April 12, 2016

Refreshing the Master Bath

Thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for featuring my post. 

Master Bath Refresh, Spring 2016
I have a quick bathroom refresh today...that actually took about three months, if that makes any sense. Once I found what I wanted, the refresh was quick and easy. 

It took me a while to bring together the elements. I am guessing you all understand that!

Spring Refresh in the Master Bath

Let me start by saying that our  downsize house came with a builder grade master bath, and in time I hope to replace cabinets, tile, etc.  But for now, I just want a refresh that does not involve saw dust, plumbing, and major headaches that come along with remodeling. 

My refresh plan was to find some fresh towels, rugs, etc. Sounds easy enough!

Here you can see what I started with...
SW Hearts of Palm paint and a toile shower curtain that I made a couple of years ago to soften the metal frame around the shower doors.(Frameless glass doors are on the wishlist at some point.)

My first find for this refresh was a set of blue towels. It took more than a few trips to various stores to find the shade of blue that I wanted. (I normally just use white...but I wanted a bit of blue.) 

Some blues were too aqua. Some blues were too gray. etc.  

Belk Biltmore towels...so soft and so thick.

The yellow light in my windowless bath probably changes the color some. The daylight color of the towels is similar to serenity blue...one of the Pantone colors of the year. I found these at my local Belk.

A few accessories for the privacy wall.

I brought some blue and white items into the bath for the privacy wall too. I had never done that...but I was wanting to work up a blue and green color scheme for the master suite. And you never know until you try something. 

Builder Grade Bath Refresh

The blue lamp, which only accommodates a forty watt bulb, has become a great night light. 

After finding the towels, I wanted a new vase of flowers or some such for the vanity. I ran across this blue-ish crackle vase to try in the bathroom. I was prepared to return it...as I was not sure if it would work. 

After I put some faux grass into it, I was pleased. The blue of the towels and the vase are similar tones...so that worked. My blue-green color scheme was headed in the right direction.

It's In the Details...Builder Grade Bath Refresh

The twin mirrors (from Ballard Designs after we moved into the house) have a blue green paint on them, but you can see that the colors still seem to work fine. 

I used to want all of my colors to match exactly. I would have fretted if each blue in this bathroom refresh was not the exact same shade of blue. I have learned to relax on that point and find it makes life easier.ha!

New crackle vase (Hobby Lobby) for the master bath

This picture gives you a peek at all three blue colors...mirror, vase, towels. They work fine.

A few quality details can dress up a basic bathroom.

Here is a close up of the vase (from Hobby Lobby)...with the crackle finish that I like so much. 

Crackle Finish Vase 

There is another neat thing about this vase, and one of the reasons I chose it. If you look above you notice it is wide. But if you look below, it is narrow.  Perfect for pushing up against the backsplash where space is a premium on a vanity top.

Wide & Narrow Vase for Vanity Arrangement

Ralph Lauren Bath Mat

The final piece, or rather pieces, of this refresh are the RL bath mats that I found at TJMaxx. Finally! Finally I found mats that work. 

I looked everywhere for the right shade of blue, the right size, and the right number of mats. It's just not that easy folks. (I know you know this.)

Fresh blue accessories perk up this once monotone master bathroom

I needed two mats for the vanity, one mat for the la toilette, and one mat for the shower. I did not want to spend a fortune for a few bath mats. After all they get wet, and eventually have to be replaced.

Dressing up a builder grade vanity

I hope you can see how well the blue of the rugs goes with the towels, vase, etc. And the neat thing about these rugs is that I have a couple of blue pillows in the bedroom that have almost the same geometric pattern.  Yay!

Ralph Lauren Bath Mats from TJM
I put new drawer and door knobs on the vanity shortly after we moved. Like I said earlier...I have bigger plans for this bathroom sometime. One thing I love about the bathroom is that it is large...12 x 12 -ish. I have a dressing table in one corner...and it has blue flowers on it. Win, win, again. :-)

People chuckle about the phone in the bathroom, but the house came with the plugin. We put our phone there. I don't think we have ever used it, but I guess it could come in handy. ha!

