Decked Out in Chrome

I hope you enjoyed our master bath reveal yesterday!  In case you missed it, go here to see all the before and after photos!

Here’s the deal.  We know our home is not our forever home, so we want classic timeless bathroom fixtures in our master that will appeal to the masses when it comes time to sell.  When Pfister faucets reached out to us about partnering up, we were like, “Um yeeahhh!”  The team there is amazing to work with, and the timing was perfect.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with their products.   We chose the Contempra Shower Combo in Chrome.  It comes with a tub spout, but since we opted for a cast iron shower pan, we didn’t need the spout.  The plumbers were able to simply close off the tub valve so that it acts as a shower-only valve now.

The raincan showerhead really updates the space.

See those little rubber ends on the raincan? Those are for easy cleaning…if hard water ever builds up, you just rub your finger over the rubber nozzles and POOF! they’re clear of hard water deposits!

Sleek and sophisticated, no?!

We also chose the Park Avenue single handle sink faucet and its beauty speaks for itself.

It weighs a ton, and that’s my way of knowing it has the quality we shoot for when doing a renovation.  If it’s heavy, it usually means it’s made well.

The new fixtures really pop in the space.  Their shine plays well with the soft airy feel of the bath as a whole.  Should anything ever go wrong with our new faucets, it’s nice to know Pfister has a lifetime guarantee on their products.

We absolutely love our new faucets, and after the ease of install and the amazing quality, I think it’s safe to say we’ll stick with Pfister for life!

P.S. Hey guys, John here! I wanted to make sure I dropped a line in this post because I REALLY liked working with these Pfister faucets. I’m serious when I say that the ease of install was great and the quality definitely is evident!

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Note:  Pfister Faucets so generously gifted us our new bathroom fixtures for use in our remodel.   This is not a kickback kind of situation; this is our honest opinion of their products- And they rock! :)


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4 responses to Decked Out in Chrome

  1. Thank you so much for including us in your renovation. We love the final look, and have to admit, we’re a bit jealous! We’re glad the whole family approved.

  2. Marian

    Love the faucets and the Chrome finish in the master bath. It’s all so updated and welcoming!

Oh Hey, it’s the Master Bath Reveal!!!

We’re baaacckkkkk!!  Did you guys think we disappeared from the blog-o-sphere forever?  If so, you are mistaken.  ;)

We have been away from the blog for a little while, working on a very special project!  I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it….soon!  :)

As for the blog, where were we before our little break?  Oh yes, the master bath.  Well people, it’s DONE!!  This renovation has been our biggest DIY project on our home thus far, and we are delighted it’s finished!

Are you ready?!


We are so in love with this space now.   The walk-in shower with the stone accent tile feels so luxurious.  It’s been a long time coming, but this bath desperately needed a makeover.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane for a second–

When we moved in, the master bath looked like this:

It was fine from a distance, but then we noticed cracks in the grout (in more than one place):

So we demo’d the tile, only to find water damage behind the walls.  :(  Then we demo’d everything else….

Forget the tub...someone has nice legs! ;)

We replaced the water damaged wood, and then we began to rebuild it all back again.   Backerboard comes first…

Followed by a heavy duty water-proof sealer.  It smelled awful, but at least it was pretty lookin’!…

Then came the fun part, where it really started to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel was in sight…TILE!  We layed the floor tile first, and then the shower…

After 24 hours, we grouted all the tile.  We added the new sink and vanity top, and our vanity got a little makeover, which I’ll show you in a separate post.  After a new toilet and some accessories, we can officially call this one complete!!

Now it’s so fresh and so clean-clean, and every time I walk in here I smile a little. :)

It’s good to be back, friends!   Happy Hump Day!!

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19 responses to Oh Hey, it’s the Master Bath Reveal!!!

  1. Marian

    It is beautiful and gorgeous and did I say awesome? Congratulations John and Whitney!

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS. this is a gorgeous bathroom. It’s so fresh and spa-like. PERFECT! Just perfect. And what else do you have up your sleeve you sneaky kids?!

