Master Bathroom

Well, my appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon went well, and my rheumatism flare-up seems to slowly be un-flaring (thanks to a cortisone shot in the tukus- yowza!).

Kev’s been working on our master bathroom while I’ve been confined to the couch, and although it’s not a major makeover (more like a “paint bucket special”- ha!), the work he’s done has made such a difference in there!

We’ve made lots of changes to our master bedroom over the past couple of years…

…but the master bathroom was another story…

Badly stained unsealed grout, unpainted baseboards (that weren’t even attached to the walls), and a bad paint job were just a few of the things that needed tackling in there. (We had also only been using a shower curtain liner and a teeny tiny little bath mat in there for the past 5 years- shhh!)

Here’s what Kev whipped up, while I was stuck down for the count…(check out the “before and after” grout!)

We wanted to wrap up this re-do fairly quickly, and our main goal was to inexpensively refresh the space. We drew color inspiration from the Chip It! card I blogged a few days ago

Kev started by thoroughly scrubbing all the grout lines on the floor with a narrow, stiff brush and a big ol’ jug of grout cleaner/resealer.

Then he used some antique white-colored Grout Renew, an old toothbrush, and some paper towels to make the lines look brand new…

Crazy difference, huh? Every time I hobble in there now I think, “why didn’t we do this five years ago!?” I love that it sealed the grout, too. Hopefully it’ll stay cleaner-looking a little longer from now on.

Here’s a resource list in case anyone out there wants to click on through to the other side:

Conservative Gray -Sherwin Williams
Moonlight White – Benjamin Moore (mixed at Sherwin Williams)
rug – TJ Maxx
trash can – TJ Maxx
green tray – Pottery Barn (discontinued)
seagrass plant pot- Ikea
apothecary jars – ? (we’ve had them forever!)
towel bar- Target
towels- Target
shower curtain – Target

And speaking of that shower curtain, I forgot to tell Kev to snap a full-length picture of it, but he did take a close-up of my favorite part…the rouched, bottom edge:

I dig rouching….and that our shower actually has a curtain now- ha!

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  1. Debi says

    I love your bathroom – especially the rug and the accessories!!! Actually, I love your blog. I try to look at it every couple of days to see what is new! My daughter has just bought a small house/cottage and we have had fun looking through your blog for all your fabulous ideas! Keep them coming!! Glad you are feeling better!!!


  2. says

    Love it! I had to double check the before and after photos because I thought you’d bought new medicine cabinets too! Amazing how different they look with the paint and accessories. And you may have just saved my bathroom tile from a sledgehammer the next time I have a bad day. I’ll have to get some of that grout stuff and see what can be done. Awesome re-do, as always!

  3. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Thanks so much for sharing how Kevin cleaned the grout. What a pretty shower curtain…just might need to get that one.


  4. Deanna Lyon says

    Looks so wonderful! Love the shower curtain! I am so fixing my grout next week. Keep up the good work!

  5. darlene says

    Kevin did a great job!! hope you feel better and I love your blog. I have to tell you that after reading some of your post about southern architec(?) and also seeing the table that Shauna built, well my husband and I made a trip to Cullman, Al for some reclaimed wood!!! I let them know how I had heard about them…this was about a 11 hour round trip for us but we loved it and I thank you for your inspiration…darlene

  6. says

    THIS is the best post I’ve seen in 6 months on ANY website!!! First, you have the same 3 segment medicine cabinets that I do….’cept mine are oak, as is the base cabinet. I’m thinking paint, now…

    Second, your grout/tiles are almost identical to mine and WOW, did that grout sealer make a huge difference!!! I can’t wait!!!

    You rock!

  7. Roxanna says

    I saw my podistrist today for plantar fisiitas and got a cortisone shot in my foot. I began to shrill in pain and he instructed me to breath as if I was giving birth.. I had 3 natural births and this breathing technique didn’t work then and I do remember quiet well I squelled in pain. So in between the shrills and breathing I survived and am a better women from it, lol. Oh, it only lasted only about 3 minutes but that was a long 3 minutes. So far just my foot is a tad bit improved but know in a couple of days it too will de-flare.

    Sending you well wishes and a speedy recovery.

  8. Heather says

    Looks great! It’s amazing what a little paint, elbow grease, and some inexpensive accessories can accomplish!!!! Hope you are feeling better soon, Layla!

  9. Deidra says

    It looks like a whole new bathroom! A little paint and grout renew goes a long way! I am impressed!

      • Donna Young says

        Oh, goody! I love what you’ve done in the guest bathroom so far, and am looking forward to seeing how you finish it out. Oh, and the master bathroom looks great, too! :)

        P.S. So glad you are feeling better, Layla! But how nice to have a husband who will do something like this for you while you are not feeling well. Good job, Kev!

