House Tour: The Master Bathroom

Aaaaaaaand we’re back.

I have a decent excuse for my extended absence: We were moving into the new house! We’ve officially been living here for eight days now, and we love it. I actually love the house even more than I thought I would. I don’t know if it’s because it’s ours or what, but I’m just in heaven. Having our bedroom on the second floor is doing wonders for my sleep schedule (and the stairs are doing wonders for my glutes – hey-oh!).

Having said that, of course, there are a few adjustments. It’s taking us some time to get used to the master bathroom. It’s nice and big, and it has GREAT bones and potential, but it has a few … issues.

When you walk in, there’s a nice big window on the left, over the jacuzzi tub. So far, so good, right?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath - before move-in

The wooden shutters aren’t real cute, but that’s an easy fix. To the right of the tub is a separate little room for the toilet, with another window. Still good!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Toilet room in master bath

To the right of that is our vanity, which has double sinks, and the stall shower. The double sinks are good. The rest … well, take a look.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Vanity and shower in master bath

The vanity has NO DRAWERS. I don’t mean to sound like a brat here, but … what?! I have a million tiny things – contacts cases, tweezers, eye creams, etc – that belong in DRAWERS. We found some built-in bins on a sliding track inside the cabinet, which I do appreciate, but … it’s just not the same. And let’s talk about the shower.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stall shower in master bath

It’s teeny-tiny. Again, please don’t think I’m a brat – but have you ever tried shaving your legs when you can’t actually bend over? It’s near impossible, people, and it ain’t gonna work. Our last shower was a very spacious walk-in, and let me tell you – once you go walk-in, you never go back. That’s the truth.

Soon – as soon as possible – we’re going to do a major renovation in there. Our master plan includes replacing the tile floors; replacing the toilet (it’s not low-flow, which is bad, apparently); replacing the vanity, mirror and light fixtures; turning the jacuzzi tub into a walk-in shower; and turning the stall shower into a linen closet. Call us crazy, but we just won’t use the jacuzzi tub enough to justify it taking up that much space. I know this from experience, because we’ve actually had them in two rentals (spoiled!). It’s a nice thing to have, but if I have to choose between that and a nice shower … the tub has to go. We asked our realtors if not having a tub in the master bath would hurt the resale value, and they both assured us that it would not. Especially since there’s a tub in the guest bathroom, for bathing our nonexistent children and all.

In the meantime, we’ve made a few small updates.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath painted Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

We had the walls painted Iced Cube Silver by Benjamin Moore. It’s a very pale icy-blue.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath - Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

It’s not a huge change from the light blue that was in there previously, but we like it much better.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath vanity - Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

We also replaced the dated wood bathroom hardware with new oil-rubbed bronze pieces from Lowe’s, adding a double hook right outside the shower for a bathrobe and towel.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Lowe's oil-rubbed bronze bathroom hardware

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Oil-rubbed bronze toilet paper holder

Thrilling stuff, huh? The bathroom overall is pretty lackluster right now, but it’s going to be beautiful when we redo the whole thing. I’m envisioning white marble in the shower and on the vanity counter, and maybe dark gray tile on the floors … It’ll probably be a while before we can afford it, but it’s going to be worth the wait! Like these:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble and gray bathroom via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble bathroom in Sands Point - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble bathroom in East Mountain - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bethesda master bathroom - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ansley Park white marble walk-in shower - via Houzz

Via Houzz

OK, so maybe it won’t be quite as fancy/elegant/humongous as most of those, but a girl can dream, right?

Got any suggestions for our master bathroom?


  • Mgraceshore

    We have that shower in our upstairs bathroom at the Cape. You absolutely cannot shave your legs in there! You will pull muscles trying!! Start making waxing appointments until you can renovate!!

    • I actually think it’s smaller than the one at the Cape, if you can believe it!

  • I’ll say this — our master bath has that same shower, and we didn’t have the funds/time to renovate. And well … I wasn’t willing to remain hairy for the better part of two years, so I’ve made it work. If you’re flexible, you can mash yourself into a corner and stand at a diagonal and shave your legs that way! 

    • Hahaha, you’re so funny — that’s an awesome visual. (I’m not picturing you naked, but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.) I’ve managed to get down to my legs, but shaving gel is out of the question — I can’t get far enough out of the water to keep it from rinsing right off! 🙁 

      • That’s true — I’ve stopped buying shaving gel because it’s totally useless in that space. Instead I just buy the razors that have the gel bars attached. I don’t like them quite as much, but … better than looking like a Sasquatch. 🙂

  • Our master bathroom is like a smaller version of yours (and ours looks a lot more grungy) and I despise it. We’re actually planning on doing almost the same things to it that you’re talking about. It’s our “big project” for 2013. We’ve talked a lot with our contractor about the shower issue too and he also doesn’t see not having a bathtub in the master as a negative as long as you have one elsewhere.

    I love the inspirational photos!

    • That’s so exciting! Is it easy to turn a bathtub into a walk-in shower? We haven’t even spoken to any contractors yet, so we have no idea whether it’s a huge undertaking or what!

  • If you make your bathroom look like those photos I’m coming to visit and NEVER leaving your bathroom. I kid you not.

    • You will be more than welcome, as long as you bring that precious pup of yours. 🙂

  • I love the new house pics combined with what you plan on doing! As for the bathroom situation, I always thought I’d want a really large tub but who on earth has time to take a bath these days? A fancy shower is way more practical. As for shaving in the meantime, I’ve found that propping a leg up on the sink is way easier than trying to shave in a small shower stall. 

    • Some day, I’d love to have both! However, I had a really large tub in our first rental house, and I couldn’t even fill up the whole thing without running out of hot water! So I guess a really large tub also requires a really bad-ass water heater. 🙂 

  • I am so with you with wanting a big shower over a tub. I never take baths even if I do have a nice tub at my disposal…having to clean it and such is annoying (I’m weird…) – I’d rather just take a shower!

    • You’re not weird! Cleaning a tub – especially a big one – is SUCH a pain, and who wants to soak in dirty water?! That’s probably the main reason I take so few baths.

  • Pingback: Baby Steps: Updating the Kitchen | glitter & goat cheese()