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It’s long overdue: my primary bathroom shower makeover is finally complete, and it’s time for the big reveal!
If every room in my house had its own little story to tell, the primary bathroom renovation is one of the longest I’ve ever told (those of you who have subscribed the longest need no reminder, but just in case you want a look back at the twists and turns, you can check them out here and here and here). But as with any good story, there are also some truly satisfying moments of relief and excitement — like finally being able to reveal my primary bathroom shower makeover!
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Primary Bath Makeover: Shower Reveal
I love my new shower so much I might dump my boyfriend and run away with it (sorry hun).
Looking at these pictures, I feel an incredible amount of weight lifted from my shoulders. Where you might see a shower, I see each of its elements, too: space planning, maximizing light and height, tile, shower head, grout lines, caulk, crown, ceiling paint, and so on. I also still see in my mind what it used to look like (scroll further down the post for that!). Renovating is a stressful and dirty job sometimes, and since I did/am doing both the design and the labor for the whole room, I’ve had to overcome quite a few challenges. In time, I even started calling it my “bad luck bathroom” — the room that just didn’t want to get made.
Finding new inspiration
No matter how much I tried to force myself to finish the room before, I just couldn’t seem to find that wow factor to really push this renovation forward. That all changed earlier this year after a trip to Chicago with Delta Faucet. I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first that I’d be able to get direct inspiration for my bathroom, but as it turned out, there is no mistaking the uncanny resemblance of my new shower tile’s handcrafted surface to the beautiful rippled effect of Chicago’s waterfront:
Plus, the way the light bounces off of the delicate tile reminds me of some of the absolutely gorgeous (and painstakingly intricate) tile work I saw in some of Chicago’s historic buildings:
After returning from the trip, I had a new plan in mind for what was truly missing from my primary bathroom. The shower needed to go.
It took several weeks to remove, prep, and install, but the end, I think it was 100% worth the effort.
Compared to normal subway tile, the edges and the surface has a more organic look to it that reflects light in all directions whenever the window is open. I really wish these pictures could do justice to how glittery the tile looks when the light hits just right.
I lit a candle in the corner of the tub just to give myself a way to picture a candlelit bath in here. I can’t wait!
I was really happy to be asked to partner with Delta Faucet for this project. Not only did they help with the budget to make the shower tile a reality, but they also supplied me with a new chrome shower head from their Zura™ bathroom collection.
I think the contrast between the flowy, water-like effect of the shower tile and the super clean lines of the shower head create a nice pairing for an entire look that is fresh but not cold (sometimes “modern” styles can look really severe, but this combo softens it).
One of the other things I’m particularly proud of is the new crown molding added to the very top of the shower tile. At first, I wasn’t sure how I would overcome the pronounced edge of the tile and tile trim vs. the wall, but I found my answer by flipping baseboard molding upside down to add to the wall and putting the crown on top (I’ll have a separate tutorial for this). It makes the molding look even more impressive and avoids awkward cuts when the molding reaches the tile. I love it!
After taking the new white tile all the way up to the ceiling, I still wanted to make sure that there was enough color in the room to keep things interesting (but still overall neutral and creating a sense of calm). Green isn’t normally my go-to color, but I saw this outdoor leaf print fabric a few months ago and have been dying to use it in a project. The shower curtain is a complete DIY, so I’ll have to show you how I did that too.
Finally, a little art from one of my favorite painters (source list below), and this bathroom is finally starting to look the way it was always meant to be — and a far cry from where it was when I first laid eyes on it (this is the listing photo from when I first bought the house!).
Have you been finding inspiration anywhere lately?
- Elida handcrafted white tile
- Toilet – Delta
- Shower head – Delta Zura™ bath collection
- Palm leaf print shower curtain fabric (the curtain itself is a DIY project)
- Red Ribbon art print by Clare Elsaesser
More from this series:
- Removing the wallpaper
- Repairing damaged drywall
- Demoing the linoleum floor
- Installing/replacing porcelain floor tile
- Demoing the shower
- Waterproofing and tile installation
- Figuring out how to get the crown molding to look right with the transition between drywall and tiled wall