Elegant Master Bath Remodel with Built-in Shelving

Bathrooms are such a necessary part of modern living (modern plumbing is the one exclusion that everyone makes when they dream of living in former, simpler times, right?).  But all too often, bathrooms are completely utilitarian and dark, stale places in our homes. It doesn’t have to be so, but bathrooms are often the last place on the list to get a spruce, since we are dreaming of spacious kitchens, stunning bedrooms, and even amazing laundry and mudrooms. So when I see a gorgeous bathroom like this stunning and elegant master bath remodel, I am anxious to share it. 

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Can you imagine primping in these gorgeous mirrors every morning?! A combination of white, chrome, and elegant accessories like mirrors and chandeliers add just the right touch of elegance to this bathroom, and these beauties I’ve rounded up:

elegant bath with chrome, Anne Hepfer via Remodelaholic.comAnne Hepfer

elegant neutral bath renovation, Soul Style featured on Remodelaholic.comSoul Style featured on Remodelaholic

elegant bath with chandelier, Windsor Smith via House of Turquoise on Remodelaholic.comWindsor Smith via House of Turquoise

master bath remodel, Drew and Lindsay featured on Remodelaholic.comLindsay and Drew featured on Remodelaholic

Gwyneth Paltrow's elegant master bath, via Habitually Chic on Remodelaholic.comGwyneth Paltrow’s master bath | via Habitually Chic

Yeah… did you catch that that last one is Gwyneth Paltrow’s bathroom? Pretty amazing. But our guest today has done an amazing job of remodeling her master bath, and she didn’t even have to spend millions of dollars like Gwyneth did. Poor Gwyn, if only she knew the secrets of the DIYers! 🙂 But now, I’ll let our guest Courtney tell you all about her completely stunning master bath remodel — and it has built-in shelving. *swoon*

Elegant Master Bath Remodel
by Courtney of Golden Boys and Me

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Hi there!  My name is Courtney and I blog at Golden Boys and Me about DIY projects in our suburban split level home.  When we purchased our home 7 years ago, it was more to move into a great school system for our 3 boys than because we loved the house itself.  Every room in the house needed saving updating from the outdated 80s decor.  Our budget to complete each of these projects has never been large.  I am forever on the hunt for creative ways to add affordable charm to our home.  My husband, Billy, brings my ideas to life with his ever growing DIY skills (this is our 3rd home that we have remodeled).  Our Ikea Hack Kitchen Island is one of our most popular projects.  We also hacked some Ikea bookshelves to create a small mudroom in our family room.

I was thrilled to be contacted by Remodelaholic asking to feature our master bath!  We recently completed this project and it is one of my favorite spaces in the house.  Our budget was not huge at about $7,000, but my dream bathroom board on Pinterest was!   I scoured the internet and home improvement stores and put together an affordable version of that dream bathroom.  We started with an awkward combination of a vanity area and small bathroom (tiny shower stall and single sink).  These two spaces were separated by a door, and each had their own closet.  It functioned as poorly as it looked.  Here is a before picture.  The space was so tight that it was impossible to get a decent picture.

before the elegant master bath remodel, featured on Remodelaholic.com

 Here is the mood board I created.  We originally planned to use floor tile that looked like hardwood, but changed our minds and went with white tile.  We also didn’t think that the shower glass would fit into our budget so that is why I included a shower curtain on the mood board.

elegant white master bath mood board and ideas, featured on Remodelaholic.com

 We knocked down the wall and removed both closets and were left with a decent sized Master Bathroom at 11ft by 8ft.  We didn’t want to move the plumbing so we kept it where it was and added an additional sink and a pedestal tub.  The walls are painted in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.  The beadboard (on the ceiling and wall) was purchased at Home Depot and came prefinished.  

elegant master bath with glass shower, featured on Remodelaholic.com

 Because we lost 2 linen closets, I was a bit worried about a lack of storage space.  We added these built-ins surrounding the door and they have worked out really well.  Our lighting was purchased at Home Depot.com (Waterton sconces) and Overstock.com (chandelier).

elegant master bath remodel with built-in shelving, featured on Remodelaholic.com

My husband also added a niche into the shower wall before tiling.  It is so convenient and doesn’t waste any space in our small shower.  The sliding shower doors were purchased online at Costco.com.  They were a huge cost saver.  I loved the look of frameless shower doors but if we had purchased custom made panels it would have cost half of our total budget.  The glass and shower base came in at under $1,000.  

built-in shower niche in elegant master bath remodel, featured on Remodelaholic.com

 The acrylic tub was purchased at Vintage Tub and Bath, as were the faucets for both the tub and shower.

bathtub in elegant master bath remodel, featured on Remodelaholic.com

 The mirrors were purchased at Lowes and I was thrilled to find them.  I had seen a mirror that was similar years ago, but with a much higher price tag.  Unfortunately, Lowes currently doesn’t have them online.

gorgeous shaped mirror in an elegant master bath, featured on Remodelaholic.com

double vanity with two curvy mirrors, elegant master bath remodel featured on Remodelaholic.com

I love how light and bright this space is.  We’ve been using this bathroom for about 6 months now and I do not find the white hard to keep clean at all and it is a great space to retreat to when I need a few minutes to myself.   With a little bit of homework and legwork, and a bunch of sweat equity, we created the dream bathroom that we could afford.  Please feel free to ask me any specific questions in the comments. 

Here’s a quick list of the sources we used:

  • Paint: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
  • Sconces:  Waterton single sconce from Home Depot.com
  • Mirrors:  Allen and Roth at Lowes.  No longer available online.  Bought in store.
  • Vanity: Beverly 60″ vanity with carrera top Amazon.com
  • Shower Faucet: Elizabethan Classics  from Vintage Tub and Bath.com
  • Tub and faucet:  Vintage Tub and Bath.com 
  • Tile: Glass tile in shower niche from Home Depot
  • Floor Tile: White Octagonal from Lowes (this was our budget friendly, practical choice.  My ideal choice would have been marble hex.)
  • Chandelier: Overstock.com
  • Beadboard: PVC from Home Depot.  This is on the ceiling as well.  Great product to work with.

 Courtney, this is completely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I love everything about your new bathroom!  Remodelaholics, be sure to go visit Courtney at Golden Boys and Me to see more of her great style and her beautiful home. 

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. Love your bathroom!! Wanting to re-do ours in a very similar style. Where did you get the sinks/vanity?