Our master bath, before and after

I don’t know if this truly qualifies as a “before and after” because what was here before was completely demolished and a new room was built. Nevertheless, our master bath is done, and it’s changed the function of our house in a big way.

Here are a couple “before” shots. We were told this addition connected to the master bedroom was built as a hot-tub room. But there was no hot tub once we rolled around—just a real shoddy space with subpar insulation that rendered the room useless nine months of the year. We stored stuff here, and that’s all it was good for.

And here it is today.

The footprint for the bathroom is almost the same—just three feet deeper—and we decided a sloped ceiling was a good idea because it made the room seem a little old and a little cozier (less like a brand-new space).

The arched shower was a must and was the starting point. We love the gray pencil tile that lines the opening. There is no shower curtain and no glass door, and we don’t plan to add either.

The clawfoot tub came down from the upstairs bath and is centered in front of the window. It was resurfaced inside, and after an initial unfortunate paint job, it got a lovely coat of olive green outside.

The tub separates his-and-her vanities, and Lonnie and I both have plenty of space to get our stuff out and get ready for the day.

And you probably recognize the pretty round mirrors from Target. We love these—they’re big enough to see yourself well while getting ready, and at less than $50 each, they’re a steal.

Our toilet room is just past the cabinet; you can see the doorway in this photo.

My favorite thing in the space is this circa-1910 cabinet we use as a glorified “closet.” I’m going to talk more about it in another post, but it suuuure is a pretty way to store the bathroom essentials. The rug warms up the space and makes it feel more like a room than a bathroom.

For the floors we choose a basketweave porcelain tile; the shower wall got classic white subway tile all the way to the ceiling—medium-gray grout for both. And we passed on towel rods and towel rings in favor of hooks—best decision yet!

A master bath doesn’t have to be enormous to function well. This bathroom is long and narrow, and it wasn’t easy to figure out a space plan. But once we did, it came together seamlessly and is one of our favorite rooms in the house.

Source list:

Vanities: Aberdeen vanity

Faucets: Legion Double Scroll faucet

Mirrors: Project 62 round mirror

Sconces: Discontinued

Rug: Safavieh Vintage Hamadan traditional rug in red

Wall tile: Festival Bright White Ice subway tile

Floor tile: Festival Matte Gray Dot Basketweave Porcelain Mosaic

Wall color: SW Alabaster

Shower head: Delta Lahara fixture

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