Small Black and White Master Bathroom Reveal!

A new and improved bathroom will not completely change your life, but it sure makes it feel prettier! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a complete room makeover reveal in my house, but today is a treat for me and I hope for you too!

The day has finally come that I can share the reveal of my teeny tiny master bath.  It’s been 4 years coming and I’m so happy to get this one done.  I wasn’t sure when I renovated my house if I would ever spend the money and renovate this tiny space, but I’m so glad I did even if it’s almost 4 years after moving in here.

I feel like I’m on vacation and taking a shower in someone else’s bathroom!  It’s so nice to have this space prettified and feeling so spacious and clean (well, as spacious as a small bath can feel!).  Getting rid of the old fiberglass tub was the best thing I could have done and the vanity was original and worth nothing as well.  Adding the floor to ceiling tiled shower and glass shower doors really does make the room feel larger.  Goodbye forever to this 70’s bathroom! She looks a lot more elegant and classic now and I know I’m going to enjoy this bathroom for the long haul.

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Just a reminder of what it looked like before.  Plain beige tile floor.  Serviceable, but not very exciting.

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A one piece fiberglass tub that has been used in countless homes over the decades.  Not attractive either but they work just fine.

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The old original pine vanity that I painted was in need of another paint job and the large mirror that took up the whole wall was clunky and overpowering.

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I had lots of things stored under here, so it was a good chance to really clean out my bathroom and only keep what I needed.  I had replaced the toilet when I moved in here, so it’s the only new thing that was in this room.

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I won’t miss this floor either!  I’m so excited to share the new look, it really came together exactly as I had planned it in my head.  I love when that happens!

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It’s so fun to take a mood board and bring it to life…and I’m always relieved when my final project doesn’t suck and looks like what I envisioned in my head.  I’m happy to say this one exceeds expectations!

Here’s my real life bathroom now!

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Tada!! Quite the difference, isn’t it??  I really am completely in love with it.  I shared the in progress shots of the bathroom and my tile guy did a fantastic job.  I’ll be sharing his name at the bottom of the post, including a cost breakdown for this small space.

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It truly is hard to capture this bathroom because it’s so small and getting my big camera in here to take pics is quite the challenge.  I managed to take pics with my big camera and my cell phone and I think these do an accurate job of showing it off.  You can see I took the door off for the renovation and I kept it off to take these pics. I’ll be putting it back on, but it swings toward the glass doors and would have totally gotten in the way of my camera.

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Adding clear glass shower doors really elevates the bathroom and makes it feel so spacious with the floor to ceiling tile work.  I used 4 x 10″ subway tile from Floor & Decor and black and white penny tile for the shower accent.  An octagon black and white tile is on the floor and all tile came from Floor & Decor.  A big shout out to them for helping me with this bathroom.

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I love all the tile together and it feels so clean and fresh. I used a medium to dark gray grout, called Delorean Gray and I love how it looks. It’s not too light or too dark, but blends it all together.

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The penny tiled niche is nice to have and most bathrooms have those these days.

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I got a new shower set from Moen, this is the Caldwell in Brushed Nickel.  I’ve worked with Moen before and they actually sent me a new shower faucet set, but unfortunately when we opened the box, realized that the set didn’t have the shower valve, it was just a trim kit, so I ended up going to Lowes and buying a new one.

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The shower floor feels so nice underfoot with the penny tile and water drains out perfectly with the drain moved to the middle.  The shower floor dries up in no time after I shower.

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My tile contractor suggested I go with a straight herringbone above the black border, so I took his advice and did that and I’m completely happy with the looks of it.

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The black penny tile border with black pencil tile adds a nice contrast, I think.

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I took a bunch of pictures so you could all see the details, so I hope you enjoy.

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I love this little niche! Those circles make me smile.

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I love this cute Dispenser 3 that I’ve been using for years.  I’ve had these in my bathrooms for several years when I discovered them and they really are great for organizing those bottles.  Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel is what I put in mine.

