Tiny and Dated Master Bathroom Remodel

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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!

small master bathroom dated oak cabinets

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

small master bathroom dated oak cabinets and wallpaper

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!

small master bathroom before remodel

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.

Zio Amalfi Coast Organza Antique 8 x 8 porcelain tile

master bathroom floor tile lightened

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!

master bath inspiration pic 1

*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!

small master bathroom pony wall tile

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

Floor tile: Zio Amalfi Coast Organza Antique 8 x 8 Porcelain Tile

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

Toilet: American Standard Cadet FloWise Tall Height

Fixtures: All Oil Rubbed Bronze | Moen Belfield shower faucet & head | Moen Belfield sink faucet | Moen Belfield tank lever | Moen Belfield toilet paper holderMoen Belfield robe hook 

Hardware: Eddington Lane pulls in Champagne Bronze

Light: double light over mirror (Park Harbor Mooretown)

Mirror: Bellevue Deuel 35″ x 21″ Rectangular Decorative Mirror

Shelf brackets: Brass Scroll Bracket Set of 2

Accessories:  soap & lotion bottlesSavannah Small Seagrass Lidded Basket | shampoo & conditioner | sea sponge | lavender bar soap | basket on toilet |

Click for the complete hallway bathroom remodel.


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  1. What a beautiful transformation! I have a bathroom the similar size and footprint. Would you mind sharing the size of the shower? I’m trying to figure out if the pony wall/glass door solution would work in my space (if the door opening would be large enough to be functional and not difficult to enter/exit the shower). Thanks!

  2. Anne,
    Oh how I like your simple designs! I’m new here and love the blue entry door color, it’s not loud at all and I love the bathroom cabinet for the sink and I agree with you, simpler at my age is better! Can’t wait to keep reading and thanks so much for sharing your ideas & details on your many projects & where to purchase!


  3. Wow, this is going to be awesome!

  4. Jeanie Nichols says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your home updates. Both bathrooms will be beautiful. Well, one already is.

  5. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, thanks for sharing your plans for your Master Bath. I love your choices. It’s going to be beautiful when your reno is completed. So nice that you could do this now!

    You will enjoy your refinished hardwood in your Master Bedroom. When we built our home, we put carpet in our Master. We were always sorry that we didn’t go with hardwood. Our builder suggested carpet and I was never happy with it. So, we will be putting hardwood down this winter and we will go with an area rug.

    You are keeping busy with all your renos but how nice it will be for you once you are all finished. Thanks for sharing with us, Ann. Your home is beautiful and you are a wonderful decorator! Have a good week!

  6. 4 stars
    Tiny?!?! I dont think so. On the small side, sure but deffo not tiny. Some people would love to have that big of a squatter. The remodel looks fabulous.

  7. Nancy Sharp says:

    I love the things you picked for this bathroom too. Opening up the shower area was a great idea. It’s a messy process but so worth it.

  8. As always, I just love your selections Ann, and I can’t wait to see the finished product!! Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  9. It may be tiny but at least you have an en suite bathroom. It will be so gorgeous and inviting when it’s finished. I just love that floor tile. Is it easy to clean? I’m thinking it would look good in my laundry room.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I agree…it’s very small, but it functions! Yes, the tile is super easy to clean. My guys sealed the grout, which makes it darken a bit when it’s wet. As soon as it drys, the grout goes back to the normal color.

  10. Wow! I love what you are doing in this master bath. Our master bath is just like yours, very small. This gave me inspiration to open it up. I can’t wait to see the final product!

  11. 5 stars
    I love what you did and are doing in the bathrooms. Hopefully soon we will be able to start our bathroom remodel. I am saving your pictures for inspiration.

  12. I cannot wait to see it all come together. Love the colors and coordinating both bathrooms.

  13. Terri Herman says:

    Oh Ann! This going to be wonderful! & no reason not to coordinate the two baths, they will both reflect your style & preferences. We used the same 12×18 slate gray tile in our entry way, dining/kitchen/desk room, laundry, powder room as well as guest & master bath floors. Several folks have noticed & commented how much they like that cohesiveness.

  14. I wish I could have had access to your ideas 5 years ago. After nearly 40 years we were able to update baths. While I’m pleased, if only because they are fresh, match, neutral, they lack the personality much of the other areas in our home have. Congratulations on your patience in “getting it right” with such beautiful timeless design

  15. How very exciting ! I love your choices. When everything is complete, it will look like you have a new house.Can’t wait to see the final product.

  16. I just sent the shower photo to Pinterest! We might do the same in our tiny shower. Once again you are my guide. I love it already. P.S. the mirror is fascinating!

  17. Ann, thank you for this post! I have one of those bathrooms. I saved your photos as my inspiration. I’m working on a basement bathroom along with the finishing of the entire basement. I wanted to move the wall out…denied. So I changed the swing of the door instead. I love the glass shower door too. My plan was to sew a quilt like one but the clear glass is perfect and a time saver for me. So glad I opened your email today. Hugs, Carol

    P.S. When you get to your kitchen I can help you! We just finished ours and made amazing changes that really improved the efficiency of the space.