Laura’s Main Bathroom Makeover (Before + After!)

Anyone that’s ever renovated a house has that room that they desperately want to redo, but it gets put off for whatever reason (for what feels like a very long time.) When we moved into our house over four years ago, that room for me was our tiny dark master bathroom. Someone had redone the bathroom about four years before we moved in and … well, let’s just say I didn’t love the choices they made. They chose dark colors for the tile and countertop options (making the room feel smaller) and dark brown tile to go inside a tiny enclosed shower. It always felt like you were taking a shower in a tiny cave and I couldn’t believe how fast the shower tile would mold as soon as you cleaned it. Eventually, my husband and I gave up on the bathroom and used the guest room to shower in exclusively since it had a larger porcelain tub, and we didn’t have to deal with the mold issues. Anyway, I’ve had dreams of doing a full master bath makeover for years and our friends at Delta helped to make my dreams come true! Delta products are not only reliable when it comes to functioning in your space, but they have so many modern and beautiful designs to choose from that will compliment whatever design style you are going for! The transformation is truly amazing if you ask me …
What a difference!! We had tried to make the bathroom feel a little nicer when we moved by adding a light color of paint and more modern sconces, but the dark tile and countertop really sucked up whatever light the small high window let in (and the shower walls blocked that light from the right side of the vanity completely). Now it feels super open and SO much brighter—it’s pretty drastic in person and I’m still getting used to how different it is!
To replace the brown floor tile, I chose a large white hexagon tile and it looks so good! I thought about doing a patterned tile, but I chose the white in case I want to do a painted wallpaper design in here someday, and that way we won’t have competing patterns on the walls and floor. It for sure helps to bounce the light around the room as well, so there’s an added bonus to the pretty white color.For the new vanity, I chose this double vanity since I loved the modern look and it would also give us a double sink situation with two under-mounted sinks instead of the older single sink option. For a sleek faucet look, we used two Delta Chamberlain Bathroom Faucets, and the chrome looks beautiful against the pink and white that surround it. Todd has been using the guest bathroom for “his” sink, but now that we have two sinks with beautiful faucets he’s going to move into this bathroom and finally claim a sink of his own! Soooo much nicer doing makeup in this bathroom with all the extra light now!To match the beautiful chrome faucets, I also chose a hand towel holder, towel bar, and toilet paper holder from the Delta Trinsic Collection. I love how simple (yet modern) the designs are and they complement both the mid-century and modern design elements in the space.

And speaking of mid-century elements, I chose these two chrome globe lights to match all the other chrome options and continue that vintage feel that we have through the rest of our ’60s ranch house as well—they fit in perfectly!I still love having my hidden medicine cabinet DIY in the room and it’s where I store all the items like face wash, moisturizer, etc., that I use daily but don’t want out on the counter. It’s a super helpful way to get a little extra secret storage. This side of the room is an even bigger transformation! Like I said, those shower walls blocked most of the light from that small window from getting to the rest of the room, but now that we added this glass shower, that’s not a problem anymore!! Seeing all the way through those walls now makes the room feel at least 30-40% bigger and double the brightness, so I’d say it was all worth the construction and demo we had to go through to get it done. We also chose to do a stacked large subway tile in the shower, and while I was a little nervous about the pattern, I love how it came out! The white helps the room feel the biggest that it can and it just looks clean and modern. I love that you can use the Delta 2-in-1 4-Spray Showerhead in multiple ways as a single rain shower head, a dual showerhead (with the handheld option on too), or as just a handheld. I’ve always thought that handheld options in a shower look so luxurious and now I have my own! We also added a little shower niche in the shower so we can store shampoo, etc., there as well.
I loved when I added two shelves above the toilet last year for storage, so I kept that configuration as well. Besides the hidden medicine cabinet, it’s another great spot to keep out some things you use often and you can add some greenery to the space on the shelves as well.
That’s a pretty good motto if you ask me!I hope you can tell how delighted I am to have such an amazing bathroom transformation take place in our home! Bathroom renos can be some of the tougher ones as far as things being so messy, over budget, and take so much longer than you thought (all of which we experienced!). But now that it’s all done, it feels totally worth it and it’s a great way to add some value to the house while increasing our joy in using the bathroom on a daily basis too. Thanks for taking the tour with me to see a dream of mine come true! xo. Laura

Sources: Mirror/Target, Framed Print/Society 6, Shelves/CB2, Bathmat/Target

P.S Click here to see the pink tile bathroom makeover in my new house!

Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

  • How do you feel about the pivot door? We have been debating about whether we want to go with a pivot or sliding door for our bathroom remodel. I had heard that pivot doors tend to leave a trail of water on the floor after it’s been opened post-shower. Any thoughts on this?

  • You have the exact same configuration of bathroom as us!
    We need to Reno ours and the first thing I said to my husband was make the shower all glass to make the room feel bigger. I think my bathroom might be slightly narrower. What are the dimensions of your bathroom?
    Looks lovely.

    • I can’t remember exactly but it’s somewhere around 6×8′ maybe? Hope you get a chance to do yours!


  • All the details are perfect! I love how everything turned out!


  • Seriously, such a big and beautiful transformation!! I love how much more light is let in through the update of the kitchen cabinets and especially ripping out that dark wall by the shower! I updated the bathroom cabinets in my guest bathroom and was so pleased with how updating the dark countertops and painting the cabinets to a bright white color did so much to brighten and modernize the room!

  • Beautiful! I second the question about the wall color! That looks like the perfect pale pink.

  • What a gorgeous transformation!! I love everything about it, especially the wall color! What is it?

  • Such an incredible transformation (it baffles me how some people go dark when a room is already small, especially in an enclosed shower like that). You definitely made this room your own and It’s clear this must bring you so much joy! I think that’s the best way to improve a room, not just for the “re-sale” value in the future but for the live in factor.

    • Yes I agree! I love a light-colored open room, especially when it’s small!


  • Fantastic transformation and a huuge work is here done. I’m postponing my bathroom renovation, as we just have 1.5, we need to be on a vacay while. So, collecting inspiration still. Great choices, Laura.

  • Wow, an amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Oh man, those faucets are the worst to clean! There is such a small space between the handles and the water spout, it drives me mental every time I remember it.
    No need to fret, the rest of the bathroom is spectacular! I love a light and airy bathroom. <3

    • I don’t find them hard to clean so far! For spaces like that I have little toddler toothbrushes on hand or just threading a cleaning cloth through the space between should do the trick 🙂


  • I can totally relate to that “I need to have my bathroom redone ASAP”, but we have to do all of these other things first. Our house was built in 1960, and the master bathroom has teal carpet, striped wallpaper, and a cruise ship-sized shower. Thank you for sharing your beautiful renovation! I am feeling so inspired to hopefully get mine underway soon!

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