The Mission St. Bathroom was hands down the most involved reno that we did for this home. While the house was always in great shape, there were certain elements that came across as, well…very 90’s. And not the good parts of the 90’s, sadly.
To us, the bathroom was the epitome of all that went wrong with interior design in the 90’s and early 2000s. First of all, it was huge—which was the one thing it really had going for it. We felt like there was so much space in there, but it was a gigantic wasted opportunity. All that space totally misused, with a creamy tiled tub enclosure that took over half of the ensuite, and those horrendous glass cubes that created the shower room. I’m calling it a room because it was just that big. We’re not sure why these were ever a thing. They created a huge curved wall separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom—the ultimate eyesore. To top it off, those creamy tiles that were surrounding the tub were also used as the countertop surface, and the floor tiles were a light shade of pink. All in all, it was just no bueno.
So, like I said, the bathroom was definitely our most involved project in this house because alllll of that just had to go. We demoed that terrible shower wall and bath tub enclosure, took out the tile counters, took out the mirror wall, and ripped up the main floor and the shower floor—the only thing we saved were the cabinets, because again, those were in good shape.
After the bathtub and tile surround were gone, we really understood just how big we could go with the new freestanding tub. We found the perfect fit--a big, deep, and uniquely shaped soaking tub that became a gorgeous focal point for the bathroom. It created such a serene, spa-like vibe, which is what the bathroom needed all along.
The dreaded glass cubes got replaced with sleek, angular glass walls and oh boy, what a difference that made! It totally opened up the space and made the bathroom feel even bigger, and yet, so much brighter and more inviting at the same time.
For the shower walls, we went with a classic white subway tile with a matte finish, and added two little niches with a beautiful porcelain accent tile which just added that special touch and some great character into the space.
The tile countertops were replaced with a gorgeous Calacatta porcelain slab that we were both totally drooling over. They brought the perfect amount of warmth to the room while still offering that clean sophisticated vibe that we were going for.
And finally, to tie everything together, we went with the same tiles that we used in the kitchen for the floors, except these were much bigger, 12x24 tiles, and we laid them in a regular brick pattern. The bathroom went from being a huge (and I mean huge) project for prospective buyers, to being an absolute dream master bath. If we still had that house, I can guarantee that you would probably find me hanging out in that bathtub with my red wine 9 times out of 10.
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