  10. says

    Love it! I forgot where, but just read a blog where they turned 2 of those shower curtains into a duvet cover. Love the ruching too!

  11. Sandra Dee says

    Absolutely beautiful! Great job to you for the design and to Kev for all the hard work. Thanks for posting the details – I love the grey and want to use it in my bathroom!

  12. says

    That turned out incredible! You have yourself an amazing man if he will hit the grout with a paintbrush… Lol! Love the shower curtain and have it in my guest bath. Now to find that rug…

  13. Tiffany says

    Think I bought your map from Prattville Pickers for my son’s room. Gosh I need your help. Maybe if it is in fact your map, then I can channel your talent through the map by touching the state of Alabama. I don’t know. But it’s worth a try.

  14. Michele Barry says

    Love the color! Thanks for posting how to clean the grout. We have the same problem in our bathroom.

  15. says

    Seeing the grout pictures brings back memories from doing that to the grout in my old kitchen. So not fun, but so worthwhile! It really was night and day difference.

  16. Stacey says

    That is a wonderful example of small changes adding up to something wonderful. And I need to echo the big thanks for showing me what to do with yucky grout…..why did I have to do algebra in school instead of learning something really useful like this?

  17. Geri says

    Layla so glad you are feeling so much better.
    Nothing worse than being down and out.
    The motto has to be if you do not have your health you have nothing. Money, houses, etc do not trump feeling well.
    Even being down you and Kevin create beautiful spaces.
    Love the color of the walls. I needed to get braver with the color gray.
    Feel great. Geri.

  18. Wendy says

    Unyucking bathroom floor grout is next on my to-do list. Do you think your grout was originally tan or white? It’s hard to tell if the Grout Renew cleaned it or dyed it.

  19. says

    Love the bathroom update! I always look forward to your posts. Rouching is always a good idea, and green & gray accented with red looks amazing! Looking forward to the next project!

  20. Jennifer says

    The re-do looks fantastic! I am curious, do you have RA? I do. Along with several other autoimmune issues. It is always a challenge getting what you want accomplished, at least in my experience. Great job!

  21. Lynda Shilhanek says

    LOVE your bathroom–so clean and fresh! We actually have a bathroom vanity set-up similar to your’s. We got the grand idea to build a tall box that fir perfectly between our two sinks. We added crown moulding at the top and shelves and now it takes on the look of a built-in. We love it and it adds a place for tissues, q-tips, lotions and soaps and a cute stoneware pot that I throw all my daily “cosmetic needs” in. We painted our vanity a mocha brown and the tower is the same color.

  22. Michelle says

    Hope that shot works and no icky side effects:) I have a daughter with Lupus I know there are days when pain gets the best of you….it (the pain) just won’t sit in a corner and behave while you “enjoy” life’s little pleasures!
    Hugs from Iowa,
    Michelle@Pine Needle Hill

    • Layla says

      Thank you for commenting, Michelle. Before I was diagnosed with Palindromic Rheumatism they thought it might be Lupus, so I guess they’re very similar. Lotsa ouchie joints! :-( Hope you’re daughter is feeling ok right now!

  23. says

    weekend is here…hope the shot works and gets you up and about. you really don’t seem like the kind of woman who enjoys laying around.

    also…loving that rug. and the whole job on the bath. looks lovely.

    • Layla says

      Thank you! I’m starting a 2-week round of steroid pills tomorrow…hopefully that’ll knock it out for a few years!

  24. says

    Isn’t that grout renew stuff amazing? The grout in our basement bathroom had turned completely yellow over the years (we suspect there were some indoor smokers who lived here before…). I went at it with that stuff and it was like a whole new bathroom.

    And I love the rug you’ve added to it!

  25. Barbara in CT says

    Love it. It’s a makeover that we can all aspire to. Many blogs claim to be thrifty and then they show what would be million dollar homes in New England. You never disappoint. Hope you are well on your way to health, full of ideas you thought of on the couch.

  26. charlie says

    Great job on the master bath!
    Turmeric and vitamin C is great for rheumatism, sore muscles and arthritis! Turmeric relaxs the muscle like a muscle relaxer – seriously…

  27. Kim in MD says

    I’m so sorry to hear you are down and out for a while. I can imagine how hard that is for you because you are such a worker bee! Kevin did a great job on the bathroom-it looks beautiful!

  28. Allison A says

    Oh my daisies! I love the re-do. I totally want the rug, shower curtain and the starfish! He did great. I”m sorry to hear that you and the furkins are all sharing the couch but it’s nice to see you’re on the mend. Get well soon!

  29. Linda says

    Amazing what a little paint, touch ups, and ascessories can do! Simply beautiful! Glad you are doing better.

