If you are looking for bathroom redecorating ideas, this eclectic, deco, glam master bathroom makeover will provide lots of inspiration and product sources.
Week 6 of the One Room Challenge is here, and I can’t believe I got it done…well, mostly done…) After all those weeks of tiling, my master bathroom actually looks like a bathroom again!
Back To The Beginning
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To remind you, this is what the bathroom looked like when I started. It was a partly-done makeover where I had painted the walls gray and added some marble tile but didn’t change out the original blue floor tiles or any of the fixtures (in other words, I left all the hard stuff the way it was).
So this time I decided to bite the bullet and start over from scratch. Okay, if I’m being honest, I was forced to bite the bullet by a leak which required the tub to be removed…which in turn caused some of the tiles to be taken up. And since I had to fix the tiles anyway, I decided to go for the whole she-bang. You can get more of the before pictures (and the details of my leak story) in week 1 of the bathroom makeover HERE.
This was the mood board I came up with for my eclectic, deco, glam master bathroom (now there’s a style for you). You can read more about my master bathroom design in week 2’s post.
And then I spent
years, okay, weeks (it just seemed like years) taking up old tile and putting down new tile. If you want all of the nitty gritty details, read bathroom makeover week 3 (to learn the best way to get thinset off of concrete), week 4 (to see some tiling progress), and yet another bathroom makeover status update in week5. (I wasn’t kidding when I said it took weeks!)
The Change In Plans
As usual for me, I came up with a fairly major design change half way through the project.
I fell in love with this zebra wallpaper from Scalamandre, but couldn’t justify the price for my builder grade home…so decided to do a DIY version of it by painting the walls silver and adding a zebra stencil.
Have you ever tried to find a zebra stencil that is large enough to make a statement, has some character to it, and can be delivered in 2 days? It’s impossible!
So I ended up making my own stencils (using an Adobe Stock image by Jeff Bird). Actually. And they turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.
Then I painted them on the wall, and felt like I was being overrun with zebras!! Since I didn’t want to feel claustrophobic in my own bathroom, I painted over the small ones with another coat of silver paint. (Good thing this paint is thick enough to cover cleanly.) Which suits me much better. It also proves that if I get tired of the zebras some day down the road, I can easily get rid of them! (Another benefit of stenciling over using the wallpaper.)
The pared down version suits me much better. It also proves that if I get tired of the zebras some day down the road, I can easily get rid of them! (Another benefit of stenciling over using the wallpaper.)
The Finished Room
Anyhow, enough of the bathroom back story, let’s get to the good part…the final reveal…
We’re at the end of the challenge and I finally have my master bathroom back! No more trekking to the other side of the house to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. (I know…first world problems…but the dog will be happy I’m not tripping over him in the dark anymore. )
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The new vanity has a marble top and under mount sinks, and is definitely an upgrade from the original builder-grade cabinet.
I bought large baskets that fit perfectly in the open space under the vanity, and they work well for storing towels.
The little DIY sparkly silver shelf I made a while back is perfect for storing face cloths. And I love the fingertip towels I found with the purple flowers…they help to tie in the colors from my master bedroom.
They also look great on the gray and white marble countertop.
I painted the doors black to go with the new black crown molding. I think it also makes the marble trim around the doors stand out more. I think it you’re going to go through the trouble of adding marble trim to the doorway, you should notice it 🙂
You also get a pretty good view of the zebras in this picture.
At the other end of the room, my new freestanding bathtub fits perfectly in the space where the old built-in tub used to be. There isn’t any room to expand that space where the tub is (it’s actually an alcove under the stairs). So I had to get a tub that was less than 58″ wide. And I didn’t want to give up any sitting length or water depth in the tub itself. Finding a free standing tub that fit all those criteria was tricky!
Since the tub doesn’t have a deck for things like soap and shampoo, I built a ledge against the wall. It’s also the right size for a big bouquet of flowers!
The gray and white Turkish cotton towels are a bit of a luxury. As is the towel warmer…but now that I have one, I think it would be hard to give it up 🙂
The bench is also a good place to rest a tray with spa accessories if I really want to pamper myself.
Speaking of the bench, I think this might be the most multi-functional piece of furniture I own. Besides being perfect for a tray, it’s a really comfortable place to sit, and it has a storage space…which I’ll be using as my laundry hamper.
The console table fits perfectly under the window. And provides a space for my makeup mirror.
You can also see my new roman shade which is cordless…and folds automatically when you put it up. This is the first time I’ve had one of these and I love it!
How could I forget? There’s also the tile…I think the big floor tiles help to make the room feel bigger. And they coordinate very well with the marble wall tiles.
Besides tearing out and installing tile, I also painted tile. These ones around the shower used to be blue…I used the same silver paint as I did on the walls to make them match with the rest of the bathroom.
I hung my black and white fashion prints beside the tub alcove.
Then added some candles and flowers (these ones are actually faux flowers).
My purple vase holds a whole bunch of flowers!
And I couldn’t resist this purple orchid. I’m not very good at keeping house plants alive so we’ll have to see how long it survives. (My mother says they’re not hard to grow…you can see her tips on caring for orchids HERE).
Last but not least is my ceramic cat toilet brush holder. I’m not sure this is really an accessory (since it really is serving a purpose), but it looks like one…
And if (or maybe I should say when?) I change my mind on my master bedroom color scheme, it will be easy to update the bathroom. All of the tough-to-replace elements are neutral colors!
So I mentioned very briefly at the beginning that I didn’t quite get everything done. So what’s left?
You may have noticed that there aren’t any faucets on the tub. Those did not get installed in time for the pictures.
Same with the new shower doors. They are still in the box.
And I wasn’t able to find a place to fit in a pull-out ironing board (which was one of my wish list items). So for now, I put my over-the-door version in the closet. I guess I’ll have to make over my closet one of these days to find a good place for it.
Floor and Walls
Black paint – Benjamin Moore Onyx
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This post was originally published on May 10, 2017 but was updated with new content on November 30, 2021.