Before + After – Our 9th Flip’s Bathrooms

You guys! I posted about our 9th flip’s kitchen and then left you hanging!


I’m here to remedy that with a big ol’ post about the bathroom remodels at the flip. Spoiler alert – they’re all a lot cuter now.

(If you missed the first few posts about the 9th flip, just click here to catch up. Also, did I ever tell you that my daughter goes to school with the great grandson of the nice man we bought this house from? Such a small world!)

The house started out with really great bones – a great floor plan and all of the rooms were large and spacious, including the bathrooms. The master bath already had dual sinks and, way ahead of its time, a walk-in shower with a soaking tub inside. ;)

Master Bath - Before - IGTBH Flip #9 The vanity and the toilet/shower were separated by a doorway, so we decided to open that up to make the whole bathroom feel more spacious. We also decided to nix the whole “tub inside a shower” thing and just go for a big shower. Finally, we removed the linen closet and reoriented the toilet so that it backed against the wall shared with the vanity (hope that makes sense!).

Here’s how things looked during construction:

Master Bath - During - IGTBH Flip #9

Top left: creating the walk-in shower; top right: choosing a grout color for the floor tile; bottom left: the custom vanity and storage tower; bottom right: the shower all tiled and ready for grout.

Since I didn’t blog about this renovation as it was happening, and it sold before we were finished remodeling it, I don’t have many “in progress” photos of the remodeling process. And, horror of all horrors, I don’t have professional “after” photos – I really do regret that. So, unfortunately, you’ll have to make do with my crummy “after” shots that do a pretty terrible job of showing you the whole bathroom. I’ll do better next time!

As a consolation prize, will you accept my drawing of the master vanity that I made for the cabinet maker?


No? Moving on.

So here’s how the vanity area turned out:

After - 9th Flip's Bathrooms

It’s hard to tell from the lighting, but the cabinets are a soft gray and the counters are the same as in the kitchen. We opted to add a storage tower between the sinks, which I think turned out great! And in person the inset cabinets are just gorgeous.

We had a few SNAFUs with the vanity lights and the mirrors, which were super fun (did you catch my sarcasm there?). The electricians placed the boxes for the vanity lights assuming that the sinks would be centered within the base cabinets – however, as you can see, the sinks are off-center. We didn’t catch the error until the custom mirrors were installed and the holes for the vanity lights were conspicuously not in the right place. So, the mirrors had to be ripped off the walls and re-cut, and the electricians had to come back to move the boxes for the vanity lights. And the lights that I originally selected didn’t give off enough light. Ugh. Not fun mistakes!

But on to the rest of the bathroom. The room formerly known as “tub in shower” became an awesome walk-in shower built for two (you can just barely see the second shower head on the right-hand side). I love how it turned out!

After - 9th Flip's Bathrooms

Even though we have 3 different kinds of tile going on in the shower, and 4 in the entire bathroom if you count the floor tile, I think it all works really well together because we kept a cohesive palette (grays and whites) and used a variety of sizes and shapes. I also really like how the shampoo niche turned out – running it from wall to wall gave it a kind of modern, seamless look.

Tile sources for the master bath: 12×24 gray floor tile, carrara marble hex floor tile, white subway wall tile, marble and glass accent tile

You may have noticed that pretty much every tile we’ve ever used in our flips comes from Floor & Decor – that’s because I really haven’t found much reason to shop anywhere else.  I’ve never found better prices anywhere else, and I’ve always been able to find exactly what I’m looking for in their inventory – I love that I can just cruise into one of their local showrooms and pick up what I need the same day.  When you’re working with tight timelines, or you didn’t buy enough tile and your installer is itching to finish the job (not that that’s ever happened to me, ha!), it’s great to be able to just run in and get it all.

Now on to the jack ‘n jill bath! This bathroom is upstairs and is shared by the two bedrooms up there (which are the only rooms on the second level of this home). The bathroom had lots of personality and I imagine it was a pretty fun place to get ready back in its heyday. ;) Jack n Jill Bath - During - IGTBH Flip #9

We kept the footprint of the bathroom the same, and even kept the original cabinets and wainscoting – the only real changes we made were to the finishes. We opted to keep everything feeling fresh with a big dose of white, and added a little excitement with the deep navy vanity.