Dispenser 3 from Amazon (affiliate link)

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I added a curved marble piece about 1 foot off the floor for a leg shaving prop and it works out great.  We decided I didn’t have room for a bench in here and that was fine with me.

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The tile and wood floor transition looks very nice coming in the door.  I bought a new wood transition piece from Floor and Decor that goes better with a tile installation and lays almost flat.

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Now, for the vanity!  I looked online and did a lot of research on vanities. It took me awhile to decide on color, but when I saw this charcoal gray vanity from Home Decorators, I was sold.  I ordered this online and had it shipped to my house.  It has a beautiful gray and white marble top with a white enamel undermount sink.  Only the tile was sponsored in this project, everything else I purchased.  I did have some gift cards from Homegoods left over (since I’m a Homegoods ambassador) and I used those to partially buy some of the baskets you see on the storage piece.

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You can see the sink is on the right and that’s where my plumbing is located, so having drawers on the left was the best set up for my bathroom.  This is a 36″ vanity.  I knew that I wanted that size and that would leave me enough room for a small tower for storage baskets.  I had about 20″ to play with on that side. You should have seen me and my roommate lifting this tower up and over the toilet and vanity, trying not to wreck anything.  Crisis averted and I got it in place!

I love this vanity very much and it has soft close drawers and I think is very good quality for the money.  I ordered the white glove shipment to my house which was $30 extra and totally worth it.  Two guys brought it up my front stairs, up my stairs to the upper level and unboxed it and left it in my office until my project started.  There were no issues and no damage and I was happy I paid extra for that, to have reassurance of a solid piece.

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You’ll also notice that I did a mix of metals in here.  Brushed nickel for the faucets, the drawer pulls came in chrome, and my light fixture and hooks/TP holder are all in oil rubbed bronze.  I don’t mind a mix of metals and the black ties in with the tile and the corner etagere . It’s hard to get a shot of my light fixture but it’s one I bought when I first moved in here. It’s black with seeded glass globes.

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It’s a free standing vanity and like a piece of furniture.

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The corner tower is from Joss and Main and I ordered it a couple months ago, since I had some credit left in my Joss and Main account to help pay for it.  It’s not super high quality, but works for what I need.  I’ll link to everything at the bottom in case you are interested.

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All the storage baskets and bins came from Homegoods.  They have a great selection of baskets, bins, and boxes and I took measurements with me to the store and found all of these in my Kennesaw store.  I love them all together!  The top blue and white box has a lid and I can store something in there.  The 2nd clear one is a nice caddy for skin care and a pretty aqua bin behind holds my everyday essentials.  That cute aqua and natural basket was perfect for my brushes and hair clips.

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The bottom two bins are bigger and hold more.  The closed lid holds all my vitamins and supplement containers and I like they are out of sight. I can add a couple rolls of toilet tissue in here as well.  Hair dryers, flat irons, a pink shower cap, and more go in the bottom basket for easy access.

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The tower was a really good solution for extra storage and it’s pretty too.  This came in a box and I put it together.

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For a small bathroom, I have managed to get enough storage for my needs.  I organized those drawers in the vanity with plastic organizers and it all worked out great. I don’t have any left over space, but it’s adequate for my supplies.

I’ve had that checkered trash can for a few years now.

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Did you notice the beadboard wallpaper in here?  I added that during the renovation too and wrapped it around the room.  I have shared tutorials on how easy this paper is to work with before, but I can share another one again if you all are interested.  It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to update an area with architectural interest.  Here’s the Graham Brown beadboard wallpaper in my online shop if you want to check it out. I always have a button link on my sidebar to the shop too.

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The countertop is a beautiful white/gray marble and it’s so pretty.  I found this white mirror at Homegoods and love how it looks in here, all white and fresh with a little diamond pattern.

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I couldn’t resist adding a pretty hydrangea bloom from my front garden in a colorful aqua vase.

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Brushed nickel faucet from Moen Wetherly.

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Above the toilet is a new print I found at Homegoods too.  Isn’t it cute?  Oh, by the way, I nailed up those 1×6 boards all by myself, painted and caulked them all, as well as the beadboard wallpaper.

