See the before and after of a master bathroom renovation and get the source list for this gorgeous marble bathroom with gold and polished nickel accents!
I’ve told this story before, but did you know that we once lived with a 4’x8′ hole in our kitchen ceiling for almost a year?! That’s what sometimes comes of home improvement and remodeling in stages. Well, we did something similar in this instance: we just lived for almost three years without any vanity mirrors in our master bathroom… until now.
Here is what it looked like before:
But I recently said goodbye to the mirrorless bathroom. Goodbye, yellow walls. Goodbye, broken tile. Goodbye, 90’s garden tub. Goodbye, shower that was leaking into our living room (ewwwww…..).
Hello, marble bathroom floor. Hello, marble wall tile. And freestanding tub. And functioning shower. And mirrors and lights and vintage rug. Hello, luxurious marble master bathroom.
Ok, enough introductions. You can catch up on the unique floor plan and our original designs for this space here. Today, I want to show you the finished project (yippee!) and give you exact links to the sources we used (complete source list located at the bottom of the post).
Consider it a bathroom remodel picture gallery. All your master bathroom ideas 2020 style. 😉
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Marble Tile in the bathroom
- Is marble ok in the shower?
- Are marble floors hard to maintain?
- Do you need to seal marble tile?
- How do you care for marble?
Rather than diving into those questions today in detail, I’ll just say this: YES, seal your marble (see how here). Suffice it to say that we’ve had marble in our kitchen and bathrooms for years, and I think it still looks beautiful. But marble is not for everyone. For more about the pros and cons, see this post about our marble kitchen countertops.
The square tiles that were in the room previously only highlighted the odd angles of the space, so I decided to go with the flow of the room by using a herringbone pattern on the floor with these 4″x16″ honed Carrara marble tiles. And we made the shower floor less slick with this tumbled marble hexagon tile.
We finished all the grout with platinum grout and 1/16″ grout lines.
For the walls, I used 6″x12″ honed Carrara marble tiles. I usually prefer to pick out natural stone in person since there are so many potential variations…
But these were the most affordable option I found, and they had to be special ordered since my local store didn’t keep them in stock. I am so pleased with their natural patterns and veining, though!
Tip: If you are ordering natural stone, order more than you need in case some of the pieces have patterns or colors that you don’t like. Just make sure you are allowed to return without a restocking fee!
I chose a pencil to edge the wall tile. Unfortunately, the pencil tile didn’t come in honed, only polished marble. But it is such a subtle difference, especially for such a small piece.
Marble thresholds, ledges, and baseboards
I also used polished marble for the shower thresholds, baseboards, and tub ledge because these 6″ white marble thresholds were such an incredible price.
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I think the marble threshold adds an elegance that is difficult to match with grouted tile.
It makes an especially beautiful shower shelf. We used a 12×24″ piece of honed marble tile to back the shelf, giving it the look of a marble slab and avoiding distracting grout lines.
The choice of marble baseboards was two-fold:
- Our previous leak was due to water seeping between tile and baseboards and damaging sheetrock. I wanted to do whatever I could to make this bathroom more waterproof than the last.
- The size of the marble wall tile and the specific height of our tub ledge was leaving an awkward 1/2″ sliver of a tile at the bottom of the wall. By using a “baseboard,” we were able to adjust the wall tile layout to avoid the tiny sliver.
I think they were an affordable, practical, and elegant solution to the problems.
I’ve been dreaming of a tub like this for some time. Our space is actually rather small (58″ wide to be exact), so my options were limited. But I knew I wanted it to sit under all the beautiful natural light from this window. This tub was the perfect shape and could be ordered with the polished nickel hardware I was wanting.
It really is beautiful, but I have to admit a mistake on my part: I didn’t sit in the tub before I ordered it. I’m not even sure if there is a store that carries these, but I wish I had gone to the trouble of trying to find tubs to sit in.
I read so many reviews for so many tubs, and I thought I knew what I wanted. But the problem with a symmetrical tub (as opposed to a slipper tub like I put in the attic bath) is that the two sides are sloped evenly.
So if you have a sloped side to support your back (which I like), you also have a sloped side that keeps you from extending your legs very far (which I don’t like).
In short? Tubs are a personal thing. I suggest trying to sit in one before you buy, especially if you are considering a symmetrical freestanding tub for the first time.
But don’t worry, it hasn’t kept me from enjoying quite a few bubble baths already. 😉 And the ledge we put just behind the tub has made it easy to bring a book, a cold drink, or a candle to help my bath time be extra relaxing.
And the polished nickel deck mount faucet with the little telephone shower handle is so classically charming.
Double Vanity with Marble Countertops
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As I mentioned, we’ve had these Carrara marble bathroom countertops and these sink faucets for almost three years. But the fresh Bher Cameo White paint (the same color we used in our master bedroom) and the accessories make such a difference.
I eventually plan to replace the cabinet hardware with gold knobs and pulls, but I’m in no big rush.
Bathroom Lighting and Accessories
Mixing Metals in Bathrooms
But over the tub, I used this gorgeous gold chandelier. I love a good chandelier over a tub! And the bathroom feels so elegant and centered, as a result.
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I also used a 4-light gold pendant in the closet and a 2-light pendant in the water closet to add a little elegance to those spaces. With 9′ ceilings it was difficult to capture the lights in these small spaces, but they feel bright, airy, and elegant in person.
I continued with my gold and polished nickel combo by using these polished nickel towel hooks – one by the tub and two by the shower (one for a towel and one for an extra bath mat since the rug doesn’t quite reach the shower ledge).
Vintage Rugs in Marble Bathrooms
Speaking of the rug, we’ve had vintage rugs in our bathrooms at the ranch for about six months now, and I’m completely in love. Not only do handknotted vintage rugs offer so much beauty, craftsmanship, and variety, I love a plush rug underfoot in a cold tile bathroom.
This one was from my favorite ebay store for vintage rugs, and I love the variety of colors it brings into the otherwise all-marble and white space.
Sources for a marble Bathroom
I think that pretty much sums up the project!
Before I list our sources, I want to say one thing about the total cost of a master bath remodel and specifically the choice to use some premium materials, like marble.
This master bathroom remodel cost us more than any other bathroom remodel we’ve ever done. Eek. But I’ve always said that renovation costs should be weighed against your budget and the potential increase in your home value. We felt that our neighborhood home value supported this level of materials and the investment in our home would pay out at selling time.
That said, if you’re looking to save money on your renovation, you might check out these budget bathroom tips or these save/splurge ideas for bathrooms. Either way, I hope this master bathroom renovation and these sources help you plan the next project in your own home!
For this space, we used the following:
- floors: 4″x16″ honed Carrara marble, laid in a herringbone pattern
- shower floor: 2″ tumbled marble hexagon mosaic
- walls: 6″x12″ honed Carrara marble, laid in a brick pattern
- wall edges: 1/2″x12″ polished Carrara marble pencils
- thresholds, baseboards, and ledges: 6″ polished white marble threshold
- back of shower shelf: 12″x24″ honed Carrara marble
Faucets and fixtures
- towel rings
- towel hooks
- hand towels
- striped wash cloths
- rug: vintage (see all my tips for buying vintage rugs here)
- trash can
- shampoo and conditioner bottles
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