  4. The finishes you selected are beautiful, Whitney. Your sink is killer! Great job, you two.

  5. AWESOME. Love the Spa like appearance and feel of airy and updated fixtures. Enjoy.

  6. Becky

    Love love love it! You all did an awesome job!

  7. WOW… looks great and so glad you’re back. Been thinkin bout ya.

  8. Was wondering where you’ve been!?! Looks great, Whitney — I know it must be such a blessing to cross that off your list! Kudos!
    xo Heidi
    PS — love the shower accent tile — will you reveal your source?? ;-)

    • Thanks Heidi! Of course I’ll share the source! It’s from The Tile Shop here in Jax…I’ll have to look it up and see the exact name of it and I’ll let you know! :)

  9. OH MYLANTA! I am so happy to see you back on here dear :) Your master bathroom is beautiful. Well done! Tell John he can take a break and have a beer now :)

  10. Beauuuuutiful! What a difference it has made…it’s so light and airy now!!

Tiles for Miles

…well roughly 25sf anyhow…

So the floor has tile! And this was our first attempt at floor tile; a mighty successful one at that, I might add.

There's light reflecting in from behind me, but it's not really there in person.

I’m going to do a separate HOW-TO post with more pictures and details, but when we first saw this “Faux wood tile” stuff a couple years ago we knew we would be installing it somewhere, someday.  This bathroom redo gave us our chance to take a whack at it.

Since we’re going with an “Open & airy” feel in our small bath, the palette consists of mostly whites and grays, with some pop thrown in here and there.

We wanted the floor to ground out the lighter colors, but not clash with our hardwoods they butt up next to, so went with this faux gray wood tile.

Before the install, we cut all the tile and the silver transition strip where the tile meets the hardwood.

We dabbled around and did the Home Depot & Lowe’s thing at first, but then decided to head to what’s known here in Jax as “Tile Alley” and spent some time getting edumacated by the big tile shops there.

We’re glad we did, because we were able to see sooooo many more selections and some vignettes they had set up utilizing different tile varieties and designs.

We ended up getting a pretty swell deal on the floor & wall tile, mortar, grout, professional grout ad-mixture, caulk and our molded plastic shampoo bottle niche that we all got from the same store (The Tile Shop, Inc.).

Long story short our bill for all that was about $800. Not bad for a small bath, while getting some premium tile that we wanted on sale.  We were hoping to stay under $1000 for all the tile supplies.  Winning!

The great part about going to a tile shop like that is that they have estimators on staff and as long as you have your square footages, they’ll be sure to order you the exact amount that you need for your space, eliminating the guess work.

We are happy with the way our tile job has turned out, although we must admit that it is a little more gray tone and a little less wood tone than what we were shooting for.  It still is like night and day from what was there before.  And we’re really happy with it, but we’re hoping that once everything is put back together and our vanity light is installed it will pull a slightly warmer color…we’ll see!

Grouting the tile was very easy.  We used a hard tile float and smeared it into the cracks at a 45 degree angle.  Then we used a barely damp sponge to wipe off all the excess.

I’m going to do a separate HOW-TO post about laying the floor tile soon!

It’s getting there, slowly but surely!  Have a great weekend, guys!

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  1. Love love love this look! I actually dig the more gray tones :) It’ll make this be that much more unique! And you can TOTALLY warm it up with accessories and such.

    You guys inspire me!

    Love ya Whitney!

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  3. You did great in your Master Bath faux wood tile. Every corner seems beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing this!

  4. The floor looks great!…love the wood/tile look…and think of all the money you saved installing it yourselves!!!

  5. Gooooorgeous!! We’ve been wanting to do that faux wood tile stuff in our master bath too so it’s fun to see how it looks all installed in your bath. Super airy and light. I love it!

  6. This looks great, Whitney! I remember too well the days of bathroom remodeling… It’s so worth it when it’s all said and done! Keep up the great work!

  7. Marian

    What a great job! Looks great!!!

  8. I love that tile! It’s gorgeous! I’d definitely love to have it in our bathroom one day too!

  9. I love it! Looks so great and you are so brace for tackling that job yourselves!

  10. Proof that doing your homework pays off! Looking good!
    xo Heidi