Well, this little bathroom of ours is the smallest “new” space that we created, and the most time consuming.  How ironic.  It’s probably the most costly as well:)  Why is that?!?  We decided that anytime you do anything “custom”…the clock ticks slower and the wallet drains faster, even when you do it all yourself!  But this time around we knew a few things we wanted to spend the time on….and money…such as the shower.

So here’s a before shot of where the bathroom was last at….


farmhouse bathroom, shiplap, subway tile

and here it is now…

Ryan was adamant we had a big shower.  So adamant that he gave me such grief over wanting a soaker tub and eating into his space.  But I was MORE adamant;)  We work SO WELL together:):)  And let me tell you, I think I’ve taken more tubs than I have showers…so there Ry guy:)

Anyway, the shower didn’t end up huge, but it seems super spacious inside.

Subway shower

The glass door may have had something to do with that…

Subway tile shower, shiplap, industrial shelves

Which we purchased the glass shower door on Overstock.  The nice thing about this shower door is that the door slides, so it doesn’t eat into the floor space.  And also it was expandable, so we had a little room to play with our shower dimensions.  It was made to fit a 44″-48″ opening, so we didn’t have to freak out and be exact on our measurements for the actual shower stall.  If you checked out the door on overstock, you will realize that it only came in chrome or brushed nickel.  Yeah, that wasn’t happening..

subway tile shower

so I actually spray painted all of the metal black.  Yep, it was brand new and I took the spray paint to it.  I honestly was waiting for Ry to freak out and tell me no, but he didn’t say a word.  Gol that boy is starting to trust me;)  Anyway, I like it WAAAAYYY better black and it fits our look much better.  And you guys….shower doors are EXPENSIVE!  This was definitely a splurge for us over a cheap curtain rod.  But if you are going to put in a tile shower…which again isn’t the cheapest, you might as well finish it off to show off your tile right?!?  The door with a coupon ended up being $575, which is waaaaayyy cheaper than a custom glass shower door.  And we are SUPER impressed with the quality.  It’s nice and heavy duty and feels super solid.  They do have the support bar to help anchor the glass, and at first I wasnt sure if that was going to bug or not, but I really don’t mind it.

subway tile shower

We ended up using just the super cheap 4″x6″ subway tiles from Menards for the walls, and then we found this faux wood grey tile at menards for the floors.  We ended up cutting some shorter to help with the slope, but it ended up working out really well.  They went in super fast and they were also very inexpensive!  We used the leftover floor tile for our little cutout in the shower.


and lets talk about how nice it is to have a little seat in the shower, if for nothing else than a foot rest to shave your legs:)

subway tile shower

We seriously just learned as we went with this project.  I looked at a gazillion pics on instagram of subway tile showers to see how to lay the tiles, and how to do the edges, and the cutout, and I realized that really it’s all preference.  So just go with what you like!  And subway tile is super forgiving…praise the Lord!  We did use spacers in here to make the grout line extra chunky which I love.  And we used grout in the color pewter.

faux brick, industrial shelves, subway tile shower

soaker tub, hex tiles

So enough about the shower.  Lets talk about my tub;)

This tub was actually a mistake, and it was a mistake that I love.  We ordered the tub that just had the solid white fiberglass front that cascaded over the side, so there would have been no surround.  When we opened the box up, it was a drop in tub.  Ry was a bit frustrated because it meant more work for him, but I was clapping inside knowing it would now be able to look more custom since we could choose our surround.  And never going into this bathroom project did I think I’d have a black tub.  That’s what I love about design….you can have a plan and then as it unfolds it evolves and changes!

And now I love my dramatic black tub.

soaker tub, hex tiles, faux brick

We got the roman faucet from Menards.  I just wanted one that had a sprayer, because I do love to take tubs, and so I do want to be able to wash my hair in the tub.  And lets talk about how nice it is for the kids…and for rinsing the tub out when you are done!  Faucets are another accessory that can be a major splurge.  Holy moly they get pricey.  And although I’d LOVE some super unique pretty faucet, we didn’t have the budget to spend on that.  So all of our faucets came from big box stores.

shiplap, hex tile, farmhouse bathroom

If you noticed we used the faux brick paneling in here as well, on the west and north walls.  It was either that or subway tile…and although I love subway tile, this was just easier and cheaper;)

hex tiles, shiplap, planking, faux brick

towel hooks, subway tile shower, shiplap, planking

Our toilet was ordered through Ferguson and it’s Mirabelle brand.  I believe the name of it is the Key West toilet in white.  And my little black basket that I set there when we first moved in hasn’t gotten replaced;)  It was a $5 wire basket from the Target aisle, and it’s perfect to hold extra t.p. ;)

We really don’t have any extra storage in this bathroom, so having hooks for towels was essential.  I just bought these hooks off of amazon and screwed them onto some of our pallet wood we had.  The towels are from Target.

faux brick paneling, shiplap, planking, industrial shelves

I also made these shelves using brackets I bought off of ebay.  They offer them in all depths, but I ended up choosing the 8″ ones so it didn’t go past our little wall of the shower.  I used the same pallet wood we had for the actual shelf.

