Since we have lived in our home for 20 years now, we decided it is time to update our master bathroom!
Through the years, we have made a few cosmetic changes such as painting and adding plantation shutters…
In fact, if you look at my bathroom from the angle above, it doesn’t look that bad.
I love the wall color – Amsterdam by Benjamin Moore and of course I love the plantation shutters! Over the years, I have added shutters to several rooms in our home so these will be staying in the bathroom. Actually, one of the only things that will be staying are those shutters!
The idea to update our bathroom started with our shower…
By looking at our shower, you can tell it’s been here for 20 years. We are not fooling anyone. Obviously, the brassy gold doors are dated but the biggest problem is the tile. It’s just horrible. Don’t zoom in or you will see the mildew in the grout lines that will just not come out! Over the years, we have scraped out the grout and replaced it countless times. It’s just not worth it anymore.
Originally, we thought of just replacing the shower since the rest of the bathroom is in okay shape. Then we thought it over and realized we should just bite the bullet and do a full renovation. I know, I wouldn’t have been happy in the end if we just fixed the shower.
Other reasons to updated the master bathroom…
When I really took a look around our bathroom, I realized there were many things I wanted to update!
First, we want to remove the soffits. What is the purpose of those things anyway?
As you can see, we also still have huge builder style mirrors stuck to the walls. The photo above shows my side of the bathroom but on the other side of the Jacuzzi is the exact same layout for my husband. The vanities are in an “L” shape so we don’t have a huge place to stand, especially with that monstrosity of a Jacuzzi in the middle of the room!
While we are talking about the vanities, I should mention that I am not thrilled with their reddish-brown color either. For the counters, we have builder-quality cultured marble. Luckily, we were smart enough to choose very plain, neutral colors for the counters and tile but we are just ready for a change. Lastly, the hot water side of my faucet is broken and has fallen off.
One area of the bathroom that won’t change…
This is an older photo of our toilet closet. Since this photo was taken, we replaced this bisque colored toilet with a white one so this area will stay pretty much the same. Well, except the floor…and the paint color…oh and the toilet paper holder.
Our plan for updating the bathroom:
In renovating our bathroom, I want a timeless look. This is going to be the only time we do this and I want a classic look that won’t look dated in a few years. Doesn’t everyone seem to say that?
Here is what we need to replace:
- Enlarge the shower and update the tile and doors.
- Rip out the Jacuzzi (and surround) and replace it with a free standing tub.
- Replace the “L” shape cabinets with ones that go straight across along the opposite walls.
- Remove the soffit and the scary-big mirrors.
- (Basically, gut the bathroom)
Here is the tentative plan for updating our master bathroom:
- Free standing tub under window
- White cabinets along the long wall where the sinks are. (The wall is about 82 inches wide so it’s really hard to find a free standing vanity).
- Floor – 12 x 24 porcelain tiles in a marble look with some gray possibly with a basket weave “rug” in front of tub.
- Large subway tiles for shower – porcelain with marble look
- Shower floor in basket weave marble.
- Chrome fixtures throughout.
Here are a few things I have committed to so far:
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The tub shown is a cast iron version but I am going to be buying an acrylic one.
My biggest struggle is the tile. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my stories about tile shopping. I will continue to post more as I shop my way through the state of New Jersey (and Pennsylvania) looking for the perfect tile. Wish me luck!
I will try to post weekly updates on how the bathroom renovation is coming along.
Our contractor is ready to start ripping things out as soon as I get my plan in place. I hope you will follow along! It’s been a few years since we have taken on a large renovation. Last time, we renovated our kitchen so I know how disruptive a renovation can be. I am not looking forward to the mess but I can’t wait for the results!
Have you updated a master bathroom recently?
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