5 years. That's how long this master bathroom project took us! Ever since we built our home in 2013, our master bathroom has been near the bottom of our project list. This Spring, we finally gave ourselves a big push to finish it and I'm SO happy with how it's turned out. Let me give you a tour of our budget friendly rustic glam master bathroom!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own.
"Well, why did this space take you SO LONG to finish?", you ask.
- It's really only my hubby and me that see it.
- A bathroom renovation is a whole lot of work and money.
- I was stumped as to what to do with the wall above the tub. I wanted something striking!
Here's how our master bathroom looked when we moved into our newly built home in 2013:
Ever since then, we've been chipping away at it. We did everything ourselves (as we did our whole home) - the tiling, the trimming, the cupboard installation - and we got it to a comfortable working order by the end of 2013 where it stayed functional but not finished until... 2018.
Hubby and I have been chuckling this week at how we kept moving unfinished parts around the bathroom - loose doors and trim, tubes of caulking and hammers - for almost 5 years instead of just finishing the silly space.
Here's how it looked at the beginning of last week:
We couldn't afford glass for the shower until now, so I had a tension rod in the shower with an old shower curtain. The tub trim is half done and so is the painting, caulking and baseboards. But I finally came up with a great solution for our feature wall and started painting it a rich, warm black!
Now, here is our completed rustic glam master bathroom:
I am blown away by how a whole lot of elbow grease and a few significant details can transform a space like this!
Paint colours: French Roast by Cloverdale and Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore.
First off, let's talk about this black feature wall. I had considered putting wallpaper or shiplap here, but after some thought I decided a painted accent wall with art would be best. There's a lot of moisture in this bathroom from the shower and tub, so any other treatment might not last.
When I found this stunning hand painted piece of art from The Brick, I knew it was going to be the focal point of our bathroom that would help tie everything together. Tree Watercolour II is hand-painted with acrylic on canvas right here in Canada by Anastasia C. I love it because it's large painting for a great price, plus it has the rustic look that I wanted to add into this space to contrast with the glam details like the chrome hardware, black cabinetry and crystal chandelier over our tub. I thought a black wall would look stunning behind this lighter artwork, and I'm so happy with my choice!
Another rather luxurious addition to this feature wall over the tub is this Samsung Smart TV from The Brick. We actually had this one in Our DIY Camper, and we moved it up here to enjoy in the off-season. This one is a compact 30" size that we found in-store, but here is a similar 32" Samsung Smart TV from The Brick. My smart hubby had originally wired an electrical outlet here just in case we ever wanted a TV in this spot. The rustic candle holders and wicker basket are also in-store finds from The Brick and I love how they add texture to this glam space.
The tiles we used in our bathroom are really inexpensive ceramic tiles from the home improvement store, but we laid them in a brick pattern to give them an updated look. My ultimate dream would have been to have a marble tiled master bathroom, but I think these tiles are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost.
To create the double vanity, we used inexpensive kitchen cabinets in a rich espresso shade, a laminate countertop and bargain drop-in sinks. Even though all the materials were really budget-friendly, I think the colour, chrome hardware and plumbing and framed mirrors still help make this corner look glamorous and pretty!
I love how this bathroom is a study in contrasts: black with white, sparkly glam things with earthy rustic things, and masculine with feminine.
Some happy house plants and fresh cut flowers help bring some life into this room and a little bit of colour among all the monochrome shades.
Our shower is over sized at more than 6 feet wide, and to make it we purchased a custom shower base from the home improvement store and used a mix of large format and mosaic tile. The mosaic is a rustic looking tile that matches the rest of our grey-brown flooring in our home well. Now that we could finally add the glass wall here instead of the curtain rod, this shower has been taken to a whole new level!
My husband also added a small strip of LED lights at the top of the shower to make it both literally and figuratively shine. I love that there are things I adore and things that he adores in this room - it's really a mix of both our styles!
It's such a relief to have this space finally done, and I simply can't wait to enjoy it.
Candles, a hot bath and a bit of Netflix is in order ASAP!
Tell me: What do you think of our budget-friendly master bathroom that features a lot of contrast?