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One Room Challenge Week 6: Opulent Master Bathroom

Gosh, I don’t even really know what to say. If I weren’t completely exhausted, I would be pretty ecstatic about this reveal. I can assure you that when I recover physically from pushing myself to the very end of my limits and lack of sleep, I will be downright giddy.

Let’s start off by thanking our host, Linda at Calling it Home for this crazy, uber motivating, highly inspirational, bi-annual event called the One Room Challenge.


Although, I really do not think of this as a true final reveal. There were a few glitches that arose, not uncommon in a DIY project of this magnitude and a tight deadline. So, interspersed throughout the post are photos taken around 2 am on the night the post needed to go live. Then on Thursday afternoon, I added photographs shot in daylight.


Let’s circle back in time a little first for some back story on this room.

We closed on our foreclosure home (we call it the Trail House Reno) back in April.


Becuase the exterior the house was receiving some serious renovations we did not move in for several months.


To avoid having to live in a demolition zone we completely gutted the bathroom the weekend we closed. But that meant that once we moved into the house in June, we had no toilet on the first floor, much less a master bathroom.


Even after all these months of schlepping it upstairs to shower, I do believe the inconvenience of living without a bathroom was worth the wait. It looks a bit different now. Right?


I am extremely proud of how my vision for the room has come to life. The opulent marble master bathroom is what I’ve been calling it.


Because nothing says opulence better than marble, well except marble and gold and molding! That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?


The amazing marble porcelain tile is from South Cypress. I couldn’t be happier with the look. Which is saying a great deal from a person who set 3,000 pounds of Carrera marble tile in my last One Room Challenge.


The look and even the feel is just like Calcutta marble. It has a beautiful, honed quality to it that really sets it apart from other marble look tiles.


The vanities are free standing units that just barely fit in two recessed niches. The gorgeous marble installed on top is called Arabescatus and is cut with a bullnose edge.


The molding from Metrie sets the stage for the overall feel of the room. The whole design plan for the room hinged on using the molding to create a more cohesive look. The moldings bring substance to each wall and the custom doors with matching trim details help to reduce the visual clutter of the many doors and angles.


I decided to use satin nickel door hardware from Schlage on the doors for a softer, more quiet look than the oil rubbed bronze used in the rest of the house.


And I will just go ahead and admit that I love the new tub! Six months without a tub is really just too long. I also can’t wait to fire up the heated floors.

The heated floors was another luxury, like the soaking tub that I didn’t know I needed until we remodeled our last master bathroom.


As I mentioned, this One Room Challenge was not without its share of hiccups. Somehow we miscalculated the amount of tile for the shower. I also ran out of grout late Wednesday and the shower glass panel can not be installed until next week.


In the hours I spent tiling, I had plenty of time to think about many things.


I decided to not only continue sharing tutorials about each of the projects, but you can see a complete behind-the-scenes video here. Be sure to follow me on your favorite social media or subscribe to my blog feed here.


Oh, and in case you missed my mini-reveal last week, here’s a look inside the water closet.


This wallpaper from Wallpaper Boulevard is just stunning in real life. It has a beautiful iridescent quality that is hard to capture with a camera.


I hope you take some time to visit the other bloggers participating in this season’s One Room Challenge. If you like home decor, going through them will likely be just as inspirational as flipping through your favorite magazine!

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If you would like to follow along with the renovation week by week.

Week 1 Intro & Demo Week 2 Starting the TileWeek 3 New Window & Marble Counters Week 4 Vanities & WaterproofingWeek 5 Wallpaper & Shower tileWeek 6 First Reveal

I am extremely grateful for the support of the two main contributors to this season’s One Room Challenge. Thanks to
Metrie and South Cypress, as well as Schlage, Wallpaper Boulevard & D. Lawless Hardware for adding so much
to this renovation project.

Wallpaper Boulevard & D.Lawless Hardware


  • KimB
    November 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Looks amazing Leslie!! I know you will enjoy it so much. The trim around the door really make the room come together and “hide” so many doors. Looks beautiful!!

    I love the vanities. I looked those up on Wayfair – Can you order it without the faucet and countertop? Or did you just replace them. The countertops you picked look perfect in the room!!

    Thanks for the inspiration and details!!

    • Leslie
      November 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks, Kim! No, it comes with the faucet and the counter top. The marble was actually very pretty, but I ended up changing them. It’s a very long story. The price was reasonable enough to just not use the faucets. That had been my original plan. I might be able to use them in other renovations in the house or sell them. They are nice too.

  • cassie bustamante
    November 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    oh i am just dying over the new flooring! stunning! and that wallpaper is so fun!

    • Leslie
      November 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you, Cassie! It really is the most beautiful marble look porcelain I’ve ever seen.

  • Jessica
    November 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This makeover is stunning and dramatic!! Wow!!!! You did an amazing job.

  • Kristin @ Postbox Designs
    November 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What a gorgeous bathroom! Love the tub…love the gold touches…and a beautiful vanity! I did my bath as my ORC too and I know how hard it is to pull it all together in just a few short weeks…you did amazing!

  • Melissa
    November 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Opulent is the right word – everything is gorgeous! I love all the moldings, marble, and gold, but that tub is a real show-stopper too! Fabulous job!

  • Jen @ Noting Grace
    November 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    This is just beautiful! It looks like a spa – such a beautiful retreat! Awesome job!

  • Carol ("Mimi")
    November 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful space! Congratulations! I love the wallpaper in contrast with all the white — looks great.

  • Jennifer
    November 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This is a beautiful space! I especially love how you reworked the vanities.
    My husband and I stayed with your mom and Bill a couple of weeks ago while we were in town to help Shari work on her house. She told me about your blog and now I can’t look away. Everything is gorgeous.

  • Heather
    November 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    WOW!! Looks great, sharing it to the realtor I work for’s FB page (Jamie Goff Team) this week!

  • Nikki
    November 14, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Leslie. I love that you took a stock bathroom and made it totally custom & luxe. I too am now a fan of marble tile – who knew it could be so great?! Great job on the moldings too!

  • Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    November 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I want this bathroom in my house! It is so, so stunning… even with a bit of missing tile.

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  • Connie Walker
    January 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I love all the wonderful and unique touches that you used in this bathroom. I especially love gorgeous”tree” wallpaper! Can you please let me know where I can find it? Thanks so much!

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  • […] If all goes as planned, I hope the entire wall and fireplace surround will be framed in beautiful finish moulding from Metrie. Even as great as this looks, I know from past experience what an impact interior finishes can have on a space. Check out our master bathroom ORC from Fall of 2016 for the ultimate in finishing details. Click here. […]

  • […] If all goes as planned, I hope the entire wall and fireplace surround will be framed in beautiful finish moulding from Metrie. Even as great as this looks, I know from past experience what an impact interior finishes can have on a space. Check out our master bathroom ORC from Fall of 2016 for the ultimate in finishing details. Click here. […]


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