Master Bathroom Upgrade

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We had done the tile work previously, but that just showed us how desperately the rest of the Master Bath needed an upgrade!

This was our really large, extremely dated, custom built vanity before...

Due to the fact our vanity was custom built, we couldn't use the same footprint for our new vanities, so we laid some extra wall tile down to even out the floor before laying the new flooring. We had a tile saw from doing previous tile work. This is a must.

Next we laid 100% waterproof flooring from the Home Depot. We chose Home Decorators Collection that can be laid directly over existing tile.

Due to the fact we could not find another double vanity as a single unit to replace our old one, we chose instead to purchase two free standing vanities. We got these on sale at Lowes for $259 each. They came with tops.

This was our boring toilet room with its awful flat trim.

After a coat of paint and some floating shelves (Home Depot, espresso) we felt there was much improvement. Note: The paint in the toilet room is the same color as the bathroom, but the lighting causes it to appear yellow in this photo.

After we painted the trim and doors a bright white, we reinstalled them.

New paint around our shower and tub.

The finished project! We purchased a ladder shelf from Lowes, 2 tile sheets to use as backsplash to match our shower tile work, and oil rubbed bronze faucets (also from Lowes) to match our shower and tub faucets. We also made the surround for the mirror using wood trim and Rustoleum metallic spray paint from Walmart.

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  • AndradeTea
    on Feb 27, 2019

    Wow! You can lay that flooring over existing tile??? Your new bathroom looks beautiful. Did you replace the light fixture above the new sink vanities?

  • Dee
    on Feb 28, 2019

    Beautiful colors! What keeps the flooring in place up against the tile? It looks perfect!

    • April Tiblow
      on Feb 28, 2019

      Thank you Dee! As I am sure you figured out, against the walls we laid shoe mold and that holds the flooring down. When it came to the tub step and shower, nothing is there. The key is to cut the flooring VERY precisely, which isn't extremely difficult because it is a heavy duty vinyl that feels like rubber, and therefore you can use large shears (and find someone with bigger, stronger hands). I cut those pieces around those areas as my husband was at work, and it did take a while to get them to match perfectly. Then my hubby took sanded grout (comes in a tube like caulk) and went around the tiles that touched the new floor. This is more to keep it from getting water underneath than it is to hold it down. The individual floor pieces are fairly weighty, so they want to lay flat, and the remaining 70% is held in place with shoe mold. We made sure the expansion spacing was under the shoe mold so we could snug the pieces next to the tub.

  • Debbie
    on Mar 1, 2019

    did you fill in the grout lines so they don't telegraph through

    • April Tiblow
      on Mar 2, 2019

      No. We thought we would need to but we asked the person at Home Depot and they I staled the same floor in their bathroom and said it was not necessary.

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  • Cindy
    on Feb 27, 2019

    Great job!! The ladder shelves were a terrific idea!

  • Carol
    on Mar 25, 2019

    Wow!!! What a FANTASTIC JOB!!! Your bathroom looks simply stunning. The new vanities look so much better and I love the wall ladder inbetween. The floor looks so rich. Good choices in everything you did April! It is now a spa like retreat!

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