This is a good look at the paint color too.  Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Homes new paint collection sent me a gallon of Rainy Days to try out and I love it in here.  It’s a paint and primer in one and the color was perfect for my bath.  The paint goes on nice and smooth!

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Here’s a closer look at the sign….

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“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”, by Marilyn Monroe.  I spotted this cute thing and since I’m sort of a shoe-aholic, thought it would be a fun addition to my newly improved bathroom.

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A closer look at the floor and shower curb.

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And the addition of a simple cotton bath mat.

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I am totally in love with this bathroom and it’s amazing what new and improved surroundings can do for your mood.  Know what I mean?  It’s a completely different bathroom and I feel that every morning when I go in there or take a shower.  It’s just a totally different experience now!  Bathrooms all function the same, but they sure can take on a different feel just from an update.

A little note about the shower doors.  They are from Kohler and I ordered them online.  I love the look of them and they are semi-frameless without being too expensive. I had them here at my house all ready for the installation.  My contractor and his guy spent a few hours putting them up, but they were not sliding correctly and needed to be raised a bit so they wouldn’t drag, so that created some anxiety for a few days. My contractor worked on them again, but still didn’t get it right. I know things like this can be very hard since you sometimes have to be somewhat of an engineer to follow those written/drawn directions and put things together, so I’m not blaming him, it is what it is.  The directions were intimidating to me too.  I called Kohler and told them the situation and they were very accommodating and sent someone out to tweak my sliding doors.  Mark (my sweet handy guy)  worked on them too before Kohler got here and he improved them greatly and they do slide very well now.  Kohler came out to make sure they are working properly so that I don’t have problems down the road.  I give them an A+ for their service!

So that’s the new master bathroom!  I’m so happy with how it turned out and it’s great to have this project behind me now.  I’ll share the breakdown of how much this project cost, since I know you all love to hear that too.  I feel like it was totally worth it to spend the money on this one and it will enhance my house for years to come.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

All Tile and tile supplies (thinset, grout, grout spray) – Floor & Decor – $830

Here’s the large subway tile I used:  Floor & Decor

Kohler Levity Shower doors,  –  $379

Home Decorators Collection Sonoma Vanity (affiliate link) –  $899  It’s 20% off right now, which I didn’t get in on!

Corner shelf – Joss and Main Urbano Etegere  (affiliate link)  $214

Baskets and Bins, Mirror & Print from Homegoods – $110

Shower Faucet – Moen Caldwell – $154

Vanity Faucet – Moen Wetherly  – $159

Paint from Magnolia Homes paint collection (Rainy Days) – Free

As promised, I’m sharing my tile contractor’s name.  I highly recommend him and I was totally happy with the renovation process and his tiling.  His name is Luis Reyes  (Phone: 404-569-8845) and I got the recommendation from another blog friend here in Atlanta for whom he had 2 done bathroom renovations.

Labor for tile work, including the demo, installing vanity, shower plumbing and vanity plumbing, moving light fixture over, installing shower door – $3,400

Grand Total:  $6,145

I had no idea what it would cost me to do this bathroom, but I think it was money well spent for the outcome!  Even though most of this project was out of pocket and not sponsored, I’m very happy with the value it will add to my house in the long run.  I don’t go into debt for projects, but always save my money and pay cash.

Thanks y’all for getting excited with me on completing one more project in this house.  I really am at the end of the road in doing much more to my current house, but it feels very good almost 4 years later to be enjoying and living in my cute cottage home!

Tile and tile supplies for this project sponsored by Floor & Decor. 

Linking to Sarah’s Before and After Party!

- Rhoda


  1. Melanie says:

    I think this renovation is the one you appreciate the most. So glad you are happy with it and that it brings a smile to you daily!

  2. What a nice feeling to have a fresh new space! It turned out beautifully!

  3. Sandy A says:

    Your bathroom project is absolutely darling!! I love all your tile choices…black and white is timeless and yet so fresh updated…

  4. It looks amazing! And, to be honest…done on a pretty good budget. Most charge $3500 just to plumb out a bath with cheap basics. Love your choice of tile as well.

