Bathroom / Styling the Home

Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal, Phase 1

When we purchased our “new” home earlier this year, we knew eventually we would make some fairly significant changes to the master bathroom.

But for a while, we thought we would be good with a fresh coat of paint. The bathroom functioned and we thought we would focus our efforts solely on the kitchen, despite the minor crack in one of the sinks.

Amazingly enough, the sink didn’t leak, but the faucets did. In an effort to remedy the minor water seepage, we found ourselves with only one faucet that worked and only the hot water tap!
After a plumber checked it out, (he was here to run a gas line for the BBQ pit) he said the old faucets weren’t worth the effort it would take to fix and that new faucets were the way to go.
That created a big dilemma. Do we purchase faucets to fit the current sinks, even the half broken one? Or do we go ahead and start what Phase 1 of the bathroom renovation.
I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, we chose the later.
And thankfully so, because look where we ended up.
We had already made a good start with brightening the walls with paint before we moved in. So at least we had that step complete.
To keep our focus on a creating a budget makeover, I visited a local granite showroom in search of remnant pieces of stone to replace the countertops of the vanities. They assured me it was a cost effective way update a bathroom. I had already done some shopping and found that remnant granite prices were not that much more than cultured marble.
After looking through their large selection of remnant stone, I choose a honed granite called Silver Pearl.
Fitted with rectangular sinks, the Silver Pearl granite looks very fresh and modern, almost slate-like.

But because it’s granite, I know it’s durable. No worries about hot curling irons marking the tops or make-up stains.

I reserved my final decision on painting the cabinets until the granite was in. And as I had figured, I decided to paint them a soft grey color.
I ended up creating custom mix to get the color just right. I didn’t want the grey to be too dark, too blue, or too green but I wanted enough contrast with the wall color so that they did indeed appear grey.
Eventually, in Phase 2, we plan to replace the tile floors, the jacuzzi tub and gut and rebuild the shower for a more open look with a glass and tile surround.
Thankfully, I found a chandelier on clearance to compliment the new chrome faucets and cabinet hardware.
The artwork is an original painting inspired by our family anniversary trip to the Black Sand Beaches in Maui a few years ago.
I already had the clock which of course had undergone it’s own glamorous makeover.
The most creative use of an object award goes to the hand towel bar. We like the idea of a towel hanging on the wall, but I’m not a fan of the big hoops available in home improvement stores.
I shopped around for a straight towel bar that was just smaller in scale. After coming up empty-handed, guess what I did? I used an oversized toilet paper holder! It works great and it’s the look I wanted. You never would have known, if I hadn’t told you. 🙂
This was my first experience with a honed surface and purchasing remnant stone. I can tell you with all certainty, I’m a big fan of both now.

Kitchen Sources: Countertops & Sinks: Premier Surfaces; Silver Pear honed granite | Faucets: Delta; Silverton Widespread | Knobs & Pulls: Martha Stewart Living | Chandelier: Home Decorators Collection: Nottinghill | Clock: Hobby Lobby | Vanity Accessories: Home Goods | Mercury Glass Candle & Planter : Anthropologie | Pitcher: Antique | Wall Color: Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams


  • Anonymous
    August 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    The bathroom looks gorgeous. I love the remnant granite idea. Thanks for the tip.

  • Kathy A Delightsome Life
    August 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Your bathroom is absolutely exquisite – love how it turned out! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,<br />Kathy

  • Janice
    October 19, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I love everything you do! Your home is amazingly beautiful! I have a couple of questions. Who did the original art work in your bathroom – it is so lovely?
    Also – my cabinets are a cream color – what paint colors would you recommend to work with that color? I would be so thankful for any suggestions. Also if you had to go with one color of paint throughout your house – what would that be?

    • Leslie
      October 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Thank you for such a lovely comments. The artwork in my bathroom was painted by me. It was inspired by a photo I took while in Maui. A paint color to go with cream… that would depend on how much yellow undertones there were in the cream. If you happen to know the color or could find a paint chip fairly close I could do a better job of suggesting something.

      Now, probably your toughest question… if I could pick one paint color? It would probably be something in the white family. If you look at my whole house paint colors in this post, I share all of the paint colors I used. If I were to pick just one, it would probably be what I painted the Living Room, SW Moderate White. It’s a nice warm white but not too yellow. However, much of the way a color reads in a home during the day has to do with natural light. This room and most of the rooms in my house have fairly tall windows and get a ton of natural light. So, it’s always, always best to get a sample pot and try it on a few walls in the room.
      Good luck and I appreciate having you as a reader.

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    February 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    […] The lighting over the vanities, from Lamps Plus has design elements similar to the chandelier I purchased for the first phase of the bathroom makeover last year. You can see the before photos of the room here too.  […]

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    February 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Look your bathroom very succinct and clean! I like your post! Thanks your sharing!

  • […] The final marble selected is shown above, Crisp Illusion mosaic marble and two different sizes of honed Carrara marble, 8×12 and 4×12 from Jeffrey Court. We previously installed honed granite with new sinks in Phase 1 of our Master bathroom makeover. You can see the budget, in-between makeover here.  […]


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