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!”)