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Master Bathroom Renovation:
Demo, Lights, & Mirrors

2014 February 4
by Becky

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So far our master bathroom renovation has been 75% searching and researching for various fixtures and pieces, so that leaves us with 25% of actual work.

We’ve painted both the walls and cabinets, popped off the bullnose wall tiles to prepare for our wood trim, and we took down the giant mirror.

Basically, the room has been a disaster area for over a week.


Where the heck do all these bottles of product come from anyway?? There’s a whole other box filled to the brim, sitting in the next room! Surely I can throw half of it away. Anyway, I sanded and primed the cabinets, the painted them with several coats of Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray…which I thought was a pretty funny coincidence in our shark infested household.

My cabinet color inspiration came from this gorgeous room:

This milk chocolatey gray paint and the stained butcher block counter (that should be arriving via Ikea any day now!) should help to warm the room up a little. We added some pretty hardware to make things look brand new.


I’m planning to paint the toe kick black and add some furniture feet to make the cabinet appear as a stand alone piece. We shall see…

We also removed the medicine cabinet (on the left side) and replaced it with make-shift shelving…I can’t decide if I like it yet.

The light fixture is next on the chopping block. And we will be taking out that tile backsplash as well. The more of that back wall we expose, the bigger the whole room feels.

Last weekend Stu got to do his favorite part of DIY projects: Demo.


We were going to just go over the old tile with the new, but would have been adding too much height to the room, necessitating a door trim and threshold build up…there would be a too-large step up to get in there.

So the old ugly tile came out.

Another fun demo? Taking out those ceramic towel bars.

Removing ceramic towel bars

I did this tile breaking myself…it felt great. Even Ethan tried to get in on the demo action, though he kept complaining his “tools aren’t working!” and asking to borrow ours.


So good things are happening but there are a few hang ups. Literally.

Too many choices. Mirrors, faucet, sink, lighting…I’ve spent entirely too much time researching, Photoshopping, and measuring. I just need to PICK.

Problem? My taste is a little pricey. Without meaning to, I fell head over heels for uber expensive fixtures that have no business in our little bathroom. 

 Lamps Plus Nickel Swing Arm Lamp
Lite Source Transitional Swing Arm
 Shades of Light Accordion Arm Lamp
Rejuvenation Reed Swing Arm Lamp

The good thing is I narrowed down some key features. Like the “swing arm”. And while the brass is tempting, I think brushed nickel, preferably antiqued or distressed, will work best for our space.

So I found these less expensive options, ones that will look great and not break the bank.

Home Depot Archie Light
Overstock Suri Swing Lamp
Lowes Kenroy Home Swing Arm Lamp
Home Decorators Accordion Lamp

And mirrors. OH so many mirrors. Picking one is like a form of torture. It’s the centerpiece of the whole back wall! I’ve googled and thrifted and craigslisted but still…no decision has been made. I’ve been shopping for mirrors in my dreams.

I found some that I loved. Too bad most are waaaaay out of our price range.

DistressedMirror AntiqueMirror2 AntiqueMirror
Industrial White Metal Bevel Mirror
White Rabbit Antique Mirror
Local Thrift Shop Antique Mirror
Unknown…I just love it
UnpaintedWoodMirror BevelMirror WisteriaRoundMirror
Etsy – Snapshot Vintage Antique Mirror
Wisteria Beaded Frame Mirror
Wisteria Round Mirror
Etsy – Snapshot Vintage Antique Mirror

Mirrors can be SO expensive.

What I really want is an antique mirror, preferably unpainted, but those take time to find. So during a couple hours of no-kid time, while Ethan was at school, I did a mad dash through every thrift store I could think of. It was a lucky day because I found several good options. Most would need to be painted and/or repaired, but I put a few on hold for the day to think about them.

I just want something interesting without being over the top. Gilded mirrors are all the rage right now and while I think they are great pieces in many applications, I just don’t think it works here. And frameless…eh, unless it’s vintage and hanging by a chain. Roughed up edges with pretty shape = perfect.

In the meantime, we’ll be installing this beautiful stuff


I can’t wait to run my tootsies over the silky smooth surface!!

Anyone have any mirror suggestions for me? Seriously, I need them.

11 Responses
  1. February 4, 2014

    can’t wait to see it all come together! loving the tile selection. i want something like that for my bathroom!
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    • Becky permalink*
      February 4, 2014

      Thank you! And the tile is SO cheap. $2.21/sf! My interior designer friend ordered it for me, she is my hero.

  2. Linda Johnson permalink
    February 5, 2014

    I love what your doing with your bathroom!! Can you send your husband my way to help me remodel mine???? First of all I need the OK from the landloards…….

    I cannot wait to see the finished product.

  3. Grandpa Joe permalink
    February 5, 2014

    You make my re-sealing of a few shower tiles look like child play. In fact…..could you send Ethan out here to help me glue them back on? Grandpa

  4. Anne permalink
    February 5, 2014

    Looking forward to the finished product. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the retile on the floor goes for you–it is something I really want to do in my own bathroom, but I’m worried about how much work getting the floor into a retileable state will be…:)

    • Becky permalink*
      February 5, 2014

      We were lucky Anne, the old tile popped right up and the backer board is still in good shape. We’ll scrape off some of the old thin set then use the new mortar to level it all…fingers crossed it will go well!

  5. February 11, 2014

    This is going to be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished product.
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  6. February 11, 2014

    I love the grey and white combination. I still remember how long it took for us to rehab ours.
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  7. February 11, 2014

    Your goal bathroom is beautiful! I love the grey and white color palette. I’m always in the mood for a good reno, but my husband isn’t. I guess I’ll have to call The Property Brothers. :-) Good luck!

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    • Becky permalink*
      February 11, 2014

      Thanks! Hoping to add a few pops of color in there too. Wouldn’t it be sweet to have the Property Brothers show up at our doorsteps?!

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