Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Master Bathroom Remodel (No… It's Not Mine Again)

One thing leads to another.

Such was the case with my parent's master bathroom.

It was a nice, neutral bathroom just minding its business. But, a pesky, recurring shower leak started to really wreak havoc. The shower would have to be torn apart. And, tearing apart the shower would mean replacing tile. And, if you're going to replace tile, you may as well just update the whole bathroom.

Right? Right. 

Here's how it started out…


My mother didn't want the expense of replacing the floor tile, so we worked with what she had. The changes we made were:

  • new tile for the shower and tub surround
  • shower was expanded a few inches, and the bench was removed
  • new frameless shower door
  • new cabinet hardware, faucets and lighting

Here's how it turned out…


One of the challenges was finding tile to coordinate with the white tub, the off-white trim and cabinetry paint, and the beige floor tile. White subway tile (that wasn't too bright white) worked nicely. 

Can you ever go wrong with subway tile? I say no!

The mosaic accent tile, with a combination of green sea glass, tumbled travertine and carrara marble perfectly joined all the colors of the room together. 

Here is the shower before…

And after…

My parents decided to forego a shower bench in favor of a larger shower. If you ever do this, just keep in mind that a little ledge helps the ladies with the leg shaving!!

I recommended the shower head on a slide bar. It makes shower cleaning so much easier!!

You can catch a glimpse of the shower niche below...

Across from the tub and shower, the vanity got a little facelift. Here it is before…

We said buh bye to the shiny brass sconces and the combo chrome/brass fixtures. Pretty crystal knobs and new lighting freshen up the space.

The finishing touch will be a window treatment for the glass block bad boy. We shopped for fabric today, and I'll be sure to show you when it's finished.

My parents are really enjoying the updated space. So, I guess they should thank the leak that started it all :)


  1. looks great! But I had to comment because this bathroom (the "before") looks EXACTLY like my Mom's bathroom. Like...exactly. It must be the same builder. It is a gated adult community in South Carolina (not to get too specific).

  2. That is a lovely update to your mom's bathroom. It is amazing what some new tile can do for a space.

  3. Wow! It looks great! Love the mosaic tile and new vanity area.

  4. Carolyn this is gorgeous!! Your parents' bathroom looks a lot like mine. When I showed my hubby the photos,he agreed that maybe it's time to give our bath a facelift. Please share all the product details before he changes his mind!

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  6. Stephanie… e-mail me at All the tile came from Home Depot. I can give you the links to the products.