The Big Reveal

If you watch HGTV or DIYNetwork shows, you know they always have the big reveal at the end of the episode. Well, here’s my big reveal of our new “master” bath.

But first, here’s the…

BEFORE

Downstairs bathroom

Slightly claustrophobic bathroom with convenient right-inside-the-door toilet placement

Shower surround from hell

The very appetizing “liver paté/cream cheese swirl” shower surround

"Updated" vanity in bathroom

Here you see the lovely red portion of the red/green color scheme

AFTER

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Don’t you think this looks more like a 1927 bathroom?

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I converted this antique sideboard into the vanity. I bought this piece in Shady Cove before I owned the house. I re-painted it, changed the glass knobs to “coke bottle” green and added the custom marble top—a fairly big expense, but worth it.

The clawfoot tub was another purchase I made “in faith,” before we had the house!

An antique china cabinet of the same era as the sideboard/vanity (and the house) now serves as bathroom storage. We went to Sacramento to get this piece, which I re-painted. See the little cottage night light I bought on Etsy?

An antique china cabinet of the same era as the sideboard/vanity (and the house) now serves as bathroom storage. We went to Sacramento to get this piece, which I re-painted. See the little cottage nite lite on top that I bought on Etsy?

 

The marble floor with Ming Green marble border has in-floor heating. It's wonderful. :-)

The marble floor with Ming Green marble inset has electric in-floor heating. It’s wonderful. 🙂

 

Custom shower designed by me! :-)

Custom shower designed by me! 🙂

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You can see the extra foot of space taken from the laundry room to create enough depth for the shower.

My original design didn’t include beadboard wainscoting. But the hall just outside the bathroom has beadboard and since the (excruciatingly slow) pace of the renovation gave me so much time to think about things, I decided to add the beadboard. I’m so glad I did.

The room is basically the same size, though there was a closet from the “bedroom” next door stealing space from it. Since I changed the purpose of the room next door (it’s now the laundry room/half bath/storage closet) I gave the bedroom closet square footage back to the bathroom and even borrowed about a foot for expand the space for the shower. I also had to sacrifice the storage that was in the old bathroom—the cabinet under the window and a linen closet next to the door, but I think it was worth it, don’t you?

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