1980’s Master Bathroom Remodel – Before And After

Remodeling a master bathroom is definitely an undertaking. For this master bathroom remodel, we kept the master bathroom layout, but selected new bathroom tile, replaced the vanity, and all of the fixtures and now this 1980's bathroom is completely updated and timeless.


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Why a complete remodel?

This master bathroom was in complete disrepair. There was a leak in the shower and the tiled tub so both were completely unusable. It sat like this for years because like so many people my client didn’t have time to take on a major renovation and admittedly she didn’t know where to start. So procrastination took over and soon her bathtub had turned into a catch all. A far cry from the updated clean oasis that she had in mind.

Problems With This Master Bathroom Design

  • The double vanity is far too low, there is only one vanity mirror, and although there is a ton of natural light that doesn’t help you when you're getting ready before the sun comes up!
  • The shower stall wasn’t usable because of a leak somewhere in the wall.
  • This mosaic tub wasn’t usable because of the same leak.
  • It's ugly and outdated! All that mosaic tile coupled with the pinky beige walls and the wallpaper to match had to go.

Getting Ready To Remodel

First we met to get a good idea of what she wanted. I showed up with inspiration photos, tile and wood samples, and neutral paint samples to get us headed in the right direction.

She wanted her master bathroom to have clean lines, but not be too modern. She also loves a little bit of a coastal touch, since she lives near the coast. Knowing this helped me select some great options.

I really didn’t know where to start and the number of choices to make seemed overwhelming. I work full time, and I didn’t look forward to spending my weekends shopping and making decisions much less trying to coordinate activities with the contractor during the work week. I could never have done it without hiring help!

Lauren, Homeowner

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The Remodeled Master Bathroom Now

I love how this modern coastal master bathroom turned out! Drum roll……

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What a huge difference eh? I really can’t believe it. I mean cummon! It is an entirely new space and made every once of effort during the master bathoom remodel totally worth it!

I love the “feel” of the new look and everything is easy to keep clean!

Lauren, Homeowner

What we did to transform this 1980's Bathroom

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A custom master bathroom vanity with double sinks

  • We raised the vanity about 4 inches to make it more modern and comfortable. The new vanity has much more storage with 3 banks of drawers and 2 cupboards.
  • We finished off the top of the vanity with a solid quartz countertop (Ceasarstone in Misty Carrera.)
  • The new undermount sinks were moved slightly to be centered.
  • New Moen faucets were installed in a brushed nickel finish.
  • We also got rid of the medicine cabinets on either side wall and instead made the mirrors above each sink a medicine cabinet for lots of extra storage.
  • The bulk head over the vanity was removed to showcase the vaulted ceilings and new vanity lights were placed above each sink on the wall.



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Updating the master bathroom shower and bathtub

  • The tub area was completely gutted and redone.
  • The quartz (Ceasarstone in Misty Carrera) used on the vanity was also used in this space at the top of the tub and extended into the corner and into the shower as the bench top. I love how this created a really seamless transition to bring what used to be a really awkward space together.
  • A new tub was put in place and the new tub faucet now comes out of the top of the tub rather than out of the wall. This will make it much easier to fix, if there is ever another issue.
  • The show stopper of this bathroom is definitely the mosaic tile on the front of the tub. It is called Vihara KIRI Silk. We purchased through out local speciality tile shop, but you can find it online here.
  • The wall tile around the tub and shower is large scale 12 x 18 ceramic tile in a light grey color. It is called Contempo Natural Light Grey.
  • In the shower, we made the bench straight and carried the mosaic tile right on through.
  • For the shower floor tile the bathroom floor tiles were used in a 2×2 to make it not so slippery.
  • The dated framed glass was removed and replaced with a frameless glass enclosure.



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  • The awkward corner was something we thought a lot about but in the end we decided just to flatten it out, carry the quartz through, and place a large indoor plant there.
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Flooring and tile as a focal point

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This master bathroom renovation was something that the homeowner had put off for sooooo long. It was really important that I involve her in the process without overwhelming her, and also to push her in the right direction just a little bit. She is thrilled with the result and I love that she loves the outcome!

I asked her for one tidbit of advice for those of you getting ready to hire someone for a master bathroom remodel and here's what she said.

Write down all the details; even little things like where the toilet paper holder should be placed. Give a copy to the contractor and keep a copy for yourself.

Lauren, Homeowner

Love this advice. It will save you so many headaches cause those little decisions will be made for you if you don’t say something before hand.

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