Master Bathroom Remodel - Photo by Cassandra Monroe

My Master Bathroom Before and After

I’m very excited to finally share our master bathroom before and after photos. We have enjoyed every minute of using the new space for the past year. It was a tough decision to pull the trigger on such a big project because we’ve put quite a bit of money into our house already. But, in the end, it seemed worth the expense and one we think we’ll recoup on resale.

Before Photos


This bathroom was not of the charming vintage variety…more like gross and outdated with a moldy tub surround and grimy vinyl tile. I particularly hated the wood seat on the toilet and the recessed shelf above the sink with the sliding mirrored door. It was all just kind of icky, and no matter how much I cleaned it, it never felt clean.


While it did have a good amount storage for a 1960s bathroom, it wasn’t very functional storage. We wanted to keep everything in the same space to save on cost while adding double sinks and lots more drawers. Luckily, we had plenty of room to spare on the right side of the toilet, so we were able to create a 5′ x 3′ walk-in shower without moving any plumbing.

Floor Plan Before


Floor Plan After


I really wanted the space to feel light, bright, and modern while fitting with the mid-century lines of our house. We were definitely on a budget, so I was cost-conscious when selecting all of my materials. I ordered our cabinets online and used ceramic tile on both the floor and in the shower, incorporating a marble accent to make it feel a little more custom and special, which is a trick I picked up from watching Room Service with Sarah Richardson back in the day.

After Photos

Master Bathroom Remodel - white countertops with espresso cabinets

I chose to mix brass and chrome because I love the combination, but I kept resale in mind by limiting the brass to the hardware and mirrors. The next owners can easily swap those out if they don’t love brass as much as I do.

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

The walk-in shower is a dream come true after showering in that nasty tub with the sliding doors for four years. Every day, I think about how much I appreciate having this bright open space vs. the dark, coffin-like shower we used to have. The recessed niche is backed in the same marble as the floor accent. The teak bench provides extra storage.

Master Bathroom Remodel - brass mirrors with chrome faucets

We really love having our own sinks and our own drawers. The white quartz countertops contrast nicely with the darker cabinets and keep the space feeling light. We’re lucky to get a lot of natural sunlight through the large window on the opposite wall.

Master Bathroom Remodel - Art by Emily Jeffords

Master Bathroom Remodel - white quartz countertops with chrome faucets

Master Bathroom Remodel - vintage white and gold dish

We definitely love our new master bathroom. The style and price were appropriate for our home and neighborhood, and it’s such a huge improvement. It will be hard to let go of this room in particular if we do ever decide to move on to our next project house.


All photos by Cassandra Monroe, who is seriously awesome.


Master Bath Remodel Part 2 – Inspiration & Concept

Today I’m going to share my inspiration for our master bathroom and the style plan that I eventually developed. I focus primarily on kitchen and bathroom designs when I take on clients, so I tend to collect a lot of images of those rooms on Pinterest. When I was ready to start designing our space, I simply went through my bathrooms board and looked for repeating themes.


Kristin Marie Interiors


Amber Interiors


Erin Gates


Emily Henderson

Black, white, gray and brass – simple and clean with vintage inspired details. In a perfect world, I would have used patterned cement tiles on the floors, all brass fixtures, marble penny round on the shower floor and a handmade subway tile, preferably by Heath, on the shower walls. The custom built walnut vanity would float off the floor, and the large medicine cabinets would be flanked by vintage modern sconces kind of like these. Sigh.

But two factors prevented me from the bathroom of my dreams – money and resale appeal.

Our budget was tight since we had no desire (aside from painting) to do any of the work ourselves. This is Keegan’s busiest season, and I just don’t have the skills. Nor do I want to learn on the most complicated room in the house. Since we weren’t going to be saving money on labor, we had to save on materials.

The idea that we might sell this house even five years from now kept me from getting too creative. I don’t tend to think of the type of people who would buy our house as being the eclectic creative types. I think they probably would want highly functioning spaces that are fairly neutral and classic.

I’ll have to save my cement tiles, floating vanity and vintage sconces for another house.

Here’s the plan…


  1. Wall Mirror – West Elm Hexagon
  2. Wall Sconces – Restoration Hardware Asbury
  3. Vanity Cabinets – Kitchen Cabinet King
  4. Cabinet Knobs – Atlas Homewares
  5. Towel Rings – Pottery Barn Covington
  6. Faucets – Grohe Concetto
  7. Countertop – Glacier White Quartz by MSI
  8. Sinks – Kohler Archer
  9. Toilet – American Standard
  10. Floor Tile – Stone Peak Ceramics Bardiglietto
  11. Accent Tile – Marble Systems Avalon
  12. Shower – Delta In2ition with Trinsic Trim
  13. Wall Tile – Florida Tile Streamline
  14. Hooks – Anthropologie (no longer available)

The artwork is by Emily Jeffords and available on

I stuck with the gray, white and black color scheme that I liked. And, I did bring in some brass accents with the mirrors and knobs – two things future buyers could easily swap out. We found RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets online, thanks to one of my clients, that shipped quickly for a decent price. They didn’t have very exciting color options, but I like how the almost black color provides a strong contrast to the countertops and floor.

I really really wanted those cement tile floors, but they would have been over $1000 plus the labor was more involved, so I went with an inexpensive 12×12 ceramic.  I decided that instead of laying the 12×12 floor tile in a square pattern, I would offset each tile and add an accent strip of 1″ marble mosaic next to each one and then repeat the marble in the shower niche. Usually, I like to lay square tile on a 45-degree angle, but our bathroom is so long and narrow, it wasn’t worth it.

All of the fixtures are chrome, and I went for a blend of modern on the faucets and a little bit vintage on the towel rings and tissue holder.  I chose a white quartz for the countertops that has some gray veining to resemble marble. The shower will be tiled in white subway tile with gray grout. I decided to run the tile vertically to accentuate the height and keep it from looking too traditional. Not pictured, I’m planning on a woven shade for the window, and I purchased white drapery panels with a cute gray fringe by Nate Berkus for Target. I think the window treatments will soften the room and add some interest to that wall.

So that’s the plan. Demo is done, and we’re well on our way to a new bathroom.