Sophisticated Master Bath for $788
A couple of DIYers take on every square inch of their master bath to create a luxurious escape
After: An elegant color palette, mixed metal finishes, and marble-look tiles add up to a high-end result. The homeowners cut costs by tackling all the labor themselves.
Upgrades in one room often set off a domino effect in the rest of a home. After redecorating the master bedroom of their Rochester, Minnesota, house, homeowners Angela and Alex Nelson realized their master bath looked sad by comparison.
Hoping to create a luxury-hotel experience more on par with the rest of their redone master suite, the couple started from the ground up, removing the old tile and laying down a marble-look porcelain floor. For a shortcut wainscot, Alex nailed up a chair rail and frames made from base-cap trim, then painted the assembly white. Dark gray on the upper walls and on the existing vanity coordinates with an accent wall in the adjoining bedroom.
The couple swapped out the old cream-colored vanity top for a bright-white solid-surface counter from a discount building-supply store and installed a framed backsplash of marble subway tile. A new gold-and-chrome faucet helps tie together the rest of the finishes, which include a new mirror, a light fixture, shelves, knobs, pulls, and accessories.
Now the master suite is the elegant retreat the homeowners hoped for. "It feels like we're staying in a fancy hotel," Angela says. "I still can't believe it's in my own house!"
Before: The bathroom was in fine shape, but lacked oomph.
The Project Tally
• Tore out old ceramic tile and laid a new marble-look porcelain floor $195
• Created faux-wainscot on the lower half of the walls with picture-frame and base-cap molding $40
• Swapped the old vanity light for one with a sleek, updated design $125
• Replaced the countertop with a new solid-surface one, then added a marble-tile backsplash $125
• Installed a new chrome-and-gold faucet $100
• Used leftover paint to coat the walls, and bought just a pint for the cabinetry $15
• Traded the vanity's cottagey bin pulls for mid-century-inspired bar pulls they spray-painted gold $37
• Fitted out the bath with a new mirror, shelving, wall hooks, and a basket for towels $151