Master Bath Makeover


A master bath makeover replacing cultured marble with natural stone has totally  transformed an outdated room into an elegant & relaxing retreat.

tarrence_natural_stone_bathroom_5829-1024x683Our 15-year-old master bath needed a makeover. The builder grade cultured marble was beginning to crack and stain, so it made sense for us to forge ahead with a remodel.

We wanted to get a look that we loved without spending a fortune. For inspiration, I pinned myriad bathrooms on my “Home” Pinterest board. When I decided upon the look that I wanted (soft & neutral), the next step was choosing tiles that fit the bill but that stayed within our budget.

I learned quickly that beautiful tile can be found in all price ranges, and my most helpful resource in this area was South Cypress. They helped me get the look that I wanted within my desired budget. I visited the local showroom here in Birmingham for help and to get tile samples, and I visited for ideas as well.

Here are a few photos of our project. For more “after” photos and a complete list of products used, click here.

Our Master Bath Makeover

Before:  The tub and shower were made of cultured marble, and the tub sat low on the floor. The floor was 12 x 12 ceramic tile with too much movement/pattern. The window treatment had served us well but was too heavy for the look that we wanted.

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After: We built an elevated deck for a drop in tub and tiled the deck with small, offset tiles laid vertically to add the illusion of height. The floor tiles are 18 x 18 honed travertine in a soft, neutral color. The window treatment was removed and a pendant light added. (I found the Flambeau pendant on a trading site; it is one of my favorite finds ever!!!)

Our master bath makeover



Before: The shower was cultured marble with no space to sit and only a small recessed area for soap and shampoo (thus the unattractive shower caddy that we had to place in the corner). The shower door was heavily seamed and also too short.

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After: We tore out the cultured marble shower and had one made with tile. We went all the way to the crown mould with natural honed travertine laid in a subway pattern.  The corner shower seat is tiled to blend seamlessly with the walls. The recessed areas are placed vertically; his slightly smaller one on top and my larger one on bottom. We used 2 x 2 honed travertine tiles on the shower floor. The shower door is much taller, going almost to the ceiling.

master bath makeover


For more after photos of our project and a complete description of materials used, visit this post~Elegant Stone Bathroom Remodel~featured on Renovation 1500.

We couldn’t be happier with our new master bath. It is amazing how huge a difference natural stone can make in the look and feel of a space.

Thanks for taking a peek inside our home:-)  I so appreciate all of you for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!


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  1. Hi Mary!!! I am about to reveal a brand new kitchen/bath renovation in a few weeks! I’ve chosen all marble and LOVE it!!! Stay tuned! I post on instagram daily, so you might check it out if you want to see sooner than the blog post is released:-)

  2. Love this makeover — beautiful! Can you please share the color and make of your kitchen backsplash tile as well? Also, how do you like living with natural travertine in your bathroom — would you do it again (I am seriously considering the same, but am concerned about long term upkeep)? Thank you!

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