Life in a Flash · May 14, 2014

master bath (hallelujah).

Minus a few small details (hanging some artwork and purchasing a few little tidbits here and there)…we are calling the master bathroom DONE! I’m not gonna lie…it was a loooong process. We are sitting at over 10 weeks of renovation and that is just too long to be sharing a bathroom with 4 kids (The Brainiac has her own…lucky girl!)

We did a majority of the work ourselves with a few of the projects hired out (tile and plumbing the tub). We were extremely happy with our tile artist. He did a stellar job! Our plumbers? Well let’s just say that our house hasn’t quite recovered yet from their “professional” installation which ruined our music room ceiling!

The room is a far cry from it’s ORIGINAL splendor. There isn’t much that we kept…and I’m so glad to see it all gone! We started with the hardwood-look tile floors which I absolutely love. They are warm and rich looking but have all the convenience of tile. They are textured and feel really great underfoot as well. We used a medium brown grout and I love the look. The walls got bead board paneling (I love this in bathrooms because it is so easy to wipe down and keep clean) and light navy walls above. I deliberated over the wall color for entirely too long. Eventually, I took the advice of our Little Artist who said “Go HIGH CONTRAST…you can never go wrong with contrast!” In the end, she was totally right and I love the navy walls (they tie into the adjoining bedroom nicely too).

The one piece we kept was the vanity. It is solid wood and was in good working order so I couldn’t justify the expense of a new piece. We primed and painted it and just reattached the existing hardware. We did make it about 2 1/2 inches taller by building a box to sit on the top of the vanity. Our house was built before the “taller vanity” craze and it was crazy low…this combined with a thick counter top slab raised the piece up about 4 inches! We ordered Onyx counters in their thickest cut (1 1/2″) and waited about SEVEN weeks for them to come into the store (after the first attempt came in in the wrong finish). Most of the fixtures are from Lowes or Home Depot with the exception of the lights which we ordered from Destination Lighting.

Once we removed the mammoth corner tub I KNEW I wanted a soaker tub. I’m not really a huge bath girl…but I loved the idea of the flooring running under the tub to create the illusion of a larger room. Then I started pricing soaker tubs and was completely deflated. There are some life saving dwindling tubs on the market! We found this beauty IN STOCK at Menards and it’s petite size worked perfectly in our space! I also knew I had to have a chandelier over the tub and wanted something a little different. I first saw this World Market wooden bead chandelier on Pinterest. When I learned it had been clearanced out at the store and then discontinued, I became completely obsessed. Through some sleuthing and researching….I found one in Wichita. Then I bribed my sister with yarn art to drive and pick it up for me. Victory was mine!

We hung some hooks close to the shower for towels (our old bath didn’t boast ONE SINGLE towel bar). I think I brought home 1328 towels before I found some that coordinated with the navy walls. I’ve ordered another feather print from for the space next to the towel bar…should arrive any day! {our bedroom is Crazytown gold…must.paint.right.away}

We had our painter friend spray our french doors for us as I just couldn’t bring myself to deal with all the individual window pains. We have yet to come up with a solution for the doors….sheers? Frosted glass? Take our chances? The linen closet is to the right of the french doors. Our entire house has solid pine doors. I say “paint them white”. Mr. P says “not on your life”. I hate to admit that I love the contrast they bring (and how they tie in the floor) in this room. (Praying he doesn’t read this post).

All the plumbing fixtures were ordered online from Home Depot. One of the faucets came completely ruined…it had previously been installed and then ripped out of another space. It even same complete with a mess of plumbers putty coating it…so back to the store it went!

The gold etagere was purchased at a local antique/thrift store. I saw it and was immediately intrigued. It was just the perfect size and I was so happy it was still there when I went back for it. If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll remember that I debated painting it. But in the end…the gold won my heart. I did coat it with Rub ‘n Buff to tone down the gold and age it a bit. It warms up the space and gives the room that collected, vintage feel. At least that was the hope! I had fun accessorizing it with some succulents, travel shampoos, soaps, and towels.

Every new space should have a live plant!

The toilet room is nearly impossible to photograph. But it is now white and clean and fresh! I still have a pair of little bird prints (in aged gold frames) to hang above the toilet. And Mom…yes….I will take the tag off that basket eventually

The shower is a mixture of white subway tile (Home Depot) and a marble mosaic tile (Lowes). It is the same size as our previous shower but feel infinitely larger without the plastic surround and heavy gold framed door!

{I really wish I could hold the camera straight!}

Overall, I think the space turned out just as I imagined! It definitely showcases my style (whatever that is) and I am SO HAPPY to be brushing my teeth without the help of 4 little ones!


Wood tile floor: Marazzi Montagna Gunstock porcelain tile from Home Depot

Wall paint: Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue 7604

Bead board: Sherwin William’s Creamy White 7012

Counter top: Onyx 1 1/2″ matte finish in Blizzard from Lowes

Plumbing fixtures: Moen Banbury in Mediterranean Bronze from Home Depot

Subway tile: US Ceramic from Home Depot

Marble mosaic tile: Allen and Roth at Lowes

Shower door: Dreamline 48″ Unidoor from Home Depot

Bathtub: Maax Sax freestanding tub from Menards

Chandelier: Discontinued from World Market (small version)

Vanity lighting: Schoolhouse bathroom lights in bronze from Destination Lighting

Etagere: Cool and Collected

Jute step stool: Threshold at Target (found on clearance at our local store)

Toilet: Kohler at Home Depot

Soap dispensers: Threshold at Target

Towels: Discontinued Threshold at Target (found them on clearance at our local store)

Succulents and fern: Home Depot (burlap bags from Aunt Patty’s Attic)

Assorted toiletries: TJ Maxx and my store room closet

Towel hooks: Threshold at Target

Art work: Jurgen Gottschlagt at Target (also available by artist in other sizes and finishes at

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