The master bathroom was the very last room to be completed in the remodel (well, before all of the crazy kitchen sh*t happened before Thanksgiving…but I’m mentally blocking that out and won’t waste your time with that sob story) I digress! Again–The master bathroom was the last room to be completed in the remodel, and it is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE.  For months upon months, it was the one room that I was scared to walk into when I went to check on remodel progress or even when we were living amongst the construction, but now it’s the one room I find myself in the most. It’s my very own spa-meets-Sephora-meets-The Today Show watching-happy place! AND my closet is in there! Why would I leave?

Like the kitchen, it was very typical of the late 80’s / early 90’s style–ugly wallpaper included.  It’s only redeeming qualities were the great natural light and the ginormous adjoining walk-in closet (that’s all mine, thank you very much.). Other than those two things, IT ALL HAD TO GO. Scroll down for the ‘befores,’ the ‘durings’, and the ‘afters.’  Again, I’ve included a full source list with pricing at the bottom of the post.



The following pictures are the state my first contractor left our master bathroom in the week before we were scheduled to move in.  Cute, right? I mean, at least the ugly wallpaper was gone. But so was my sanity…

After I uttered all of the curse words on the planet, I hit the ground running in an attempt to find someone who could get us back on track. My NEW contractor and I tag-teamed projects to get the house finished, and I was in charge of tile installation–and we had A LOT of tile.  After scouring the greater Austin area, I was fortunate to find a trustworthy, punctual, reasonably priced, amazing tile installer, that BY THE GRACE OF GOD was available to take on my many, many tile projects.  He worked like a BOSS, did immaculate work, and completed everything ON THE DAYS HE SAID HE WOULD.  *Gasp* He was the tile-laying-angel that I needed in my life…

After the main floors downstairs, the powder bathroom, and the guest bathroom (that post is next!), the master bathroom was one of the last projects for him to complete.

For the floors, I kept with the wood-effect porcelain tile, but this time I used one with a white-wash look.  These planks are shorter than the ones downstairs at 24″ long, so we decided to lay them in a herringbone pattern.  (It should be noted that we found this amazing post from Little Green Notebook’s Jenny Komenda, ‘8 Tips for Nailing the Wood Tile Look,’ and it was probably–hands down–one of the most informative things we read throughout the entire remodel. I highly recommend reading it if you’re considering wood tile for any project.)

For the shower & behind the tub area, we went with a larger-scale white subway.  I wanted something simple and a friend suggested going a little bigger than your typical 3″ x 6″ subway to add interest,  so I  landed on these 4″ x 10″ bright white tiles.  We used the same grout as we used on the kitchen back splash and the downstairs powder, which was the epoxy in Snow White.  Again, it didn’t need to be sealed, and it worked perfectly with all of our tile selections.  Tip: When you’re laying wood tile, you want to have the tightest grout line possible to mimic the look of real hardwoods.


Ta-daaaa!!!!  I replaced the garden tub with a freestanding soaking tub.  In hindsight, I would have angled the tub a bit to create more room in the shower.  A little plumbing finagling had to be done in order to install the floor-mounted tub faucet and the new tub drain.   The freestanding tub has a center drain, whereas the previous tub had a drain closer to the shower.  The master bath is directly above our kitchen, so large holes had to be cut in the what-I-thought-was-finished-kitchen ceiling to access pipes.  But the week or so of looking at exposed pipes from the kitchen was worth the end result.

I opted for a simple frame-less glass shower and we used the wood tile to cover the shower pan.  For the floor of the shower, I chose a marble hex-penny tile that coordinated with both the floor tile and the white subway. I had our installer cut out a small nook in the wall to allow for toiletries.  Since all of my shampoo bottles were packed, he & I measured using Gatorade bottles that were lying around to estimate shelf heights. Not my most precise, professional moment, but it worked.

I originally wanted to replace the dated glass blocks with a frosted picture window, but ditched that idea when I revisited the budget.  My friend, and amazing designer,  Allison Crawford said the glass blocks were “art deco chic,” so I’m just going to stick with that…Despite aesthetics, they provide that amazing natural light that I’ve loved from the beginning without sacrificing privacy.

I know many people gasp (not in a good way), at the fact that I have a television in my bathroom, but it’s one of the one things that I’ve always wanted and it super budget-friendly.  Hey, if I’m going to have my life in shambles for about 6 months, let me have a damn TV in the bathroom so I can watch The Today Show…There was already a plug on the opposite side of the wall in my closet, so I had the electricians add an outlet on the bathroom side.  I was able to find a white TV and white mount on Amazon for under $200 and we installed it ourselves.  Since I only watch like two channels and they’re local, I got a wireless antennae that sticks on the back of the TV so I don’t have to worry with a cable box and everything’s hidden.

