This master bathroom makeover has been a long time coming. So I want to offer a little encouragement today and remind you that if you’re in the middle of a remodel or even the dream of a remodel, don’t give up! Though my mind was swirling with master bathroom renovation ideas and dreams, we lived with a half torn-out shower, pink vanity and tiles and partial demo for over a year.
This farmhouse style master bathroom was a dream of mine, pulled together from a mix of travel inspiration (that sleek hotel style) and the classic black and white neutrals that always keep a room looking crisp. It was a far cry from the popcorn ceiling and pepto colors that greeted us on move-in day… but we lived with and in it anyway, until the time was right.
Thanks to an amazing partnership with Lowe’s, where we could easily find EVERYTHING we needed from floor to ceiling for our master bathroom renovation, I’m so grateful that time has come!!!!! So please friends, keep reading to see our master bathroom renovation ideas come to life… because I’m seriously so proud of this makeover.
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FARMHOUSE MASTER BATHROOM IDEAS:
Oval Mirrors | Bronze Vanity Light | Double Sink Vanity with Carrera Stone Top | Gold Faucets | DreamLine Shower Door | Copper Shower Wall System | Black and White Floor Tile | Pebble Shower Floor Tile | Wall Tile | Shiplap
While I want to say that I really had fun with these master bathroom renovation ideas and makeover, it’s safe to say that I had a BLAST planning it, loved designing it, and am SO glad that we put so much sweat equity into it ourselves… even if I didn’t absolutely love laying every tile. For this one though, thankfully my husband did the heavy lifting and really made it happen. All the design that I could see in my head and on our vision board, he put in the hours and the effort (with the help of a friend here and there as well) and made it happen.
Since this bathroom is an average size, it doesn’t take much in the budget to make a big impact. In fact, going with those bold, crisp patterns really made this master bathroom pop, and we were able to find pieces from Lowe’s that kept us under-budget (especially thanks to some sales!).
What began as a total demo, starting with the shower back when we tapped into those water lines to move the washer/dryer from the kitchen pantry to the garage (which is on the other side of that shower wall), became our NEWLY renovated master bathroom… a space that feels like a mix of laid back hotel-chic and modern farmhouse.
Here are a few master bathroom renovation ideas that made the bathroom remodel process MORE easy to execute:
Master Bathroom Renovation Idea – Take the Easy Road.
This sounds like REALLY bad advice on the surface, doesn’t it? Haha. I don’t mean to skimp or take a shortcut where you shouldn’t (ahem, plumbing is SUPER IMPORTANT, ya’ll). What I DO mean, is that we had a few ideas that came as we were working on the bathroom, like adding in shiplap, and it ended up being a MUCH easier option that completely redoing and fixing the drywall after demo.
When taking out the old bathroom vanity and mirror, the wall was left in bad shape. To get it up to snuff for a new paint job, it would have required lots of skim-coating with drywall mud and waiting time in between each coat, and then sanding it, and then fixing any uneven areas (again). Since we’re NOT professional “mudders” (and clearly I’m not even sure that’s the right term), it would have taken a long time. Hanging shiplap though? Done in an afternoon and the impact is stunning!
This was a design decision first, with a really helpful “easy road” benefit that truly made our decision a clear winner. So though not originally part of our master bathroom renovation ideas, the shiplap became helpful in the process.
Master Bathroom Renovation Idea – Plan it FIRST.
I like to lay out the full design of any room before I go and start buying all the things! Though I don’t use a 3D software system to get the complete look, even just pulling the manufacturer images off of their website and laying them out together gives me an idea of how the design will flow together. See how we did that for this master bathroom remodel here.
This process helps me choose styles and colors, weed out things I think I might like (which end up not going with the rest of the design) and really helps save time and money overall.
Master Bathroom Renovation Idea – Stay Flexible.
Things will never go completely as planned. Timing changes as delays happen. Things break or something doesn’t work correctly (or for us unprofessionals, we run into user error). We will come up with new renovation ideas and even though we loved the plans, decide to make a last-minute shift (this is actually what happened to us with the shiplap).
The thing is, going into ANY renovation process knowing this and being open to change is a HUGE step in the right direction. It will help keep you flexible, and from being too frustrated, with the process.
Master Bathroom Renovation Idea – Play with Texture and Pattern.
I LOVED the idea of a neutral bathroom. I got excited about black and white design. And yet, I didn’t want the space to feel boring.
While adding in textures, from black river rock pebbled shower floor to a black steal framed shower window to patterned floor tiles to beautiful wood elements… we kept the overall feel far from boring! The finished look is sleek and welcoming. Simple and exciting.
Master Bathroom Renovation Idea – Go with your Gut.
We were in the planning process and couldn’t decide between two different styles of black and white tiles… I even called for help from my Facebook community!
We ended up going with our gut on it and I love the result! Plus, I feel like choosing this small (and a bit more of an organic pattern instead of super crisp lines) was helpful for us as DIYers. Because laying tile isn’t perfect, we didn’t want our imperfections to be amplified by the pattern and the one we chose actually helps hide our imperfections!