Master Bathroom Makeover- There Is NUTHIN Master About This Bath

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So I have this bathroom.
That adjoins our bedroom.
They call it a "master" bathroom.
But there is nothing "master" about it.
Only that it is the bathroom that is assigned to the master bedroom.
So really, master by association bathroom.

For years I have wanted to shake it up a bit.
This is the thing; we still had the same paint from the previous owners (we will call them Claude and Mona for the sake of the blog) who lived here 7.5 years ago.
And we may or may not have still had the same storage cabinet in the bathroom over the toilet that may or may not have allegedly been in Claude and Mona's master bath.

I even blogged about our pathetic little bath back in 2010 here.

Here is a picture of my bath from 2010:


See Claude and Mona's white cabinet?
And my saline on the counter?
Apparently I don't know how to clear a counter before I take a picture.
This will make more sense to you in a few seconds.

So the bathroom was this blue color.
Which was nice and serene but also made this very soul crushingly small room even more small.
We also had one of those builder grade mirrors that take up most of the wall as well.
We ended up finding an amazing mirror at Lowe's Labor Day weekend 2010 but before you look at the picture let me offer a disclaimer about the picture you are about to see:

There is Monistat on the counter.
Because in addition to having a really ugly bathroom in 2010, I must have also had a yeast infection.
And don't shake your head.
Because you get them too.
Move on.
And yes, I could have edited the photo but I decided to be real.
Because you are not gonna get this kind of honesty at the big blogs.
Nor will you get a plug for a feminine product.

Geez, its almost like I posed it there.
Like Monistat was payin' me back then.
They weren't.
Or I wouldn't have had to wait two more years for a better bathroom.

Back to the mirror.
It was only 12 dollars.
It was sheer luck because I have yet to find another mirror that even comes close to that price.
So the bathroom sat like this for another two years after adding that mirror.
Whoa whoa whoa....didn't want to go too fast you know.

So this summer I said, enough.
We are making this bathroom our own after seven years.
But I wanted to do it, as I want to do everything, on a major budget.
Or minor budget.
Depending on how you look at it.
My original budget was $150 dollars.
Which isn't much when it comes to bathrooms.

Here is the before circa September 2012:

Do you see how the rugs, towels and shower curtain don't even match.
Or have remotely the same coloring?
I just gave up in here.
I had nothing left to give.

Oooh lookie below at the new light fixture I got to replace the circa 1988 dressing room bulb light fixture!
39 dollars at Home Depot!
To give those who aren't privy to pricing on these types of things some idea, these things usually cost around 100 bucks plus.
So I was stoked to score this.

Oh and see the new faucet?
I am not telling you where I got it because I hate the store where I bought it and refuse to shop there any more because they are killing the soul of small town America.
I think you know who I am talking about. 
Huge props to my husband for installing this himself.
He will be the first to admit that he isn't the handiest of peeps but he is always willing to learn and try himself.
And he did this himself.
And I am so proud of him.
And thankful that he didn't break it in the process.

The first step was to get rid of Claude and Mona's blue bathroom and make it Mike and Kari's bathroom.  
Here it is after it was painted:

The color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
But I took the swatch to Home Depot and had them mix it using Behr paint.
I also for the first time used low voc paint.
I couldn't smell the paint that night in the bedroom.
I will pay the extra and get it from now on.
And I love the color.
I think it looks more taupe than gray.
What do you think?

OK so the next thing I wanted to change was the floors.

Nothing harmful.
Just your basic builder quality vinyl flooring.
I have never understood why people put light color flooring in bathrooms.
No, I can tell you why.
The people who make those decisions have never cleaned a bathroom floor in their life before.
White shows every hair, piece of dirt and splotch of makeup.
The dirtiest room in the home should not have the lightest color floor in the home, in my humble opinion. 

So I had noticed on blogs and through home improvement shows that they now have peel and stick vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood floors and that you could put them over the existing floor.

So after price comparing at Home Depot and Lowe's, I found what I wanted at Lowe's.
Peel and stick plank flooring.

And I knew just the person to help me install it.
My best friend Rebecca.
I should first say that my husband was out of town on business for a week when I decided to do this.
As a surprise to him.
This was on day five of being alone with both my girls day and night that we decided to install it.
Yay me!

Rebecca was amazing.
She pieced it all out like a puzzle.
Then she wanted to know if I wanted the planks to look staggered like real hardwood.
Umm sure.
Because if I was doin' this alone.
It wouldn't have looked this good
And I wouldn't have thought this through.
 And I would still be in this bathroom with stuff stuck to my hair, shirt and body, rocking back and forth.
And crying.

Looking good already!
So we were peeling and sticking the planks away and literally cheering each time we finished a plank.

Clap. Clap. Clap.
Yay us!
We rock!

Then we started getting all cocky.

"This is sooo easy!"
"OMG who in the world would pay anyone to do this?"
"A toddler could do this!"

Until we hit a stumbling block.

