Before & After: A Small Bathroom Gets a Big Makeover

by hookedonhouses on February 26, 2010

old master bath

My poor master bath desperately needs a makeover. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it since we moved here, so I’m always on the look-out for master-bath inspiration. When Hooked on Houses reader Heidi sent me photos of her bathroom remodel, I was definitely inspired. Hers was small, dark, and outdated, as you can see in the “before” pics.

old sink area

To start with, they took three small rooms and turned them into one large master bathroom. They gained even more space by adding a bay-window area around the tub. Take a look!

new sink area-master bath large

To trim the beadboard wainscoting, Heidi chose these iridescent mosaic tiles (Bizazza tile, from Italy) because they reminded her of sea glass, “which is one of my favorite things in the world.” The lovely wall color, Martha Stewart’s “Atlantic,” was chosen to complement the tiles.

close-up of sink detail and glass tiles

She also chose more contemporary-looking faucets than you might expect in a traditional-looking bath because she wanted to “mix it up a little.” She says she prefers an eclectic look over having everything match.

limestone shower after

The new limestone floor is heated. Heidi says the shower ended up big enough to fit their entire family, plus pets, friends, and neighbors!

new tub area-master bath large

I think they did a beautiful job creating a spa-like bath for themselves. Thanks to Heidi for sharing it with us! You can see the rest of the photos and get more details about the remodel on her blog, Heart and Home. She also has photos of her impressive kitchen makeover here.

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Katie W. February 26, 2010 at 9:13 am

Lovely! I love the colors – all my favorites!

Celeste @ Cottage Dreamers February 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Great make over! I just love the tub surrounded by all the windows. ? Celeste
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Billie February 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

WOW….it’s all beautiful, but the Biazza tile is gorgeous. What a transformation.
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susie February 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

Wow, what a transformation. I love the tile they used for the shower.
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Janet February 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

Beautiful job. I wish I had “three small rooms” to spare. 😉
.-= Janet´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Mom! =-.

christy February 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

Oh my gosh that is absolutely stunning! What a dream-come-true bathroom! I love everything about it – especially the sea-glassy tile and the tub. Swoon!
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aimee February 26, 2010 at 9:31 am


Richella at Imparting Grace February 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

Oh, my. Now that is a beautiful space. I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave it in the morning!
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Marija February 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

Great details in this reno! I adore that they have mixed the tile in with the beadboard. Why have I never thought to do this?! So pretty…

.-= Marija´s last blog ..Just do it =-.

Janell Beals February 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

I love a good before and after and this one delivers, what a welcoming bathroom, great light and details! Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Revisiting The Painting Of The Kitchen & Family Room Cabinetry =-.

Emily@remodelingthislife February 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

Wow! Beautiful! Love all the details.
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Jennifer February 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

I would never want to leave it!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints February 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

WOWZA! I just love before and afters. They did an amazing job. Love the little sparkling backsplash and the curtain by the tub.
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..More cupcakes please:) =-.

Heidi - Heart and Home February 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hi Julia,
I’m so honored to be featured on Hooked on Houses, wow this is exciting. Thanks so much for showing the pictures of my bathroom! I do love that space!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Heidi – Heart and Home
.-= Heidi – Heart and Home´s last blog ..All Covered Up at Heart and Home =-.

Brenda February 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

what a great transformation…
.-= Brenda´s last blog ..Walkway Re-do =-.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger February 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

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kitliz @ DIYdiva February 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

LOVE the tile/beadboard mix. It’s a much more light, open, and inviting space!
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anna see February 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

i think the tile at the top of the beadboard is an unusual and delightful touch!
.-= anna see´s last blog ..She’s Baaaaack! =-.

The Virginia House February 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

Great bathroom! I just came across your blog and I love it. I am a house adict, love houses! I dream that someday “when I’m rich” I can own houses all over the country to enjoy and (since my “getting rich” days don’t seem to be getting any closer :-))
Thanks for a great post and blog!

Struggler February 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

Amazing shower, wonderful room!
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Shannon February 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

I absolutely love it!!! They did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.
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Vicki February 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

Wow! Just stunning! I love how bright it is. If I had a bathroom like that, I don’t think I would ever come out. =)
.-= Vicki´s last blog ..Sandbox Lessons – Defining Success =-.

