Master bathroom details (plus a giveaway winner)

I am happy to report that the master bathroom renovation that began last September (I know … embarrassing) is approaching its finish line. I wouldn’t feel so badly about how long it has taken if, say, we were ripping out walls, replacing the tub or changing out flooring.

But no. This redo only involved minor, aesthetic updates. I’ve come to accept that some projects just have a habit of taking forever. I can’t really put my finger on why but I suspect it has something to do with my tendency to become unhealthily obsessed with Netflix series take on too many projects at the same time; you know, a sort of “lots of pots on the stove yet nothing’s ready to eat” situation.

Regardless of my personal shortcomings, I have enjoyed putting together this master bathroom. My goal was to create a light, neutral space with a natural, coastal feel. (We live in the woods near a lake).

I started with a lake-inspired gray on the walls, adding a few white stripes and an inexpensive chair rail to give the space a more finished look.

Then I built a shelf from scrap wood and added some free DIY wall art.


The DIY driftwood mirror I made (without nails or screws) contributes to the coastal feel.


Two things I added to the room that, I believe, make it seem more upscale are the plantation shutters and the sink faucets.




The light fixture was a bit of a challenge. I fell in love with a few that were out of my price range, so I settled on a $50 version from my local home improvement store. I added clear glass shades to give the fixture more of a rustic vibe.


Since we don’t have the budget right now to replace the shower/tub combo, I gave my current shower situation more of a spa-like feel with a new shower curtain from Walmart and a SprayShaper™ shower head.



I always like to have at least one handheld shower head in my home because they really are the easiest way to bathe kids and pets (indoors, at least). 😉

Speaking of the Waterpik® SprayShaper™, today is the day I announce the giveaway winner of that shower head and a handful of other goodies, courtesy of HGTV star Kelly Edwards


Drumroll please …

The winner is Leigh Anne Borders!

Giveaway winnerCongrats Leigh Anne!

The one project I still have to finish with regard to my master bathroom update is the vanity makeover. Stay tuned for details on that project coming soon.

And in case you forgot the master bathroom “before” …



Removing-old-mirrors 2

Do you have any thoughts on why some projects seem to drag on forever? I’d love to figure out the magic formula for getting to “done” faster.

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19 Responses

  1. Kala says:

    I love it! With just a touch of tuquoise it would be the perfect “breezy” bathroom!! 🙂

    • Susan says:

      Oh you just wait. I’ve already pitched a turquoise idea for the dining room. The hubs is super skeptical about it but it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission, right? 😉 And I definitely need to work on adding some “breeziness” to my home. Luckily I know just where to go for inspiration. 🙂

  2. Mitziblueyes says:

    I have a kitchen that was started when my kids were 13 & 11yrs old…. They’re 21 & 19 now!!! It’s a wall knock down complete renovation, our problem is ,., my hubby’s content w it like it is. I’m looking at hiring a handyman to finish.

    • Susan says:

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one with a list of need-to-get-finished projects. You could always roll up your sleeves and get your DIY on yourself. Who says we have to wait for the hubby? 😉

  3. Wow! Looks great. Love the wall color and you had me at “stripes.” 🙂

  4. teresa says:

    It’s a beautiful space now and that’s all that’s important! My problem is that I can always see the completed space in my mind and somehow convince myself that it’s already finished!
    P.s. You might want to consider just posting the name of winners and not their complete email.

  5. Sarah says:

    The new color calms the bath right down! I can’t wait to get my spray shaper from Haven and give it a whirl! We have a master bath reno in the works so perfect timing. Enjoy that new spa like bathroom!

  6. kathleen says:

    Loved meeting you the other night! Your bathroom looks fantastic!

  7. Dorth says:

    I love what you’ve done. My bathroom layout is similar to yours. You gave me a few ideas. Thanks.

  8. Cindy says:

    It’s looking great! I love that faucet. xo

  9. Linda says:

    Great job! Looks beautiful! Drastic improvement over the pink-needed-to-go!

  10. Joanmarie says:

    Very nice; where are the towel racks though?

  11. josette says:

    I want to join your list

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