The...dum dum dum....toilet.
The potty, the crapper, the john....call it what you will.
It was a pain in the....you know.
No pun intended.

OK a little pun intended.

Rebecca literally made a template, then traced it onto the vinyl pieces then I would take the knife of death utility knife and score the plank and snap it.
Then try to fit it into place like a puzzle.

This is when it happened.
We literally lost it.
We were laughing so hard that we had tears in our eyes.
Oh wait, maybe we were crying.

And that is when we said, "OMG this is sooo why people pay other people to do these things".
And that is when we also said, "OK I get why labor costs so much".

Here I am enjoying my new floors.
Whilst Rebecca is laboring away with the templates.

And here is the new floor!

I absolutely love this so much.
You have no idea.
I never ever ever ever thought I would have floors like this.
Like ever.

Thank you so much Rebecca for helping me with this.
I love you so much for this.
The cost?

50 bucks at Lowe's.

50 bucks for hardwood looking floors.
My brother mentioned it would have been easier to take the toilet out altogether to install.
I told him, that I am replacing the girls bath flooring as well and I should expect him at my home to help.
Because if we had trouble putting the vinyl around the toilet, I am going say we are gonna have even more trouble taking said toilet out.
Isn't that the theory of relativity anyway?
Sure it is.

Are you ready for the big reveal?
Here we go......

The Egg Harbor sign was a gift to ourselves eight years ago.
We got engaged there in that little Wisconsin town and always wanted a reminder.

The clock I have had since I moved into our home.
It used to be in our family room and has been in the bath for a few years now.
I don't remember where we got it since it was over seven years ago.

The two little plants on the potty have been all over my home.
I love them here.

The jewelry organizer on the counter is from Container Store from a few years ago.
When you have a teeny bathroom, storage is key and love this so much since it doesn't get my jewelry all tangled up.
I think I paid something like $14.95 for it back in 2008.

I just can't stop looking at these floors.

Just so pretty.

We were originally thinking about installing a new vanity.
We saw one we loved at Home Depot (Ashland model) and it was $299.00 on sale but just hated to spend so much money on something like that.
So we decided to go with the new faucet and new knobs from Hobby Lobby.
70 dollars compared to 300 dollars.
I love this so much and am so glad we decided to keep this vanity now.

Here it is before:

And after:

And in 2009:

And now:


And now:

So here is the thing.

                                        I did not put one thing on a credit card to create this bath.

Still staying true to the debt diet that I mentioned in the original bathroom renovation post.

                                                Here is the cost rundown for the bath renovation:

1- flooring- I got it at Lowe's for $46.95 a box. I only needed one box of planks. It is called Style Selections and I do not remember the exact name of this color. It is serial # 0399147.

2- faucet-Peerless for $64.95

3- towel bars and accessories- $23.95 for a package. 

4- outlet covers- $3.95 each 

5- oval mirror- $12.00 at Lowe's 2 years ago.

6- light fixture- Home Depot for 39 dollars

7- paint-revere pewter by Benjamin Moore but used Behr low VOC paint from HD- 30 for a gallon. I still have enough leftover to use in the girls bathroom makeover.

8- shower curtain- 19 bucks at Target. Inspiration? My mama. She has the exact same one in her beautiful Tennessee mountain home. And now I feel like I have a part of her in my home.

9- knobs on vanity- 3 bucks each on sale from Hobby Lobby so 6 bucks total.
Grand total for a total master bath re-haul?

$ 249.75

(50 dollars less than what the new vanity alone would have cost.)

OK so I went over my budget, as I always seem to do, by 100 dollars.
But I was told by a realtor that any improvements you make in a bath or kitchen, you will get back and then some.
I also did not shell all this money out at one time.

What do you think?
I love it so much.
And I love that I didn't have to break the bank to do it.
I wonder what Claude and Mona would think?

Go here to see how we re-did our girls bathroom with the same flooring!

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  1. OHMYWORD I AM IN LOOOOVE!!! I have to redo our bathroom floor, the tiles are totally peeling up, i want to be a creeper and copy yours! You are awesome for putting in exactly what you used!!!

  2. HOLY CRAP!!!! hahaha no pun intended? or maybe pun intended.
    hahaha it looks AH-mazing. i LOVE it so much. the floors are awesome. love it so much better with out the shlf over the tolete.
    and the meaning behind your shower curtain is SO cute...
    great job!!

  3. @ My Blog BFF- Thank you friend! I can come over and help you with it. In exchange for wine. ;)

    @ Antonia- It doesnt come up anonymous anymore!! Yay! Thanks friend, I love it so much. Probably more than what is normal. :)

  4. It looks like you had an amazing weekend! Apple cider mini donuts sound delightful! And the bathroom!?!? Amazing! I love the before pictures... I'm notorious for leaving crap on the counter in pictures! The floor looks amazing, but I think the best part is that you have a bit of your mom in there. A girl always needs her mama!!