After - 9th Flip's Bathrooms

In the remainder of the bathroom we continued our theme of bright white, with new subway tile and a refinished tub. Will I ever tire of subway tile with gray grout? Not sure it’s possible.

After - 9th Flip's Bathrooms

Tile sources for the Jack ‘n Jill bath: 12×24 gray floor tile, white subway wall tile

The last bathroom in our little tour is the guest bath, which connects to a bedroom downstairs. It was showing its age when we first saw it but, just like the jack ‘n jill bath upstairs, it was revived with some new paint, pretty tile and hardware!

Guest Bath - During - IGTBH Flip #9

The penny tile is clear the star of this show. We’d used penny tile just once before (and you can see the most recent time here), and I am completely in love with it! The only tricky part is making sure that your installer does a good job keeping the spacing consistent – the last thing you want is for the spacing between the sheets of tile to be obvious.

After - 9th Flip's Bathrooms

A fun little detail in this bathroom are the round bubbles on the mirror – aren’t they cute with the penny tile?

Tile sources for the guest bathroom: gray penny tile, white subway wall tile

So those are the bathrooms at our 9th flip! Do you have a favorite? Do you think we made the right call by keeping the cabinetry in the guest bath and jack ‘n jill bath? Are you as in love with penny tile as I am?

This post brought to you in collaboration with Floor & Decor.

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  1. deb says:

    Looks great!

  2. Juliana says:

    Wow! These look great! Love the navy color you chose for the jack n’ jill. Simply fabulous. Yes, it was a good call to keep the original cabinets, they look new. And that master shower? I want one! Great job.

  3. Anni says:

    Awesome transformations and I think you made all the right calls. So glad that you are posting again! :)
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  4. Linda Z says:

    I’m so glad you are back!!! I’d definitely love to see more photos of anything you have!! We are a starting to make decisions on our bathroom remodels. I was wondering what color gray grout you use that works well with carrara? I love both of the bathrooms in this remodel!! Very similar to the ideas we have been discussing. It’s fun to see the final product!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hey Linda, how fun to be remodeling your bathrooms!! Personally, I like white grout with carrara, even though it takes more maintenance (just be sure to seal it really well). I think it looks really fresh, while gray grout can sometimes make the marble look a bit older/dingier – or maybe I’m crazy, but that’s been my impression. :) If you can, ask your installer to do a mockup for you with white grout, and then a pale gray grout (maybe Delorean Gray, always a favorite). Good luck!!

  5. Aimee says:

    It amazes me what a huge transformation is possible in these bathrooms with paint and new surfaces. It is obvious you have the talent to look in your crystal ball and see possibilities that are definitely NOT apparent to me. You definitely work magic!

  6. kristin says:

    Love the master bath’s vanity. The tall center piece is great looking and overall love that space! We have a lot of storage in our bathroom as well with tall cabinets on each side of our sinks. It’ amazing how much room one can really use in a bathroom. It’s nice to get the large TP’s and Kleenex and have a place to store it all! :) And I love that navy on the cabinet! I was checking into penny tile but have a fear of all the grout getting gross over the years. More grout = more gross?

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ha! Definitely a valid concern about the grout. I’d always do a gray grout to minimize the ick factor – we have a 1×1 mosaic tile in our shower at home, with white grout, and it was a huge mistake! #neveragain

  7. Laurie says:

    I love your tile selections – I find tile can be so fun. Great job with the bathrooms on your flip, thanks for sharing!

  8. Let’s speak about the power of decoration- you’ve done some great things here! I am really impressed with the master vanity- nice picture and pretty cool results. Looking forward for more blogs like this!

  9. acm says:

    How do you do a shower niche all the way across? Do you have to do away with all your studs, or do you frame out to account for this?

