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Master Bathroom Reno

The bathrooms are done! Yay! It’s still so hard to believe they are finally done and we can enjoy them. No more running downstairs to the basement for midnight potty runs! We are so thankful to Laurel builders for turning our designs into reality. They were amazing to work with! I thought I would show you the master bath first because to me that is really the biggest change. We didn’t get too fancy with this bathroom or really either one. I tend to like to keep the things in a house that are difficult to change more simple and versatile. Then I can change up my color schemes as I feel with accessories. I love all the fun patterned tile and wallpaper out there but I just don’t think I could commit to one for a long period of time.

I used to watch those house hunter shows and get so annoyed when the couple would complain about how small their bathroom was and they just NEEDED a new house. After using ours I finally understood. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful just to have a master bath but there was definitely some poor planning that went on there. Our biggest challenge was to make it feel as spacious as possible without changing the square footage at all. To do that we took down the wall that divided the shower and replaced it with glass doors. Because of this we also had to move the plumbing which made more sense with the size of the shower. We were always having to stand in there sideways, it felt so crammed! It seems so much larger now and we actually cut down the size of the shower by 6″ so that we didn’t have to pay for a custom size shower pan.

We also opted for a wall mounted sink. I felt the sacrifice on storage was worth it to get a little more space. We ended up making up for it with the wall to wall medicine cabinets. Anything that is too large to fit in the cabinets then gets stored in a basket under the sink.

Medicine Cabinets / Wall Mount Faucet / Shower Fixtures / Shower Pan / Bath Towels 

Another huge space saver was turning the door into a pocket door. This was something I thought we could wait to do to save money but Nate talked me into doing it now while we were already making the mess. Man I am so glad we did it, it makes such a huge difference!

I think Nate and I’s favorite thing though is the under and overhead LED light strips on the medicine cabinet. We have something similar in our old loft that was made with rope lights and we always loved it. It makes such a dramatic difference and I tend to leave it on all day 😬

Heres some more fun shots of the final project:

Floor Tile / Wall Mount Sink / Toilet / Paint Benjamin Moore White Dove 

4 x 16 Matte White Subway Tile 

Marble Tank Tray / Mini Succulents / Jacks Ring Holder / Beard Brush 

I will post more on our main bath next time and will include the budget for the whole project with a breakdown.

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  • Reply Lisa

    Hi Hello Refuge! I’m looking into ideas for renovating our small bathroom and came across your post. Can I ask what material is your shower pan? I’m sourcing one right now and they said it was acrylic. Yours does not look acrylic to me. I love the idea of no grout to clean! Both your bathrooms are gorgeous. 🙂

    July 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply Tiff

      Hey Lisa! Thank you!! 🙂 Sorry for the late response. Ours is acrylic as well, we found it on Amazon, here is the link to ours We absolutely love it. I did not want to have to deal with keeping grout clean and I think it still looks clean and modern. This one I especially liked because the lip that you have to step over is much smaller than a lot of the others we found. Good luck with your renovation!!

      July 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Denaye

    I am thinking of doing the same idea with the mirror across the wall and above the toilet. I am wondering what kind of light you have ? Is it in the ceiling? The light that is currently in our bathroom is a vanity light (not sure what they are called- but it’s above the mirror on the wall) and I was hoping not to have to change it but am not sure how it would look. Any opinions or ideas? Thanks!

    October 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply Tiff

      Hey Denaye!
      Yes ours is 2 can lights in the ceiling, one above the toilet and the other above the sink. If you don’t want to do that I have seen it a couple different ways. I have seen it where it is attached to the wall above the mirror but it is either centered above the mirror or one on each side. Since ours is a medicine cabinet it sticks out from the wall too much and would have covered the light. If you are doing a flat mirror I think it would work just fine! Hopefully that helps 😉

      October 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

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