And finally... here is the room with just the small lamp on. Soft light for nightime. 

The Belk Biltmore towels were the most expensive investment of this refresh. However, they are soft and luxurious! I love them. It had been quite a while since I brought home new bath towels...so it was time.  

Given how long I will use the towels the investment will even out in time. You all know that my philosophy is to buy the best you can so that it will last a longer time.

Night light view
Wall paint color, SW Hearts of Palm 

Dressing Table in the Corner

And everyone likes to see the before pictures...ha!

Homemade toile shower curtain

Master vanity and bath before the invasion of spring blues

Adding blue to my green master suite has brought a fresh spring feel to the rooms. Before, everything was mostly green, on green. If you would like to see more bathroom pics, and more blue in the master suite and house, click the links below.

Bedroom Blues Refresh
Spring Blue in the Master Suite

More spring refresh ... 

Spring refresh in the bedroom, click Adding Blue to the Master Bedroom, first stage of the master refresh.

Post about Making another shower curtain, from above.

And the Master Bath Painted Chest from above.

More spring refresh, click Blue Pillows & Accessories in the Parlor

A previous bathroom look, click Fluffing Flowers and Rooms, the master bath "before."

I am guessing the take away from my spring refresh in the master bath is that you can upgrade the look of your basic builder built bath with accessories, paint, and fabric. This can help you buy time until you are ready to do a major reno...or if you just want a quick new look. 

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Hi Sheila! Your bathroom refresh is fabulous. I hear about the long search when you have a certain color in mind! I am actually taking a break from painting my master bathroom this morning and it was fun to see what you have done in yours. So many lovely touches. Jane

    1. Thank you Jane. Sounds like you are doing a bathroom refresh too!

  2. Looks so pretty, Sheila! Love your color of blue you found and that chest! Oh, it's so beautiful. I had to giggle about your phone. My family was spending the weekend out of town in a very nice hotel. My hubby is a runner and he had to go for a run. When he got back, the kids and I were going to go shopping while he took a shower. We we got back, the door to the bathroom had jammed and he couldn't get out! So...there was the phone right by the toilet and he called the front desk and they sent someone up to get him out! :) You just never know.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Glad to hear that your hubby was rescued! That phone was handy!

  3. Refreshing a bathroom is so wonderful. Funny how computer monitors change the colors. The chest is so pretty. I have been thinking about changing a few things here for Spring.

  4. Bonjour,

    Avec le printemps l'envie de renouveau flotte partout dans l'air et chez vous c'est magnifique !

    Gros bisous ♡

    1. Tu es si gentille de me visiter. Merci pour vos mots de tendresse. Sheila

  5. Your master bath redo is so pretty! I really like that planter and your rug. Both help tie everything together. Lovely!

  6. Looks like a great transformation. I like blue with green- it's a natural!

  7. It all looks great! It is therapeutic to refresh, update, clean, rearrange. This chest is beautiful:)
    Happy Wednesday, Friend!

  8. Just gorgeous! I love the crackle finish vase...just perfect... When we moved into our house there was a phone jack in there. We never did hook up a phone tho... xoxo

  9. The blue and white is very fresh against the green. Well done!

  10. I have been thinking of a little refresh in the master bath, you got me thinking of some ideas without painting.

  11. The refresh is refreshing. '-) I need to do the same for our master. You have inspired me.

  12. Looks lovely, always nice to have a change. I have been thinking about a way to refresh my guest bath as well, and it involves a bluish purple color of towels, that I have not seen anywhere yet.........Wish me
    Also love your wall color..........enjoy your new look.
    Blessings, Nellie

  13. Everything looks so pretty!

    I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. Do you know that after I read this post, I refreshed my new bathroom! Yep, it needed some extra love and you inspired me:)
    Thanks for sharing this at TOHOT!

  15. Our master bath is the most ignored and hardest working room! Thank you for the inspiration. I love your soft green walls and that beautiful chest pulls all the other colors in too. It's beautiful.

    Happy Thoughts of Home sweet bloggy friend. :)

  16. I love the color combination! I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I'm so glad that I didn't miss this. Have a wonderful week.


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