Tiny and Dated Master Bathroom Remodel

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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