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The Great Master Bath Redo

Posted: April 19th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

If the Thrifty Decor Chick asks, I do.

So I got a comment the other day from Sarah asking me to show more pictures of our master bathroom. I just thought that was so nice of her to ask and of course I would love to! So let’s go over my master bath makeover story and I’ll link this one in on another Met Monday @ Susan’s!

The bathroom was probably the room in the house that needed the most love, but as many of you that move into fixer uppers realize - you do the rooms that people see the most, first, and leave the ones that they don’t, last.

Sadly this meant that we were left with this:


…for a long time.

Yes, pink carpet, low vanities, a half wall for the taupe toilet (like that really gave much privacy), layers of wallpaper and yes, pink carpet.

Okay, time to move on.

The best part was hitting down the half wall - just like on tv. Then we were tired already. So many projects and we were just exhausted so we thought of all our time saving decorating techniques and here are some of them:

1. Don’t tear off the wallpaper - instead use a joint compound as a texturizing element to the walls and then paint over. It is probably so hard to even see the texturing - but that is what is nice, you can make it just how you want it for the space - light or heavy. 



2. Now we only had to texturize and paint the top since we used high wainscoating painted in black. Can anyone name the inspirational restaurant? Anyone even care? Oh well, I’ll keep the suspense and tell at the end! Ha!



3. My husband and his twin brother tiled the beautiful floors in a travertine which was on sale at Home Depot. I thought they might be too light but they are just perfect. I’ll say it — you guys were right.



4. Then the vanity beauties came in. These were our anniversary gifts to each other from Z Gallerie and they fit so perfectly in the space. Especially after I got my drawer dilemma all fixed!

{Vanity before}


{Vanity after}



5. We waited until  Hobby Lobby had their mirrors half off and we scored big on these gorgeous pieces! 


6.  I also found a little cabinet for inbetween the two vanities at Home Decorators Collection that just fit perfectly to hold some accessories - although I think it’s original purpose was a laundry basket?

7. We  installed a new white toilet. What a concept. White.

{Toilet before}


{Toilet after}


I found both the waste basket and ladder for steals at garage sales. And if you are looking for a toilet paper holder in the picture you will not find one. I know you are probably not looking, but if you want to know, I just have a wire basket that holds rolls on the other side of the toilet.


8. A new, unique light fixture. Just for the record- I wanted a fancy chandiler but my husband spotted this Tiffany looking dome at Lowes and we saved a good chunk of money and it was still very unique looking in the space. I actually think it matches with the decor better too. (Yes, you were right, AGAIN!)  


9. We did price new showers and it is something that we would still like to do but for the time being - the shower works fine and really just needed the doors taken off, and the curtains burned replaced with a plain shower curtain. Now the taupe shower actually blends in quite nicely with the paint color! How lucky are we?!

{Shower before}


{Shower after}



10. We didn’t have a door between the master bedroom and bath and so we just hung a curtain to separate the two spaces.


11. On a trip to IKEA we snatched this amazing clock for a great price.  Finally the space was complete. And the wait was worth it!


And I guess that is my sign that it’s time to go! 


Hope you enjoyed the pictures and have a wonderful Monday!


{Answer: Tall Black Beadboard - Your local Jason’s Deli!}

♥ Katie

10 Comments on “The Great Master Bath Redo”

  1. 1 Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said at 7:24 pm on April 19th, 2009:

    Wow, what a difference, it looks gorgeous! :O)

  2. 2 Kammy said at 7:53 pm on April 19th, 2009:

    Thanks for the inspiration , I have a bathroom that needs remodeled….last
    room….Hugs ~ Kammy

  3. 3 abeachcottage said at 12:08 am on April 20th, 2009:

    g’day, I surfed on in her for met monday, great job, I love the ladder


  4. 4 Susan said at 4:11 am on April 20th, 2009:

    This is truly a transformation! I like everything you did—but doesn’t it take forever ? (not at all like HGTV :) I have noticed builders are not putting toilet paper dsispenser in many houses so you are right in style! Enjoyed my first visit!

  5. 5 Tricia Anne said at 8:19 am on April 20th, 2009:

    Wow! So luxurious! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  6. 6 Lindsay @ Peacock Blue said at 8:26 am on April 20th, 2009:

    This looks great! I love your ladder for towels, I have a bamboo ladder in my powder room too. It holds magazines on the steps. My husband calls it the “ladder to nowhere”.

  7. 7 Sofia Striffler said at 3:45 pm on April 20th, 2009:

    I love the bathroom makeover and especially the vanity. Great finds. Colors are fabulous.
    Wonderful job.

  8. 8 Mrs. Petrie said at 8:42 pm on April 20th, 2009:

    Wow, it looks amazing! Our ensuite bathroom needs so much work, but nobody sees it, so we keep putting it off. Nice job!

  9. 9 June said at 9:50 am on April 21st, 2009:

    Oh my goodness, your bathroom is gorgeous! I love it!

  10. 10 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 3:06 pm on April 22nd, 2009:

    I love, love, love it!! This is sooo my style. That black beadboard is awesome. And those floors a just beautiful…perfect to lighten up the space just a bit. Gorg!!

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