My sister and her hubby have been living in and updating their 1998 house since they got married in 2000. They’ve done a lot of improvements over the years, including hardwood floors, finishing the basement, and updating their kitchen. I helped her with their master bedroom redo in 2011 and blogged all about that here and here and that space turned out so great. They spruced up the bathroom at the time, but nothing major was done. It was builder’s white all over the bathroom. But, now they are at the point that they are ready to tear out old tile and do some major updates in their spacious master bath. You know those bathrooms. It’s a big bathroom with his and her’s vanities, water closet, big bathtub, walk-in shower and a good sized closet.
I usually cringe when I see folks tearing out perfectly good things for an update, but I get that people do want to stay current as houses start to get some age on them. Making things better is a natural thing to want when we own and live in a house for years. Many of the homes in their neighborhood have already had bathroom renovations and there’s resale value to consider as well. Nothing like keeping up with the rest of the neighborhood! Since they will be living here a few more years, they want to enjoy the space themselves and not just do it strictly for resale purposes and I don’t blame them for that.
So, I met up with my sister this week at Floor and Décor and we browsed ALL the tile selections. One of the designers from the store helped us and narrowed things down out of all the millions of options that are available. If you haven’t been to a tile store lately, you might be shocked at all the changes that have happened in the last few years. So many tile selections to choose from, with planks that look just like real wood, to natural stone and accent tiles. More than you can possibly imagine.
With all the changes, it just makes it harder to decide. Making choices for the long haul is not always easy. Do you go neutral (always my preference on expensive and permanent surfaces) or do you add some colorful bling to those tiles?
If you missed my sister’s bedroom makeover from 3 years ago, check it out! It was an amazing transformation and they have so enjoyed their new space.
I call it modern glam and it’s still very fresh and current.
The master bath with the large white tiles on the floor and in the shower. I don’t have a complete pic of the shower, but you can see the brass surround to the right. The plans are to take out the big bathtub, move the shower to the middle, making it larger with a bench seat and fancy shower heads. Then they will take the current shower area and incorporate it into their long and narrow master closet, making it bigger and more functional. I can see that this will be a good move for them. So, the tub will be outta here. I don’t blame them for that either, since more and more folks are opting for a big shower instead of the tub. There are still 2 other tubs in the house, so it’s not a huge loss.
The current vanities. They painted and glazed the original laminate cabinets several years ago so have gotten lots of use from these and are still deciding on replacing or reusing. They might add feet to these and paint them dark brown.
If the vanities stay and get painted, they will replace the countertops with something more decorative and current. That door straight ahead goes into the master closet.
And this is a peek back towards the huge master suite from the bathroom.
This shot shows the crown molding around the top of the water closet and the shower area. Those areas will stay the same, with solid walls below.
The master suite.
As you can imagine, there are endless possibilities on redoing a bathroom with tile. It can be quite overwhelming!
This is a quick shot with my iphone of one of the tile choices that we narrowed down. This one is my fave and I think my sister is leaning towards this too. We’ll see what the final choice ends up being after she and her hubby put their heads together. That plank flooring above is actually porcelain tile and looks SO much like real wood. That would go on the floor. The large white tile with gray veining would be for the shower walls, and the blingy tile border would be an accent in the shower. The smaller squares would be the shower floor. I think all of this will be beautiful! She is leaning towards a gray look in there and this one is a warm gray. We also brought home some cooler gray options. Stay tuned for the final choice!
I’ll be sharing this renovation all along the way too and giving you some updates and of course, the final master bathroom reveal. It’s going to be fun watching this one happen and I can’t wait to share the outcome!
Have any of you done a huge master bathroom update like this? Feel free to link in the comments if yo have, so we can take a peek.