{one room challenge} Graphic Glam Master Bathroom Reveal

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I recently read a quote from interior designer Ken Fulk that said, "Design should inspire and make you smile, and should never be a bore." Just six short weeks ago our master bathroom was definitely a bore, but now it's so graphic, and glam, and just plain pretty, that I can't stop smiling from ear to ear.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

During the course of the One Room Challenge, our bathroom has gone from the most ignored room in the house, to my very favorite room! I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you, so get comfortable and maybe grab a cup of coffee {or a glass of wine} because I have a lot of photos!

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Just a few thank yous before I hit you with picture overload. First, I have to thank Linda, from Calling it Home, for hosting the One Room Challenge! Twice a year this awesome design event drives me to create a beautiful and bold new space in our home, and it's so fun doing it along side an amazing group of fellow designers and bloggers who encourage and inspire each other to reach the finish line!

I also have to give a HUGE thank you to each of my One Room Challenge sponsors, without whom this room would not have been possible: Lamps Plus, Home Right, Minted, and Cement Tile Shop! It's an honor to partner with such wonderful companies!

Let me remind you what this space looked like in week 1. It was fine, but a bit of a bore and very, very beige.


And now, welcome to my graphic glam master bathroom...

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

There's so much to see, it's hard to know where to start. The obvious show stopper, of course, is the graphic black and white Circulos tile from Cement Tile Shop paired with those totally fabulous black and white striped Possini Euro Elfi LED Circle Pendants from Lamps Plus!

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I seriously can't get enough of that view!

Besides its general beige-ness, I had two major gripes about our old bathroom: (1) the one giant mirror above the counter added no style, and did nothing but reflect back the rest of the boring space.


And, (2) the lack of door on our closet meant that the mess inside was not only visible from the bathroom, but was also reflected back at me every time I looked in the giant mirror.


The one big mirror has been replaced with three 20 x 40 mirrors floating in white wood frames from West Elm. And instead of seeing the messy closet reflected back in the mirrors, I now see the reflection of our gorgeous new barn door!

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

For years we've struggled to figure out how to put a door over the closet opening. There's no room for a door to open into the closet, but a door opening out into the bathroom would have always been in the way, either blocking the path into the bathroom from the bedroom, or covering the entrance to the water closet. We envisioned a three ring circus of door opening and closing as Scott and I both got ready in the morning. 

At some point in time it occurred to us that a barn door could be the solution to the closet problem, except that we had a TV on the wall that got in the way. A TV that I'd grown very attached to and didn't want to give up. I enjoy watching the news in the morning, and watching late night reruns from the tub after the kids go to bed.


My genius husband came up with an answer that allowed me to keep my precious bathroom television AND get the barn door I wanted to enclose the closet. We hired a contractor to inset a new, thinner TV into the bathroom wall {which required just a small two-inch bump-out into the wall of the closet that doesn't impact storage space}. 

Closet barn door recessed tv

Rather than matching the existing bathroom doors, I picked a five panel glass door that we painted ourselves using my Home Right paint sprayer, and we hung the door using antique style barn door hardware that I found for a great price online.

Closet barn door recessed tv

Closed, the barn door does its job of hiding our closet while looking quite stylish. Open, the barn door slides right in front of the TV, allowing access to the closet without getting in the way!

Closet barn door slides in front of recessed tv

Another challenge in the bathroom is the positioning of the water closet. When you look from the bedroom into the bathroom, you have a direct view of the toilet. Not exactly ideal!


Since I obviously couldn't change the position of the toilet without major construction, I instead came up with a plan to camouflage and distract. We added inexpensive 4x12 white ceramic tile to the lower portion of the room, which helps the white toilet to blend in, and then we painted the rest of the room charcoal gray {to match the one dark wall in our master bedroom}. Added shelves and art created a new focal point, and now its a view I actually enjoy for the bedroom.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The two blue New York and Brooklyn map prints are from Amazon, and the other three pieces of art were all provided by Minted {from top to bottom: Scribbles in Blue by Yao Cheng; Blackbird Chain by Misty Hughes; and Black & White Abstract Spin by Lauren Webster}.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The marble shelves above the toilet... they are actually just inexpensive shelves that I transformed using marble contact paper and spray paint {tutorial coming soon}. And can you believe that I found towels that match the cement tile wall?! 

One final little update to the water closet - we swapped out the cheap, white plastic lever on the toilet with a much more stylish, silver lever. It's just a little detail, but it really does give the space a more high end feel for very little cost.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

There's still one side of the room we haven't looked at yet. Talk about a bathtub with a view...

