Imagine this. You’re house searching and you fall in love with a home as soon as the realtor opens the front door. She begins by telling you it has everything you were hoping for…a fixer upper with great bones, 100-year-old heart pine floors, high ceilings, wainscoting. Then she whispers in my ear “By the way, the main bathroom is down the hall from the master bedroom”.
I could hear the brakes screech in my mind…
Wait. Backup. You’re kidding, right?
At this point, it wasn’t a deal breaker but it certainly was something I could use to negotiate on the price.
Old homes come with their quirks. Sometimes you just have to step back and reimagine and reconfigure in your head the spaces you have. Our home was built in 1915 and it didn’t have a full bathroom until the 1940’s so it ended up on the back side of the house.
Fortunately, there was a bedroom adjacent to our master bedroom that we could turn into a master bathroom, walk-in closet and half bathroom off the hallway.
You can read about our initial plans for turning a bedroom into 3 spaces and why this made sense for our particular home in this post.
I’m excited to say that we’ve finished our modern farmhouse style master bathroom and I get to show you how old house quirks can turn into blessings. Welcome to our new en suite master bathroom!
I’ll follow up with all the DIY projects that went into this remodel later. If you’re like me, you search for pictures to get ideas for your own master bathroom. Lucky you, today is all about the pictures, how the room is laid out and our thought process behind the remodel.
There are also links at the end of this post of the projects we’ve done along the way.
The old bathroom down the hall had just one light overhead, so more lighting was at the top of our list of wants. We installed 4 recessed lights, a wooden chandelier, a pendant light at the entry, and sconces beside the mirrors. There’s no lacking of light for us now.
The Restoration Hardware inspired mirrors and the wooden chandelier tutorials will be coming up soon. We’ll also go over how we made the white concrete countertops for the vanity.
Jason built the vanity but, unfortunately, I didn’t get all the pictures taken before he finished so I won’t have a tutorial on it. You can see how the basic frame looked before he built the drawers and shelves in this master bathroom progress post.
We decided on wall mount cross handle faucets to free up counter space and they remind me of something that would’ve originally been in our house. Plus, they were such a good deal, I couldn’t pass them up.
We wanted the room to feel open but also have the toilet area feel somewhat hidden, so we built a 3-foot high pony wall around the shower area.
To incorporate as much storage as possible, we made a cubby in the shower.
And my favorite, the hidden cubby in the pony wall.
The old shared closet that separated the 2 rooms was removed to make the entry to the new bathroom. Here’s a reminder of how it looked before.
An old church door was repurposed as our entry to the master bathroom. The panels were frosted for privacy. I found the pendant light at the Habitat for Humanity store. The brass finish was covered in matte black spray paint and I replaced the beveled glass with seeded glass to match the sconces by the vanity.
We used the space between the studs to add a built-in cabinet. It’s been a while since I’ve done an organizational post, so I’ll be following up with a bunch of ideas on how to keep your bathroom cabinets and vanity organized. You’ll really like what we added to the vanity. I can’t wait to show you! Update: Click here to see the master bathroom organization post.
I wasn’t sure if I should keep it a secret but there are some things you can’t wait to tell the world because it seems so surreal. We’ve had a couple of phone interviews with a production company that works with HGTV and the DIY Network that are interested in us having our own show.
Please wish us luck, keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for us. If nothing else ever comes of it, just getting the phone calls is something we never expected in a million years!
Catch up on all the posts and projects that went into our master bathroom remodel here: