Masterbath Masterpiece

Okay!  We got the foyer done and the half bath up and running, so all the big time demolition was finished… or so we thought.  Up until that point, we were so very lucky to have our beloved friend, Esther, open up her gorgeous turn of the century, Victorian home to us.  All to keep us comfy and cozy in her house while all the destruction and construction was happening in ours.

Next on the list was to do something with that big wood paneling, acoustical tile filled addition to the back of the house.  But honestly, having to use the old dingy bathroom was turning out to be no fun at all.  After giving it much thought, we ultimately decided to invest in something that we would enjoy a little more every single day… a new master bathroom.

Now that all the guests had a place to potty on the first floor, we could finally turn the original bathroom into a true “master bath” masterpiece.

We’ve already told you about the original bathroom in detail in our previous blog, Ceramic Tile City.  In our post Bathroom Bliss we told you about what inspired us for this project including fixtures, color palettes, and finishes.  We tried to come up with the most functional layout with the then size, but unfortunately we just needed a little more room.  The decision was made to tear down the wall where the bathroom door and the built-in bookcase were and build a new wall in order to gain 10 inches of additional floor space.  Finally, it was time to move forward and say bye-bye to the glory that was the first floor bathroom.

If you’ve ever tackled home renovation project, you know that it’s the first couple of days that you notice the biggest difference.  We came home from work on day one to this…

We had no clue how they managed to get that big cast iron tub out of the house, and we’re not sure we even want to know.

Originally, the window was planned to be covered up so a walk-in shower could spread across the back wall with the new toilet and vanity against the right wall.  Before day 2 began, a last minute decision was made to give the whole design a literal 180 degree rotation.  That would provide an entrance directly from the bedroom and truly make this a master suite.

During our (extended) stay with Esther, we got all kinds of inspiration from one of her showers.  First, we chose to use a rain shower head that drops from the ceiling on the right side of the shower while the valve was placed on the left side.  This way, you can turn the water on and stand in the shower completely dry while your water warms up!  This also eliminated the need for a shower door.  Instead, we had a shower wall glass panel installed by our friend Doug from Showcase Showers.  This really opened up the entire space and saved us a lot of money on Windex.

Since the walk-in shower takes up so much space, we wanted to make it interesting.  We used tiles with an antique brass finish to trim out the entire shower and used marble tiles in a chevron pattern to create the feature wall.  This is usually the first thing people see when they walk in, so why not love it?

The bathroom walls were painted Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams to tie together the gray tones in the marble tile and vanity top.  The ceiling and trim are painted Snowbound, of course.  Using the vanity and lights we loved and an etagere for extra storage, we added the finishing touches.  Here’s the finished product!  We love it, it’s no million dollar bathroom, but we think it’s a master bathroom masterpiece…at least for us! 🙂

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