  5. Your bathroom looks amazing, Rhoda! You’ve truly transformed your house. I’m happy for you and proud too. 🙂

  6. Your bathroom looks awesome! The color scheme and materials make it fresh, clean, and inviting. So happy for you– I know four years was awhile to wait, but I am sure you appreciate it even more now after having waited!

  7. This looks BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for giving us the break down of costs etc. I love how you pulled this together.

  8. Anise Butler says:

    Applause for not going into debt. I couldn’t enjoy a room if I was still paying for it. Yours looks beautiful. I’m saving money for a bathroom remodel myself and always looking for ideas.

  9. Your new bathroom is so gorgeous, (just like you)
    Can you sometime please post how you went about putting up the bead board wall paper and wood trim, I would like to read about that for my bathroom someday soon hopefully, but I really want you to know your new bathroom is so lovely, everything you picked out for it is just beautiful. I love your blog Rhoda!

  10. I love how it turned out and thank you for the info of what kind of items and how much they costed. We are currently renovating a rental we purchased and are updating with quality fixtures, etc. I also loved the closeup pics of the tile work since we’re doing our own DIY.

  11. Is the mirror new? Love the new look.

  12. Hi Rhoda! Thanks for sharing your beautiful new bath with us. I love the black and white tile and your contractor did a super job installing it. Enjoy!

  13. It looks absolutely fantastic, Rhoda. Wow @ the transformation. Hope you are enjoying Independence Day.

  14. Wow! What a transformation, your bathroom is gorgeous.

  15. Beautiful Rhoda! That storage tower looks awesome with all the bins you chose. What a great way to store essentials in the bathroom. Easy to access and it looks wonderful. I think that’s my favourite part of your new bathroom, probably because it’s so unexpected compared to the typical bathroom. I’m looking forward to getting my bathroom redone, just waiting for our contractor to be available. Now I’m REALLY looking forward to getting it done. I’m sure you’re giddy with happiness every time you look at your bathroom and remember what it looked like before!

    • Hi, Sharon, you will be so happy to get yours finished too and every morning when I go in there, I have to pinch myself that it’s really my bathroom.

  16. Classic! Beautiful! Functional! I’d say this is a home run! Great job Rhoda. I love the complete color scheme.

  17. So pretty! I have the same floor tile, I love it. The whole bathroom is so nice. I am so happy for you.

  18. I LOVE IT!!!!!!

  19. Rhoda, this bathroom looks fantastic. You have done such a fine job in your home, and I love the fact you’ve brought the aqua in here, an accent color you’ve consistently used throughout your home. It all really looks great. The harlequin waste basket immediately had me thinking of MacKenzie-Childs’ Courtly Check pattern, which I dearly love, and the overall look really has that MC swag. Kudos on your design and execution!

    • Thank you, Rita, that trash can has been with me for a few years and you’re right, it does have a MC vibe.

  20. Cathy Roberts says:

    Love your new bathroom! This is one of my favorite reveals from your house! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  21. Looks great!! Thanks for the detailed info. We are getting ready to re-do or guest bath which has a similar layout. We live in the area which makes the info very helpful. Enjoy!!

  22. Rhoda,this is a fantastic bathroom remodel. I love the black border in the shower. I also have a small bath with a door taking up a lot a space. Im thinking of a sliding barn door or reversing the door to open into the bedroom. Do you have any thoughts?

    • HI, Sue, I think either of those would be a good solution. I probably won’t go that route in mine, just because it doesn’t bug me that much. When I go in there and take a shower, I close the door anyway and it feels cozy, so I probably won’t do anything with mine. But ideally, it would have been nice for the door to swing out into my little alcove.

    • Hi Sue, I had this same problem w/a small bathroom and the door seemed like it was taking up half the room! We did reverse the door to swing into the bedroom instead of going into the bathroom and it makes a huge difference. We were so glad we did and it hasn’t been a bother opening into the bedroom at all.

