DIY Bathroom Remodel (Our Master Bathroom Renovation)
For the last six weeks, we’ve been working on a major budget-friendly DIY bathroom remodel, and the time for the big reveal is finally here!
You guys! It’s time! It’s here! The big day!
Have you properly prepared yourself to see more photos of my master bathroom than you could ever possibly want to see? Get ready, because it’s going to be awesome.
I’m practically shaking with excitement over getting to finally share this with you guys.
But first, let’s back up, just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about.
(And because I’m a tease.)
Corey and I just finished participating in the One Room Challenge for the first time ever – the whole idea is that bloggers and designers take one room in their house and give it a total overhaul over the course of 6 weeks. We chose to do our master bathroom because we’re ambitious and slightly insane.
Before we dive into the after photos, let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember what this bathroom used to like – I feel like I need to remind you of the before photos so you can fully appreciate how huge this transformation is. I seriously feel like I’m stepping into another world when I walk into our bathroom now. I can’t believe it’s actually mine.
Our Master Bathroom Before
Here’s what the room looked like for the first few years we lived here:
Bland, brown, and boring. Then, a few years ago we had some issues with the shower caving in on us, and so we began demo for a renovation that we ended up putting on hold for nearly 3 years. Meaning, for the past 3-ish years my bathroom has looked like this:
Super cute, right?
Well…for the last 6 weeks, we have been pouring every extra second of our time and every extra ounce of our energy into completely transforming this room. I’ve documented the journey here, so if you need to catch up, go ahead and do that before you keep reading. I promise, it’ll be worth the wait.
- Week 1: Demo + Design Plan
- Week 2: Backerboard + Paint
- Week 2.5: Choosing the Tile
- Week 3: Tile Installation
- Week 4: Cedar-planked Ceiling
- Week 5: Baseboards & Finishing Touches
- Week 5.5: Shower Glass Installation
- DIY Bathtub Tray
And that brings us to today. The big reveal. The after photos. The grand finale.
Are you ready?
Let’s do this.
DIY Bathroom Remodel REVEAL
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This week was all about finishing up a few lingering projects, getting the vanity done, and styling the room. I can’t even believe the difference the last 10% or so made in this room – it went from feeling really beautiful but a little sterile to feeling cozy, welcoming, and like the bathroom of my dreams.
I mean, that vanity. Come on.
Can you even handle those milk glass knobs? They’re from D. Lawless (one of our sponsors!) and I’m in love. These are the knobs we used on the cabinets, and these are what we used on the drawers. I gave Corey total decision-making power when it came to the hardware in the bathroom, and he knocked it out of the park!
Let’s talk about the countertop – it’s quartz and it’s so pretty I want to cry a little bit every time I see it. This was not our original plan for this bathroom and was way out of our budget – but when a friend caught wind that we were renovating our bathroom for this challenge she reached out to let me know her husband runs a countertop company, Set in Stone Countertops, and they wanted to sponsor this project. I just about died. It was so surreal to get to go out to their stone yard and drool over all of the amazing options and actually choose one for our bathroom!
I was pinching myself the whole time.
Corey and I wanted something that had a bit of a marble feel to it – something with lots of movement that could really stand out in the room. Originally, our plan was to do a tile backsplash around the back with black penny tile, but between time crunches and a lack of energy we ended up deciding to go with a simple quartz backsplash and I’m so glad we did. It really lets this countertop be the star of the show, and the more classic look fits right in with the rest of this bathroom.
Oh, and can we talk about those faucets from Moen? They’re so sleek and modern and perfect and I could just sit there and stroke them lovingly all day long.
We chatted a few weeks ago about the vanity lights and what we should do – I wanted to go with a one-light fixture but worried it wouldn’t be enough light. You guys agreed with me, but I decided to dive in and go for it anyways. We found these guys for super cheap at Lowe’s and spray painted them black…and I love them! We got these really cool light bulbs to go in them, and I’m just beyond thrilled with how it all looks together. It’s definitely less light than it was before, but I kept about half of the light bulbs unscrewed in our old fixtures because it was too much light, so this is working out nicely for me so far.
Another quick project we tackled this week was the shelf on the pony wall. This used to just be a plain white piece of wood on top, but we had to remove it when we demolished the old countertop and we figured it would be fun to try something a little more unique and added some cedar on top instead. It’s a small touch but I love how it looks, and I love that it brings some of the wood tones from the ceiling down into to the rest of the room.
Oh, oh, oh…the overhead light.
One of the things that I think made the biggest difference in this room is the accessories. We never really did much in the way of styling this room before (maybe because it was so dang ugly?!) but it really does make a giant impact. I mean, this giant art basically makes the room. Can you even handle it?!
