Part 2 : The Master Retreat @ Brainerd Street

Time for Part 2! Today I'll show you our master bathroom.  It's the perfect size for my husband and me.  No more knocking elbows, no more waiting for the shower, no more him shaving behind me while putting on my make up. Having a spacious bathrooms helps move our morning routine along rather quickly, which is good for us all.

We knew we wanted a large master bathroom, with double vanities, and a HUGE walk in shower. It had to have subway tile everywhere, marble floors, a pottery barn inspired vanity, a claw foot tub and two rain shower heads.  Those were all the things on my list, and I think we achieved it well.  We definitely didn't skimp in the bathroom, as we knew this is where you make all your $$ back, right?

Before we could have all the fun stuff done, we had some extensive work to do. You've got to love old houses - it's always something.  The original master bathroom was about half the size.  We extended it out to the back room that ran the width of the back of the house.  Once we started demo work, we realized that this back 'room' may have actually been an old sleeping porch.  It had different flooring, and it sloped down.   Well, apparently tile won't do well on a sloping floor so we had to tear it all up and level out the floor.  Nothing came easy, I tell you.  Here are some before pictures of our bathroom, which was already halfway torn apart when we bought the house.

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We made sure to carefully cut through the flooring in case we ever needed it for other parts of the house.  It is now part of our piano artwork in the kitchen - we used it to make the wood background.  Reuse and Recycle!

Our sweet girl Maggie was a long for most all of the renovations. I can't tell if she is having fun or is begging to get out of there!  Oh, and if you believe in ghosts just look at that ORB!

After a couple weeks of demo and leveling the floors, we finished the hard part of the project. Now it was time to let the professionals come in and do their thing.  I am so pleased with the way our bathroom turned out.  It's light, bright, and airy just like the rest of our home.  I wanted to continue with the white subway tiles, as they are so traditional and classic and will hopefully never go out of style.  I also found a great deal on Carrera Marble basket weave tile for the floors.  It was shipped in from Canada and turned out just beautiful.  The clawfoot tub is original to the house, and looks brand new after a reglazing.

I chose a simple black granite to go on our custom built vanity. And to add a modern twist, we did above counter sinks.  I really wanted vintage inspired faucets, but with the above counter sinks thought it wasn't possible.  Then my genius hubby came up with this marvelous idea to put the faucet handles on the side of the sink.  Problem solved!  A handyman and problem solver - he's a keeper!

The chandelier above the clawfoot tub adds a touch of elegance, and the sconces are simple yet classic.  The very functional medicine cabinet mirrors were an awesome find at Target at just $60 each!  


The double walk in shower is perfect for those crazy mornings when everyone needs to be ready at the same time!  We chose a spa inspired black rock for the floor of the shower.  It's a good balance to the black granite counters.

The original clawfoot tub is the perfect size to relax in with a glass of wine after a long week.  But let's be honest, who has time for a bath with a 5 year old? :-) 

Have a wonderful week ya'll!