Our master bathroom is finally done. YOU GUYS. The bathroom is doooooooonnnnnne.
And before we proceed any deeper into the amazing glory that is our new bathroom, I’d like you all to know, *AHEM* that my husband is a saint and the lengthy duration of this remodeling process had nothing to do with him. The epic-ness of tearing out an entire bathroom to the studs while living in the room next door is, well, a thing. A complicated thing. Especially because we did 50% of the work ourselves and a contractor did the other 50% when we had time and when he had time, which is to say, the master bathroom remodel has seemed never-ending.
I’d also like to state for the record: when I say ‘we’ I always mean everyone BUT me. My husband, my kids, my husband’s best friend, my old college roommate’s husband. ‘We’ means lots of people who aren’t me. Just so we’re all clear.
Before I show you the gorgeous new master bathroom, I just want to remind you of the awful bathroom I posted yesterday. The before-before, the before from when we were house hunting and were thinking of buying our house, ivy wallpaper and all before:
Then this, the before-ish before, after we’d moved into the house and done some quick duct-tape type redecorating on a budget:
Old Jacuzzi tub:
New Jacuzzi tub:
View from the old walk-in closet:
Remember the half “modesty wall” our contractor was so excited about from master bath remodel part 3?
I do that sometimes.
The general decor for the master bath is meant feel like Costa Rica and beachy regions south. The beach is our happy place as a family, and since we aren’t going to move to Costa Rica anytime soon (although we all should) we brought the gorgeous surf beaches to us.
Last year we had a canvas photo made of our children on the beach in Costa Rica, and I love it so much we decided to hang it above the jacuzzi tub so I can see it first thing every morning. The colors in the beach photo happen to be some of my favorite colors and they set the palette for the entire bathroom.
Turquoise, green, blue.
Sea glass colors.
I love this simple but huge clock which hangs on the other tub wall (clearance bin, IKEA) and some sea grass (also IKEA) sits on the jacuzzi tub shelf right underneath. It’s meant to look like sea-grass obviously, placed in a gorgeous glass vase surrounded by shells we’ve collected from beaches all over the world.
The walk-in closet was a such a disaster of wasted space, (even though I kept it really well organized) so we decided to tear it all out and start the design from scratch. We sacrificed half the closet to make room for a steam shower AND jacuzzi tub and it ended up being our best move yet. The shower is amazing, and even though we lost half the closet we built up, all the way vertical like the Europeans do, and we actually have more storage space now and no wasted wall and / or floor space.
Part of that vertical space is for holding my labeled shoe bins stacked two high, and there are three carefully measured boot shelves to hold my boots two deep.
Trust me, I’m jealous of myself right now.
Everything else in the walk-in closet was 100% specifically designed to our needs (I’m a clothes horse, my husband is not) and planned out using IKEA’s closet accessories which super duper maximize small spaces.
The far right part of the closet above holds my hanging shirts at the top, folded pants two-deep on the slide-out pants rack below, and on the very bottom we’ll install a pull out shoe rack that holds 18 pair of shoes.
The pull out drawers hold sweaters and rolled up tees, and there’s a slide-out accessory rack on the backside for scarves and belts. The hanging rack on the left hand side of my side of the closet is for long ball-gown type dresses, and gets shorter above the drawers for hanging skirts and long tunics.
My husband gets a pants rack, shoe rack, wire basket, and a place to hang button down shirts.
Shut up, I know.
The double sink is another favorite piece of the new bathroom. Here’s the old vanity:
The mirror above the vanity is the old mirror with a custom frame built and stained by my husband. I LOVE it.
The steam shower was tricky -ish, but worth every ounce of effort and dollar bills. It was all completely custom built which is what makes it not cheap, but since we created a steam shower in a completely random space (goodbye gun closet!), there was no other way to go.
The tile on the shower floor is pebbled tile, inspired by the flooring we fell in love with in Costa Rica (the shower in our lodge at Lapa Rios had black river rock floors) and it’s my favorite. When the pebbles get wet they smell a little like summer rain. Heaven.
The flooring is really pretty next to the stark white subway tile, isn’t it?
It couldn’t be more perfect.
So, what do you think? Does it pass muster?
Thank you for being excited with me and sticking it out patiently one step at a time while this amazing remodel came together. Seriously, it helped enormously to have my amazing readers invested in this project!
If you’d like to reminisce a little, here are all the posts along the way as this blessed master bathroom went from ivy wallpaper to white subway tile and everything in-between.
Our master bathroom remodel part I, master bathroom remodel design ideas, our master bathroom remodel take 2, master bathroom remodel part 3, and finally the worst of them all: our master bathroom remodel before.
// A big, huge, fat THANK YOU to Lowe’s for supplying us with a generous amount of supplies to complete this remodel, and to Jacuzzi who awesomely provided us with a jetted tub for the master bathroom. //