Continuing with our home remodel tour, probably the most dramatic change we've made to the house is our master bathroom. This one was a total demolition. The only thing we kept in the entire space was the toilet and door. The rest of it wasn't salvageable.
Our bathroom was set up with the toilet and shower "cave" in one small room and a vanity with a huge mirror up the ceiling in an alcove of the bedroom instead of behind closed doors, complete with carpet and giant swagged pendant lights, one of which didn't even work. On the other side of the vanity was another door leading to the walk in closet, which we also updated to make it much more functional.
Taking the bathroom down to the studs and subfloor, we brought in a contractor to do the heavy lifting on this one. We didn't want to experiment with major plumbing work and we needed to flip flop the vanity and shower so we could make room for a bathtub and a double vanity. We ended up doing a deep soaking tub with a glass tile shower surround and an L-shaped vanity to maximize space. Because we don't have any windows, we went with white marble floors and vanity top to keep it light. We were able to find a contractor who was willing to let us do what we were able to ourselves to help us keep the costs down. He did the new wiring and plumbing, in addition to framing out the new wall and door frame (we had to move it over about 6" in order to have enough room for the vanity) and taped and mudded the drywall. We did the demo, installed the cabinets and counter top, hung the drywall, tiled the floor and shower, painted, installed lighting and plumbing fixtures and reinstalled/replaced all the trim and doors.
The cabinets are semi-custom from Lowe's - we used the Insignia line and ordered the Crest door style which is a very clean Shaker style cabinet in the Java color. They are a rich dark brown, although they look almost black in these photos. We added hardware in chrome to coordinate with the faucets. The doors and frames are solid wood construction and you can order many different configurations. We did two 30" base cabinets and a 12" drawer bank and needed 2 3" filler pieces to form the corner. That does mean that there is nothing in the corner, it would have been great if we could have utilized that space, but we couldn't find an option for a corner bathroom cabinet without having someone build the entire unit from scratch which would have likely been much more expensive. We had the counter top made to our measurements including choosing sink placement and style and materials and ordered from Marble Arch through Lowes. We did end up paying more for the L-shape counter than we would have for the same amount of linear feet of counter in a straight run but it was worth it for us to maximize the space in the bathroom.
We could have gone back to the glass shower door idea at this point but that was still a stretch for our budget, especially now that we had the additional cost of a plumber and electrician added to the remodel. We ended up having to move the floor drain, run new lines for the sinks, and put in plumbing in the new wall for the shower and tub. We chose glass tile on the shower surround and chrome fixtures to add more shine and a little color to the room. But just in case you like it, let me warn you how much of a pain it is to install glass mosaic tiles... big tiles are so much easier. Although the tiles come on 12x12 sheets of 1" square tiles, we found them quite difficult to work with since they slid around on the mesh backing. Maybe it was just the particular brand of tile, but we had a difficult time keeping the rows straight. Next time, I'm planning to use my other favorite, subway tile.
For the final touches, we added a chrome curved shower pole, definitely not going back to a straight curtain pole in the future, it's amazing how much bigger the shower feels with that extra bit of space. The shower curtain is from Target and is no longer available. If I was doing it again, I would definitely buy an extra long curtain since I don't love where this one hits the tub, it's about 6" too short. The faucets are all from Overstock.com and the light fixtures were from Lowes and we bought the shades separately. The frameless mirrors are from the Home Depot. I originally wanted the mirrors that stand off the wall, like these from Pottery Barn, but in the end, we wanted something a little bit more budget friendly and opted to save about $300. Our plan was to frame them out down the road to match the cabinets if we changed our minds but so far, we really like them.
We didn't do much for accessories in here. I added a little homemade art over the toilet. I started by downloading a printable image of Kentucky set on gray and white stripes from Pinterest and dropping a heart on Louisville in PicMonkey and printing it in poster size and framing it with an Ikea Ribba frame. We picked up the chrome wire baskets at Target and stacked them, rolled up some hand towels and use them for storing our "prettier" bathroom items, including a couple of old blue mason jars that I found in my grandpa's basement and filled with q-tips and cotton balls. Everything else gets stashed in the vanity cabinets. I've had that blue sea glass vase for ever and stole it from the living room to add a little more height to the counter. I still think we needed something else in that corner but we never figured out what to put there. I think if we would have stayed in this house longer, I probably would have eventually ordered the corner hutch from our cabinet maker to add a bit more storage and better utilize that space. The towels we already owned but they are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.