We did a complete remodel of our master bathroom about 10 years ago. And, to be honest, we never really loved a couple of the finishes we chose at that time. This spring, we decided it was time for a master bath mini-makeover!
Master Bath Before
When we did the full remodel on our master bath, we were in the midst of some very stressful days. Multiple family members were either critically or terminally ill. In hindsight, I think we rushed a few decisions in our efforts to get the project done.
The vanity countertops were our biggest regret. At the time, the vendor that we purchased our vanities through only offered a choice of 4 or 5 pre-fab granite countertops. None of them looked like exactly what we had envisioned but we went with what we thought coordinated the most. Hence, new vanities were at the top of our mini-makeover wish list!
Fortunately, we are still loving our tile. It’s the Sant’Agostino Etrusca Avoria and we have it in all the wet areas of our house: baths, kitchen, laundry and entryways. Our master bath shower is also tiled in this porcelain tile. The light ivory background is the main color with highlights of tan, taupe and grey. It conceals dirt wonderfully and the mix of grey and tan tones blend really nicely with a wide range of colors. We always try to keep things neutral on our major investment items (i.e., flooring and the shower) so that it will be easy to update or change a look with just new paint and accessories.
We headed off to Architectural Justice, a local stonework company that has done several projects for us in the past. There we found exactly what we were looking for in the LG Hausys Viatera quartz countertops in Clarino. The slab read predominantly white but had soft veining in caramel and grey tones that coordinated well with our existing tilework.
We had also tired of our sage green and brown valances as well as our sage green towels. After searching forever for something pre-made, I instead found this Kissimmee Stripe fabric at Hobby Lobby and decided to make my own. We updated the valance in the connected master bedroom at the same time and I found two coordinating fabrics (Blue Diamond and Swish Bliss) to use for pillow shams on the bed and an assortment of throw pillows. Premium cotton towels from LL Bean in the color sea sage looked great with all the fabrics.
Updated lighting was the next item on our list. After several failed attempts, we found the 4-light Arushi vanity light on Wayfair fit the bill! I found some new cabinet pulls at Lowes and a few decorative accents at HomeGoods that helped finish off our mini-makeover!
The Finished Master Bath Mini-Makeover
We are thrilled with how much lighter and brighter the whole room seems, thanks to the new countertops! We originally thought we might want to replace the mirrors but we’re now thinking that they offer some nice contrast. What would you do? Let me know in the comments below.
The last little trick we used was to apply window film to our windows. In the past, we typically kept the blind pulled for privacy but we missed getting to see our trees and greenery in the back yard. The film keeps us hidden but lets in light and allows us to see some of the outdoors. And the blinds are still there if it’s super cold or we really need them!
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2 thoughts on “Master Bath Mini-Makeover”
Hi Betsy, I love your mini-makeover and how smart you were to keep the investment pieces neutral in the beginning. We’re facing many challenges with our renovation in Georgia (Europe), but we’re getting there. Our style is old-world, so I picked out a claw-foot tub, that has already been delivered. We’re not sure about tile or countertops yet. Thanks for sharing. xx
Oh, wow, a claw foot tub sounds so beautiful! Can’t wait to see your finished room. Thanks so much, we’re really happy with how it turned out. Our style is somewhat transitional – a mix of old-world (we still like having some dark wood, even though everything on the ‘gram is white, white, white, but enjoy interjecting some more contemporary touches as well. Living in Ohio, the darker pieces we have help make things feel cozy and warm during the long winter months.