With every room design, for me, it starts with a plan, and I know it kind of sounds cliche, but it SO helps! Getting into the fine details like measuring and calculating isn’t the easiest, but it saves time in the long run for sure.
My favorite part of planning any remodel though, is the dreaming. We’ve been in our home for about a year and a half now, and are finally getting around to our master bathroom remodel.
I say finally because since we’ve moved in, we haven’t had a useable shower! When we moved the laundry from what is now our pantry to our garage, we tapped into the water lines from our bathroom, and that meant a partial demo of the shower. We didn’t plan to wait quite so long to finish the remodel, but you know how life goes… and house projects. Other things popped up, and for us, our master bathroom kept getting pushed to the back burner.
Right before Christmas we spent what seemed like every extra hour and minute on our master bathroom remodel – laying tile for days, grouting (ugh!) and adding in extra little changes – and you guys, I can’t even tell you what having two working bathrooms for a family of six feels like!!! We’ve been a one bathroom family for a loooong time.
Before we made even one purchase or one change for our master bathroom remodel though, I spent quite some time on the planning. For any home project and for life in general, I’m a BIG FAN of vision boards! To me, planning out a remodel is best done when you have something to look at and I used to call them inspiration boards. Really, it’s like a vision board of what’s to come…. though for me, it’s typically digital.
To start with, I’ll browse Pinterest and pin away! When planning our master bathroom remodel, I would pin photos of every bathroom that caught my eye. Eventually, with a board FULL of gorgeous bathrooms, I could see the theme that I was drawn to, the color scheme I liked, and details that could be worked into our own space.
From there it came to our actual plans. Once I knew I was working with Lowe’s again for this project – which flows so well since we’re in a Lowe’s store pretty much on a weekly basis! – I took to their website to see which items fit into the design that was beginning to take place in my head. I knew the colors I was drawn to, and we’d already measured the size vanity we needed… so this was all about picking the right items.
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety AND the amount of items that were available in-store as well – especially because this meant I could visit in person to make some final decisions. Some of YOU even helped me out on FB when I did a live in-store video all about our tile choices!!
Are you ready to see the BEFORE photos of our master bathroom remodel?
You guys, there was pink, pink and MORE pink – and I couldn’t wait to get my white paintbrush and brightened color pallette all over this space.
How to Plan For Your Own Master Bathroom Remodel:
- Start with a vision board. Whether you’re cutting photos from magazines and ads or using a digital version like Pinterest or just saving images from Instagram or other online sources… SAVE everything that speaks to you.
- Define your priorities. A remodel can get overwhelming quickly, but rank every choice by priorities. Are you wanting to make your space family-friendly or user-friendly? Do you really need more storage? Are you looking to mainly update colors? What DIY muscles are you prepared to flex? How much time do you want to spend on this makeover? Sometimes a makeover can be as simple as paint (even on tile and on cabinets), and sometimes you’re ready to truly go for it and fully demo a space first… this is something you should decide BEFORE you even begin, or you can find yourself in too deep, and really quickly.
- Measure, measure and then measure again. From the size vanity you need/want, to the amount of tile or paint you’ll need. From the door size to the shower opening, etc. For every part of the design that you’ll be updating and/or replacing, make sure you take detailed measurements. It’s much quicker to measure a couple of times and write those measurements down, than it is to make a purchase or order only to find it won’t fit or work in your space.
- Lay it out first. Once you have a good idea of what you want to happen in the space, find photos online or pictures of the items you want to use and lay them out so you can see how they all work together. Before the vision board of our master bathroom remodel that I shared above was completed, I actually had a couple of different faucets and shower heads, and two different tiles that we were choosing between. We even went as far as picking up a couple of the different tiles to look at IN our bathroom before making a final selection, as well as made different choices based on how all of the items looked together “on paper.”
I will be posting videos and updates of the process on our Instagram stories, and I’m so grateful for the the real MVP Chris Blue.