Hip Hip Gin Gin February 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

Wow! Amazing transformation. To have a bathroom like that is on my “Someday” dreams list. Beautiful, so many lovely details!
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Jackie W. February 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Would love those tiles in our kitchen as a backsplash.

Evelyn February 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Beautiful, luxurious remodel…thanks for posting it.

Kristen February 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That is SO gorgeous! I love before and afters. What an amazing transformation!

Amanda @ Serenity Now February 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

So, sooo beautiful! I love the separate sinks…very cool! Makes me very envious…we have 2 full baths, but only 1 is upstairs with the bedrooms. We have to share a tiny 1970s size bathroom with a preschooler and a toddler. Not fun. :s
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Friday Favorites Feature ::Weekend Bloggy Reading:: =-.

mishelle February 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

What a nice , lovely bathroom. Love the glass tile too..
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Marsha February 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Wow – Love the two sinks with the chrome bars and the tile. Gorgeous!
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Pat February 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

What a difference…so beautiful!
If I extended my bathroom into the next room or two or three…I wouldn’t have any bedrooms, how fortunate to have the option!
The more I think about it, bedrooms are over-rated….:)
.-= Pat´s last blog ..FRIDAY FAVorite =-.

pam @ becolorful February 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your blog and I love coming here for inspiration. We have three baths that need a redo. Funny how these things sneak up on you. We won’t be able to do all three this year so our master will probably have to wait until next year but I am already starting to collect ideas for where we are going. There were several here that I will add to my file.
.-= pam @ becolorful´s last blog ..Pillow of the Week #6 = Pink Floral Happiness =-.

Annie@A View on Design February 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm

well I’ve never seen mirrored mosaic b4, I’m def in love with that – will probably do similar in next home – thanks babe!
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Kim February 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

What a gorgeous space! I love that tile.

Sarah February 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Absolutely beautiful! A great master bath is something I dream of having someday.
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..kiss and tell =-.

yayo February 27, 2010 at 1:12 am

geat makeover.
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Keep up the good work

Why S? February 27, 2010 at 2:03 am

Stunning, timeless choices.
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Cyndi February 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

Oh my gosh, that is one gorgeous re-do! I love everything about that bathroom and wish it were in my house! Heck, it’s practically the size of my house! LOL They did a beautiful job and incorporated some lovely details. I’m so jealous!! Sigh…
.-= Cyndi´s last blog ..A New Look =-.

Kathy :) February 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

Fantastic job !!!!

I love that tub….

Kathy :)

le @whoop whoop February 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

wow just delightful – i love those tiles they remind me of NZ paua shells – you know from abalone … best le
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low tide high style February 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Wow, what a beautiful bathroom remodel, they did a wonderful job! I love the tiles she chose, I love sea glass too! And that tub, right next to the windows…I could hang out there for hours!

Kat :)
.-= low tide high style´s last blog ..Chalk is Cheap =-.

Susan February 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Oh wow is all I can say! What’s not to love?? The iridescent tile is the icing on the cake, but I love that tub in the bay window too.
.-= Susan´s last blog ..How Lucky Can You Get? =-.

Anna February 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

such a beautiful bathroom, thanks for sharing the pictures! I really love those faucets. Our bathrooms really need a little updating so I am bookmarking this page!
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Allison February 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Beautiful bathroom. I love the tile border and curtains. Thanks for sharing.
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m February 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm


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Laura Ingalls Gunn March 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

Oh it looks fabulous!

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Pinky March 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

What a beautiful transformation!!! So inspiring! Love ALL the details!

Heather March 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

What an amazing transformation! The tiles as trim to the wainscoting was a genius style choice, and really brings something unexpected and just … pretty … to the bathroom even though a man shares the space as well. We are talking and talking about the faucet and fixtures to use in our bathroom once we get going.
.-= Heather´s last blog ..How To Create The Perfect Shower =-.

Treasia March 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

What a gorgeous makeover this is. I love the mosaic tiles, the floor tiles and the bath. Such a beautiful bathtub.
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njh March 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

does water splace out on the floor much, since you have no doors on the shower? thx

hookedonhouses March 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’m not sure! I would visit Heidi’s blog and ask her. It looks big enough to avoid that problem, though! -Julia

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