That beauty is from my friend, Lisa – she has a shop where she sells everything under the sun with her gorgeous designs, and I fell hard for this piece a while ago – thankfully she loves me and agreed to send it over to me to be featured in the room. It fits so perfectly with everything else, and it makes me so happy. It really just looks like it was made to go here, doesn’t it?!
Phew. Can you even handle all of this gorgeousness?
I can’t believe this bathroom is mine.
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And, with that, I think I’m going to go take a nap. For, like, a week.
What do you think?!?!?!! Was this bathroom worth the exhaustion over the last 6 weeks?
(My answer is a resounding, “absolutely!”)
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Woah! what a transformation Amanda Its so amazing, i loved it 🙂
The whole damn room is just beautiful. Now I really tempt to do such similar beautiful thing to my bathroom. Great transformation.
OMG Amanda, I just love everything about this bathroom! That cedar-planked ceiling is gorgeous!!!!!
I just wanted to let you know that you were featured as a Rockstar at last week’s Creativity Unleashed party! Congrats, and thanks for sharing at our party! http://www.practicallyfunctional.com/creativity-unleashed-186
Love the floor tiles and the tangerine coloured vanity so striking, especially when together. Beautiful job on such a big project. Congrats.
Hi, Amanda, Everything came out so beautifully! Loved the hexagon tiles completely. My God Can’t believe you accomplished a full bathroom renovation in Just 6 weeks. In love with the sink and cabinet. It’s wonderful. You did an amazing job. Best wishes and Regards.
Wow. Simply, wow. I LOVE the pop color you have there. And the tiles are great!!
Question about the wood ceiling (love the idea btw). I’ve heard that its not a good idea to put wood on the floor of a bathroom because wood hates moisture and that moisture can mess up wood leading to molding and all the not so fun stuff. Do you think that is still an issue even though you have it on your ceiling instead? I’ve been working with a wood flooring contractor so I’ve been learning TONS of stuff. Maybe I need to go ask him. Anyway would love your thoughts (and your experience – has it not been an issue so far?).
Way to go! Ya’ll are awesome!!!!
Thanks so much, Betty! To be completely honest, I don’t know that we are technically “supposed” to have wood on our ceiling in the bathroom. HOWEVER, our bathroom is well ventilated with vaulted ceilings and rarely gets very humid. We also chose cedar, which is more resistant to issues with moisture. We haven’t had any issues at all so far, but we do plan to keep an eye on it!
WOW – I can’t believe you accomplished a full bathroom renovation in 6 weeks. It’s just gorgeous! I LOVE the wall and floor tiles, and you have every right to be in love with that marble counter top – it’s beautiful!
Hi! loving your bathroom makeover and of course the setting is incredible! I love the sink and cabinet. Its wonderful. You did an amazing job.
Wow! That quartz counter top is heavenly….i want it everywhere in my home!!!!
The black and white really look beautiful in this space. So classy!
Thanks! We LOVE the counter!
I canNOT believe you guys did all this in 6 weeks!!! It looks showcase worthy! The black grout is incredible and the hex tiles on the floor are my love language. The whole thing is just perfect!! Congrats! Go run a bath or something! xx
Wow, what a beautiful bathroom. When walking in I think I would feel like I was at a spa. I love all the tile and especially the floor tile. Congrats on a job well done.
Woah! Such a difference, gorgeous! Well done! Really like everything about it, from the cabinet color to the tiles and mirrors with big black frames.
Everything came out beautifully! I still can’t believe you tackled all that tiling and that amazing ceiling in 6 weeks, great job!
Thank you Katy!
STUNNING! The coral vanity, tile and that amazing ceiling are some of my favorites. You and your husband did an excellent job in transforming this bathroom!
Thank you, Carol!
Ah-mazing!!!! I just love everything in here. The tile, that ceiling… and I love that pop of color with the vanity. How awesome that you got that countertop! Just gorgeous!
GORGEOUS! I love that tile and the ceiling! So pretty!
Girl…what’s beyond knocking it out of the park?! This bathroom is stunningly gorgeous! All of your beautiful tile, that coral vanity and don’t even get us started on the ceiling! Well done!
Aw, y’all are too sweet! Thank you!!
Oh my gosh, this is an amazing transformation! Love it! Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off!
Thanks so much, Iris!
Such a gorgeous transformation! You and your hubby did an amazing job. I can only imagine how much work was put into this space! Congrats on nailing it! It’s been so fun following along this room’s progress! Cheers to completing the ORC!
