Beautiful Bath Renovation

Welcome to the 130th Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently, my friend Mary completed a full renovation of her master bath. It was an amazing transformation! Mary totally cracked me up when she described her bath in an e-mail to me. She said, “First, it is not a spa, it is more like a Muggle Telephone Booth that takes you to the Ministry of Magic. Do we have any Harry Potter fans out there?

Mary’s bath, BEFORE:

Before Picture of 1980's Bath Renovation

Mary’s home was built in 1980, before the era of really big bathrooms. But Mary doesn’t see having a small bathroom as a negative.

Instead, Mary said, “Now that I am older, I love that I don’t have a spa. Who the heck can bend down and clean all that floor space in those party bathrooms? I sure can’t. I have more fun things to do.”

Let’s take a look at Mary’s bath before the renovation. Before, it was functional, but very plain in design…typical for the 1980’s.

Before Picture of 1980's Bath Renovation

The floor BEFORE the renovation…

Flooring in 1980's Bath before Renovation

BEFORE view of the shower area. Are you ready to see the After?

Shower in 1980's Bath before Renovation

Wow, quite a difference, isn’t it?! Mary told me her bathroom renovation was done by Chesapeake Remodel. Gone are the beige walls and brown tiles! Mary chose Benjamin Moore, Marina Gray for her walls. It really feels sleek and sophisticated, doesn’t it?

Updated Bath Renovation with Gray Walls

The shower has gone through a huge transformation! The walls were finished in American Olean, Series name: Catarina. It’s a ceramic product, though it looks a lot like marble, doesn’t it? Mary said, “The wall above the old shower was taken out and part of the wall beside the shower, leaving a knee wall. A clear glass shower door and panel were installed, both trimmed in chrome.

Updated Bath Renovation with American Olean

Mary said her installer had his doubts when he first saw how large the tiles were (12 x 24) for this bath design. In the end, everyone was really pleased with how it turned out. The shower walls are American OleanSeries name: Catarina Color: Coliseum White. The shower floor is American Olean, Unglazed Mosaics, Color: Storm Gray Speckled AO6.

Updated Bath Renovation with American Olean in Shower

Mary upgraded her light fixture during this renovation, going from two lights to three.   The additional light really adds to the open feel of the new design.

Mary went with a silver and white cultured marble top to compliment the shower walls. She chose the following paint for this remodel: Ceiling Paint- Benjamin Moore Kitchen and Bath paint: White; Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore Kitchen and Bath paint: Color Name-Marina Gray Color; Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore Latex-White.

The sink Faucet is by Delta- Leland Two Handle (Spread apart) Chrome Finish. Shower Faucet is by Delta- Classic Monitor Series Chrome Finish.

Updated Bath Renovation New Light Fixture
Love the flooring…wow!
Tile floor for bathroom renovation

Mary, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful bathroom make-over. It is an amazing transformation and just shows that even a small bath can be designed to feel elegant and sophisticated!

1980's Bath Gets a Sophisticated Update

Love a great Before and After? You’ll find a beautiful kitchen renovation HERE and HERE, a porch addition HERE and a Dream Craft Room HERE.

Looking forward to seeing your beautiful Before and Afters!

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  1. Lovely transformation.

  2. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Your friend Mary's bathroom remodel is spectacular! The shower looks wonderful with the wall taken down!

  3. Wow! She did a beautiful job! Great job Mary! Thanks for sharing Susan.


  4. Cote de Texas says

    beautiful bathroom Mary. those tiles actually look like white and gray marble. jsut beautiful – and i love the wall color!!!!!!


  5. laxsupermom says

    Wow! Your friend did an amazing job! Her bathroom turned out gorgeous! Love the paint color and the marble is just stunning! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  6. Mary has such a spa bathroom now! She did a great job!

  7. Allison Shops says

    The bathroom looks marvelous. Can't go wrong with the gray and white marble. Nice job!

    Dropping by from Met Monday


  8. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    I agree that I wouldn't want to clean those GINORMOUS bathrooms. Some of them are just huge! What a great before and after. Thanks for hosting this link party.

  9. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Susan, Mary's "new" bathroom is wonderful! Her choice of colors is very relaxing – and the finishes should be easy to keep clean … leaving her more time for the fun stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Mary's bathroom is gorgeous!

  11. Wonderful transformation. It looks so sleek now. Taking the wall down to half, was a great idea. Well done Mary.

  12. Boy, that space looks so great after the renovation.

  13. Curtains In My Tree says

    Nothing better than a new potty

  14. Barb~Bella Vista Cottage says

    The bathroom looks wonderful…so fresh!

    Thanks for hosting, Susan.


  15. The bathroom looks wonderful, Susan! Thanks for hosting! XO ~LIZ

  16. Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio says

    What a great makeover. The new bathroom is so serene and fresh.
    Thanks for sharing your friends bath before and after. Also thanks for hosting this party. I loved being inspired to get mine done so I could join in.

  17. That is exactly the picture I needed to see. The one of the glass from the shower coming down to the sink. This is what I am doing in my ensuite bathroom and my husband couldn't picture it.

  18. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says

    Living in NY, I can relate to a tiny bathroom. It's the norm. She did a great job.

  19. Nicely done, what a difference the appearance of more light makes!

  20. What a difference in that bathroom! Wow! The shower really opens it all up…beautiful!

  21. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life says

    It not only looks brighter but the change made it look even bigger than it did in the old pics.

