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Our Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation – Complete!

2018 June 13
by Becky

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Herringbone Tile Wall

It took two full months and still needs a couple small finishing touches, but our master bathroom is fully functioning. It’s beautiful. We are so happy with the result! And we’re so glad we outsourced this one…wow was it a ton of work.

And now for a little peek at the before…

Tiny Ugly Master Bath


It’s the exact same size, same layout, but looks so different, so much more open. I’d talked a bit about our high hopes to rearrange everything and how those plans were quickly scrapped since we weren’t interested in tripling our already hefty costs. For the most part, we’ve always tried to do our home improvements ourselves, only reaching out to the pros for the really serious stuff. These days our only real time to tackle projects is on the weekends, but we fill those up pretty quick, meaning the parts we could have handled in this renovation would have taken us no less than 15 months to complete.

And it’s SO much more fun to watch it all happen from the sidelines.

It’s SO pretty.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Round Mirror Vanity

I think we can all agree the show stopper is the floor tile. I’ve never loved a tile more than I love this gorgeous concrete patterned hex tile. We’ve never used concrete tile before, but we’re digging the look and smooth, no-slip feel on our toes. The gorgeous blue tone in this tile assured the space wouldn’t be “too white”, as so many bathrooms are.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Blue Hex Starburst Floor Tile

We chose this particular vanity for it’s warm wood tones and sleek look, originally planning to mount it to the wall. At the very last minute everyone got kind of nervous about the stability of this plan, so we ordered the very cool legs to go with it. We absolutely wanted whatever vanity we chose to be off the floor, maximizing the open feeling and view of that lovely floor tile.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Vanity


Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Exposed Brick Wall

I saw this gorgeous faucet set months ago and couldn’t wait to get it in this space. While double sinks would have been fantastic, there just wasn’t room. And for one last touch of texture, we exposed that exterior wall. My dreams of exposed brick have come true several times over in this house, so we figured why not add a bit more? Our contractor definitely thought we were nuts for this request, warning us the bricks might be in bad shape, but I assured them, we were prepared to accept whatever condition we found. It’s glorious.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Exposed Pipes

We also exposed all the pipes along the floor. Before, the pipes had these wonky soffits built around them and once removed, we loved the look. So open and industrial, just exactly what we wanted. It runs under then vanity too (see photo above) and in this dark grey color it’s just barely noticeable in the best way. Luckily we were able to move the vanity legs out a bit to avoid the pipe.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Sconce

In addition to some recessed lighting, we replaced those god-awful vanity lights with some lovely new fixtures. I’m so glad my first choice was massively backordered because these second choice brass sconces are perfect for this space. We like that the globes are frosted—no blazing glare in your face while flossing—and they can be installed up or down. Good thing, because I chose the height before seeing how they worked. If we’d put them in the “up” position at this height, it would have been impossible to take off the globes to replace the bulbs.

Now let’s turn around in this tiny space and talk shower.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Glass Shower Herringbone Tile

This is, hands down, the best shower I’ve ever owned.

I think our hygiene habits have increased since this puppy was installed. I even enjoy cleaning this shower, it’s just so pretty. Those little shelves are very convenient and functional! No more hanging of the wire caddy on the shower head necessary.

While the space is still tight, we gained a few inches in front of the vanity by making the new shower a few inches narrower, but we gained that space back by extending the half wall side out a few inches.

Here’s a before.

So. Gross.

The old shower door never opened all the way and the new one still doesn’t. The glass installers agreed with our plan to use a little rubber stopper on the vanity top, which you can barely see in the picture below. We don’t usually need to open the door this far, but like knowing the marble is protected if we do.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Glass Shower Door

We’re new to this glass shower situation, everything right there on “display” (we even had a chat with the boys about boundaries since finishing this room), so we made sure to include a hidden nook in the half wall. It perfectly conceals our giant shampoo bottles, Stu’s loofah (yep, not mine), and our shiny new squeegee.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Shower Nook

The nook ended up a tad bigger than we’d wanted, but it works!

Our incredible rain shower was Stu’s only “demand”, one I had no problem fulfilling. The fixture had to be pieced together with Kohler parts—they don’t sell one exactly like what we wanted.

And it’s life-changing.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Rain Shower Head

Taking a shower under this is like a mini-vacation. It’s the best. We heard really mixed reviews about rain shower heads, but agree it was a most excellent decision. Plus there’s the hand held option for quick spray-downs of the kids or any tropcial-jungle-style-shower haters.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Towel Bars

There was even some wall space left empty for towel bars…whew. They fit perfectly behind the door and are easily reached from the shower.

The last piece of this puzzle is the little “dressing room” area, located right outside the bathroom. It has a window, letting in plenty of light, plus a linen closet and another large closet where Stu keeps his clothes. He has SO many clothes and needs more space than me. Plus, he gets up SO EARLY and likes not having to go in and out of the bedroom where I’m still sound asleep. It’s a great little spot! So we included it in the renovation because it needed a little love in the form of fresh paint, a new sconce, and a pretty plant friend.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Cozy Corner Sconce

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Dressing Area

Here’s the view from the top of the stairs looking into the dressing area and bathroom beyond that. All the storage in this house still shocks me…these old houses are notorious for offering very little if any and here we have cabinet space to burn.

Something else we did, which might seem super small, was replace all the hinges on the cabinet doors. After years and years of being painted over and over, they were in really bad shape. It’s amazing the difference such a little update can make.

I mentioned there were still a couple finishing touches to be made, so here is one of them.

