Finished bathroom - classic carrara and subway tile

op_mamaAugust 4, 2014

I learned a ton from these forums while renovating our master bathroom, so I wanted to share the finished result in hopes of helping someone else. :)

Not sure if I'm uploading pics the right way ... here goes ...

Please respond with any questions and I'll provide sources and tips!

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op_mama

Different angle on vanity and toilet ...

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:29PM
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writersblock

More pics, please!
Looks great so far.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:30PM
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op_mama

Shower -- all fixtures are Kohler

This post was edited by sfmpls on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 17:35

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:30PM
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op_mama

So, yeah. That's pretty much it. It's itty bitty! (Thus, hard to photograph!)

But we were able to pack a lot in. And believe it or not, it used to be even smaller. (Borrowed some space from the adjacent closet.)

House is a 1920s colonial in Chicago suburbs.

This post was edited by sfmpls on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 18:00

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:39PM
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jrueter

Lovely! It is great to see another example of a well executed small space here (sorry Houzz). You must be thrilled with how it all turned out.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 6:14PM
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bowbat

Beautiful and timeless. Nice job!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 6:45PM
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cat_mom

It's beautiful!

I know about teeny-tine MB's even after stealing space...! LOL

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 8:58PM
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op_mama

Thank you! One of the designers I met with said she wouldn't even bid on it if we weren't willing to expand into the bedroom. I'm pleased to have met all of our needs (we're not bath people anyway) with a small but very functional space.

This post was edited by sfmpls on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 21:36

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:19PM
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writersblock

Thanks for the additional photos. It really looks terrific. How big is your shower?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:20PM
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Linelle

It's beautiful. I love your carrara and the ogee edge. Love the floor tile. I think it's perfect in a smaller bathroom. Love the tile on the lower wall. Also the bottom of the toilet has a nice finish. Well done!!!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:25PM
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op_mama

Here's a better shot of the vanity lighting. I wanted the biggest mirror possible, but with sconces on either side (rather than a less-flattering light over the mirror), so we mounted them on the mirror and that worked really well.

Sources:

Tile is all from The Tile Shop (glossy white subway tile with Biltmore Niles on the floor)
Plumbing fixtures are Kohler
Light fixtures are Pottery Barn
Other accessories (train rack, TP holder and towel ring) are by Moen
Toilet is Toto
Paint is Comfort Gray (S-W) on the walls and Decorator's White (BM) on the trim

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:35PM
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op_mama

The shower is teeny. I don't have the exact measurements in front of me, but it's roughly 4' across and 3' deep. That said, it feels way spacious now compared to before, when I felt like I was stepping into a coffin! (Wish I could share some "befores" but I unfortunately I neglected to take any.)

This post was edited by sfmpls on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 23:29

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 9:49PM
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writersblock

Thanks. I have a 32 x 40 shower in one bathroom, so I know what you mean.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 10:44PM
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lotteryticket

It's really nice. Everything goes together perfectly and even if it is not a huge bathroom it certainly does not appear cramped. Nice job!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 3:27PM
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dmsohio

sfmpls, GREAT GREAT job!

This is exactly the look I'm going for in my current renovation - timeless because I don't want to do it again! We are DIYing it. I too am doing subway tile and my shower is also to the right of the door when you walk in.

I have a crazy request for you. Now that we are to the point of picking out materials and thinking about how things will look in the finished product the ending the tile by the door trim was stumping me. Could you possibly stand by your window and take a picture that captures the tiled area below your robe hook and includes the wood door trim?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:31PM
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barlowmom

Gorgeous :)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 7:44PM
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lazy_gardens

Elegant! I like the subdued color scheme.

And TINY! That's excellent space-planning.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 7:48PM
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op_mama

Thanks, everyone!!

dmsohio, just saw your question; I will try to snap one tomorrow for you!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:47PM
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dmsohio

Thanks sfmpls, I am just trying to see how to transition from the tile to the wood. I hope to make it look like it would have been done by a professional even though I'm not one!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:48AM
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itltrot

Lovely bathroom!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 11:43AM
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huango

Beautiful!

Can you please help share the dimensions/layout of the room?

I am planning on a small bathroom and would like to know just how small I can go.
I'm planning a wet room, so that I don't have to deal with shower door.

thank you very much,
Amanda

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 1:22AM
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ontariomom

That is beautiful. I love the floor and love how you repeated it for the shower floor. The subway is timeless. I think I might need to rethink my plan to carry the floor tile to the shower. Please tell me the name of your floor tile.

Carol

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:41PM
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Mags438

It's really nice. Timeless, my favorite style. ;-)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:45PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

wow impressive for a small space. Looks like a very quality job too.
I absolutely love that floor tile. Every time I see it I like it even more.
You made great choices.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:27PM
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Mick Mick

Your bathroom is bigger than mine! LOL I love all of your choices. Enjoy.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:04PM
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op_mama

Thanks, everyone!

The floor tile is Biltmore Niles from The Tile Shop.

The dimensions of the room are (approx) 8.5' long by 5.25' wide.