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

Before moving to our current house 9 years ago, we lived on the 10th floor of a downtown condo with a pretty awesome view of the Denver skyline. When we sold that condo, the city view was definitely the hardest thing to give up, so a few years ago we decided to recreate it on the bathroom wall as a giant photo mural above the tub.


The mural was one of the only parts of the old bathroom design that I really wanted to keep, but since we had to take it down to paint the walls {Benjamin Moore Metropolitan Gray is the new wall color}, I decided to come up with a better way to rehang the mural {since the last time was a pain in the rear, and always a little crooked}. This time around the mural took less than 20 minutes to install and it's darn near perfect! I even took a video to show you how I did it, which I'll be posting soon.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The smaller wall at the back of the tub was just wasted space before, and I was always stacking bath items on the narrow corners of the tub.


I always envisioned some kind of shelves for bubble bath and candles, but it turned out even better than I imagined.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I've been itching to add some brass and acrylic to a room, and this little nook turned out to the perfect space for both! I installed two 18" brass towel bars side by side, with two double acrylic shelves above them. The black and white patterned bath towels and the Mr. and Mrs. hand towels are all from H&M Home.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I framed a black and white photo that I took inside the D&F Clocktower in downtown Denver, and then styled the shelves with functional pieces, including numerous pretty jars of bath salts. Sources: Axis candle holder {originally from Crate & Barrel, similar on Amazon}; dark gray canister; blue glass jar

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I have quite a few bottles of bubble bath, but wanted to find a nicer way to display them than just sitting them on the shelf since the colors and labels don't match well. I found a pretty, gold metal storage box that was just the right size to hold six bottles of bubble bath and bath gel. For my bath bombs, I bought an inexpensive acrylic apothecary jar. Bottom shelf sources: blue glass jar; glass jar with lid and tassel; spotted cupSENSE candle; CALM candle.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

And that brings us back around to my FAVORITE part of the room. That dreamy black and white graphic wall above the bathroom counter!

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The counter is a full 8 feet long, so it really needed something in the center to break up all that flat space. I love the white tulips on my nightstand in the bedroom, so I decided that a couple of vases of tulips on the bathroom counter would help to tie the two spaces together. I picked up a large gold metallic vase and blue glass vase, which I paired with a silver bowl I already owned.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The bowl provides a perfect place for me to drop my jewelry at the end of the night.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

Next to each sink hangs a white striped hand towel with our initials above {we've had the letters for years, but Michael's currently has a huge assortment}.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I updated our old soap pumps and washi tape striped canisters with prettier, yet super affordable replacements. Sources: soap pump; glass canister.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

I haven't shown you any close ups the shower, because it's not much to photograph, and we didn't make any changes to that corner of the bathroom. The shower has the same tile as the floor, a long bench, two shower heads, and a great view of the whole room. Here's what you see looking out through the glass door of the shower {when the closet door is closed, the shower has a direct line of sight to the TV as well}.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

The one thing I haven't talked about yet is the lettering on the closet barn door. I've pinned lots of similar glass pantry and laundry room doors over the years, so I wanted to come up with something fun for the closet door. Finally it came to me - "Dressing Room."

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

In my mind, I was thinking of a dressing room at a fancy boutique. When I shared the idea with my husband, he responded that he loved the nod to his theater career. I had to laugh because I honestly hadn't even thought of Dressing Room in that context, even though it was such an obvious connection. But I love that it's a little something for both of us.

I really enjoy taking long baths, but I always hated that I had to look straight into the messy closet, which was not super relaxing. I suppose it really it should have motivated me to better organize the closet, and I will eventually, but adding a door seemed like the better option.


The view from my tub is so much nicer now! I can relax and enjoy my 90's TV reruns without thinking of the laundry I should be doing. {Oh, hi there Ross!}

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

If you've been following along closely throughout the course of the One Room Challenge, you may notice that there are a few of things that didn't make it in to this space. First, I had wanted to change out the faucets to a more modern style. New faucets didn't make the cut in the budget, but I actually think the current faucets {that previously felt to traditional for our modern house} actually fit pretty well with the new glam elements in the design.

I had also talked about adding a candle chandelier above the bathtub, but I ended up deciding that corner of the room had enough going on, and worried that the hanging candle holders would make it feel too busy.

