Modern Bath Remodel

January 30th, 2014

I had a reader ask recently where and what should they shop for to renovate a home bathroom.

Tim and I bought and renovated a home all within two months of our wedding. I do not recommend doing all of that at one time (although it all came along swimmingly). We spent a considerable amount of time shopping for fixtures and finishes.

Our master bathroom was a HOT mess.  It had no door, a random counter and CARPET.


DBK bath before

(If you’re a guy, you’re sitting there thinking, “Hmmm, carpet could be nice coming out of the shower.” STOP IT)

We went with one of my favorite tiles from Arizona (Metro Leather), painted the lovely oak cabinetry white and got a remnant of Tropic Brown Granite.


DBK Bath After

DBK Bath After 2

Here are my tips:

Go simple.  Don’t reinvent the wheel.  If it’s not your “forever” house I would do something timeless that will help your resale value. I’m a huge fan of subway tile (which Home Depot carries for $1.84 a square foot, Lowes version here).  I would use it in  your shower stall with white grout.

white subway

If you’re feeling bold, use dark grout.

subway dark grout

From there I would go with a nice dark tile (so easy to clean, kids.  Our Metro Leather NEVER looks dirty).

I also think this hex tile from Lowes is adorable:

floor mosiac

If you want to spend a little cash, go for a herringbone marble look:


If you’re working with a contractor, ask them to look for a remnant of natural stone for your counter-top.  Our vanity was small enough for this to be a possibility and saved us some serious cash.

There you go.  Clean, Simple & Pretty = Money Back.


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4 Responses

  1. This is such a great post! I love how your new bathroom turned out. We actually have the same sink fixtures as the white one you featured above. I’ve always wanted to renovate my future home, I think it would be so fun but I’ve also heard that it can be stressful at times, I can’t imagine doing that on top of a wedding! Props to you girl!

  2. Emily White says:

    I love this post! Your bathroom turned out beautiful. I love your choices! I also have that same print that I bought while at HUF! This is a great reference for me while I choose what to do in our master bath. Thanks!

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