Industrial shelves, faux brick, reclaimed wood

They don’t fit much (trust me, ry wasn’t happy about that;) but they do bring a lot of texture into this white space, which was my goal;) haha..don’t worry ry, I’ll find a different spot for towels!

hex tile, faux brick, shiplap

which we do keep in the basket.  The other basket is for dirty clothes..which come in handy for easy clean up in the bathroom.  The other thing I love that we did in here was to add this sky light.  We really ended up only paying $150 for it, and it seriously was the best money spent.  It brings in so much natural light, and give quite the pretty scenery from the shower;)

The last spot is the vanity..

martha stewart vanity, shiplap, modern farmhouse bathroom,

This little guy is from Home depot, and it is the Martha Stewart seal harbor vanity.  We bought it new and it actually was in the sharkey gray color of my kitchen cabinets with polished nickel hardware.  I was going to use it as that color until again, the gray just didn’t go with the way the plan was unfolding.  So I PAINTED the BRAND NEW bathroom vanity black, and sprayed the hardware gold.  So many people are afraid to paint new, or wood, or anything for that matter.  And in my mind I don’t care what it is as long as it gets me the look I want.  Ry being a saint again didn’t say anything and let me paint;)  It still needs one more coat someday…but for now it’s good enough!  I know some people probably think we are crazy for not doing a double vanity in here.  And although more countertop space would have been nice, it was more important for me to have a decent size shower and a tub.  And honestly the only time Ryan and I get ready at the same time is on sunday mornings.  And lets be real, it only takes him 2 minutes to brush his teeth and put in his hair gel and he’s done with the mirror.  So a single vanity really wasn’t a huge sacrifice for us:)

martha stewart vanity, black and white bathroom, farmhouse bathroom

The mirror came from target, and the light above the vanity is from ebay! It seriously was $19.99.  Lighting is one area I am always cheap on!  Again…lights can be soooo expensive!  But you can usually always find a similar look for waaaaayy cheaper, and this just proves that!

IMG_7285I found this cute little soap dispenser from h&m home, and our faucet came from Home Depot.

hex tile, modern farmhouse bathroomThis bath mat is also h&m home… and I kinda love having something warm on my toes in the winter;)

IMG_7252So there you have it.  Our not too spacious, but just perfect for us master bath.






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60 Responses to MASTER BATH REVEAL

  1. Terri Garrity says:

    Absolutely perfect! I love it all!

  2. Andrea DeCaro says:

    I want to do my bathroom floor with this exact Hex tile, what color is the grout?

  3. Mary says:

    where did you find the large L? Love it!

  4. Sarah says:

    What kind of ship lap did you use ? It looks great!

  5. Barb Boorsma says:

    I love it!! So beautiful. Where did you find the marble looking boxes with lids that are on the shelf?
    Thanks for sharing all this!

  6. Crystal says:

    Hi, Could you share what size of grout line you used on the floor?
    Thank you

  7. Matt Coats says:

    Where did you find the hexagon tiles?

    • allie says:

      They are from Home Depot, and are actually sold to be used as a backsplash. We’ve had them in 6 months now and theyve held up great so far!

      • Courtney says:

        I love your style! I was wondering since your tile is for back splash on the floor is it slippery? Also, what all did you put down before installing and what size and color is your grout? Thanks!

        • allie says:

          I was concerned about the floor being a little slippery as well, but we haven’t noticed it at all. Of course we have a rug down for when we get out of the shower or tub, so I”m sure that helps, but I really don’t think it’s any different than penny tiles. We put down cement board first, and then used grout in pewter. Hope that helps!

  8. Alyssa says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get your ship lap.?

  9. Connie Finley says:

    Love what you have done. Can you tell me where you got the lighting above to vanity.
    Have been looking at something similar but is 10xs more expensive.

    • allie says:

      They are off of Ebay!:) If you are okay to wait a bit for them to send them straight from china, it’s totally worth the money:):) I think it was $20:)

  10. Terri says:

    Beautiful & tastefully done….love it!!

  11. Meagan says:

    Can you tell me where you found that white pendant light?

  12. Eden says:

    This is a wonderful looking bathroom. Currently in middle of our reno and we did the same thing (fought over how to enlarge both the shower and get a big tub!!) Was wondering if you could share the source of the white hanging pendant with black cord? Thanks so much!

    • Eden says:

      Oops, never mind, I just looked more closely at your site and noticed the links on the right side :-) My bad. Thanks and nice job again!!

