The Almost-Final Master Bathroom Semi-Makeover

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This past weekend, we set to work finalizing the decor in our master bath.  It’s about damned time.

One annoying aspect of this crazy renovation of ours is that rooms and things get, maybe, 88% completed, and then we are so exhausted that we take a break and excuse ourselves with the proverbial “It’s finished enough”.  ‘Finished enough’ is pretty much the theme of our entire renovation.  ‘Finished enough’ means it is functional, clean, and what’s left can suck it because we’re tired and broke.  So, sometimes, all the poor little details sit in limbo indefinitely.

Another unpleasant side-effect of this sort of renovation is what I like to refer to as Project ADHD.  There are so many damned projects that need our/my attention that I find it nearly impossible to focus on just one at a time.  Sometimes the list is so long, and so overwhelming that all I can do is go take a nap and not do any of it.  I’m pretty efficient like that.

Mark my words…NO MORE.  I am a woman on a mission now: MUST FINISH.  Getting over this hump is a pretty straightforward process, really.  Pick ONE damned room at a time, and finish that beast from head to toe.  Simple, right?  Right.  So with this newly adopted life philosophy, we chose the master bathroom to start our finishing.  Let’s revisit, for a moment, what this particular ray of sunshine looked like when we began the renovation:

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Ah, yes.

Obviously, there has been some skillful rearranging and upgrading of certain (all) fixtures thanks in no small part to our contractor, Mike.  I am, however, for the sake of this post, going to glaze over all of that, as it is all a blur to me anyways, thanks in no small part to the massive wine consumption that was taking place during that part of the renovation.  After the actual building part of it was done, we slapped some paint on the walls and were just thankful to have an actual functioning bathroom instead of a toilet surrounded by studs and insulation.  It’s the little things in life.

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During. This is how the master bath has looked for the last few years. Not bad.

Looking at the above photo, some might think that the bathroom looks fine–great even.  But the photo doesn’t show the nitty-gritty.  It doesn’t show all the unfilled nail holes, all the caulkless seams, all the missing trim.  It doesn’t show the grout splattered across the ceiling from the tile installation.  It doesn’t show the ‘holidays’ in the dark brown paint where I was too lazy and un-in-love with the paint color to do a second coat.  It doesn’t show the unpainted door, and it certainly doesn’t show the missing clawfoot tub and the plumbing sticking out of the wall in wait of said tub.  Ah, the beauty of photography.

So, needless to say, the above list of items definitely required our attention.  Color is always a major priority for me, and ever since I had put that dark brown color on the walls, I knew two things: first, I loved the dark paint, second, this particular dark brown completely clashed with the slate floor tiles and needed to be banished.  I knew I needed to go with a dark, dark slate grey (dare I say light black?).  So that much was a given.

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That moment when you pour the paint into the tray and panic about how dark it is. But I ain’t scurred.

The Texan was put to work on his arch-nemesis: crown molding.  There is really nothing that he hates more in life than crown molding.  But for some reason, this room went seamlessly, with minimal swearing, no do-over cuts, and no wasted material.  A minor miracle.  And that’s a good thing, because he’s got four more rooms left to do after this one.

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The Texan’s weapon of choice. I am really pretty surprised that this thing hasn’t ever been turned on me.
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Nobody puts the Texan in a corner.
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Gettin’ after it.

With the wall color and trim done, it was time for choosing accent colors.  Usually, I tend to go with red or orange or reddish-orange accessories (see the striped rug in the ‘during’ photo above) because I just love them, but I had a little moment of accent color envy.  My sister-in-law is decorating their new baby’s nursery in the loveliest grey and yellow scheme, and I suddenly found myself wanting some more yellow in my life.  She’s going with light greys and pastel yellows, and since I had already decided on this darkest grey, I figured I should go with a super-saturated yellow and not fully rip her design ideas.

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Happy yellow.

I realize that this color combo is pretty modern.  This kind of conflicts with my whole farmhouse design philosophy.  But I don’t care.  I love it.  There’s a lot of vintage mixed into the details and accessories, so it squeaks by, in my opinion.

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The metal shelving unit is a cheap Ikea find that I painted yellow and then distressed the daylights out of to give it a funky, used vibe.

Et voila!  A pretty pulled-together bathroom, if I do say so myself.

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The walk-in shower with vintage-inspired, visible plumbing fixtures.
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Wow that door came off really purple in this photo…in real life it’s just a lighter shade of dark grey than the walls. To the left, you can see the full length medicine cabinet that we had built into the wall for extra storage.
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Adorably-perfect rugs from Crate and Barrel.
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Window treatments and vintage accessories on the sill.
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Pretty towels from World Market.

 And finally, the reason why I am entitling this post ‘Almost-Final’?  Oh, because we are still waiting on that damned claw foot tub.  Cheers.

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Someday I will have a bathtub. Someday.