Finally, last week I asked for opinions on which large rug I should buy for the middle of the bathroom. I picked option D, but when it arrived, the colors were not as they appeared online! Instead of light gray, charcoal, white, and light beige, the rug was dark beige and brown. Totally not right for the space. I went back to reconsider the other three options, but I couldn't get on board with a mostly white rug in a bathroom {I knew I'd regret it the first time I dropped a makeup compact}, and the reviews of the chevron-ish rug said it was black and dark beige, rather than white-ish. So none were quite right.

I actually picked up an alternative rug for only $20 at IKEA, but in the end I thought it was just too dark. In the end, I opted for no rug rather than the wrong rug, but may still add one in the future if I find something perfect.

SHOP THIS ROOM



Now that I can finally call this space DONE, if any one needs me, this is where I'll be...

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

Just me, my bubbles, my magazines, my Friends reruns, my view of Denver, my glass of Asti. One happy girl right here!

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

Thank you guys so much for checking out our new master bathroom, and thanks for all of the encouraging comments over the past six weeks! Be sure to head over to Calling it Home, where you'll find links to all of the other One Room Challenge room reveals!

Over the next few weeks {or maybe months} I'll be sharing some tutorials and many more details about this space, including my super fast new painting trick, how I hung the photo mural in under 20 minutes, how to create DIY faux marble shelves, and everything you need to know if you're thinking of installing a barn door.

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If you are interested, you can also check out each of my prior One Room Challenge spaces: my son's menswear inspired bedroom {complete with hand painted argyle wall}; our master bedroom; a rock & roll playroom under the basement stairs; and our laundry/linen closet.



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50 comments :

  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! This design is most definitely inspiring!!! It's absolutely gorgeous Angela! No wonder it's your favourite room in your beautiful home now!

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  2. Holy cow, I love SO MANY THINGS in this space! The tile/mirror/lighting combo above the sinks is brilliant and I could stare at it all day long. Adding the barn door and getting to keep the TV was equally brilliant. And the blue art in the water closet combined with the fresh tile makes the space something GOOD to look at, which is saying a ton for a small space for the toilet!

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  3. Love the wallpaper behind the mirrors,I would have sworn it was tile at first glance. Big improvement adding the barn door to the closet as well. Who doesn't put a door on the closet? No one is that neat.

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    1. Haha...you would have been right if you guessed tile, because it is tile behind the mirrors. It's 12x12 cement tiles. And I totally agree with you on the closet door - EVERY closet needs a door, even an organizing blogger who isn't organize all the time!

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  4. Wow! You rocked this challenge and that feature wall is everything!

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  5. The tile wall and the hanging light fixtures totally make that room! Love the pops of black and white with all of your existing gray tile. Such a smart idea to recess the TV so that you can have your barn door, too! GREAT Job!!!

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  6. Its amazing Angela! That tile paired with those lights has got to be my favorite part! And love your faux marble shelves!

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  7. You would never get me out of that tub if that was my view! Beautiful transformation! I didn't quite get the cutout for the TV at first, but now it makes total sense! So smart! Love it Angela, great job!

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  8. That tile and those lights! I love your bold choices. And all the clever ways you've disguised those crazy builder issues are brilliant. I've been waiting to see the end result - I knew it was going to be killer. Seriously stunning, Angela!

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  9. Angela that tile is amazing. You did such a fantastic job with this space!!!! So many bold and fun details! You must be so happy to have it done - enjoy!

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  10. WOW! Fabulous bathroom! That tile with those pendants is perfection!

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  11. You always do an incredible job, Angela! The tile is such a stunner, as are all your amazing details! Congrats!

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  12. Angela, this is so GLAM and chic!You completely transformed this bathroom! I love your solution for the closet door, but the show stopper is the floating mirrors, light fixtures with that wallpaper! The marble contact paper is fab, used this for my glam office and no one will know the difference. Bravo on yet another stunning ORC my friend! XOXO, Sarah

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  13. "Camouflage and distract." Love that concept. Your bathroom is just gorgeous. I remember seeing the mirror wall before, but I have to say that your solution with the barn door is just so perfect, it's my favorite part of the space! Job well done!

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  14. That sink area is just a show stopper.

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  15. So fantastic! That picture grid gets me every. single. time.

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  16. I'm checking out all the ORC posts and yours is another that belongs in a magazine. Pinned that sliding door, I love it.