While it wasn’t in the original plan, I finally came to my senses and ended up closing off 3 ft. of the original closet opening to create more wall space in the closet.  I don’t know why I didn’t close off that weird little space above the closet while I was at it, but who knows, maybe one day I’ll figure out what’s supposed to go up there…

I found this 84″ double-sink vanity online, sight unseen, and thank goodness it was as good in real life as it was in photos!  It came with the marble top + back splash and sinks.  I replaced the original aluminum (yes, aluminum) hardware with these VERY inexpensive gold tone pulls that perfectly matched my new gold faucets.  The vanity also came with a coordinating 84″ mirror, but that’s still sitting in the garage.  Instead, I found these budget-friendly mirrors from CB2 for $199 each.  And while we’re talking budget-friendly, the saber light sconces were less than $100 a piece!

One piece of advice I can offer when installing sconces and vanity mirrors is measure, measure, and then measure again.  It took the electricians a couple of tries to get the vanity lights placed just right (whew!), and then Phillip and I were able to hang the mirrors ourselves.

I got rid of the medicine cabinet that was to the right of the sinks, and while it’s not pictured (whoops!), we hung a brass towel ring in its place.  Phillip and I replaced all of the door hardware was with matte black lever handles and hinges.

While I would typically say, “leave it to the professionals!” when it comes to most major projects, there are so many things that you can do yourself without having to PAY a handyman or contractor to do it.  You can hang mirrors, towel rods, robe hooks, toilet paper holders, replace door knobs, swap out hinges, change cabinet hardware, etc… I even replaced the light fixture in the little potty room myself (also not pictured! I failed you, I’m sorry!)  As long as you have a decent toolbox, a little bit of confidence, and access to YouTube, you can pretty much do anything.



Freestanding Bathtub, Home Depot, $775.51 (originally $849.00, used coupon)

Door Handles, Amazon, 2 @ $35.98 = $71.96

Tub Faucet, Amazon, $221.99
Currently unavailable, similar option here.

Exhaust Fan, Home Depot, $58.46

Toilet, Home Depot, $172.12

Toilet Paper Holder, Amazon, $31.83

Mirrors, CB2, 2 @ $199/ea. = $430.84

Vanity Sconces, Amazon, 3 @ $94.50/ea. = $306.89

Floor Tile, Lowe’s, 120 sq. ft. @ $1.99/sq. ft. = $258.50
(Eldon White Wood Look Porcelain Floor Tile, 6″ x 24″) / No longer available, similar styles available here, and here.

Grout, Home Depot, 1 gallon @ $59.50/gallon

Shower Tile, Floor & Decor, $0.85/piece @ 355 pieces = $326.64

Shower Floor Tile, Floor & Decor, 12 sq. ft. @ $9.47/sq. ft. = $123.02

Vanity, J. Keats, $2,124.00

Sink Faucets,, 2 @ $598.43 = $1,196.86

Cabinet Hardware, Amazon, Knobs: 5 pack for $10.81, Pulls: 10 pack for $$20.56 = $31.37

Towel Ring, Amazon, $27.44

Towel + Robe Hooks, Amazon, 2 @ $13.57 = $29.38

Shower Faucet,, $515.85

Shower Valve, Amazon, $69.27

Barn Door Track Kit, Amazon, $182.26

Barn Door, Lowe’s, $139.64

White 32″ TV, Amazon, $149.99

White TV Mount, Amazon, $34.63

Wireless TV Antennae, Target, $28.13

Light Fixture (Potty Room), CB2, $64.90

Shower Glass + Hardware(subcontracted, includes all materials & labor), $1,830.00

TOTAL: $7,441.79

The above total includes sales tax, but does not  include most labor (dry wall, electrical, plumbing, tile installation, etc.).  The only labor cost included is for the frame-less shower.

There you have it! What questions do you have? What did I leave out? I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Jessica

    This turned out gorgeous! I’m in Austin and having a hard time finding a tile installer that is both reasonable and shows up. The price for labor seems to vary greatly. Do you know what your labor cost was for all the tile in this room? Can you share your installers info pretty please?!

  2. Sandra Mendoza

    OMG. Beautiful transformation. Would you mind sharing your NEW contractor’s info? I am also in the Austin area!

  3. AIMEE

    Hi there! Gorgeous bathroom remodel!! I’m also in Austin and in need of a flooring installer – if you wouldn’t mind sharing, it would be much appreciated 😊

  4. Kathy Derrigo

    Hi Katie, Your remodels are all GORGEOUS!
    I’m a little hesitant to buy something significant, like a vanity, from Amazon. At a year later, how are they holding up? Are you still pleased with the wear and tear? TIA, Kathy

  5. Brooke


    Looking to do a very similar remodel with our bathroom. Does the unframed shower prevent mold? Or any ideas on how to prevent mold in a shower set-up like this?

