Why We Are Remodeling the Master Bath

7.13.2017

When I mentioned in some past posts that we will be remodeling the master bath I had a couple of people ask me why? I know it may look really nice in photos I have shared, but it has lots of issues that I would like to see gone if this is where I have to stay. My husband knows I would love to downsize, but he doesn't want to so he told me he would have the kitchen and bathroom remodeled and we would stay put. I know down the road he may regret not downsizing, but that's when I may just say, "I told you so". Of course updating the kitchen and bathroom will help with resale later whether it's us selling or our children selling it after we're gone. The kitchen was done late last fall. Today I'm sharing some photos of why we need to update the bathroom.

Yes, it looks just fine and this was taken after doing what I call a bandaid makeover. We upgraded the counter, changed out fixtures and painted the walls. Those things were done probably ten or more years ago and then I painted the cabinets a few years ago since they were looking quite worn.


One thing I'm looking forward to seeing changed is the crooked counter and cabinets. This will be framed out straight.

In order to have a ceiling for the framing to tie into we are losing the vaulted ceiling which is just a waste of space. The ceiling will start where the top of the wall is which will still be over eleven feet.

The dated stained glass window which was a hot item in the nineties will be replaced. The green needs to go.

This is the green color of the stained glass. It was perfect when we built the house and I was decorating in green and white.

As you can see the demoing has begun. All the trim started being removed on Sunday, much to my surprise. Yep, the mister just started going gung ho and I had not ordered the first thing for the new bathroom. This is what he does. If the mood strikes he's not holding back. I didn't get to take before shots so that's why you get demo shots.

The floor that we installed many years ago with green glass tiles is going. Again the green has got to go just like the window. I have had to work around the green for years after not using green in our bedroom anymore.

This tub with jets, that I just had to have when we built the house in 1995, will be replaced with a freestanding tub. Those jets did nothing, but become filled with crud that came out if I used the jets. This tub will not be missed nor the faux green marble around it. And again the green has got to go.

Oh, the shower. Our teeny tiny coffin like shower. I never shared this before because well there just isn't anything there to see. What doesn't show in the photo is how stained and scratched it is. Yep, outta here! A pretty custom built tiled shower will replace it.

Close your eyes because this is gross, but the crud that builds up between the shower door and the front of the shower is impossible to get clean. Gosh, I will not miss this shower at all.

My sink cracked when I dropped something in it. The granite counters and sinks will be replaced.

The cabinets that I painted in 2012 (can't believe it was five years ago) will be replaced with custom cabinets and a vanity make up spot for me. 

It doesn't show well in the photo, but these bronze faucets are scratched and losing the bronze.

Also the door to the potty room will be replaced with a pocket door.

So now you see why we are remodeling the master bath.

Follow me on instagram to see how it is going before it is seen on the blog.

 I have so many choices to make and I have been shopping on line for some of the things like a mad woman. The tile and floor was purchased at the tile store and the tub and faucets that I ordered on Sunday were delivered yesterday. That was fast!

If you need me I'll be here shopping on line and making choices. I went to two lighting stores and they had nothing I liked so I do better shopping on line.


40 comments:

  1. It is going to be fun watching the transformation!!

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  2. Having built our home in 1992, I can agree with why you want to update and change things. We too have put a few "band-aids" on ours due to a couple leaks, but someday I'd like to gut the entire thing.
    Happy Shopping!!

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    1. I hope you get to do yours some day. It's a mess now, but should be worth it in the end. Thanks

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  3. Wow, things are moving quickly! I'm excited to watch this project unfold. I know it will be beautiful!

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  4. Can't wait to see the finished bathroom.

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  5. I hope it goes smoothly....sounds like it will be wonderful....
    Have fun shopping!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh wow, it is going to be fabulous! I would like to redo our bathroom too, yeah, we have been here less than 5 years but our shower is coffin like, like yours and we don't use the tub. I am sure this will be way down the road though. I can't wait to see what you do! Have a great day shopping!

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  7. Excited for you getting your new bathroom. Will be happily following along to see what you decide on. I have to admit, the black granite with the white cabinets really looks pretty even today.

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  8. Love all the changes you will be making. Curious...are you going back to having a door closure for your shower? Before you painted the cabinets were they a smooth wood surface? I'm thinking of painting my bathroom vanity but the process makes me nervous...tgey have a bit of a grain and are honey oak. I also hate the gunk to deal with on shower doors.

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    1. Yes, we will have a glass enclosure. The cabinets were painted white before and the color you see is a gray.

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  9. Exiting times!! That shower...I can see why you want it gone. I have to say though the stained glass window lends an English Country look and green is a neutral just like in nature. I always wanted an English style leaded glass window over my tub. But it isn't code because it's not tempered and they won't let that be installed these days. Silly!! Tempered is expensive!!

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    1. Nanci, we had to have the stain glass wrapped in tempered glass and it was quite costly, but had to do that to meet code. I would not have had that window made if we had known that up front.

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  10. We too have a master bathroom that on a quick glance looks nice. We updated counters (marble) and fixtures and lighting but still have the same cabinetry. When we built in 1993 I HAD to have a whirlpool tub. Now I'd like to remodel with a freestanding soaker tub, a tiled shower and new flooring. Can't wait to see what you do and what finishes you use!

