The Details of Our Master Bathroom Renovation

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In a recent post, I discussed all the phases of our master bathroom renovation. It included before pictures, a first phase renovation, and a complete renovation of our master bathroom. In case you are considering your own master bath reno, here is a breakdown of our renovation.


We knew pretty quickly that we were going to shiplap part or all of the master bathroom through the renovation. During the renovation, we uncovered old layers of wallpaper that was hidden by a massive mirror and would have to complete significant drywall patches. One thing we hate more than anything is finishing drywall, and we always try to find ways to cover up wall imperfections. In the past, we have used beadboard and pine planks. Because shiplap is very pretty and all the rage, it was a no brainer for us to use it.

Shiplap is not inexpensive. It is thick wood planks and we chose to purchase pre-primed planks to save time. For our small space, the shiplap cost us around $500.

Shiplap to cover 1980’s wallpaper.


Thankfully, most vendors allow for the purchase of samples. Samples in our home helped us make decisions on colors, flooring and more. Most paint places will allow you to purchase paint samples for $4 a sample. Paint colors can be changed, but other aspects of a renovation like tile are more difficult to change after installation. Take the time to try out samples before finalizing decisions. Having placed samples together against colors, we ultimately decided on a completely different paint color than what was tested in this photo.

Tile sample against 3 paint samples.

Color and Paint

My husband and I enjoy color in our homes. We also love white and the contrast of color against white. After a long debate of dark grey colors, a friend of mine suggested I try Naval by Sherwin Williams. Because we are frequently at Home Depot, we are fans of Behr paint and matched the Naval color with the Behr paint color Dark Denim. We were very happy with the color in the end.

We used a satin finish because it is a bathroom and were very pleased with the outcome.

Dark Denim by Behr


The vanity pictured above was solid oak and sold with the countertop. The cost was about $1,600 purchased through a local retailer. We could have purchased it online through Home Depot, but we feared that the countertop would not survive the shipping process. Being able to touch and look at the vanity in the store was reassuring and saved us about $200.

Although gold finishes are all the rage right now and would have looked amazing with the blue colors, we opted for satin nickel finishes. We find the new gold finishes to be very pretty, but we have removed so many 1980’s gold finishes from all our homes, it is difficult for us to purchase more gold.


We found all the tile we needed and more through Floor and Decor. They allowed us to purchase samples, and store employees helped guide us to options available.  Not only do they have an abundance of tile to choose from, but they have samples put together with grout options to see the finished outcome.

In the shower, we opted to purchase a solid white ceramic shower base. The shower base looked high quality and worked with the colors we picked out with our tile. In addition, there would be no tile grout lines to clean in the floor of the shower. The walls of the shower were ceramic tile with a marble look. To enhance the look of the shower, we did a feature wall with marble. To give the shower a finished look, we carried the crown molding into the shower. The crown molding is made from PVC material and can withstand the impact of moisture, unlike wood.

Ceramic and marble tile mixed for a high-end look.

Unfortunately, we do not have a full breakdown of all the costs. Life was moving fast as we moved soon after we finished the renovation. We spent somewhere between $7,000-$8000 on the renovation saving some funds by completing some of the labor ourselves.


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