Spa Bathroom Renovation: Complete!

Renovating is a huge challenge for many, because it is so hard to “see” the finished result before you start. In this bathroom renovation, which I was thrilled to be a design consultant on, you’ll love the huge transformation of this 30-year old bathroom into something completely modern and beautiful.

Here’s the bathroom before:

Bathroom before (8)

Bathroom before (5) Bathroom before (2)


Bathroom before (3)

The homeowner wanted a completely different, updated look with a spa feel and the ease of a walk in shower. Since this was the only full bathroom in the home, she thought long and hard about whether it was wise to remove the only bathtub in the house. But in the end, she desided to make the changes for her and not some future potential buyer, and I love her for that.

I believe you should live in your home the way you want to live in it. Design for you.

She spotted this display in a local tile shop, and all other design choices stemmed from this design inspiration:

blue glass tile shower for spa bath renovation

And here’s the fabulous bathroom after, starting with the new taller vanity with granite top:

wood vanity with granite top in bathroom renovationWe decided to eighty-six the frumpy medicine cabinet, especially since she gained a ton of new drawer storage in the vanity. But we kept the niche, accenting it with the Versailles pattern tile that is on the shower floor.

medicine cabinet turned display niche in spa bathroom

Spa Bathroom After (2) The beautiful new shower stall is literally highlighted with a new SolaTube light, which is a circular skylight that allows light to travel through the attic into this interior room. The light you see in the picture is sunlight. She tells me during the night, the moonlight is also very bright from this SolaTube.

It also has a built-in shower seat, which no full shower should be without.

The plan is to eventually finish this shower enclosure with glass doors.

Spa Bathroom After (4) You’ve already seen this side of the shower, and where we added the guest towels as decor and sneaky storage.

Spa Bathroom After (5)

Along with the 3 hooks inside the shower and the niche that holds soap and shampoo, there are three hooks outside the shower that hold the fluffy, quick drying microfiber towels that pair perfectly with the blue glass tile and the rest of the color scheme.

By the way, do you know how incredibly hard it is to photograph a bathroom without getting yourself in the picture?

towels in the new spa bathroom

The closet in the background is one that you’ve already seen. Nothing behind closed doors here but more bathroom closet organization to add to the spa feel!

This bathroom renovation took several weeks, like all renovations do. There was dust everywhere, and the half-bath downstairs worked mighty hard while this bathroom was out of commission. But now that it’s all over, it’s amazing!

What do you think of this spa bathroom renovation?

Spa bathroom renovation


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Anne M


  2. Grace Butler

    Beautiful Darla!!

  3. Joyce

    Great looking bathroom. Recently was Joann’s houseguest and enjoyed the beautiful new bathroom. Love the selection of tile colors and the baskets holding the complimentary towels are unique and quite pretty! Darla, you
    did an amazing job! Joyce

    1. Darla

      Thanks for visiting, Joyce. Actually, I have to give credit where it’s due. I love when the client has very clear ideas of the updates she wants, as happened here. I was able to just advise on this project, as opposed to making all of the decisions. By collaborating, we were able to create a really special space. Glad you love it as much as I do!

  4. Natalie

    Bravo Darla!

    I absolutely love the wall niche! Aren’t those Sola Tube skylights amazing? My mother-in-law has them in her bathroom as well.

    Showering by moonlight sounds fun!

  5. Terri

    Very attractive bathroom renovation, Darla. Thanks for helpful photos and descriptions. Do you know what the cost is or would be for a similar renovation: i.e. new floor, new sink/vanity, tiling, lights, etc.?

    1. Darla

      Hi, Terri. Glad you liked the renovation. My advice on pricing would be to go pick out your chosen materials and THEN get a quote from your contractor. Prices can vary wildly with the choice of materials, your choice of contractor, and the area of the country.

  6. Michelle Jubran

    Beautiful ! can you please tell me what kind of hooks you have inside the shower? I am looking for hooks for washcloths and towels! Thank you so much

    1. Darla

      Michelle, thanks for stopping by. The hooks are the hardware that matches the towel rack and the faucets. The contractor screwed them into the tile. If you aren’t able to do that yourself, you might try some of the decorative 3M Command Hooks. I haven’t tried them in humid situations. But since the hooks and towels don’t actually get wet, they might be fine for a long time before the adhesive gives out.

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