When we bought the house, we thought we could live with the Magnolia wallpaper, the 38-year-old vanity and closets in the master bathroom — until we moved in and “lived” it. After a couple of months, we both agreed enough was enough and knew we had to start over!
I pulled out a piece of paper from My Man’s printer in his office and drew the bathroom as it was at that moment. I then drew out what I wanted. It was so simple in my mind. We met with our contractor to explain what we (I) wanted and he said he would be ready to go in early June.
Before the big reveal, let’s take a look at some of the BEFORE pictures of our master bathroom.
The bathroom closets had been remodeled and a California closet had been added. I personally HATED California closets when we lived in California. All those little shelves just weren’t practical! Not sure what a California closet is, click here. I just didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars redoing a bad closet to make it even worse.
Not sold on the remodel yet? Check out the video! Note: the vanity had an awful odor inside. Maybe they stored a thousand moth balls in it before, or it was just 38 years old and ready to be retired!
Early June, our amazing contractor, Chris Robinson, of Tampa Home Pro, and his crew got started. The #demoday was actually three long days! They took out two closets, boarded up a door, added a door, removed a few walls, all the flooring, the vanity (including the sinks and those gold and silver faucets!) and the wallpaper!
Ready? Let’s check out the new and improved bedroom! Check out the video first!
The view when we enter the bathroom now is stunning! We love the touch mirrors! LOVE! Just touch the circle, and the mirror lights up all the way around! To keep with the neutral, Coastal feel of the house, we painted the master bathroom ON THE ROCKS (Sherwin Williams). It’s the same color we have painted in our kitchen and living room.
Amazing isn’t it!?? I loved the flushmount chandelier and the pendant light – both straight from Pottery Barn!
On to the closet, which was built on the left side of the bathroom. You enter through a pocket door, most made of glass so we don’t lose any natural light from the window in the closet.
I wanted a lot of open shelving so we could put baskets in the closet, stack purses, etc. My favorite part about the shelving: if I don’t like the way the items are arranged, I can move it around in a matter of seconds (perfect for that summer to winter transition)! It’s just simple pipe and thick boards. Chris gave me the boards trimmed, but raw wood. I painted and then stained the boards and then sanded them. The shelving turned out amazing!
Our finishing touch after it was all finished: the 24 inch HDTV with cable! We liked to watch the news in the morning when we were getting ready back in California, so we decided to add a TV to our bathroom. Every morning I walk in this bathroom, I can’t believe it’s mine!
Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.