  6. Mimi

    The bathroom is lovely. I too have a tight space to fit a freestanding tub where a soaking tub now exists. Has it been difficult to clean around and behind the tub? I worry about hair and dust accumulating there.

  7. Mary Smith

    It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Well done! We are getting ready to re-do our master bathroom and are adding a free standing tub but were a little concerned about the amount of space we would have left for a shower. Would you mind if I ask what your shower dimensions are and do you feel it is enough space to comfortably shower? If it’s turns out half as beautiful as yours I will be THRILLED!

  8. Hannah whitlock

    Hi Katie, would you be able to tell me the dimensions of your shower holder cubby? I am doing a remodel and my bathroom shape and sz is very similar to yours. Is your shower sz 44″x44″? I like the proportions of ur cubby so wondered if you would help me?! Thankyou sooooo very much! Hannah

  9. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Mary, thank you so much for the kind words! I don’t have the exact dimensions of my shower, but plan to measure them ASAP and will let you know! Full honesty, I feel as though my shower space is a little “tight” and wish I would have thought of angling the free standing tub a bit to provide a little more arm room in the shower. Hindsight is 20/20! Once I confirm dimensions, I will post them here. Thanks again!

  10. Sarah

    Hi there! What is the height of your shower head and shower glass? We are currently doing a bathroom remodel our our layout is very similar to yours so I am using it as a reference. Thanks!

  11. Keely

    Beautifully done. I am curious about whit grout? A recent guest bath remodel with white grout is disappointing due to discoloring. Wondering if my installer did something incorrect. I believe they used product mopei
    Any thought or suggestions on how to keep white grout nice?
    Lovely bath remodels !

  12. Janet

    Love your bathroom design! Did you use cam lights for ceiling lighting or some type lighting fixture? Didn’t see anything on the pics.

  13. Megan

    LOVEEE! What is the wall paint color in here?? Trying to find a good white to use and mine came out too yellowish against all my white tile/cabinets etc.

  14. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Thank you so much! I linked the exact grout I used for my bathroom in this post and have to say it made all of the difference! It was a bit on the pricey side, but has proven to be stain resistant and has held up really well now, and it’s been 2.5 years. Thank you again for reading!

  15. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Thank you, Janet! I have one canned light in the middle of the bathroom, but honestly I NEVER turn it on. The light from the vanity lights is ample for me, plus the window above the tub lets in a ton of natural light during the day.

  16. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Thank you so much, Megan! The wall color is Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White (flat). Trim is Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound. Decorator’s white is a great, pure white that doesn’t have any yellowish or blueish tones. Hope that helps!

  17. Shana Kellman

    Hi Katie,
    Your bathroom is an inspiration. We have an almost identical bathroom and about a year and a half ago I attempted a General Contractors job and lead the charge on my own Bathroom remodel. However, I opted to save money and reglaze my tub and shower…..what a MISTAKE!!!! The area where the shower pan meets the tile is pealing and moldy, so now I have to do the right thing and replace the tub and shower. I have been quoted $10k for just that, which seams expensive since that what I was originally quoted to do the whole bathroom. Are you able to give me an idea of your labor cost per sq ft so I can not get ripped off by these contractors? Any help, would be greatly appreciated!!!

  18. Betsy

    Live what you accomplished. Can you tell me dimensions of whole space? What type of dimensions did you start with. I’m trying to work with small space. Thank you

  19. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Hi Shana!
    I’m so sorry to hear that! Unfortunately, since I kind of had to piece everything together, and my first contractor wasn’t up front about specific labor costs, I don’t have an estimate as to how much that cost me. I DO think that $10K seems exceptionally high, especially if that doesn’t include materials (actual tub, plumbing hardware, tile, etc…) Sorry I can’t be of more help, but good luck with your project!

  20. Katie | Spray Paint & Chardonnay Post author

    Hi Betsy!
    My bathroom isn’t a perfect square, but it’s about 8′ x 8′. My shower, which admittedly is pretty small, is 3′ square, and my tub is 60″ long. I didn’t change the layout, so I ended up with the same dimensions I started with. Hope that helps!

  21. Elisabeth

    The before pics are my current master bathroom setup almost exactly! Luv everything you did here…I’ve saved this pic so I can start planning for a remodel next year! Looking forward to going thru all your other posts for inspiration.

  22. Phil

    Hi Katie. I love your bathroom! What size grout lines did you use for the floor tile? And approximately what are the floor dimensions of your whole bathroom? I am remodeling my 8 foot by 10 foot bathroom and want to get appropriately sized floor tiles for that size of room to do the herringbone floor tile like you did. Thanks for any info you can provide!

  23. Michelle

    I love it! I have the same question as everyone else on what tiler you used! It’s hard to find a good one. I’m in the austin area as well and want to do something similar. Also where did you get your vanity from

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