we’ve finished:

  1. Remove kitchenette cabinetry and sink
  2. Remove hot water heater
  3. Remove vinyl flooring
  4. Close up pantry door (became part of the closet wall)
  5. Repair plaster where necessary
  6. Install tile floor in herringbone pattern
  7. Build a water closet for the toilet
  8. Install new toilet
  9. Install tile and glass shower
  10. Install refinished pedestal tub from the office bathroom
  11. Install vanity
  12. Install vanity sconces, vanity mirrors, lights, and ventilation fans
  13. Prep, prime, and paint walls, trim, and ceiling
  14. Hang blinds

What’s left:

  1. Install new overhead light (update!)
  2. Install vanity hardware (update!)
  3. Add rugs and mats
  4. Add built in linen closet

We put the palm in the bathroom for our open house to help fill the empty space in front of the chimney, but eventually we’d like to add a built-in unit for linens.  Maybe something similar to this or this. To see my inspiration for this bathroom, look here! B&A1 - 702parkproject MBath B&A2 - 702parkproject MBath B&A3 - 702parkproject MBath The figures…this room is 11′ x 15′ with 10′ ceilings.  There are 2 windows, 2 interior doors, 1 chimney (no fireplace) and 1 exterior door leading to the upstairs porch. Be sure to check out these other Room By Room Recaps:

  1. Formal Living Room
  2. Den
  3. Den Bathroom
  4. Dining Room
  5. Gold Room
  6. Bear Room
  7. Butler’s Pantry
  8. Foyer & Stairs
  9. Master Closet
  10. Mud Room
  11. Home Office
  12. Office Bathroom
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65 comments on “Room by Room Recap – Master Bathroom

  1. First, let me start by saying that you are an inspiration. Purchasing an older home to redo is my life dream. Add a large piece of woody land for my two boys to explore, a spot for a horse and I am all set!

    The layout you chose is great and there were elements that I wouldn’t have thought of! Creating a space from a blank slate is no easy task. GREAT idea to keep the toilet on it’s own. :) The tile… oh my – I love the tile! The large sink / cabinet is dreamy as well. Soooo much space!

  2. OH MY GOODNESS. Amazing doesn’t even… The transformation, the love and the care you are giving these walls is so awesome. Love watching the process. :) It’s like Blogging Renovation Realities :)

  3. I just picked my jaw up from the ground. This transformation is truly amazing! Bravo to you for taking your vision and turning into something spectacular! I’d love for you to share this at my Creative Ways Link Party that goes live on Wednesday evenings at 8pm central. Hope to see you there!

  4. Wow! I am kind of speechless! The transformation is overwhelming and amazing! I love the style you chose. I am glad that you were able to reuse that door for the toilet room and those fantastic, chunky baseboards! :) Kudos and high five to incredible work! :D

    1. Thanks, Julie! We did our best to come up with a modern bathroom while still using the traditional design elements found in the rest of the house…like the moldings and doors. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. This is amazing. Love all the white tiles. So clean and fresh. It was great you took all the before pictures because the transformation is unbelievable. Great job!

  6. You guys are so incredibly inspiring. My hubby does’t have much time for blogs and such but I insist that he comes over and sees your work since we’ve acquired our old historic home. It’s encouraging to see your amazing work!! Thanks for sharing on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays!!

  7. Oh my God – this is just gorgeous – what a beautiful transformation
    ( it looks like we’ve bought the same fixer upper – but our bathrooms have to wait for next year )
    This is such an inspiring post for me to see !!!

    1. Thanks Suzan! I definitely understand…our kitchen is just going to have to work for a few years, but we’re so happy we did the bathroom!

  8. How absolutely gorgeous! You should be very proud of yourself, it’s wonderful. I know it was a lot of work. I found it featured on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. I’m heading now to check out all your other rooms :)

  9. What a huge renovation project! I love the results. Were you able to salvage the old kitchen cabinets? They looked hand crafted. I bet your home is relatively the same age as ours-looks to be anyway. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Thanks, Alison! We loved those cabinets and definitely held on to them. We hope we can use them somewhere, even if it’s just in the garage or attic later on.

  10. It’s amazing! It’s nice to see someone fixing up an old place because they want to live in it and love it for years and not just to flip it. I hope you continue to love it for a long time to come.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. So beautiful. You guys are an inspiration; there’s a ton of work that went into this… and the clean lines and thoughtful touches are gorgeous. Happy SITS day!

  12. Very impressive. I see you got a glimpse of the history of flooring. We did too when we redid our old house’s kitchen. I really like the lighting arrangement. We put one fixture in the middle and it’s hard for me to get good light for make up. Wish we had been so smart! It really turned out fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving, Linda
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  13. WOW. This is crazy!! What an amazing transformation. You guys are so brave!! And I thought we had it bad carving up our home from 1991… at least we are starting with drywall! I’m SO impressed! Beautiful job. If you have time to stop by tonight, I’d love for you to link up some of your projects with our Found & Foraged party! It starts at 8 pm central. Hope to see you! xo, Laura
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