  10. Lisa Carol says:

    Hi Liz, I have just spent the last several hours binge reading your blog! Love your style! We are also in the Dallas area and I have been scouting around for a great cabinet guy. I was wondering if you could recommend yours? I’m impressed with all the cabinets you have had done. Looking forward to more posts!

  11. Hazel Owens says:

    Holy cow. The bathrooms look completely different after the remodel! I wouldn’t have ever guessed that the before and after pictures were of the same rooms! I’m glad that you took the wallpaper out of the jack ‘n jill bath; the white paint makes it look much more open and relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Fredwingg says:

    Hey Liz!

    The theme of your bathroom is completely commendable. The idea of making everything look fresh with a big dose of white is truly blowing my head.I m surely gonna put it in my bathroom stuff.I love seeing the before and after shots! That’s incredible!Marvellous transformation!The grey penny tiles are so fascinating and this is really making your bathroom looking so adorable.Thanks for the share .Keep posting .


  13. Hi Liz,

    Amazing transformation, you did a wonderful job!!

    I really like your vanity area, I wish I could add in my bathroom space. Your idea of adding a storage tower between the sinks is superb. White bright theme looks fabulous, I like because it gives neat and clean look. We are a starting to make decisions on our bathroom remodels. I was thinking to use different tiles and after checking your post, I realized usage of different tiles works well.

    Before and after shots of your bathroom are commendable.


  14. Abélia says:

    These bathroom transformations are absolutely breathtaking. It’s good to know that subway tile and penny tile are pretty in right now. I’ll definitely consider these options for my bathroom remodel! I think it’s important for bathrooms to be as up to date as possible so that it meets all your needs. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Great to know how simple design could improve any space. You confirmed that only few necessary things with few details could upgrade any space. Great work!

  16. Travis Knoll says:

    Interesting how small details can improve home design to next level. I just love those glass penny tiles, Ive done kitchen bar with them and they look adorable.
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  17. Collin says:

    fantastic transformations necessary to reform my bathroom too, I think I can be an inspiration from this post, when you’re ready let you know …

  18. Lavues says:

    What a splendid work! It looks amazing, especially those penny tiles for the bathroom!

  19. Thomas says:

    I didn’t realize penny tiles had to be laid out one “penny” at a time! May I know how long it took for your contractor to complete the job?

  20. Kaitlyn says:

    Wow! It looks great. That vanity space is amazing – SO much storage!

  21. Brian Dolan says:

    Good Lord! You outdid yourself with this space! So beautiful and inviting. The styling is perfection… is simply a beautiful space so congratulations on all of your hard work because it was worth it!

  22. By renovating your home. you make it more appealing and more valuable for future plans on reselling it.

  23. Robert Gill says:


    Thanks for sharing such a crucial stuff with us.

    I believe all the listed points regarding changing look of a bathroom have their own importance .This post on remodeling your bathroom on a budget is exactly what I was looking for! It’s good to know that there are things you can do to improve the bathroom without completely breaking the bank.

    I agree that a new color scheme, including a new shower curtain, rugs, etc. can really give the room a face lift. I’ve never painted cabinets before but I’m open to just about anything. Thanks for the tips!

    Robert Gill
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  24. That really is quite the transformation – looks very good and retro – for a new bathroom!

  25. Trenton says:

    Wow! This is such a amazing transformation. The tile work and flooring are a perfect fit together. I also like the counter top on the double vanity sink. This is a inspiring transformation. Thanks for sharing.

  26. For a good tiling of your home. It is wise to use good adhesives and glue for it.

  27. Trenton says:

    This remodel looks really though out through every single detail. The tile on the floor looks amazing. I’m sure it took quit some time to put it all down. Thanks for sharing.
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  28. I have to say — I much prefer the lighter bathroom color to the old look. Well done!
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  29. Simon says:

    I like the gray floor tile and the white subway wall tile. Thanks for sharing!

  30. HEllo! GREAT GREAT work! We are in the middle of our first flip and I must ask – where are your fixtures from? Sinks and baths? Thanks so much!