Here's a photo of the shower to door transition for dmsohio (hope you're still following the thread :) )

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 12:53PM
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Mom2SF

Very pretty bathroom! I like your narrow linen closet! We have a similar design dilemma (storage space issue) and something like this might work for us.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:17PM
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Arapaho

Beautiful bathroom!

A couple questions - did you use white grout? If so, how do you like it in terms of upkeep?

Love the handle on your glass door. Can you tell me the manufacturer of the door/handle?

Also, color of grout for floor?

I am looking into the same re-do for a small MBR with a small shower stall so I appreciate the photos so much!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 6:20PM
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enduring

Great job! I really like the cabinet that is at the head of the shower. That is a great use of space.

I don't think you shower sounds too small. The 36x48 is a common size for a shower pan that Kohler makes. I went with a 36x60 but could have easily done the smaller. I think the glass doors really give a spacious feel.

I have that same toilet in the rounded bowl version. I have been very happy with it over these last several years.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 10:56AM
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op_mama

arapaho - Yes, white grout on the walls and it's fine so far, but we're only a couple months in. :) It's our master bath, however, so hopefully the kids won't find a way to ruin it!! And I'm sorry to say I have no idea who manufactured the door handle; I picked it out of a catalog that the glass guy showed me. (The glass and door are custom 1/2" frameless.) The grout on the floor is "Whisper Grey" from The Tile Shop.

This post was edited by sfmpls on Fri, Sep 5, 14 at 23:35

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 11:30PM
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edeevee

What about those hand towels? I love them and they just might work in my bath.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2014 at 6:38PM
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westsider40

Elegant. Perfect. Matches the house. A real world solution to a small bathroom.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2014 at 12:39AM
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op_mama

The hand towels are from HomeGoods -- the brand is Peri.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 11:15AM
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Mr_Garden

arapaho - The handle is produced by C.R. Laurence of Canada. They have it on the website and it's in their catalog: Colonial 6" or 8".

Link is below

Here is a link that might be useful: Colonial 6

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 11:50AM
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meganmm

Hi! I might have missed it, but where did you buy your vanity?

Absolutely beautiful bathroom!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 5:48PM
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aktillery9

Love it! I am grabbing my bath robe and heading over now. ;)

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 9:26AM
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zargunn

Love it! Elegant, understated, efficient, timeless, everything. I will be borrowing some ideas from your design - so thank you.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:23AM
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op_mama

The vanity and the wall cabinet were custom ordered through a local designer; the brand is Plato.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:58PM
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kitandkaboodle

Love, love, love your bathroom! I'm working on the design for our very small master bath (6' x 7') and this is such great inspiration for what can be done in a small space. Thank you for including so many pics and product info.

Along the 6' wall, we're replacing the 30" x 60" bathtub with a shower only. I would love more storage in the bathroom. So I've been toying with the idea of dividing the space into 4' for a shower and 2' for a linen closet like yours. But, I'm concerned the shower would be too small and cramped. Alternatively, I could keep the same footprint and have a 5' shower + 1' bench and 32" deep.

How wide is the space used for your linen closet? Do you think 32" is too narrow for a 48" wide shower?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2014 at 7:41AM
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enduring

Kitandkaboodle, can you get a 36" wide shower pan in your spot? I have used a 36"x60" kohler cast iron pan. They also make a 36x48 pans. Some are drained to accommodate existing plumbing, others for new construction. I love cast iron and didn't even look at the acrylic, but they exist in various sizes too.

When you go on Kohler's website (it's awful to search) you might have better luck them me. I can never find specific items when I do a general search using their links. I go to tubs, for instance, and not all the tubs come up, even after I narrow my search. I have to type the product I want for it to display the product. Frustrating.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2014 at 10:37AM
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needinfo1

Is this the Bancroft line of Kohler faucet fixtures? Or, did you mix and match? How wide is the toilet space?

I'm dealing with a 1916 house that has a bath about the same size, but we don't even have the luxury of having a master or any space to put one in without doing major, major renovations and spending a gazillion dollars.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2014 at 9:32AM
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eclair

Beautiful! I love it!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2014 at 1:43PM
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op_mama

needinfo1: Yes, the faucets are Bancroft by Kohler. The other accessories are from Pottery Barn and Moen.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 10:40PM
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hunzi

Totally fab! Love it!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 2:12PM
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Lilyka

This whole look is absolutely gorgeous!! What brand subway tile/chair rail/base board tile did you use? Are they matte, or is that just an effect of the photos?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2014 at 8:41PM
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StellaMarie

I know this is an old post that just got bumped, but I couldn't resist complimenting you. I have a teeny, tiny master bath in a 1940s colonial that will need to be redone and this gives me hope. :) I'm saving this thread for sure!

(Also agree with a prior poster on Houzz -- the "small" baths seem to be the size of both of my bathrooms put together!)

This post was edited by StellaMarie on Tue, Nov 25, 14 at 12:10

    Bookmark   November 25, 2014 at 12:09PM
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op_mama

@StellaMarie -- thank you! I'm glad I could help.

@Lilyka -- The tile is all from The Tile Shop. I used their basic white glossy subway tile with coordinating trim and baseboard pieces. It's definitely not matte -- must be the lighting here.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2014 at 5:31PM
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