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  1. It is looking great! Love the contrast of colors! xxx Kristin

  2. Somehow I just came across your blog and have just spent the last 30 minutes exploring your site. What you have done with this home is incredible. I love every bit of it!! Thanks for sharing

  3. I pinned this onto my dream house board!!! Love it!!! 🙂

  4. Love the yellow and the grey. Looks great!

  5. I knew that was the IKEA shelf! I love what you did with it.

  6. LOVE the yellow shelf!!! So want to find one like this. Let me know if you know where I can get one.

  7. I love the wall color!! What is the name of it? Love the yellow accents as well!

  8. I bought my fixer-upper in 2001 and spent a painful 6.5 years renovating it. That was before my digital camera and blog, so I spared folks the details of me meeting contractors with a 45 in one hand and a large stick in the other. I feel your pain and celebrate your dazzling success with both home and garden.

  9. I love this look and the color scheme! We have been looking for a similar paint color for our bathroom. What is the color?

    • Thanks, Steph! You know someone else had asked me that, too, and I have been trying for weeks to dig the can out–and FINALLY found it today. It is Behr Ultra ‘Cracked Pepper’. 🙂

  10. This bathroom is gorgeous! I love the yellow! I am redoing my bedroom and bathroom and we are going with a dark grey. I never thought about a pop of yellow. So glad I saw this, now I know what Im going to do lol And I love the shelf. What did you use to distress the shelf with and what paint did you use?

    • Thanks, Violet! I painted it with a Rustoleum brand(Painter’s Touch variety, or whatever that more colorful brand is that they have) spray paint called ‘Sun Yellow’, but first, I dabbed some lumps of Vasoline on random areas (which, after the spray paint dries, you then scrape off the lumps and it gives you a nice chipped-paint effect), and then, when the paint was dry I also took some sandpaper and sanded and scraped the whole thing (especially the edges) to give it that really worn-down look. That was a really long run-on sentence. 🙂 Hope this helps!!!

  11. I LOVE this bathroom!!! I ordered my claw foot style tub from – they have tub packages with the faucet and drain. Pretty reasonable.

  12. Love the bathroom floors! Any chance you remember the details of the floor?

  13. Can you please tell me where you bought your sink pedestals?

  14. I love your bathroom remodel! It looks fabulous! I am wondering where you found your sink and shower faucets?
    Jennifer@ Blissfully Ever After

  15. Is this rug the olin gold one from crate & barrel?

  16. Also where did you get that R letter? Etsy? Or did you make it?

    • Hmmmm…..excellent question….I think I may be stumped on that one. I want to say it was either Anthropology or World Market–but I got it quite some time ago so I don’t think it exists anymore. Sorry about that–not very helpful!!!

  17. Alexis Berry

    I love your reno! Its looks amazing! Could you please tell me the wall color. Its exactly what ive been looking for to paint my half bath.

    • Thanks, Alexis! It is Behr Ultra called ‘Cracked Pepper’–but I was actually looking for it today at Home Depot and didn’t find it–don’t know if that’s a fluke or if they’ve discontinued it or what! Hope you have more luck! 🙂

  18. Lovely bathroom! May I ask where you found that fantastic bathtub?

  19. I am totally loving your bathroom and really love your IKEA shelf. I have the same one just the bigger version and I’m itching to paint it! I just might do it now 🙂 P.S. totally jealous of your bathtub too. I think whenever we get around to renovating our bathroom I’ll probably have to wait that long to be able to afford everything for the room!

  20. Hi! Where did you purchase the white mirrors and wall frames?

  21. Love the bathroom.I need to try some of these ideas.

  22. Cody Honea

    Ok, just need you to no that I’m not a crazy, obsessed person, who just goes around repinning everything but I love your stuff!! I just started following you today and I can’t seem to make myself quit looking and repinning everything. Just want to say, love this bathroom, you have a great sense of style and I’m probably gonna copy some of it 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas!!

  23. I love this sooooo much it makes my mouth water!! <—– weird! I pinned one of these pics a few weeks ago and came back to it tonight when I was writing a post about yellow things I love and wanted to credit the fabulous person/people behind it. Well here I am!! After reading this post, and loving that you said "Suck it!" I am now an official follower!!


  25. Hi there,

    Do you recall where you picked up your wooden storage cabinet above the toilet? I can’t tell from the photo if it is slightly distressed or not but I am looking for something similar.


  26. Can you tell me where you got your light fixtures?

  27. Do you recall where you got your cabinet that is above the toilet?

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  29. Just came across your blog and I love it! What are the dimensions of your bathroom, if you don’t mind me asking?

  30. Lisa Blair-Rogers

    I know it’s been a while but do you happen to remember the manufacturer and style name of your sinks? I saw in a previous comment you got them from Lowes but I couldn’t find one like them today. I’m renovating my kids bathroom and they both agreed this is how it should look. Thank you!

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