Tiny Master Bathroom Renovation Wall Heater

That lovely wall heater seemed like an easy thing to fix. We were going to replace it, but then decided to just get new caps for the ends—the old ones were in bad shape. Here’s where I offer a tip: Don’t throw any old parts away until the new ones are IN your hands. Ours were tossed in the demo mess and new ones don’t exist. Right now our contractor is planning to have a wood cover made, but we shall see how that goes. We may just repair that gap at the top and leave it. It’s crooked and off center but it is what it is.

So there it is! I’m posting sources below and may have updated shots soon, this was a tricky space to photograph. Let me know what you think! Anyone have ideas to fix that wall heater?

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Floor Tile: Cle Tile
Door/Drawer Pulls: Kohler
Shower Fixture: Kohler
Mirror: Target
Vanity Wall Sconces: Cedar & Moss
Hand towel bar: Kohler
Dressing Room Wall Sconce: Restoration Hardware
Plant Pot: Target
Vanity Faucet Handles: Kohler
Vanity: Kohler
Toilet Tissue Holder: Kohler
Towel Bars: Kohler

27 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    June 14, 2018

    Love the bathroom! You did an amazing job with the little space you have.

    Someday I NEED to redo my bathroom. I will definitely be asking you for advice!!

  2. June 14, 2018

    You know I love this space – it’s got the same colors / material feel to ours. The blue and the white and the wood – just my favorite! You did a great job on every detail. The shower looks so nice in there – roomy. The whole place looks larger. Love your plant against all the white as well. xo
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  3. Karen permalink
    June 19, 2018

    I’m in LOVE! Nice job. Can you share the source for the wall tile?

    • Becky permalink*
      June 20, 2018

      I’m honestly not sure, I just specified white 3×12 subway tile and our contractor delivered. I’ll see if I can find out!

  4. Steven permalink
    June 20, 2018

    Awesome transformation, but I’m curious about that original 5 hole sink.
    hot, cold, tap, soap, what’s the 5th one for?

    • Becky permalink*
      June 20, 2018

      ha, it was a “hand shower” attached to the most disgusting long hose. That sink was absolutely atrocious!!

  5. July 2, 2018

    My husband wants to renovate our master bathroom, and I think it is time to as well. Thank you so much for discussing the renovation ideas of the master bathroom. Thank you for sharing useful ideas. Please keep posting

  6. July 4, 2018

    I love the result of the bathroom. It definitely stands out and it looks really beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Hopefully, by next month, I can do some renovations already. Awesome post!

  7. July 4, 2018

    Be always cooperative with your contractors. It is also your responsibility to check with them your suggestions and they should consider.

  8. Hannah permalink
    July 6, 2018

    Beautiful renovation! We also live in the DC area and are looking to do some work on our home. Did you like your contractors enough to recommend them? Also, would you be willing to share your budget for this renovation? Thanks, Becky!

  9. July 6, 2018

    Nice tips. Where did you get that retro dual showerhead? I would prefer using a low flow handheld showerhead rather than using a dual one for a tiny bathroom.

  10. July 8, 2018

    Amazing! This is an incredible post. I have seen amazing ideas with this article. Amazing transformation, however, I’m interested in that initial 5 pit sink. very hot, cold, faucet, soap, there is no benefits the fifth one with regard to? Thanks for this particular awesome article!!!

  11. July 11, 2018

    Don’t be cheap on your materials. Spend your money wisely on good supplies for your construction.

  12. August 8, 2018

    I love this idea. Bathroom renovation is a great idea. It depends on your budget if you have a big budget for your bathroom renovation you can successfully install every modern bathroom tools like shower valve, bathtub, automatic flushing toilet, modern shower drain, towel holder, modern sink etc.

  13. August 30, 2018

    wow man
    such an heavenly bathroom you have really wonderful after
    reading this it becomes my goal to have a bathroom like yours

  14. Sue permalink
    September 8, 2018

    Love this!! Where did you buy the vanity legs? I am in the middle of a renovation and would love to highlight my pattern tile too.

  15. September 8, 2018

    Love this! Where did you buy the legs for your vanity??

    • Becky permalink*
      September 16, 2018

      Thank you! The legs are Kohler, they are sold as an option for this vanity

  16. October 17, 2018

    Currently I am thinking about renovation of my bathrooms. Glad to find your article learnt so many things from it hope it will be useful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. Happy blogging.

  17. November 15, 2018

    So many good ideas to help lower the costs. I am making note of some of the ideas as we consider out bathroom remodel.

  18. November 23, 2018

    Amazing work.. It looks beautiful and is adorable. Waiting for your next DIY.

  19. Curious permalink
    December 31, 2018

    Beautiful remodel! We’re in the middle of re-designing our tiny bath and this is wonderful inspiration. Would you be able to share the dimensions of your bathroom? I’m particularly curious about your shower dimensions and how much space there is in between shower and sink. Thank you for sharing!

  20. January 9, 2019

    WOW, It’s an amazing idea. Looking so beautiful. I like your tip. Thank you for share helpful information.
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  21. January 27, 2019

    great ideas for a bathroom renovation, I am thinking to renovate my bathroom in the coming month, I’ll definitely implement your tips.
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  22. January 28, 2019

    This is a great bedroom renovation idea! Good thing I saw this now as I’ll be starting to renovate our bedroom next month. Thank you so much for sharing this very informative article! :)
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  23. January 31, 2019

    Wow. This is so amazing! You have done a job well done! Will save this for future reference, thank you for sharing!
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