      • Thanks Kay, this is what I’ll probably do. I was concerned about the doorknob striking those beautiful shower doors in Rhoda’s bathroom. My door opens onto a blank wall but covers the window a little bit.

        • HI, Sue, my door stops on the tile shower threshold, so doesn’t come near the glass, thank goodness. If I could get the door switched to swing out, I may do that one day, but it really doesn’t bother me that much.

  23. It’s good to know the Home Decorators vanity worked for you! I’m trying to find two 3ft wide ones for our renovation and had seen those online – I wasn’t sure about the quality though. So thanks for sharing! Perhaps I’ll give one of them a try.

  24. Love it!

  25. What a beautiful bath! I’ll be remodeling my master bath soon so your itemized list and cost breakdown is especially helpful. I’m not a blogger so I’ll be “sponsoring” the entire remodel.? Thanks so much for sharing the details with your readers. Continue to enjoy your spa like bath.

  26. It’s beautiful!! Worth every penny! So much of our lives are spent in bathrooms – it was a worthwhile investment!

  27. so pretty and what a great job you did w/your budget! Love that gray and white marble – it is beautiful. And the glass shower doors too.

  28. Hi Rhoda, me again, Happy 4th of July, quick question, where can I find the video you made with your Dad in his garden? Thanks.

  29. judy Clark says:

    The bathroom looks amazing. I know that you are very happy to get all of the old bathroom out. You did a beautiful job as usual.

  30. Susan A says:

    LOVE IT!! Everything about it! I think having the two patters of white subway tile is refreshing and classic at the same time. So much eye candy in a very functional, cozy space. You did an amazing job visualizing and conquering this space! I know you will smile every time you walk in to your master bathroom. 🙂 🙂 Enjoy it!

  31. Hi Rhoda
    What a beautiful bathroom.
    Thanks for all the info on the products you used.
    We are in desperate need of a bathroom makeover so this helps. Enjoy!

  32. Wow! It turned out beautiful!!! Thanks for all of the great information. We have been wanting to redo our bath so this post had a lot of great resources.
    Thank you Rhoda.

  33. I love the tile you picked out. It reminds me of a 1920’s era bathroom, my favorite era in home building. I hope you get many years of enjoyment from it.

  34. Great job…love the gorgeous tile work and the vanity as you stated is perfect for the room!…..So beautiful!!!

  35. Wow Rhoda you did a beautiful job, I love the black and white!! Pinned!

  36. What a transformation, the shower look amazing and so high end! Your choices are very classic and simple.

  37. Sandy Duron says:

    Love your new bathroom and all your choices! We recently remodeled our shower and I feel like I am going to the spa every time I use it. You got a great deal from your tile man, we paid almost that much just for tile installation. Love your blog.

  38. Great remodel, Rhoda! We just got finished with the new tile in our master bath. Now we need to find a painter since we also had to have some sheetrock replaced. Do you have a recommendation? Thank you! Jill (Canton)

  39. Rhoda, it is beautiful. I too have a tiny master bath that I cannot wait to remodel. This is inspiring!

  40. Love it, it came out so pretty! This is a question and not a criticism. Is it a pain to clean underneath the vanity? I love the look but I always assumed it would be a pain with all the hair that you get from brushing your hair in the bathroom, etc.

  41. YAY for you, Rhoda! It looks fabulous. You had made the other space look nice, and I’m glad it was serviceable for you for four years, but this new space looks like RHODA’S PLACE! So glad for you.

    Thanks for the cost breakdown–I think that’s very helpful for folks. It can be a little intimidating to see a space re-done by a blogger and think that every single thing must have been sponsored. Yours shows that a makeover like this really is doable!

  42. Buffie Baril says:

    Looks amazing Rhoda! So very happy for you!! It’s perfect in every way. 🙂

  43. Hi Rhoda,

    I may have missed this but can you please tell me the subway tile measurements in your shower? Thinking we might like this size better than the 3 x 6. Yours looks larger. We’re buying the tile this week. Thank you so much and really enjoy your blog.


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