  22. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    An amazing bathroom redo, Susan! We are having a Kitty Cat Linky Party to celebrate Baby Kitty's birthday this Friday! Bring Max and come on over!…hugs…Debbie

  23. classic • casual • home says

    Way to go Mary…yes "sleek and sophisticated" great job.

    Thanks for showing us!

  24. mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings says

    what a gorgeous bathroom! Thanks so much for hosting- I've linked up a cheap/ugly sofa that I madeover with a slipcover/pillow covers that I made. (#112) Hope you're having a great day!

  25. {Bellamere Cottage} says

    WOW! It's just perfect. So fresh and crisp. LOVE it.

    Warm blessings,

  26. Rooted in Atascocita says

    Awesome bathroom remodel!

  27. Hi Susan,
    whow, that is a splendid bathromm renovation. All looks really perfect and comfortable. Good work. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. Gorgeous room! Proof positive you don't have to change a room's footprint to get a wonderful look. I was wondering though….where's the towels?!? LOL

  29. Wow, Susan this is one great makeover. Mary went from a very nice bath to beautiful and luxurious. She did a fabulous job. I would love to let her renovate mine!!!
    Hope your week is great……

    The French Hutch

  30. What a great bathroom remodel! Talk about making the most of space! I love the tile she chose! Whenever in doubt, stick to the classics, they never steer you wrong! Beautiful choices, and if she liked the low-maintenance of her bath before, now it's got to be even better!

  31. Magali @ The Little White House says

    Great bathroom renovation, very inspiring for people who don't have a big bathroom, like me.

  32. Beautiful transformation !! I want those floors !! The color palette she chose is very calming … love it. Thanks for shairng and for hosting!

  33. That turned out wonderful! Big change from what it was!

  34. For the Love of a Cottage says

    This bathroom is amazing!! Truly beautiful and sophisticated.

  35. Lady Chris says

    Susan – Great article on Mary's bathroom. Mary and I recently "met" through your blog. We haven't met in person yet…but she lives right down the street from me! I'm looking forward to seeing this gorgeous bathroom in person! Thanks for being the venue that introduced me to my neighbor! 🙂

  36. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Hope this finds you doing well hon.

    Wow, your friends bathroom redo came out great. That is what my post is of too. It looks so light, airy and modern. Very cheery.

    Thanks so much for hosting, as always, this is only my 2nd time.
    Lots of neat posts and clever folks
    that did them.
    Blessings, Nellie

  37. Thanks for hosting every week, I really look forward to this. Such a change in her bath. I bet she is really happy!

  38. Cass @ That Old House says

    Beautiful bath!
    And I agree completely with Mary — WHY have acres of tile to clean? Seriously if I want a "spa experience," I want a well muscled young masseur AND a maid to clean up to go along with it!
    Great, beautiful AND practical makeover.

  39. emily @ the happy home says

    what a beautiful room! i'm so jealous!

  40. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    Beautiful bathroom redo – so glad she got it like she wants it! Have you seen all the beauty being linked this week? Wow! I've already visited bunches and can't wait to see more. Thanks for hostessing!


  41. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Mary…every week I'm in awe! Wonderful talent in Blogland!


    Hi Susan, I love the bathroom, it really is so pretty! I'm happy to be joining in your party this week. Thank you for hosting.

  43. Thank you everyone for such nice comments about our bathroom remodel.

    To answer Ladybug's question about where are the towels. They are hanging on matching Moen chrome towel racks secured to the door 🙂

  44. telisa@sugartotdesigns says

    LOOOVE that bathroom remodel! oh, how i wish i could do that to our bathroom!

  45. martinealison says

    Une transformation réellement bien réussie qui allie le confort, le pratique, la lumière, le bien-être.
    Gros bisous.

  46. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor says

    She done wonders for the bathroom. It is amazing with just the right colors and lighting. I'm going to start on my masterbath this fall.

  47. bathroom renovations in brisbane says

    Is Mary a great fan of Harry Potter? Say congratulations to her because its a perfect bathroom for me.

  48. Where are the floors from? They are beautiful?

  49. Mary from Virginia says

    This is for LeeLee:
    Hi LeeLee,
    Susan sent an email saying that you had a question. This is the information I have on the floor tile.
    The company name is Laufen, but the tile is a Roca tile that is made in Spain. The information I have on the back of the tile is FH1T635021; color: Avila Gris Size: 12 X 24. My contractor used Morris Tile in Norfolk VA. I paid 3.51 per tile. I did a google search and found the same tile at×24/ for 3.52 a tile or 50.20 a box.

    I hope this helps you! If you have any other questions please ask.
    From Virginia

  50. Hello Mary,

    I love the bathroom floor! I am putting in the same floored but not sure about the color of grout to use. I like the look yours has. What kind and color of grout did you use on it?



  51. Jeff, I canot remember the name of the grout. I remember the process of selecting the grout and it was to select a color closest to the color of the stone so there wouldn’t be a bunch of lines showing. When I get home I will see if I can check with my contractor to see if the information is still on hand, and get back with you.

    • Mary,

      Thank you. Selecting grout is never fun. I love the tile and would hate to be accenting the grout lines and not the beauty of the tile. Our local big box store has about 4 different grays that could match but you never know what its going to look like when its dry. I’m leaning toward a Pewter color but still unsure if this is the right shade. Thank you gain for taking the time to look/ask. Best regards, J.

      • Did you all ever figure out what grout color you used? We just bought the same tile for our basement kitchen and I’m trying to decide on a grout color. In the same boat as Jeff – hard to tell how the color will turn out by looking at the pictures online.

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