Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Master Bath Revamp-The Before

I posted yesterday about how we are working on a little mini makeover of our master bathroom. It is not in need of a major overhaul, just a little polishing. We may be moving next year (not sure yet) so we didn't want to do anything too expensive or put a huge amount of time into the project. We simply wanted to work mostly with what we had while changing a few details to make it feel a bit more like a true master bath. Similar to what we did in our hall bath makeover.

One corner of our bedroom is currently the staging area for all the tools and supplies we have purchased and gathered for the project. This gives you a little hint on what's to come.

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But you can't share a room makeover without revealing the crucial "before" shot. I haven't posted photos of my master bathroom before because I really didn't like how it looked. Now I am posting it for the world to see all its boring, blah, plain jane potential.

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On the list of things to fix:

1. Flooring-This is a biggie. The white vinyl flooring is 15 years old and it shows. While I do like white on almost any surface, white floors are not my favorite. They are just not very practical especially with two cats that shed like crazy and love to hang out in the bathroom.

2. The big Hollywood dressing room style light fixture.-This thing has been driving me crazy for awhile. Does anyone look good under those lighting conditions?

3. The orangey oakey vanity-We can't afford to replace it so it's getting a new coat of paint. Hopefully, this paint project will go better than the "purple paint" fiasco I encountered while painting the vanity in the other bathroom.

4. Paint color-I'm over the blue. It's time for something fresh and different

5. Window treatment for the huge window over the bathtub.-In 5 years I have never put a curtain or blinds on that window. It's frosted glass so nobody can see in, but the window itself looks a bit naked.

6. Playing up the gigantic mirror-We don't want to get into ripping out the mirror, so we will work with it and try to dress it up a bit.

7. New bathroom hardware-Our cheapey towel bar is cracked and falling apart. Time for some sparkling new hardware to add the finishing touch.

8. Replace the faucets-The faucets are the cheapest kind you can buy and after 15 years have accumulated a large amount of gross and yuck. One of the handles is turning green, ewwww.

I'll be posting the various progress we make in the coming days and weeks. I hope to get this project wrapped up fairly quickly, but you know how it goes with home improvement.


  1. were working on our bathroom now, this is great advice!

  2. Good ideas. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

  3. Wow your master bath is almost identical to ours! Just the shower and tub are switched. I will be interested to see what you do!


  4. A couple of bathroom redos are in our VERY near future. Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with yours!

  5. Your bathroom is going to look great! Can't wait to see the finished product!
    We also have a frosted glass window in our bathroom, and I haven't put any window treatments on it for the same reason. "no one can see in, so why bother?", but I think a window treatment would dress it up so much.
    I agree, no more runway lights! I hate those things! Why did we love them so much in the 80's and 90's? I don't know. But we have them in our secondary bathroom, and I can't wait to be rid of them.
    Can't wait to see what you decide to do with your mirror. We have builder standard mirrored frameless medicine cabinets in our bathrooms, and were thinking about taking apart the cabinet, and just framing the mirrors, and reinstalling them on the wall. Not sure if it will work out, but it's gotta be better than what we got, right?
    Anyway, hope you have fun working on the bath! Have a great day, and a Happy New Year. Beth.

  6. Yay! New lights! I know how much you've wanted to change yours. I am so doing our bathroom in May--after the book is written.

  7. I can't wait to see what you will do.
    I am also in need of a bathroom revamp. Our bathrooms could be clones when it comes to cabniets, lighting and mirror! Time of late has had me waiting and dreaming of ideas.

    Good luck!


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