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  17. WOW! It turned out so amazing, Angela! The tile is RIDICULOUS (in an omg that's frickin awesome kinda way) :-)

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  18. Excuse me...WHAT! I am DYING over the "marble" shelves. I'm on pins and needles for the tutorial. Pinning in the meantime. EEEEE!! Also - I've been crushing on the cement tile shop for all too long now...need to incorporate them into my next bathroom makeover. Maybe ORC Fall 2016?! xx

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  19. SO many inspiration to be had in your bathroom Angela!!!! From the lighting to that smashing art by the tub! Perfect! You may not win all your case as a lawyer, but on this one, no one would doubt your a winner! Congrats and Cheers to us for another room done!

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  20. Love the new bathroom. That vanity wall is everything!

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  21. So good! One of my faves in ORC. Well done

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  22. That tile gives the bathroom such a wow factor. I love the dressing room door and all the attention to detail you put into your bathroom. Really beautiful!

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  23. I love how your bathroom turned out! The tile is amazing and I love the idea of the three mirrors instead of just the one. And those pendants are so incredible! The barn door idea is genius! I may have to borrow that idea. You did such a great job!

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  24. The bathroom looks AMAZING!!! Love that tile and those lights! And I need your ingenious husband to come figure out how to do the barn door in my bathroom! I of course love that you included the view that connected us! We are currently renting out our unit but I drove by the other day and it looks like they are close to reaching the upper level. Bye-bye view. Sob... :(
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

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  25. It's quirky and unique and fun! I love the sliding door, too. You guys must be thrilled!!!

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  26. I love how you did the triple mirrors with triple light fixtures-it makes it look so custom...way to go!! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

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  27. Another gorgeous space! I absolutely LOVE that barn door for your closet. It's perfect. And you did a wonderful job transforming the wash room area! Enjoy!

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  28. This is the sexiest bathroom I've ever seen! The blue and white and black color combination is so chic and there are so many fantastic details. What a transformation!

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  29. I love what you've done in your bathroom! The cement tile wall is seriously a show stopper, but I am also completely in love with all of the accessories and details you added to the space. Another amazing room!!

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  30. You are absolutely brilliant! That tile + lighting pairing is one of my favorite things EVER! And your skyline mural is perfection in the new space! Wonderful job, Angela! What a gorgeous, swanky space it is now!

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  31. Gorgeous transformation! That tile wall has so much impact, and you didn't even have to change out your fixtures. Amazing space!

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  32. It's amazing! That tile is just gorgeous and I love the shelves and art in the water closet! Fantastic job!

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  33. You did an amazing job in 6 weeks!
    Love that gorgeous wall!!!!
    Well done :)

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  34. Oh My Goodness! That tile is truly a show stopper!!! Love the way you inset the TV and added the barn door. Love the dressing room detail. Great job on this transformation!!!!

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  35. Great job on your bathroom makeover. It's simply stunning.

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  36. Wow, Angela, this is so impressive! You have such a gift for creating a space where every detail is addressed. That tile focal wall is such a stunner!

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  37. I am so in love with this room! I absolutely loooove that tile. Great job! And the matching towels? Heart eyes!

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  38. The lights over the vanity are perfect!

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  39. It looks super beautiful- that tile is perfection. Great job!

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  40. The tile! The lights! The door! Geez, you know how to rock a reno! Love it! Awesome job!

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  41. Just love the tile and the three mirrors! It turned out beautifully, Angela!

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  42. Your bathroom looks great! I really love how the lights and mirrors and tile all look together...great vision! I shared your space as one of my favorites on my blog today if you want to check it out - http://www.ourcorneroftheworldblog.com/my-favorite-one-room-challenge-reveals/

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  43. Holy Moly, woman!! This is absolutely eye-poppingly GORGEOUS!! You are right, that tile and those lights !re show stoppers, but i just as much LOVE the changes you made to the bath and wate closet areas! Adding the white tile to camoflage the toilet is something i probably wouldnt have thought of, but it really does do its job!!! Great transformation! I am isually not so much drawn to more modern spaces, but your decorating includes so much color and texture which makes the spaces VERY welcoming and not at all cold or 'too fancy to use'!! You have got a great eye for design!!

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  44. This turned out wonderfully! I love the sliding door for your closet and the "dressing room" sign.

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  45. Now this was a makeover!!! The tile on the vanity wall is obviously gorgeous, but I also loved how you cleverly used elongated white tile around the toilet to help it recede. Recessing the TV was also so clever. The barn door and mural are fantastic. Great job! So glad to find your blog. :)

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  46. Looks great! Can you please tell me the dimensions of your water closet (toilet room)? Looks like it is 36" wide? How long? And what size is your door? Remodeling a bathroom and considering a similar layout :)

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  47. Oh! And what size is your shower? Thanks! Beautiful job, again!

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