Master Bathroom

My UP-dated Master Bath

At the end of January, I stood in our master bathroom and declared it dated (see here).



Maybe the subzero temperatures and snow had me a little itchy. Ok, very itchy. For a new project.

Black walls gone!

Black walls gone!

To save money and construction headaches, I kept the existing floor and wall tile in the bathroom.  The wall tile was fine.  The floor tile I inherited and did NOT like.  So I had to figure that out.

Vanity top off!

Vanity top off!

The doors, trim and ceiling all got a fresh coat of Farrow and Ball paint in the color Pointing.

To add some dimension, I decided to wallpaper the bathroom instead of painting it.

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Even though I craved wallpaper in a big pattern or bold color…

Wallpaper samples up for review

Wallpaper samples up for review

Nope.  Looked completely ridiculous with the floor.

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So I chose a textured neutral from Philip Jeffries in Snowfall that looks fab.

The double vanity…  The cost to replace it was a lot higher than I thought because it was not a standard size.  Plan B.  Paint it and put on new knobs.

I tried a few different colors on the cabinet doors and fell in love with Farrow and Ball London Stone.  This color actually “worked” with the tile floor and helped ground the vanity in the room.

RH "Strande" knobs

RH “Strande” pulls

The new Strande pulls from Restoration Hardware looked great too!

The plan for the new vanity top was originally marble, but we fell in love with a Crystal Quartzite in white that brightens the whole room.

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New sinks from Kohler and new faucets from Kallista finished the job.

I replaced the old double sconce with a new Campaign triple sconce from Restoration Hardware to add more light in the room.

The (dusty) ruffled curtains across the French doors went away.  In their place, a modern Grassweave roller shade from The Shade Store in Oatmeal.

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I recycled my Quadrille wallpaper samples inside the vanity drawers so I could see this fabulous pattern everyday, even if it was not on my walls…

The little toilet room also got a coat of F&B London Stone instead of wallpaper to change things up, plus a new vintage Perrier poster.

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I did get my pop of color with an orange vintage poster above the double vanity.  LOVE.

We made no changes to the glass shower (even more of the tan/black tile…) or tub.

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It was a fairly quick redesign and not too expensive.  We are VERY happy with the results.

It actually feels like a whole new room without one structural change!

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My Dated Master Bath

The Master Bathroom was added to our house in 1996 as part of a big renovation by the prior owner.  When we moved in nine years later, it still looked pretty good to me!  All I had to do was paint the walls, add curtains to the oddly placed French doors directly across from the glass shower (hello neighbors) and buy towels to match everything.

The one thing I really didn’t like was the taupe/black tile floor.  I am not a huge fan of taupe, so I had to work around it and decided to paint the walls black and everything else white.  For the record, it is not a good idea to have a black bathroom where you put on makeup because you come out looking like a circus clown.

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I was also stuck with this giant tub.  I am not a bath person, but my contractor told me the tub weighed 800,000 pounds and would be a nightmare to get out of the room.  The doorway to the master bath is really small (24″ across) and the tub is 30″ across so we would have to cantilever it off the side of the house to get it out.  No thanks.

Favorite 20 year-old soap dish

Favorite 20 year-old soap dish

Right after the holidays, I walked into the master bath and suddenly everything looked really tired.  Time for a facelift.  I was still stuck with the taupe/black tile floor because there was radiant heat under it and it would cost a fortune to mess with all of that, so (again) I keep the floor!

First order of business is a new double vanity.  This one is falling apart.

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This is the look I want to replace it with.  Since I have to work with the tile floor, I want the rest of the bathroom clean and modern.

For the top, I want to do a white stone.  This granite is really durable and will also pick up a few of the colors from the floor.  Right now we have a white Corian vanity top with molded sinks.  Bye!!!!

Kallista Sink

Kallista Sink

Nice, new porcelain sinks.

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The old faucet on the left and the style I want to replace it with on the right.

Photos from Dated Master Bath
To wallpaper or to paint…..  The black walls have to go, but painting the bathroom white or cream seems really boring.  Here is a selection of wallpaper from Quadrille.  Or grass cloth on the walls?  Black and white wallpaper?  What do you think?

I also have to replace the white, ruffled SHOWER curtains from Anthropologie that I have for privacy on the French doors.  They definitely go into the category of “what was I thinking?”  I want to do one modern roller shade across the French doors in one of these colors.  I like the middle one, but am open to suggestions!

Last piece, a new sconce.  This is the one we have.

I want a new, modern sconce over the sinks.  Maybe a double version of this?

That’s it.  All of the trim will be painted white to match the vanity, tub and wall tile.

Stay tuned for the final product!  Please comment with your opinions too, I need them…

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