Our retro master bathroom was tired, outdated, and lacking function. After my mini-makeover, our bathroom is now a showstopper without any major renovations!
If you have been following along, I decided to give our master bathroom a budget-friendly update to add functionality and style. When we moved into our home a year ago, the master bathroom had wallpaper and the original blue shower tiles and sinks from the 60’s. We had already removed the glass shower doors etched with swans and replaced the leaking blue toilet for one that worked, but the bathroom still needed some updating.
Here is a reminder of what our bathroom looked like a few short weeks ago.
And here is that same view now.
And here is the shower and toilet room at the beginning of the makeover.
And here is that same view now.
Retro Master Bathroom Makeover
When I began planning this bathroom makeover, I knew I wanted to incorporate this custom art I had made for Chris’ birthday last year. The abstract paintings show two of my family’s favorite places, the mountains, and Cape Cod. The blues worked perfectly with the vintage blue tile and we went from there!
This wall originally had a towel bar attached, but it was not super functional. I decided to reinstall the towel bar next to the shower (shown further down) and add a hook for the hand towel closer to the sink.
Here was the floral wallpaper before:
And here is that same wall with fresh paint.
All of the outlets in our home were installed upside down, including in the bathroom. After years of use, outlets become loose and no longer hold plugs tightly. In our bathroom, this caused my hairdryer to constantly stop because the heavy plug would pull out of the socket! I replaced all of the light switches and outlets with new, white outlets and flipped the socket right-side up.
One big function issue was the original vanity light and the medicine cabinet. The glass domes on the light hung in a way that prevented the medicine cabinet from fully opening. It was only a matter of time until I opened the cabinet and shattered the glas light fixture. I replaced the fixture with a new light and love how it gives the space an art deco vibe! I was careful to keep the design of the fixture appropriate to the vintage elements throughout the bathroom.
The plan for this makeover was to design around the elements within the space without tearing anything out. The vanity is built into the room and was not being replaced. A gave it a quick update by installing new knobs.
Here was the vanity a few weeks ago. The knobs each had painted flowers on them and added to the outdated design of the space.
And here is the vanity after I swapped out the knobs with a simple round knob.
With the medicine cabinet now fully accessible and the vanity cabinets organized, I was able to finally clear off the counter! I added a vintage tray to collect odds and ends. The tray holds a small bowl that is the perfect spot for my jewelry that I take off at night. I added a re-fillable, glass soap dispenser that is functional and super cute!
Hooks & Racks for Towels
I knew that a key part of adding function to this bathroom was installing a TON of hooks! I started by added a dual hook right next to the shower.
Over the toilet, I installed the towel rack that was originally in the vanity room. This makes much more sense and can easily be accessed from the shower.
I installed double hooks on the back of each door as well. My goal is to avoid towels hanging on every doorknob of our bedroom and bathroom.
Our shower tub was filled with bottles that lined the edges of the tub. We would knock over bottles every time we used the shower. Here is a quick reminder of the space before the makeover.
The entire design of the bathroom is centered around the original tiles and I wanted to make sure they really popped. I created a homemade cleaning recipe and scrubbed the tiles until they sparkled! Watching the grout go from brown to white was so satisfying!
To eliminate many of the soap bottles in our shower, I installed this stainless steel shower caddy to hold three refillable soap dispensers. It is SO nice to have soap bottles off of the ledge of the tub! Chris and I decided to cut down on the number of shower products we used. Instead of having a body wash that was made for “him” and “her”, we use the same one. The same goes for our shampoo and conditioner. This allows us to buy products in bulk which creates less plastic by purchasing fewer plastic bottles.
For more tips on making your bathroom more “green” check out this blog post.
And with that, this retro bathroom makeover is complete! I love the challenge of making every space the best it can be. Our bathroom now functions to suit our every day needs and it looks pretty too!
Bathroom Products Used
- Turkish Bath Towels
- Turkish Hand Towel
- Hand Towel Hook
- Custom Artwork by Caroline Morgan
- Wall Paint (Satin Sheen)
- Vanity Light
- Light Bulbs
- White Pump Bottles
- Hanging Shower Caddy
- Hand Soap Dispenser
- Vanity Flower Arrangement
- Mirrored Tray – vintage
- Vanity Knobs
- Shower Curtain
- Shower Rod
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