Main bath before and after’s.

Ready to see an old, dated bathroom?
Here you go.
We shrunk the bathroom by almost three feet.
It was a real hot button between the Mr. and I.
I was the one who didn’t want to move the wall.
In the end the bathroom worked out perfectly and I’m glad we did it!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about grout, even the cleanest bathrooms eventually grow ugly, dark mildew.
I opted for pearl grey grout which will help disguise it.
Yes, I still faithfully scrub with an old toothbrush.
My mom made three hooded towels for each little man then had then monogrammed so there would be no fighting over which towel belongs to who.
Lifesaver, mom, lifesaver!
These cabinets are my other lifesaver.  Since we shrunk the bathroom, out went all the storage.
These cabinets by Concealed Cabinet appear to be framed pictures…but not so.
My original idea was to designate one cabinet for each little man.
Unfortunately there was a pipe behind the third space so we could only fit in two.
The third is just a frame that I was able to buy just for consistency.
It’s just fine though because they provide more than enough hidden storage.
Love my art by my cousin Jesse Miller.
He is art reflects images of the sea.
 Framed art: Jesse Miller
Medicine cabinet’s: Concealed Cabinet
Concrete Countertop
Toilet Saile by Kohler
Sink: Ladena by Kohler
Sink Faucet Purist by Kohler
Hand Towel Bar Purist by Kohler
Subway Tile: Daltile from the Home Depot
Penny Round Tile: Home Depot
Pulls (Aubrey): Restoration Hardware
Knob (Asbury): Restoration Hardware
Floor Vent: Home Depot
Paint Color: Half Moon Crest (Benjamin Moore)


  1. I love it — looks great!

  2. Beautiful! In your source list you skipped the vanity, which is my favorite part. Where’d you score that amazing thing?

  3. great job! Looks fabulous!

  4. I dont have kids, but that step stool is brilliant!!

  5. In noticing that the original configuration did not have a shower installed in the bathtub, and then noticing the addition of a shower in the newly completed space, please be so kind as to share with readers how this has been accomplished without the use of a shower curtain or doors.

    Additionally, it would be really wonderful to have a close-up view of the sink / countertop installed in this new space. The use of concrete in a space heavily used by three little men is extremely intelligent and viewers contemplating choices for home improvement would benefit from having a better view of this.

    The use of light and dark engaged in the tile and grout transcends function. Yes, it is wonderful to use darker grout to mask mildew until such time as we can attack it with cleaners and brushes, but here’s the real beauty – it looks GREAT!!! The darker grout makes the white of the subway tiles look W-H-I-T-E !!!

    Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I LOVE it! What a great transformation. I especially love the penny tile and the niche and the use of the gray grout. Great choice!

  7. Great job.
    Curious as to which brand of grout you used? I recently put up the backsplash in our kitchen and opted for a pewter coloured grout and the end result was actually very chalky and pale gray.

  8. that built in step stool is SUCH smart design. everything looks GREAT

  9. So fresh and clean looking

  10. It’s beautiful. For a small space it really works hard- just what you need in a bath, right?

  11. you always make plain jane subway tiles look spectacular in your rooms – great job as always. My favorite though was the toilet and the the step stool! :-)

  12. Such a beautiful bright bathroom! Love the storage idea and will file that away for a future project. Love your blog.

  13. Gorgeous!!! IN my next home I’m going with dark grout, too!

  14. Really beautiful! Congrats!!

  15. Love it! Love the stripes in your latest post of the hallway!

  16. LOVE IT!! What color gray did you use on the walls? I”ve been looking at grays for our bathroom.

  17. Just found your blog today and I can tell already it’ll be a favorite since we have the same taste and our house is also 4 men and 1 lady!! :) I’m just dying over the brilliant-ness of that stepstool!!

  18. Love your new bathroom! I love the penny tiles and subway tiles together. Beautiful bathroom!

  19. I feel like I learned so much about clever space saving solutions from this post! Absolutely love it!

  20. You are a genius with that hide-a-way step stool. Love it all!

  21. Hi Michelle,

    Love your blog and the inspiration you provide for house transformations!! Just wondering about the penny tile, are they shiny or matte and what color is the grout, gray or black?

    Thanks so much!!

  22. alison g. says:

    I second the other commenter : can you source the vanity? I know Pottery Barn made one at one time…

  23. Hi — could you provide a source for the tub? Thanks!

  24. We have the same toilet, LOVE the clean lines, don’t you??

  25. Kayla Brown says:

    Beautiful space!! This probably seems like a silly question, but what kind of hooks did you use for the towels!? Lol


  26. Hi Michelle, Love the vanity. What are the measurements of that vanity (height, width, depth)? We are looking to get one made custom for our bathroom and like the configuration of yours as well as the colors. Thanks.

  27. Michelle Q. says:

    Can you tell me the dimensions of the bathroom?My husband and I getting ready to remodel our bathroom and ultimately this is the configuration I would like but we are only working with a 5×7 space and I’m not sure if it will work.

  28. Brittany says:

    I love this bathroom! What specific color of Daltile subway tile did you use? And how has the tile and grout held up so far (in color and cleanliness)?

  29. Where did you purchase the bath tub?

  30. michele w. says:

    Love the bathroom. Would like to know the process of doing the concrete countertop – easy or not? AND how has it stood up over the past couple years?

  31. By chance, do you use a shower curtain or glass for the shower?


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