  30. Jessica says

    Love that you keep it real Layla! You and Kevin are so wonderfully talented around your house, and it’s great to see that you actually do live like normal people…Dirty grout and all! Keep it up!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Jessica! We’re working on our other bathroom next week…that ones even dirtier- ha! :-)

  31. Melinda says

    Love the bathroom and love the post! There are a lot of people out there wanting to do a total reno of a room but just cannot afford it right now. I am sure many will be inspired to see that a little $ and some elbow grease can go a long way in making a mini-makeover look like a whole new room. Great job you two!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Melissa! It’s up there in our resource list, but there’s no link because it came from TJ Maxx. (I sure wish they had a website that you could buy their products from!)

  32. says

    Love (and have) the towels. Love how gorgeous this turned out for not a whole lot of money or effort. Looks very spalike. I need to get my rump in gear and do our master bath. One day…

    Bernadette @b3hd

  33. says

    Glad you don’t have to have surgery….but ouch on the tukus shot, those things hurt! :-/
    Tell Kevin I said Kudos for working while you were down for the count…he’s a keeper for sure! ;-)
    So happy you liked your flowers….I was hoping to put a little sunshine in your days on the sofa!
    later tater!

  34. says

    Layla, that is amazing! Your husband is such a great guy to work so hard and hopefully he took care of you, too. I love the bathroom….it looks fantastic and you made it look easy. Great work : )

  35. Marianne in Mo. says

    Kev did a great job! Looks almost brand – spankin’ new! Glad to hear your doctor visit went well. Can’t keep a good girl down for long!

  36. Barbara says

    I just started following your blog recently. You guys are amazing! This bathroom redo is lovely.

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of either of these doctors, but both have had good results using nutritional modifications to reverse diseases, including rheumatism. One of the doctors is John McDougall; the other is Joel Fuhrman. In case you haven’t heard of them, and are intrigued, here are links to two of their success stories:


  37. says

    Wow! It looks great! I really love how the gray paint makes the countertop seem more intentional rather than visually competing. Beautiful!

  38. says

    It looks terrific! I pinned that grout cleaner and renew. I think our bathrooms would look so much better with light grout! Unrelated question: Where did you get the curtain rod in your bedroom? I was eyeing some at Target today, but I couldn’t make a decision. :)

  39. says

    I love your bathroom..! Especially the shower curtain it is so nice.
    It looks amazing with elbow grease, and some inexpensive accessories.
    Kevin had done such a nice job.

  40. ReneeM says

    Love the quick fresh re-do. Need to do something like that with both our 42 year old bathrooms. Didn’t know the grout fixers existed but now that I do, I think I have a first step project:)

  41. Lynn in DG says

    SO sorry you are down for the count. People have no idea how many variations of arthritis exist. As a PT I have seen some debilitating cases over the years and for many the flare does pass. Hoping yours skee daddles pronto!
    Count my vote for Grout Renew as one of the cheapest makeovers with most mongo impact! I just couldn’t stomach prying up the perfectly good gray tile, with stomach churning dirty brown grout, in my laundry room. Two days on my belly with an artist brush and white Grout Renew and it is A-May-zing how great it looks. I found the process to be kind of Zen. IDK. It reminded me of those childhood books that you traced the outlines and dotted field with water and a brush making color magically appear.
    After 6 months of daily use it still looks great!
    Be well!

  42. says

    I thought my highschool softball coach was the only person to say “tukus”. Ha!

    Glad you’re on the mend. Perhaps sealed grout has healing powers. =)

  43. says

    Ooooh cortisone shots in the bum are the pits! I had three (yes three!) when I was in hospital for an op recently. One before, two after. NONE were much fun!

    LOVE the updated bathroom! I must see if there’s something similar to the re-grouter stuff here in South Africa. Out bathroom desperately needs it! And paint. And a new shower curtain. And and and!

  44. says

    Your post reminds me of our own dirty grout in our own bathroom which is also in need of a big redo. ;-) Thanks for sharing, it made me see redoing your bathroom doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. And yours looks amazing now! :-) I love the paint colour & the small details you’ve used.
    Love, Inge x

  45. says

    Hope your recovery is coming along well, Layla.

    Completely love the master bathroom refresh. Gave a little jolt of excitement to see the grout improvement – I’m in the midst of starting that with my own home. (same tiles, 50x worse grout). THANKS for the links to the products you’ve used!!

    Can’t wait to see more of your projects…

  46. says

    Hey Layla….so sorry that your “rheumatism” has you laid up….I’ve had a flair up myself….treated myself to a massage yesterday. Hoping that would help me feel better! Lve, love, your bathroom….the pops of green and the red of the flowers are lovely! Feel better


  47. Marc @ says

    This mini makeover gives me hope for my hopeless powder room! I’ve aimlessly looked for the right grey and wondered about accents, and VOILA! Your bath will be the inspiration! Thanks!

