When we bought our house, the master bathroom had beige walls with faux travertine on every surface. There was a big garden tub/shower combo without glass or a shower curtain, and there was a small step up to the toilet and tub area. The space itself is pretty small and narrow for a master suite, especially since the bedroom is so spacious. In an ideal, budget-free world, I would have knocked a wall down and moved plumbing around in order to add a couple feet to the width and accommodate a free standing tub and separate walk in shower. But we worked with the existing space to make it a prettier, more functional bathroom for us. Here is our master bathroom renovation before picture (while the previous owners were still living in it):
We had the whole space demoed and the floor leveled and we opted for a big, walk-in shower instead of a tub/shower combo. We have a tub in Will’s bathroom so one in ours really wasn’t necessary. In keeping with the other updates to the house, I knew I wanted our bathroom to be light, bright, and airy so I stuck with a white and gray color palette. We had the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Gray” and chose a white prefab vanity with soft closing Shaker-style doors and drawers. I picked a polished 12×24 Carrara marble tile for the floor, honed Carrara basket weave for the shower floor and niches, and classic white subway tile for the rest of the shower. We added a beautiful floating Carrara bench in the shower and stuck with solid Carrara for the shower jambs and vanity countertop. We went with polished chrome fixtures throughout the space, and swapped out the pulls that came with the vanity to match. I usually like to see two separate mirrors with sconces in between for a double vanity but since the space is so narrow, I opted for one large mirror in order to make the room feel larger. Here are the after pictures (I’ll have to get a wide angle lens one of these days):
It never ceases to amaze me what updates– big or small– can do for a space. I hope you enjoyed our master bathroom renovation before and after!