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  11. Oh my gosh I want to downsize too and the Hubs doesn't, I think part of it is the hassle to move. Our current 7,000 sq ft house is just too big!! My motto is less is more. I am working on him though, planting the seed, watering it, fertilizing it and soon he will think it was his idea...maybe next year! Your plans look awesome for your bathroom, can't wait to see the finished results

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    1. Kathy, your house is double ours. Yes, you need to work on him some more.

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  12. When I remodeled the master baths in the beloved Georgian and the current one, my judgment was questioned so often, I just tuned out. 😀 I was so happy with the results--no regrets. Your bath will be beautiful!

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    1. I'm glad I have full reign on the choices I make. He loves the choices so far.

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  13. It is going to be gorgeous after you two are finished with this project!...yes, our tastes and trends do change after 12 years!

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    1. Yep, I don't like anything in that bathroom and most of it is gone now. Can't wait for the new stuff to be added.

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  14. Our house is around the same age as yours (we also built). Thankfully, I was pretty neutral in fixtures, flooring, etc. We have done some small updates (lighting, faucets, mirrors)and it's time for new floors, but that's all we have planned to do. KNOCK ON WOOD, but we don't have anything broken/no repairs needed so no major rehaul. It's your house, do what you want. My only thought would be as to overdo (in terms of what you'll recap in selling). We are also at the stage (age?) where I don't like taking a big hunk of money out of the bank!! LOL

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    1. We won't overdo anything and we no as the bathroom is now it would not be a good selling point to buyers. We aren't selling anyway, but down the road it will still help. The main things to upgrade are the kitchen and master bath. This bathroom is tired and dated and it's time since he is ready to do this. Better to spend it now before he retires. My husband deals with the housing market daily and my mom was in real estate for years.

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  15. You are so good with redoing things I'm surprised you're not keeping your faucets, which I love, and spraying with antique bronze paint. Would probably be good as new!

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    1. Not doing bronze faucets and when he says I can get all new things that's exactly what I'm going to do. He wants to stay put and this was the offer he made to stay. :)

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  16. I have a jetted tub that I hate too! I am concerned that you will regret the high sides of the tub as time marches on. Good luck!

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    1. I don't take a bath often so it's more for looks, but it's only 24 inches high.

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  17. It all sounds so very nice but.....I would think twice about getting rid of the stain glass window, they really never go out and I see they are coming back full force. that green goes very well with black or brown. Stain glass adds such character sad to see it go just scrolled up and read some other comments I guess the window is a no with code. Perhaps you can use it somewhere creative in there. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. Nope, it's out of here! I have disliked that for so many years.

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  18. You will just love having a new bathroom. I got rid of the jetted tub because we had crud coming out of ours too. I use my tub all the time now. I can't wait to see how it progresses.

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  19. So exciting Kim! We never use our jacuzzi either. No matter how many times I clean it, tiny pieces of dirt still show up in the water. I have tried everything! Our house was built in 1999 so I understand where you are coming from. Can't wait to see your progress!
    Shelley

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  20. Kim,
    We had our home built in 1992 and are in the process of remodeling our master bathroom as well. First thing we did was demo that glorious jetted tub that everyone had to have back then and replace it with a large walk-in shower/bench. I know exactly what you mean when you say what a pain in the neck it is to clean the jets.

    My hubby has done all the work (he is retired)and he told me before we began that it was going to be a long and messy project and he wasn't lying. Thankfully, the shower is completed and it looks beautiful. We will be ordering a custom glass enclosure soon and next week he will begin putting down our new floor. We are going with a porcelain tile floor in a driftwood look color and since we had already an electrical outlet for the jetted tub motor he is using that for the thermostat for heated floors.

    Cant wait to see yours when it is completed. My brother who works for a home construction company said this would have been a $25,000 job had we had hired it out.

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  21. I look forward to watching your progress and seeing the final result! We are planning on re-doing our master bath and a guest bath soon, but I'm not in a hurry to get started since I'm a little burned out on large projects.

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  22. My house was built in 1992 and could use a bath remodel too. I bet it will be gorgeous when you are finished!

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  23. I'm looking forward to watching your progress and seeing the final results! We are also planning on re-doing our master bath, but I'm not in a hurry to start since I'm a little burned out on big projects. Good luck!

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  24. Can't wait to see what you do! I did all my shopping online for our powder room addition too. There's so many choices online and you don't have to drive from store to store. Good luck with your remodel.

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  25. how exciting. i totally get the man and the demo thing! looking forward to seeing the changes. we are planning a master bath reno for late fall.

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  26. Oh, girl. This is exciting! Isn't it amazing how things change? My master bath has a huge jetted tub--easily big enough for two people. My husband and I have used it together maybe twice in the 12 years we've lived in the house. And I never even use it at all by myself because, since it's so huge, it takes forever to fill with water! I don't know if I'll get around to replacing it, because that would necessitate a bunch of other changes--but I'll live vicariously through you! :)

    Hope the remodel process goes well for you. If anyone can make good choices by shopping online, it's you!

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  27. Kim, I just love you! I have crud at the shower door bottom that I fight ALL. THE. TIME! (But I've never shown it on the blog!!!)

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  28. This will be really fun to follow the remodeling as it goes. I really liked your bathroom, but I know how pictures can be deceiving... And I don't like those bathtubs with jets either!

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