This bathroom was your typical 1990s contractor-grade, character-less master bath. It had certainly served its purpose for 20+ years, but the homeowners were ready for something that felt more like a spa, a personal retreat, and a peaceful way to start and end their day. They had already painted it a calming blue as a way to bring some inspiration and vision before we began.
The first day we arrived, we unhooked their existing sink and vanity top, disconnected the plumbing, and carried the giant double vanity and ugly top out to the trailer. Next, we took down the mirror clips and mirror as well as any accessories. Then came the preexisting shower surround. We (and the homeowners) were happy to see minimal water damage or mold behind the surround. Lastly, we disconnected the toilet. Once everything had been removed, we were able to pull up the dated linoleum flooring.
Phil framed out the new shower and we instantly noticed how much more room it provided the owners as well as how it brightened up the bathroom. They wanted all white tiles with a glass feature strip and niche, to keep it as spa-like and airy as possible. Side note: We always use Schluter systems for our tile showers, as they provide the most water-tight durability that we have found. It took us about a week to frame, Schluter, and tile the new shower.
We included two corner shelves – one for bar soap and the other for balancing a foot while shaving, and the threshold was a piece of carrerra marble that we picked up from our local tile shop and then cut to fit. We had to special order the glass doors from a local glass shop, so they took another few weeks to come in.
Once the shower was complete, we were ready to move on to the floor. We repaired any subfloor damage, leveled it out, added cement board, and tiled away.
After the tiles were set we were able to install these new, modern and clean vanities. Again, they instantly brightened up the room and created more functional, usable space. I also love that the visible legs add even more open, airy space. We hung the corresponding mirrors and the light fixture above. Directly across from the vanity was their whirlpool tub, which had super-tacky wooden access panels that needed to be changed asap. We replaced the doors with simple white panels and ordered an additional set of vanity handles to keep with the overall theme. All the of the bright white and chrome accents throughout the bathroom complemented the blue-gray paint so well, it’s amazing they are the same color walls that we began with!
After all of these major changes were complete, we reinstalled the toilet, added new chrome accents with the toilet paper holder, towel hooks, and accessories. Then finally, weeks later, the custom doors arrived and were installed – and the most beautiful, functional, and peaceful spa inspired master bathroom was complete!