Design plans for a tiny and dated master bathroom remodel. Includes a pony wall installation, neutral colors, and ceramic tile.
Now that the hallway bathroom remodel is complete, it’s time to share what’s been going on in the master bathroom. You can read the story of how these renovations came about by clicking HERE. Our master bathroom is extremely small…in fact, there is literally room for just one person. Over the years, with trial and error, we figured out how to make it function for our family. When my kids were home, they preferred using the stand-up shower, so there were days when this room needed a revolving door!
I’m warning you right now. This bathroom was dated and dreary…and way overdue for a remodel. The pictures are not pretty! It always got put on the back burner because no one saw it but us. Here’s everything that needed an update:
- very dated oak cabinetry
- old mismatched fixtures and lights
- square pink ceramic tile in the shower
- a leaking and ugly shower door
- laminate flooring
Like our other bathroom, the toilet is new and very nice, so it’s the only thing that’s staying. Since both bathrooms were being renovated one after the other, it made sense to me to use some of the same finishes and fixtures. The honest truth is that by using most of the same finishes in both bathrooms, my job was much easier. The thought of designing two completely different bathrooms did not interest me at all!
The floor tile (pictured below) for the master bathroom has a different pattern, but it’s the same size, color, and brand as what is in the hallway bathroom. So they coordinate, but aren’t exactly the same. I chose oil rubbed bronze fixtures, but in a different style. I used the same KraftMaid navy cabinetry, the same mirror and light, and the same countertop. Instead of ordering everything twice, I ordered everything once. As most of you know, the decisions that come with a room remodel seem to be never-ending. By keeping most of the same finishes in both rooms, those decisions were cut in half.
The image below is the inspiration for the biggest change we made in this bathroom. We removed the shower wall and bulkhead, and replaced the shower wall with a pony wall. I’ve been holding on to the inspiration picture below for several years…because I knew it would work in our bathroom. I just had to wait until we could make it happen!
*I found this image on Pinterest, but I have no other information. I don’t know who designed this bathroom, or who took the image.
Removing the big wall, and replacing it with the pony wall opened up the space, and made it feel so much bigger. Like the other bathroom, I felt like we raised the ceiling!
Along with the changes in the master bathroom, we removed the carpet in our master bedroom, and had the original hardwood floors refinished. (It’s taken me five years, but all four of our bedrooms now have refinished hardwood floors.) We had everything in the master bedroom painted as well. I’m sprucing up the bedroom with a new upholstered bed, a new area rug, and hopefully new nightstands. All that is a work in progress.
I decided to go ahead and list all the sources for this dated master bathroom remodel. I’ll be back in a few weeks with the finished product, and you will be able to see how everything came together.
Dated Master Bathroom Remodel Sources
Cabinetry: KraftMaid Lyndale in Midnight (Purchased from a local building supply store.)
Countertop: Al-Co cultured granite in Sandstar
Shower Door: Custom from Basco
Main shower tile: Camila Beige II Polished Porcelain 12 x 24 tile
Shower penny tile & bullnose: Virginia Tile Expression (Gloss)
Shower border mosaic trim: Elida Ceramica Crackled Linear Silk Mosaic Wall Tile
Grout color: MAPEI Driftwood
Paint Color: click HERE
Hardware: Eddington Lane pulls in Champagne Bronze
Light: double light over mirror
Shelf brackets: Brass Scroll Bracket Set of 2