master bath re-do| a sneak peek

master bath sneak peek | home sweet blog

First of all, let me say that I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving… and WAR EAGLE! We spent the holiday with family eating wayyy too much and celebrating an incredible Iron Bowl victory! Things are underway on our master bath update. Between work travel, SEC football and holidays our weekends have been pretty jam packed, but we’re slowing making progress. Above is a little sneak peek of a big project that we can finally cross off our list. I’ll post more details soon! Here’s what we’ve got left on the bathroom to-do list,

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I’m still scared to commit to a fabric!)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

There is still quite a bit left to do, but we are making progress. Hopefully soon we’ll have a weekend at home to tackle a few more things on the list. Have a fabulous week!


master bath re-do | the window treatment

I mentioned in my master bath plan that I know the style window treatment I want, I just don’t know what fabric to use. To refresh your memory, here are the colors we’re working with…

master bath colors | home sweet blog

Here are a few of the fabric options I’m considering,

master bath fabric | home sweet blog

1 – I love this fabric, I’m just concerned that the scale might not be right for the space.

2 – I think a golden yellow would work really well with our wall and cabinet colors and this would be a subtle way to introduce it.

3 – I can’t decide if I love this fabric or if I think it looks too grandma-ish, but either way I keep coming back to it.

4 – I picked this because it is vaguely reminiscent of this – which I love, but sadly think is waaay out of my price range. Besides being out of my price range I don’t even know how I’d go about tracking that beauty down…

5 – This is fabric is all over Pinterest and the colors are perfect, but I may have a hard time selling BW on this one. It’s very floral, in a good way… but, floral.

6, 7 & 8 – These are much more neutral. I think all three of these would look great with a contrasting trim. Similar to the width of this,

bathroom valance inspiration 2 | home sweet blog

What do you think? Which one do you like best?

master bath re-do| the plan

master bath design board | home sweet blog

As promised, here is the design plan for our master bathroom re-do. The hexagon floor tiles are not part of phase 1… sadly those will have to wait, but I wanted to include them to give a picture of the full plan.

THE WALLS – BW has already painted the walls in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. A light blue-ish grey that I’ve been obsessed with since I first saw it on Pinterest.

THE CABINETS – We are planning to paint the existing cabinets in a dark color. I was originally thinking a dark grey, but the color above was on the same paint chip as Sea Salt – it has some olive green undertones that I think could be really pretty. I’d also like to swap out the exiting hardware for something that is a little more traditional.

THE LIGHT FIXTURE – The light fixture is simple, but it is 100 times better than the existing lights and it matches the brushed nickel faucets and cabinet hardware I’ve picked out. The glass shades are clear so they will provide a lot of light.

THE SHOWER – We are planning to add subway tiles with dark grout around the top of the existing shower. Neither of us has ever done any tiling, but I think it’s a DIY we can tackle. The shower curtain we already have. I purchased it several months back from Pottery Barn outlet. We also plan to add a curved shower curtain rod.

THE WINDOW – There is currently a bamboo shade over the window which we will keep (mostly because it’s needed for privacy), but I’d love to add a inverted box pleat valance over the shade to bring in some color. I am torn when it comes to the fabric for the valence. There are 7-8 fabrics I’m considering. I plan on sharing them all later this week. Hopefully I’ll get some input that will help me to decide!

THE MIRROR – So rather than ripping out the giant builder grade mirror, we are planning to frame it out with MDF and crown molding to give it a more custom look. Something like this,

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There are a few more bathroom details we have planned (including a $4 furniture find that we’ve had for months) which I’ll share as things move along. What do you think? Are we on the right track?

master bath re-do

Since we moved in our master bath has been seriously neglected. Like, seriously neglected. A towel rack fell from the wall and we left it sorta half hanging for months. This room gets no love. Maybe that’s because aside from BW and me no one even sees this room. Maybe it’s because between the ugly builder grade mirror, standard fixtures, white walls and neutral tile we just didn’t know where to start. The bathroom is part of a master suite addition built by the previous owners and they layout is, eh, strange. It’s an L-shaped room and space is certainly tight.

master bath | home sweet blog

master bath 2 | home sweet blog

Both of these were taken the first time we saw the house, which happened to be when we placed our first offer. The top photo is looking in from the door that leads from the master bedroom. And the second photo is looking at the vanity (obvi) – the toilet is behind me and the tub is to the left. The window to the right is the only window in the room.

To give you a better picture of the space here is a very rough floor plan,

master bathroom layout | home sweet blogSee what I mean about the weird layout? I personally think that little linen closet (my “not to scale” floor plan might be deceiving. It’s very small!) is completely unnecessary. It creates weird angles in the room and the shelves of the closet are so insanely narrow it’s basically useless for holding anything other than extra toiletries. Yes, too narrow even to hold folded towels… the sole purpose of a linen closet. But since a major gutting of the bathroom is not in our budget, this is what we’re working with. We BW has already got a fresh coat of paint up on the walls and I plan on sharing my design plans next week for a minor budget/major impact bathroom re-do. Stay tuned!

mirror, mirror

Our master bathroom has one of those awful, boring builder grade mirrors. Zero character. Lame. Since we moved in I’ve wanted to rip it down and put individual framed mirrors over the double sinks. Along with new light fixtures, but that’s a different post, for a different day, on a much different budget. I’ve also seen a few tutorials about framing out the bathroom mirror using molding (here and here). While both of those are still options, right now I’m leaning towards hanging two framed mirrors over the existing builder grade mirror. I’ve seen this layered look on Pinterest – but actually, not too often in bathrooms. What do you think? Are you a fan of this layered look?





elliottepucket double mirror

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