The Big Reveal: Master Bath Remodel

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I learned quite a few things on this remodel. I'm not talking about the obvious things like inspectors don't give a hoot about schedules, specifically, your schedule.  They will be there on such and such day so just be there so they can get in when they get there. We all know that scenario.



 I'm not talking about the inlays or paint colors or the fact that most of the beautiful chandeliers you see hanging over gorgeous tubs in glossy magazines wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in you know where of passing code in my county. If you live in my county, it's possible you know this since I got the same spiel from two different electrical inspectors.




 No, I'm talking about the lessons you learn in the process of trying desperately to concentrate on other things. For example, I've always thought our dog Mary Grace is a good judge of character. I know it's true now. I'm pleased to report that the gentleman who did the majority of work on our bath passed the MG test with flying colors and I think she even misses Jeff now. 



Honestly the second lesson was remedial because I always knew my husband was a patient man. But man is my husband patient! God love him and his tolerance for looking at fifty shades of gray, over and over again...I'm talking paint here, people. 


Not to mention the tap on the shoulder from me at two in the morning followed by, "I'm worried about the placement of the inlay tile.  I'm just not feeling it in the middle of the floor." And him whispering, "I have every confidence you'll make it right"...instead of "you know it's two in the morning, right?"


But the biggest lesson came in the end when I was placing on the shelf the childhood picture of my sister and me enjoying our night time bath. I framed this picture when my mother gave it to me a short time after our house fire.You can get normal prints, or custom framed prints on Shutterfly. 



Pictures are the equivalent to gold bars to me since the fire. It sat beside our surround tub before the remodel, but the day I placed it back in our new bath I took a closer look.  


Then the statement I made about the claw foot tub over and over again to everyone from the project designer to friends rang in may ears. "Oh it's just really for looks. I'm a shower person.

"Can't remember the last time I took a bath instead of a shower." 


Maybe I took a soak in the tub when I hurt my back. When was that? I don't think I even filled the tub up then! 



You know, showers are so time efficient. They just make sense in busy lives.



Another look at the picture and I could hear my mother calling, "Girls, it's time to dry off."  
"But Mom the water isn't even cold yet! Five more minutes, okay?"

What happened to  that girl who didn't give a fig newton about the efficiency of time management? What happened to the little girl who would sit in the tub and form her sister's hair into the style of every Who in Whoville?



Where are you bath girl? Why can't I find you? 
And then I remembered the article my friend sent me with a quote about the importance of someone leaving your home feeling at peace, because that's the atmosphere your home, or bath in this case, exudes. This hit home with me because it was exactly what I wanted to achieve with this remodel. And I think I did. So if I did, what's the point if I don't take full advantage of every bit of peace it offers, right? Right!
Bath girl, I think I found you!





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33 Responses to “The Big Reveal: Master Bath Remodel”

  1. Amazing!! Your bathroom is beautiful - every little detail is perfect. :)

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  2. Oh this is absolutely stunning and I would definitely take a soak with a glass of wine and read that book. Just tell the world to go away and enjoy. This is such a beautiful bathroom.

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  3. Oh that tub! I just wanna snatch it up! GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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  4. Beautiful bathroom. that shower is so lovely I think I'd stick to showers.

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  5. Wow! I love it. The tub and tile work is wonderful! Perfect colors,
    you have a dream space!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  6. Wow, it's absolutely gorgeous!! What a wonderful job ~ enjoy!

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  7. Found your post on Hometalk and had to jump over and take a look. What a truly fabulous job you did! Your new bathroom is to die for. We are nearing the end of a remodel in a home we purchased a few months ago and boy, I'll be sooo glad when it's done. Congrats on a beautiful job!

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  8. Can I ask what color cabinets and wall paint you used? I LOVE it all!!!

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    1. Of course! The cabinets are KraftMaid and the color is Pepple Grey with coconut glaze. The paint is Secret Passage which is on the Olympic paint chips but we used the Valspar Reserve paint.

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  9. Love your new bathroom and the tub is really nice. Looks like a nice place to relax and and hang out for a bit. :)

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  10. Your bathroom is GORGEOUS!!! Love the shades of gray you chose, and the inlay is perfect. It's absolutely lovely...you must just love it!
    Mary Alice

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  11. I just had my second ankle surgery last week, so it's bath time for me for the immediate future. I have a special way of easing myself in without getting the right foot in the water. I LOVE that tub. Gorgeous bathroom. Take a soak, girl!
    Brenda

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  12. What a gorgeous bathroom! And I so enjoyed the narrative. You have a gem of a husband. I laughed at your question to him in the middle of the night. You made the right choice. This is indeed lovely!

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  13. Oh, your bath turned out simply fabulous! I love the glass paned door and the little cabinet over the counter. The tub is gorgeous and this is coming from a 'bath' girl. Nothing like a good soak to help me sleep at night. It does the trick and I sleep like a babe. lol! So glad your back and thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. We are planning our new bathroom right now. I have the same bath and chose the same ''basket weave'' tile pattern. Would you please give me the size of your bathroom. I also want to have a shower, but I am worried my room is not big enough. Your answer would help me greatly! Thanks you!

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    1. Our bathroom is 9 1/2 feet wide by 10 1/2 feet, but we bumped our shower out about 2 1/2 feet when we first built our home. I hope this helps and good luck with your new bathroom!

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    2. Thank you very much for your quick reply! When it is all finished, I will try to send you a picture.

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    3. Looking forward to seeing the picture!

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  15. Oh my goodness I missed all of this! What a fabulous bathroom! You made wonderful choices. I'm glad you put in the beautiful claw tub- no matter what others say it's always nice to have one. Love your story about the bathing time with your sister. My sister Jen and I are 2 yrs apart and we thought we were dolphins in the tub when we were little! Lots of bubbles, corny hair-do's with the shampoo- pure innocent fun! That picture of you two is precious. Glad your mom had it so you could still have a piece of your past.

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  16. beautiful! love. love. love. enjoy it. enjoy ALL of it. get some decorating magazines and soak in that tub! warmly- MJ

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  17. Hi Melinda, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Your bathroom turned out amazing! I would never want to leave there.

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  19. What a beautiful bathroom...enjoy that tub...I love mine (it's not as pretty as yours).

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. stunning bathroom!! love everything! Pinned 2 pics!

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  21. Absolutely love your new bath. This is what I want to do in ours, but can't get the mister on board. Love your tub!

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  22. So many good things about your new bathroom. You did a beautiful job! Love the shower, bathtub, cabinet color, and especially that sweet photo you shared! Have a great day!

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  23. Melinda, it's stunning! I'm in love with the vanity! Thank you for sharing. You are the Star Feature at the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/11/before-after-wednesday-week-36.html Hope to see you again at the party. Happy Thanksgiving!! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  24. Great bathroom - was wondering where did you get your chandelier - I'm searching?

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  25. Hi, I am looking for a shower faucet like the one you have, can you share the link to where you purchased it from? TIA!

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  26. Wow!! This is beautiful!!! It's a calm, clean and spa like retreat! We have similar set ups so you really gave me some great ideas! Love your blog!

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment! I look forward to reading each one and love the connection it brings with fellow bloggers. melinda