  5. LOVE the new look! (The floor is amazing!) I'm your newest follower, and hope you'll visit and say hi :)

  6. Wow, I'm so impressed! My master bath is smaller...only a shower! I blogged about it November 18, 2010 if you want to look. You guys did an awesome job...it's beautiful!

  7. Wow, that is such an Awesome Makeover!! Great job. I love the new faucet and those hard woods, or is it vinyl...look great! Can't believe you spent so little.


  8. That floor made all the difference! When we moved into our house, the bathrooms were carpeted. Wall to wall. Yeah, it was gross. I wish that peel and stick fake wood had been available back then. Such a quick fix!

  9. I stumbled onto the site, i heart nap time and came across a link to your site and really enjoyed your bathroom remodel. my husband is in construction ergo, nothing gets done here that I don't. truly the biggest impact was the flooring and it looks AMAZING! I love your writing and the humor behind it because you sound like a friend and made me laugh. Thanks!

  10. Ok. I love this bathroom. Can I have it? Please???

  11. great job! I did not take the toilet out when installing ours...and yes, I did the template on paper and it looks great!

  12. Love this! I too have a small bathroom and the flooring is horrid. Love the peel and stick you did. My question is, are you're fixtures: mirror,knobs etc. black or oil rubbed bronze?

  13. Patty- you didnt leave an email to respond so I hope you come back and read this! It is oil rubbed bronze. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Beautiful! I want to do this in my bathroom like NOW!!! Did you take your baseboards and little trim by the door off or just stick the planks down next to them?

  15. Wow this is amazing! You did a really fantastic job!

  16. ha ha I still have carpet in my guest bathroom ick. we don't have a lowes up here only homedepot. i have been trying to decide what kind of flooring to get for 14 yrs and by golly this is it thx ;)

  17. Colleen- They do have this at Home Depot too!

  18. Help! I absolutely love that shower curtain, but cannot find it at Target :( would you happen to have any more info on it?


  19. the floor looks awesome!!! I may have to look into this...I love it! I thought the same thing about removing the toilet. I sppose if I was doing it myself I'd probably convince myself to work around it but my husband's a plumber so I got the right guy to remove it for me! :)

  20. Claude and Mona would approve...as do I! Looks awesome!

  21. Anonymous-
    You won't be able to find it on Target.com. Did you look in store?
    If you can't find it, I will look it up and post the exact name.

  22. Having a wooden bathroom floor is pretty unique. Not only does it look good, but it also promotes cleanliness more because people will have the discipline not to spill water on the floor because it has the tendency to warp if it’s always wet.

  23. Great job! Love the floor - and your clever way of telling a story :o)

  24. I love this, this is great, did I mention that I love this? I have been mulling over using Ben Pewter in my family room. I picked Baby Fawn but now after seeing your bath in 2nd guessing myself. This is a big one for me because it is not only the color for the family room, but also the 2 1/2 story entrance foyer, upstairs hall and stairwell, and part of our kitchen ... gotta love open floor plans! - Jacque @theDIYvillage

  25. WHat a big difference! We have Revere Pewter in our bedroom and I LOVE IT! Great color and design choices, Kari!

    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Even though its Black Friday, hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. Your bathroom is lovely! You could even add an inline water heater to your bathtub to enjoy warmer baths.

  27. That looks awesome! Better idea to go with the vinyl hardwood look than real hardwood. We have real hardwood in two of our bathrooms, stupidest thing I ever saw- clearly they were not the thought of a mother who bathes her children :)

  28. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. I am actually very envious of you for having that wonderful autumn drive. I really love to have seen those beautiful mums with my own eyes. These are just very uplifting. Anyway, your bathroom has indeed transformed. You certainly did an absolutely amazing job, which I am certain that others as well as home builders Missouri
    will also appreciate. Thanks for sharing this post.

  29. Great idea! I'm thinking of using this in our master bath as well! One question~how did you work around the baseboards and the flush that separates the bath floor from the next room's floor?
    Thank you for sharing this with us viewers;)

  30. Great idea! I'm thinking of using this in our master bath as well! One question~how did you work around the baseboards and the flush that separates the bath floor from the next room's floor?
    Thank you for sharing this with us viewers;)

  31. Did you remove the baseboard trim or just put the flooring right up to it?

  32. Did you remove the baseboards? I'm going to do the same floor and really dont want to tear out the baseboards.

  33. This looks amazing! How well has it held up?? Does it peel at all? Does it handle water ok??

  34. I LOVE it! That flooring is exactly what I want for my whole house. How has it held up and would us use it again? Great makeover and is Rebecca still your Bestie after the event, lol? Y'all did a great job.

  35. Found you on Pinterest. Awesome looking floor! How is it holding up?

    1. Beautifully!
      But I would keep any extra strips of flooring in case you need to replace them.
      I haven't had to for my bathroom but just in case.
      Thanks for visiting!

  36. I was wondering if you were going to change the shower curtain? That in itself is a great improvement, thanks for sharing.


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