I am so excited to be sharing our master bathroom makeover today! I shared the master bath inspiration post last week so if you missed it you can go back and read it here. I also shared a few pictures of our new home in Kansas City and gave a little tour with what our upcoming plans are. Check out the home tour here.
We decided this room would be the first we’d tackle since it was small but required a little more sweat equity then say, a bedroom. It took us about 2 weeks total and I’m so glad it’s done and we can finally enjoy it.
A little walk down memory lane shows how dated everything was. The biggest projects to tackle were demoing and tiling the floor, refinishing the tub and tile backsplash, installing a new toilet and vanity, and updating the closet shelving. It is a small space so there weren’t very many options to change a lot. We were also on a budget of $1000 so we wanted to do everything as efficiently and cost-effective as possible.
We started by taking out all the old fixtures and then tearing up the floor. You can see in the before pictures that there were two little ceramic vanity holders for soap and toothbrushes. I wanted them gone so JR took a wrench and tapped them (more like a whack) to see how they were installed and they just popped off so we had to make a plan to fix the gaps (see above in far right.)
We ended up chiseling out the bottom half of the rest of the square tile and then replacing them with 4×4 tiles we bought at Lowe’s. Make sure the new tile fits flush with the wall – it might take a bit more chiseling! We glued them and then caulked the edges.
Tip: If you are doing a tile refinishing kit on these tiles – WAIT to caulk the edges until after! We didn’t and it messed with the adhesion of the paint a bit.
After demoing out all the unwanted items and getting the floor down to only the subfloor we started on the tub and tiling refinishing kit. YOU GUYS – JR and I about didn’t make it out alive. They need to put warning labels on these boxes – “Not for installation by newlyweds!” It takes A LOT of prep work and you really need to make sure everything is cleaned well – follow ALL the instructions! I don’t have a picture of the plastic wrap we had to put up over the walls, seriously, this stuff is for after your 10 year anniversary for sure. We initially bought the spray but the fumes were unbearable. We stopped halfway and went and bought the roll-on option which we would recommend you start with from the beginning. We used two total kits for the backsplash tiles and the shower. It really brightened up the shower and helped our mismatched tile situation. This is definitely a hold over and budget based option ($90 total spent compared to $500+ in new tile). I have already noticed the paint chipping in some areas so just be aware that it isn’t going to be perfect. Overall, I’m still glad we went this route.
Next was the flooring. There were essentially two layers of what would now be cement board so we took it all the way down to the subfloor. We installed cement board over the subfloor and then installed the tiles over it. We used 10 in black hexagon tiles (source link below.) It takes a little extra thinking in how to cut them then the regular square or rectangle tiles but it was pretty manageable. We went with the “Mist” colored grout which was the lightest option that wasn’t white and it still contrasted the dark tile quite a bit. If you want less of a hexagon pattern go dark – you can tell the difference the grout makes in the two photos on the right. If you want the most contrast go for the white.
New Tiler/Newlywed Tiler Tip: Push past the first hour where you feel like you are going to murder each other, it gets better. Also, have one runner/cutter and one installer. I laid all the tiles and JR measured and ran back and forth cutting the odd shaped ones.
Also, thanks Dale for letting us borrow your tiling tools!!!
Ready to see the reveal?
You guys – it turned out SO GREAT!!! I had to sway a little bit away from my original design plan due to some measurements and parts that were available (or unavailable – ugh!). I love love love how it turned out though! The all white makes the area seem so much bigger.
The elephant carrying the soap literally makes me laugh out loud. Also, does anyone else do the cup trick when you are cleaning or getting ready? I always stick my phone in a ceramic cup or bowl to make my speakers louder without having to get a speaker. The pink bowl on the sink is made exactly for that! It’s called a “boom bowl” – it has been kylie-tested and approved.
The shelving was such a tough call. I originally wanted three but the recessed lights made it hard. A third shelf would have blocked about 70% of the light on the far right. We went with two and I installed the fun little letter board to add some height. When I am done laughing at the elephant I look over at my long haired lady and I bust out laughing again! Humor in the bathroom is important guys!
The shower is so much more bright and white after painting it! I was so nervous to pull the trigger on the velvet shower curtain but I’m so glad I did! It is a curtain panel from West Elm and I got it for 50% off on their clearance rack! If you are ever shopping at the Plaza in KC there clearance section is pretty great. Usually shower curtains are 72″ but if you want to add height go for 84″ or 96″ – it is a great way to create the illusion that the ceilings are higher. They are tough to find so look in the regular curtain sections too!
We also installed a new shower faucet. I purchased a different one on Amazon that ended up not working with the plumbing so be sure to check what you are working with before you order! I also noticed Lowe’s and Home Depot have a terrible selection of non-silver/brushed nickel options. Amazon is great if you want something in a unique finish!
I also went with the majority opinion on Instagram and bought the gold hanging planter. It is so cute and makes that wall so happy! You guys have good taste! 🙂
This wall was probably my biggest headache. I’m not super familiar with the shopping in Kansas City so I didn’t know where to look for inexpensive art and I didn’t have time to order a big print. I thought about making a weaving but since it is in such a high humidity area I got scared that the yarn would curl. I shared a bathroom reno from Vintage Revivals yesterday and stumbled upon this print she had in her store. It was $9.99 for the download and I had a 20×30 printed at Sam’s club for around $9. I think it fits in perfectly. DIY will be up soon on how to make the frame!
We didn’t do much in the closet except add shelving. We have enough storage for our day to day in the vanity and this shelf. We store things like first-aid supplies (which we needed during the renovation – eek! I was the victim!) and things like bug spray and sunscreen in the main bathroom. We definitely have room to add in more shelves if we feel like we need more though.
I seriously can’t get over how great the floors turned out. I was so nervous to pull the trigger on some thing so “on-trend” but I am so glad we did. The size of the tiles and color make the room feel so much bigger!
Feeling like you want a little piece of this paradise for yourself? Well you may be able to do just that! A lucky reader is going to win my long haired lady’s face vase! To enter just comment on this post. Tell us your favorite part of the renovation! Make sure to submit your email so I can contact the winner – your email will not be able to view publicly. The winner will be announced on Monday’s post so stay tuned!
Sources (hover over items and click for links)
Vanity: Vanity: Ikea in White | Faucet: Amazon | Sink: Ikea | Vanity Knobs: World Market | Pink Boom Bowl on Sink: At Home | Elephant Soap Dish: Vintage | Soap: Wild Wash Soap from Urban Provisions | Toilet: Lowe’s | Mirror: Target
On the Shelves: Shelves: Cut Down to 4″ Wide, Ikea | Glasses: Warby Parker | Perfume: Paper Kite | Black and Pink Succulent Planters: World Market | Instax Lucite Frame: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Good Vibes Sign: Homegoods (similar) | Tall Floral Candle: World Market | Matches: Anthropologie | Face/Eyelash/Lips Planter: Varnish +Vine | Small Blue and White Vase: LUX Center for the Arts | Letter Board: Vintage from Coveted Home
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