Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Master Bathroom Renovation: Before

We have finally decided to go ahead with our master bathroom renovation after five years of living with this awful half bath. It's funny how you can used to something so ugly, but it is seriously time for this dated blue fake marble vanity to go and time to have a little sanctuary, complete with a big shower and room to move! This image is of the products and finishes that we have purchased and they should all be here by next week before they start swinging hammers!

Actual sample board: 
Strie Porcelain floor tile, 12x24 for floor and wall in shower (Tony's tile, Stoneham)
White matte porcelain mosaic on shower floor (American Olean)
Floating Walnut Vanity and Cabinets (Decor Planet)
Large sparkly pendant light - got it on the cheap from Joss and Main (AF lighting)
Chrome fixtures and accessories (Moen and Motiv)
Frameless glass shower enclosure similar to image (My Norwell project)
Benjamin Moore Light Pewter for wall, Decorator White for trim

We have room for a storage bench that will hold the dirty laundry, but I am trying to find the time to figure this one out - Need it to loo a. pretty, b. practical in terms of fabric c. is it a statement piece? d. needs to hold dirty laundry adequately. So I like this design from West Elm, but am still looking for custom options and ebay for an old one that I could get reupholstered. My kids will love a perch while I am drying my hair in the morning.

Now for the before photo's:
Before: Laying out new closet area
in green tape

Before: So hideous vanity 

Before: My husband's closet area,
which is where the new shower will go!

Before: The wall between the two rooms will
be coming down, to expose windows side by
side. Enlarging one window to help wall elevation.

Before: EVERYTHING you see in this 
bathroom is going, including the wall mounted
toothbrush, medicine cabinet and radiator

The drawings below are the construction documents, which detail the demolition requirements (get rid of EVERYTHING basically). Swinging the door into the bathroom out and not in, which give a much better view into the room of the new shower. Also, making the window to the left the same size as the window to the right will ensure that we have a clean and more symmetrical elevation at the new storage cabinet. The color scheme in the room is warm gray, whites and walnut with chrome for a little sparkle in the fixtures and the lighting. I opted to not do wall sconces because of issues on the vanity with not enough space and have added this bold pendant! There is additional recessed lighting which will ensure that the entire room is well lit. No details have been left out to wonder about, but there will be challenges after the demolition starts I'm sure! I will post again on the during the construction phases so you can see how the new room is laying out. Can't wait!


  1. Wow - this is certainly a transformation in progress. So happy that you have found the time to get this done. " The carpenter that does not mend his own shoes".

    I know it is going to be a wow having seen the high quality of your completed designs. Well done there daughter.xx

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  3. Thanks Irene. I'll be updating the blog soon with some photo's of how it is all panning out!

  4. I can't wait to see the updated photos - have you completed it yet?! The plans look amazing - can't wait to see the finished product!

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