Master Bathroom Renovation Plan

If you read my last post, you know that early this year we have several projects that we plan to address. At the top of that list is our most daunting DIY project yet: the master bathroom. While John has been doing research on the actual construction parts of the project such as plumbing and electrical, I have been devouring inspiration photos like it's my job (well, it is!). Not only am I completely inspired to start demoing everything right this very minute, but I have also been a bit overwhelmed with the decisions involved in the design of the bathroom. Which I think is ok to admit. The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, right? So, let's get into it...


Overall, the vibe we are going for in this bathroom is bright, airy, neutral, clean, and masculine. Nothing too colorful, feminine, cluttered or busy. We want the room to be simple with some modern elements that tie in with the rest of our home's design. (Did you catch The Faux Martha's bathroom reveal today? Melissa addresses repeating themes throughout your home for a cohesive feel.)

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

I'd really like to try my hand at mixing muted metals as a way to infuse a more masculine aesthetic by incorporating brass and matte black hardware in the design. Nothing too soft or precious. 

Studio McGee

Studio McGee

I read somewhere that every room should have some sort of vintage element. Whether it be an old framed photo, a vintage rug to ground the room or a decorative accessory on a shelf, old things make the space feel used, warm and inviting. Like your favorite pair of jeans. I really like that! I would also add to that guideline an indoor plant or two - makes the room feel alive!

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors


Now for the technical construction details that which is John's domaine. The general footprint of the bathroom will stay the same. When you walk through the double doors in our bedroom into the bathroom, you are looking straight at the double sink vanity. To the right is the toilet closet and tub. To the left is the shower and walk-in closet. Here are some before pictures for reference.

As you can see, the general footprint is just fine the way it is, but, there are several things that are just not working for us:

  • the carpet
  • small, damaged shower insert
  • poor lighting
  • lacking storage
  • lacking an attractive design

Our tentative plan to address these shortcomings includes:

  1. Installing can lights and a bathroom fan in the ceiling
  2. Removing the existing shower stall insert and installing new shower base with tile on the wall
  3. Removing the carpet that is throughout the bathroom (gag!) and installing tile
  4. Removing the old cabinets, counter and sinks and installing a freestanding vanity
  5. Removing old off-white tub and installing new, white tub (half the cost of having the tub resurfaced... go figure!)
  6. New light fixtures above the new vanity
  7. New plumbing hardware (faucets, spigots, and pulls)
  8. Fresh paint on the walls and ceiling

Basically, everything must go - down to the studs. I'd say that tackling this bathroom will be equal parts: knowledge from previous experience, educated guessing, and YouTubing along the way. We are going to take it little by little. Issues will most like arise and plans will probably get altered. We are excited to knock this project off the list and gain a ton of bathroom renovation experience for the future!

We would love for you to engage with us during this project here on the blog as well as on our Instagram (Stories too). Do you have any bathroom renovation advice or tips for us? What are features that you especially enjoy in your bathroom? Leave a comment! We want to hear from you!

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