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I am so excited to tell you that the master bathroom renovation has turned out even better than expected 😀 . Let’s just say it kind of makes me feel like I’m staying at a luxurious rustic chic hotel spa in the South of France! Is that even possible? We just have a few paint touch-ups and then it is finally finished. Oh wait, there’s the new exhaust fan to install too, but that is boring and doesn’t count. This renovation has really been quite the experience you guys, and I’ve learned a lot. Mostly, I learned that removing tile is a BIG JOB (that disrupts the entire house for at least a week) and I am so grateful we were able to hire a professional. My husband and I have managed to do plenty of other DIY ideas within the renovation, so I still consider this makeover very much a DIY. I designed the entire plan, and quite frankly I am shocked it ended up so beautiful. So, please stay with me here as we slowly get to all of the reveals. If you would like to follow along in “order”- kind of like a tv mini-series (ha ha) then here are those links to get you started. If you want to skip straight to today’s episode (reveal), then just skip the links and read our “Master Bathroom Renovation Shower Reveal” below…
So, here we were with the almost 25 year old shower. I admit it really wasn’t that bad. However, if you look closely, the marble threshold is a disaster. It’s really pretty gross, so let’s just skip looking, but know it is bad. The other thing is the shower door. This door sounded like a big base drum when it would close. It banged so loud that my husband didn’t even like to shut it anymore, and I would find it open over morning. Lastly, the color of the tile was just ugly. I felt old in here and I just had enough of the 1990’s look. One tip I want you to know about before we move on, is covering the old shower door with a curtain panel. This made me happy for a few years, so check it out here if interested in a quick fix: Ruffled Shower Curtain Over Glass Shower Door.
Before we get to the new shower, I thought I would tease you with a little of my husband’s “shaving station”. Yep! He now has his own station every morning. Yippee! I will be revealing this next Friday.
Okay, back to the shower…as you walk into the bathroom and turn left, this is what you will see below. As you can see, there is a lot of white subway tile going on. I love the classic look of subway tile, but I also think it can tend to give off a very sterile vibe if you don’t pair it with something. I chose to pair it with
a glass of Moscato the obvious choice for our home…wood. We already have the “Wood Planked Wall” to the right on the main window wall, so why not spread the wood love through the entire bathroom? So, that’s exactly what we did and it really warmed it up in here. FYI-we used the exact same method to stain the wood like we did in the “Wood Planked Wall” post and the “Wood Planked Ceiling” post. It is a very simple process and extremely affordable.
As you get closer you’ll notice the 2 pretty ghosts who like to hang out in here. Stay tuned for the coolest (and free) hooks you’ve ever seen coming up next month. Right now they are busy showing off how well they hold up. I was going to put the Paris sign from our bedroom on the opposite wall, but it looked so darn good here, I couldn’t resist. I actually have a small “subway” sign coming in that is going above the Paris sign. Cute.
And there she is. The new shower that took months to create. Boy is she a rustic chic looker!
This clear glass door is a dream. It is absolutely silent and doesn’t “touch” except when the little water shield on the very bottom slides across the marble with a swoosh. It actually sounds like when elevators open on Star Trek. You know that sound? I play with it often. Sh!
We had the glass shower door professionally installed by a local glass company. It wasn’t cheap, and took about 2 weeks to come in. I do not recommend doing this yourself. Go with a reputable company.
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For the shower faucet I chose this unique oil rubbed bronze shower system because I love the vintage classic style. I knew it would flow (literally) perfectly with the rustic, cozy, spa-like theme. It gives off a gentle, yet full spray, and I can switch to the hand held sprayer just by turning the knob. I love the downward spout for rinsing buckets, or other cleaning uses. The head is adjustable so it fit in our rather small shower perfectly. The price was right and it has wonderful reviews. You can find more information on it here:
Here’s an amazing view below of the beautiful shelf we designed with our tile installer. If you recall, there use to be a block glass window there, and I had no place to put all of our 500 shampoo bottles. This was the perfect solution. The tile guy actually suggested the marble seat to help me with shaving my legs. Brilliant idea and I was on board immediately. He even had me come in to check the height before he set it in. I sat on it once, and yes it is cold.
Here’s another reminder of the old look…which maybe you prefer?
Black Iron Shaving Sign : Hobby Lobby
Ceramic Toilet Sign: Etsy
Dark Brown Trim & Door Paint Color: Behr Premium Plus Espresso Beans-Eggshell
Green Glass Wast Basket: HomeGoods (clearance)
Pretty Toilet Fragrance & Bottle: HomeeGoods
Paris Sign: Bed Bath & Beyond (many years ago)
I think that list above covers everything, but please feel free to ask me any questions you have about this transformation below. Rick and I really are enjoying this new luxurious shower and although it wasn’t inexpensive, or easy…it was all very worth it.
Next up…my husband’s shaving station, and then the fireplace and DIY cozy bench. Oh, and there’s also my freshly painted “woman’s station” vanity and the light fixture, mirror, and window treatment. Geesh, there’s still a ton to share. I hope you’ll join me and subscribe here: