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How to make a tiny master bath functional

Take your tiny, outdated master bathroom from cluttered and frustrating to gorgeous, spacious and functional!

Okay, let me just give you a little background here.... I have no formal schooling in Interior Designer, but I have been drawing interior designs since I was TINY! No surprise there.... All my passions are morphing into each other!

So before my Hubby and I started dating he got a steal on a starter home, and it has been a HUGE blessing in our life in SO many ways, we love it here. We thought about moving but found something wrong with all the houses we looked at. Let's be honest, they were all run down in our price range and needed to be remodeled OR they were remodeled but had little to no backyard. We have 2 big dogs that love to run, so that was not going to cut it!

We decided to stay put right where we are and just remodel the home we are in. Our good friend and neighbor does Doors and windows and has dabbled in Home Renovations. So we got together and set a budget and a plan. The house looks gorgeous so far! I've had the vision and RJ brings the talent to actually execute my designs. This has become such a fun hobby and I have gotten so much feedback on how much everyone loves the renovation. So of course this is quickly becoming an addicting side hobby! We all know I am OBSESSED with Fixer Upper and Chip & Joanna Gaines, It's pretty much the only thing on our TV anymore.

Anyways I've gotten off topic here...

So... Tiny Master Bathrooms.... they can totally be a drag, small tight spaces, no storage, NOT FUN for any couple, esp Newly Weds....


First, get rid of the Clutter! Ya know, that box of product, makeup, back up shower hooks and soaps that NONE OF US EVER USE, EVER. THROW IT AWAY!!! its just there.... after you get rid of it, you'll wish you had done that 5 years earlier. If you try to tell me you don't have a bathroom junk basket... look again... everyone has one!


Second, go light colors with small rich accent colors( Bronze, copper or Oil Rubbed Bronze fixtures)


Third, Stick to Low profile everything, skinny Vanity ( in width that extends away from the wall). Tile on the shower wall with thin edging, zero depth entry if you can, flat mirrors, and of course, the glass shower door with the least hardware. Tile that flows the same through the whole bathroom floor. Don't forget the pocket shelves finished with light wood shelves.

Add some shelves behind the toilet, live plants, candles, books and a few fresh decor items and you can literally DANCE TOGETHER in the bathroom.... and if your not into that.... at least you'll be able to walk past each other and open the bathroom door without hitting the drawers of the vanity.... You know what I'm talking about.


Be prepared to spend a small chunk of change on completing the Renovations.... Remember it is WELL worth it. You'll forever thank yourselves for doing it!

Okay, here we go.... from demo to gorgeous! our favorite little bathroom renovations in our home, we did both bathrooms so here they are....

​ TIP::: DON'T FORGET THE BEFORE PHOTOS.... I was so excited to get rid of the gross rooms we had I didn't take many before photos, and I definitely don't have just casual photos of those rooms... because... let's face it, they were gross! LOL

This is the best "before" photo I have of our Master Bathroom, in the midst of demo

The Demo on these bathrooms was more than we thought, but we were so excited to find out that We would end up with about a foot of depth additionally once the project was complete.

If you have a bathroom from the late 70's... it is most likely huge on the walls with mix and chicken wire.... hire a professional demo crew... it was NOT fun to do this by ourselves... the second bathroom, we left it to our 2 remodel specialists.... you can't really tell here but the ceiling was a full foot lower and their was no light in the shower before we remodeled.

All of the red is waterproofing!

They actually raised the roof, added a light, moved the vent, removed a foot high cinderblock curb that was the shower edge, and they were able to give us a full foot of depth and an extra 6 inches of width in our shower

I designed the space, and they executed for me, because, I am just not that talented! RJ and Brian are the if ya ask me! They even got me as close to zero depth entry as possible, try hammered out the floor, there was multiple layers of old tile.... then they created a shallow pan to give it the proper shape for draining

We also moved the electrical from the outside of the room..... the weirdest place for a light switch ever.... to the inside of the room!

Pictured here is our gorgeous tile once it was all installed!

next up toilet, vanity, fixtures and shelves!

I was picking out the shelving I wanted to add, I chose open wire baskets to keep the wall and room looking open and lively!

They also custom built shelves for the wall, the window seal and for a small shelf above the toilet

I stained a bunch of samples of wood and hand mixed different colors to decide what I wanted on the oak, I chose to go with a white wash stain and a sealer to keep it from becoming water damaged!

I chose to do all oil rubbed bronze fixtures to match, picked the baskets to match the lights

and had them custom build and stain all of our wood to match!

I also picked a zero depth mirror in an oval shape to keep the room looking open and not overly crowded!

The vanity I chose is half the depth of the wall at a whooping 18 inches and the cabinets and drawers can PULL ALL THE WAY OUT AND YOU CAN STILL CLOSE THE BATHROOM DOOR!!!


Last but not least,

I picked a shower door that had no frame on it. a simple, minimalistic glass door keeps our space open and continuous

the door even swings both ways, in and out, which makes it nice when we are both in the bathroom getting ready for our days!

If you'd like Renovation advice, Consulting or design Collaborations.... let's chat!

Before and after on our front bathroom, all the same design elements and almost the exact same layout! I remembered to get a before photo of this one! Notice the height of the ceiling! We didn't move the pole any lower! We moved the ceiling up!

Before ::: Front Bathroom

After :: Front Bathroom!

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