Omg,, Amanda, this is SO SO good!! I don’t think there is anything better than white subway tile. Love that painting and the mirrors and the lights and basically ALL of it! Enjoy your bathroom!!
Thank you, Meg!
It’s gorgeous! Like a mountain chalet spa. The countertops set it over the top.
Beautiful! Let me know if you have any tips for getting/keeping the shower glass clean – the mineral buildup on its is driving me nuts and none of the Pinterest stuff I’ve found has been able to get it all off!
Thanks Kobi! I will definitely let you know…we haven’t had to clean it yet, but you know I’m all about the path of least resistance, so I’ll be all over finding an easy way to keep it clean, haha
Wow! That was A LOT of work in 5 weeks! Way to go! Tiling the full tub/shower wall was the best decision. It looks great!
Thanks, Melissa! I’m so glad we decided to take it all the way up!
The whole thing is stunning, but that ceiling! WOW!
Aw, thanks, Crystal!
The vanity, the floor tile and the larger subway tile is all so good, You must be so happy. Love!
Thanks, Vanessa! We are SO happy! 🙂
I loooove your transformation! I did my bathroom as my ORC too so I’m loving checking out all of the other bathrooms. I might have to swap out my gray vanity for a salmon colored one like yours someday…that is such an amazing focal point!
Thanks so much, Kristin!
Wow what a transformation Amanda!!! Loving the tile and the sink console!
Thanks so much, Tara!
It looks absolutely incredible! The countertops are perfect and really I can’t imagine any other countertops there! I’m drooling over the shower doors!! Seriously, it’s so good!
Yes yes yes!! All the heart eyes!! I am seriously swooning over this amazing transformation!! And that tile is beautiful! Congrats on an awesome reveal!
What an amazing transformation!! Your room has been one of my favorites to follow and I’m completely blown away by how ahhmazing the finished room looks! The ceiling, the tile and that VANITY! I’m so impressed. Enjoy your week-long nap 😉
This bathroom is perfection! Seriously, I would get the same tile, tubs, and flooring if I could reno my guest bathroom next week. Enjoy your new bathroom, congrats!
This room is freaking amazing! That is all. You guys are rock stars!
Aw, thanks! 🙂
I cannot believe what you two accomplished in only 6 weeks! Amazing transformation, that ceiling is beyond beautiful!! LOVE it!
Amanda! What an incredible transformation! I love so many elements – the tile, the shower enclosure, and the artwork pulls everything together! You guys worked so hard – I’m so happy for you that you’ll have the bathroom of your dreams to enjoy for years to come!
Aw, thanks! We’re SO pleased with it!
Wow, Amanda!! What a fabulous transformation! I am so impressed by all the work you guys did – way to go! You’re right – that art is amazing and truly ties all the rest of the beautiful accents and accessories together. Love it!!!
So much progress in just six weeks. Love the coral vanity with the black and white. Great finish!
You and Corey did an absolutely incredible job!!! There is so much to love here! I am most in love with your cedar-planked ceiling – I just love the spa-like feel that it has, and it’s so much more interesting and unique than a normal bathroom ceiling. Amazing job!! Go take that nap 😉
Thank you, friend!
Do you just pinch yourself every time you walk in to use the loo? Holy cow…it’s just so dang beautiful! Love the wood ceilings against the subway tile. Love that penny tile and your art work. Girl! You flat out nailed it!
I absolutely do! Taking a shower in here is like a little slice of heaven. 🙂
Haha, I hope you were able to take that big ol’ nap! It turned out beautifully – that coral/salmon color on the vanity is perfect!
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
Thanks, Clarissa – hoping for the nap this weekend, haha!
It looks amazing! Definitely worth the exhaustion!
It absolutely was!
Ahhh! It looks amazing, Amanda! I’m sure you need a nice long spa bath now! Great job!
This room turned out amazing! The countertop! The shower! The ceiling!!! I die. Go take a well-deserved break.
That pop of coral is tremendous!
The floor is AMAZING!!
Thank you, Heather!
Wow this is beautiful! Amazing transformation! 😍😍
Ah I was so excited to see your reveal and it’s amazing! So lucky you got to pick out your countertop, it’s stunning!
Thanks so much!!
amanda, this is beautiful! that ceiling i am just in love with, and i am so thrilled to see such a fun color on the vanity! great work!
Thank you, Cassie! The vanity might be my favorite part!
It’s so freaking beautiful! Bringing that little bit of cedar down to floor really makes everything look so cohesive. Also – those mirrors! I feel like they are the lipstick to the room!
Thank you so much! The mirrors turned out so much better than I thought they would! 🙂