    • allie says:

      Haha…if only we all thought exactly the same:) The pendant is from Target, it’s in their beekman furniture line, and a steal of a deal:)

  13. Susan says:

    This is an inspiring project, well done. And you exude love for your husband, if anyone is paying attention and has ever worked with a spouse. Blessings!

  14. Bonnie says:

    Can you tell me what the tile is that you used on the floor? We are looking for something like that.

  15. Vickie White says:

    Would you share your paint colors? I love the white in your home and would love to know what brand and colors you use. Thank you!!!

    • allie says:

      For sure! All of the white in my house is in Benjamin Moore’s simply white, but I always get it color matched so I don’t have to pay for the expensive paint. I have been loving the new Pittsburgh ultimate that they offer at Menards. It covers like a dream!

  16. Amber D. says:

    I love it all! You inspire me with how you design on a budget, and yet it looks so pricey! I just found your blog but you can bet your boots I will be back. :) Hugs from Northern MN.

  17. Bonna Irving says:

    I love what you did! Hey also please don’t let that one critical remark bother you… I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and think you’re wonderful! I bet the original Prov. 31 woman was a bit feisty just like you:)

  18. Jessica says:

    I love it! I am using the same faux white brick panels in some rooms in my home…got a question for ya…how did you cover your seams up? I don’t see any of your seams at all and was wondering if you could shar your secret? So well done!!

    • allie says:

      Awww…thank you! I think the biggest trick is making sure your bricks line up just perfect, because that seems to hide the seams the best. Ry nailed that. Then I did use wood filler on the “mortar” part of the paneling to make the seem look more gritty…and just paint on the smooth brick part. The paint filled in that small seam the smoothest. I am super happy with how it turned out, but there are certain moments in the day when the sun is shining just right that you can clearly see the seams….just like that morning sun on your kitchen floors…haha. You see everything! Hope that helps though! We have been super happy with the product!:)

  19. Ardith says:

    Wow, what an impressive small bath. You have optimized all the space available so well, and it is light and bright. You were wise with expenses. Well done you two.

  20. Tallie says:

    Great job!! Have you had good luck spray painting knobs? I was just wondering if it holds up well?

    • allie says:

      Well, so far so good;) I figured if they didn’t hold up I’d spray them again or eventually buy some gold ones since I don’t need many, but this was a good quick fix!

  21. Saleah says:

    My favorite part is the number of times you disregarded your husband’s preferences purely for the sake of design. Proverbs 31 emphasizes a woman who cares and works for her family, and while you claim to do the same, it clearly doesn’t seem like you go 50/50 with him.

    Also your vanity is not centered.

    • allie says:

      I’m sorry you feel that way Saleah. If you truly knew my husband you would understand that although he voices opinions, he knows me full well and wants me to be able to execute my design. He just has to give me some grief. He often tells his friends that the house design to me is like his hunting and fishing to him, my hobby. What makes me happy. If you have followed along long enough you may have picked up on the bantering we do back and forth, all in good fun. And I actually do work my tail end off to help the family out, doing most of the work myself, never hiring anything out, to make sure we keep our mortgage under 6 digits so that I can stay home with my babies and instill the qualities and values in them I feel are important, as well as spend as much time with them as possible.

      And the vanity was not meant to be centered. If it were, the towels would be hitting my arms the whole time I was getting ready.

    • Sarah Borg says:

      Allie, you are an AMAZING proverbs 31 woman! I’m always in awe of your ingenuity – I know Ryan feels the same way and I speak blessing over the two of you and your precious family – y’all are a bright light!

    • Cassandra S Woodhouse says:

      Saleah, Do you know any couple where everything is 50/50? I’ll bet Allie and Ry do plenty of compromising in all sorts of ways that aren’t evident in this blog on design.
      It’s obvious that good humor and love prevail in their relationship. Allie, the combination of tiles really works in your bathroom and I may copy much of it in my upcoming bathroom re-do. I wish I had your eye for design. Cheers!

    • Sally says:

      Are you for real? This is a design blog. Take your snarky comments somewhere else.

  22. Dawn Yeager says:

    Your bathroom is fabulous!! It turned out gorgeous..and I LOVE your black tub and vanity…can you share paint brand and color? I also love those towel and “clothes” baskets?? Where did you find??

    • allie says:

      Thanks so much! I actually just bought a small tub of pre mix black paint at walmart! haha….and the interior designers are cringing!:) And the baskets I scored at home goods a few years back;)

  23. Karen says:

    Beautiful job! I Love everything. Great idea to customize new pieces to fit your decor, a great lesson for everyone on a budget. You really achieved a high end look.

  24. Colleen Menze says:

    Totally love your new bathroom. You are so creative, and I love all your ideas. Think you need to come help me redo my home. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Amanda Puzic says:

    Love it!

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