  48. says

    this post has given me great inspiration to refresh our master bathroom which is very similar to this but has blue bench tops. It’s great how some simple touches can really enhance a space which otherwise is quite drab.. thank you.
    Bec x

  49. Dana says

    I used conservative gray from Sherwin Williams in my grand-daughter’s room and it has a more blue shade that it appears in your bathroom. Her window is north light though.

  50. julie says

    I didn’t even know you could do anything about dirty grout….wonder if that cleaner will do anything for years and years of built-up boy grime?

  51. says

    I have never heard of grout renew! Amazing…. I live in a rental and our gross, worn out grout drives me crazy! I’m definitely heading to the hardware store this weekend to pick some up and refresh my bathroom! Thanks for the tip :)

  52. says

    This looks soooo great, Layla and Kev….You did such an awesome job and sometimes, just a paint job and touch ups elsewhere make a world of difference. I am going to buy some of that grout cleaner and sealer and give MY tile a working over. Wouldn’t mind having an apple green rug, too. :))

  53. says

    So sorry you’ve been under the weather, Layla! I’m a bit behind on my blog reading with end of summer/back to school. :-(
    Love the bathroom transformation and I have got to try that grout cleaner and resealer! What a difference. One talented hubby you’ve got there. :)
    Sending wishes for a speedy recovery!
    xo Heidi

  54. Leigh in Dallas says

    Hey Layla,

    It looks great! I love what a huge transformation paint can make. Lots of bang for not a lot of bucks! Thanks too for posting about the grout cleaner/resealer. We’re in the process of finishing some new click and lock floors throughout the entire downstairs (HUGE difference!) but are keeping tile in the bathrooms and utility room. All the grout needs serious help – I don’t think ours was ever sealed either. It’s about fifth in line on the to-do list though…after finishing the floors, putting the trim back, caulking and painting the trim, and repainting our banister. It was stained a grody color that coordinated with the old grody floors…I can’t get it sanded down well enough to re-stain, so I’m thinking of doing a black handrail and newel post with white spindles. Thoughts? :D

  55. says

    This bath looks so great!!! The hubby and I have a rental prop that was just up for lease by new tenants and I was hating the yucky grout! I thought there were no options to fix it…. and you saved my life! It looks great now! I even mentioned you in my blog post today about it! You guys are awesome!!!

  56. MG says

    Just got done scrubbing the heck out of the grout in my kids bathroom. Stumbled upon your blog from a link in the YHL comments. I’m going to check out the grout renew for sure! One question I have, in the close-up of the “after” grout picture, it looks like the white color is smeared all over the edges of the tile. Is that just because it’s such a close up picture? I’m not meaning it as a criticism, just wondering if you can tell that there is something on the edges in person. Our tile is white and shiny (unfortunately, came with the house), so I’m wondering if this grout renew would make the edges more dull and be noticeable. Thanks for any help!

    • Layla says

      Hi! :-D Those tiles actually have wavy, uneven edges (I guess they’re supposed to look like “real” stone?), so we weren’t working with nice, straight lines. (Not to mention, whoever put the grout in back in the day, didn’t do a real great job.) Basically, the white color just stuck to whatever was already grouted. I think if you have straight grout lines, you’ll be really happy with the final result! :-D

      • MG says

        Oh, totally makes sense. Thanks so much for the clarification…..I’m actually on my way to buy some now. Thanks again!

  57. MSY says

    Wow! Looks like a new floor. You’ve given me hope! Thanks! About 3 yrs ago we hired a contractor to tile our kitchen floor, hallway and powder room. I was very impressed at the work done at in-laws. However, the contractor sent another team of workers to our place. Tiles weren’t very straight and grout was not all white. It looked like dirt already settled into certain parts of the grout when it was brand new! And to top it off, before I was able to do anything about the unevenness, in-laws came to watch kids while hubby and I were away for a week. When we got back, dried puddles of PEE sat in front of the toilet and stained the grout. Someone was missing their aim! Sooooo GROSS!!! I purchased a narrow grout cleaner brush and scrubbed with grout cleaner solution, tried liquid bleach, powdered bleach, every cleaning products I got my hands on, from harsh scary stuff to baking soda + vinegar. That gross PEE stain in front of the toilet went nowhere. Finally I gave up, and sealed all the grout where the new tiles were installed. Yes, that pee stain is now sealed in and almost 4 yrs later, it still bothers me. In an attempt to ease my frustration, hubby commented that eventually dirt will get into the grout and it will all look even…LOL..But no, not so funny. Dirt is dirt. So to rest my nerves, I will try the grout renew and hope my white porcelain tiled floor will have clean white grout once and for all.

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