master bathroom redo. goodbye carpet. hello tile.

Carpet in a bathroom. Seriously, who came up with that?  It is just plain icky. And, we were lucky enough to have it in our bathroom for almost 2 years. I know, I know. Don’t be jealous.

Clearly, it needed some serious love. A few weeks ago, my amazing other half helped turn it into something that would make any girl smile. Namely, this girl.

Here is what we started with. Carpet {gorgeous}, maple builder-grade cabinets, an abundance of existing tile and white {all over} walls. Yes, the whole bathroom needed a little overhaul.

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master before 2

master before 3

The new and improved. A place where I now smile. What would be better? Well, if I could spend more than ten minutes by myself getting ready. That just might make it even better.









{the down and the dirty.}

Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Acecessible Beige
We had to get a little creative to offset the current color of the tile. We needed a color that made it look less “pink” and more cream. I seriously went through oodles of colors to find the right match. Ripping out all the tile was not going to happen, so we had to use paint to give the illusion that the tile was free of any pinkish tones. Just call me, Miss Tricky.

Cabinet Paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen with a Dark Wax
If you follow along, you know I heart Annie Sloan. And, I HEART the new cabinets. The color is perfection and it pulls the whole space together. Hello, gorgeous. We used French Linen on all cabinets and applied a dark wax to give it a patina finish before sealing with a clear wax. Friends, this huge change took hardly anytime at all. I think I had all the cabinets finished in three days and that was only during nap time. Big difference. Not a lot of time. Amen.

Cabinet Hardware: Hobby Lobby 
My opinion, a little hardware goes a long way. And, Hobby Lobby can often times be an inexpensive way to update a space. Oh and did I mention, that I bought them when they were uber on sale.
For the main cabinetry we used,

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For the small vanity space we went with a circle version,

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Find more knobs here at Hobby Lobby.

Tile for Floor: Natural Timber Ash Porcelain Floor Tile at Lowes
This just might be my favorite part of all. I can’t get enough of it. Porcelain floor tile that is made to look like old barn wood. Which basically means I can easily clean it but not sacrifice the look I love. Seriously, die.
We chose to use 8 inch planks in a repeating pattern {the hubs did not love this pattern and it was a bit of a nightmare with our space because of the crazy corners and length.}. Best part? Less than $3.50 a square foot. You can find a link to the color and product we used here. It was worth the extra time it took to get straight lines because I absolutely LOVE it.

What do you think? Way better? An updated version and a more {me} bathroom space. A few quick changes and it looks like new. Well, almost new. Perhaps your bathroom is calling you to try a few of these tricks out yourself.

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J  XO


40 Responses to master bathroom redo. goodbye carpet. hello tile.

  1. Emily November 11, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    I love this change so much! Don’t be surprised if I copy everything in it! The tile blows my mind, and those knobs make me weak at knees! LOVE having such a talented friend…that I can copy! lol 🙂

  2. Jen Faley November 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    a.mazing!! beautifully done, love!

  3. Annie November 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Super cute Jessica!

  4. Trisha November 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    You are amazing. I also love “tile that looks like wood” and put it in our bathroom. 🙂

    • lulu & linen November 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Isn’t it the best? So durable, a statement piece and easy to clean. XO

  5. Nicku Bruce November 12, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Looks Amazing! We did this carpet to tile project last year too (with regular tile, not the awesome wood tile you chose). Carpet in the bathroom is yuck! Next project for us is painting the cabinets too!

    • lulu & linen November 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Amen to tile in bathrooms. Can’t wait to hear about your next part… painted cabinets. Always a game changer!

  6. Jen February 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    What prep did you do on the cabinets?

    • lulu & linen February 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

      Ok, seriously so easy! The beauty of using Annie Sloan chalk paint is that there is little to no prep work. Before starting to paint, I take all the cabinet doors off, tape off any areas that should be paint-free and wash the cabinet frame and cabinets doors with a wet wash cloth. I then wipe dry to make sure the paint will adhere and begin. No joke. That easy. I have literally painted just about every single maple cabinet in our house, including our entire kitchen and the paint has held up beautifully. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions!

      • Jen February 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

        thanks so much. can’t wait to try it.

      • Cami May 5, 2015 at 8:06 am #

        I have painted several pieces with ASCP, but I’m nervous about painting my maple kitchen cabinets-althought I’ve set my mind to begin soon. Did you have trouble making the brush strokes smooth on the main flat piece of the door where the bottom piece runs horizontally?
        Did you dip your brush in water as you painted? I read that can make painting very smooth surfaces easier in regards to the paint looking more smooth than it otherside would.
        I am thinking of mixing White and Coco as well as adding streaks of Coco for dimension. I think that might be easier than waxing since I can then use her lacquer. I’ve read the lacquer will stand up to time longer than wax.
        I’d love any thoughts you have on this. Thank you very much for your post and pix. (Our bathroom colors look so alike!)

        • lulu & linen May 5, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

          Hi Cami! Well, obviously, great minds think alike. 🙂
          First, if you have painted with AS paint before it will be way easier than you think. Just having the experience of using her products will be super helpful. I did not have issues with my paint strokes, but I am very thoughtful about making sure my first coat is light. I also ALWAYS finish up the door or section, depending on how big it is, by making sure to go take my brush an do one last even stroke all facing the same direction. Basically, I quickly take my brush and start at the top and brush down to the bottom and continue that to the edge of the cabinet/section. You have to be careful to work fast before it gets tacky, but it has been a way for me to eliminate {or give the illusion} of no brush strokes. A second idea would be to add a few capfuls of Floetrol to your paint dish. This product can be found at Home Depot and can help eliminate the brush strokes. I did not dip in water because I wanted to be sure that the maple was entirely coated.
          I chose to use clear wax because I wanted the white to stay “white” and, instead, sanded the edges after painting. However, at that time her lacquer product was not very commonplace. My cabinets have held up great with the wax, but I would imagine that the lacquer would be a great way to ensure that there is no chipping. I actually intend to use the lacquer on a different table top, but I haven’t finished it yet, so I don’t have any real reviews yet.
          I hope this helps! I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. I am not going to lie, when I was knee deep in the project I was actually in tears. But, for the last two years every time I walk downstairs I smile and am so thankful I just took the plunge and did it. Truly, SO MUCH BETTER!
          Good luck! Let me know if you still have questions or if I didn’t explain something clearly. Thanks!

  7. Jacqueline Lo February 22, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    I really like the Annie Sloan cabinets. I have been thinking of using French Linen in the bathroom too. I also just learned that I can use Annie Sloan lacquer in case I am too lazy to wax. Score!

  8. julianne April 4, 2015 at 3:06 am #

    What wax did you use?!? Love the look!

    • lulu & linen April 4, 2015 at 8:16 am #

      Thank you! I used Annie Sloan wax… Clear all over and dark wax (sparingly) on the edges and corners. I also put a very light layer of dark wax over cabinet fronts to give it a more aged look. Hope that helps!

  9. lacey July 21, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    LookS amazing! I want to go buy some paint now!!

  10. Mayra August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Uh-may-zing! Love it all. Can I ask what dark wax you used over the paint? 🙂

    • lulu & linen August 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Thank you! One little change makes such a huge difference. I used Annie Sloan paint in French Linen and then applied the Annie Sloan DARK wax (sparingly). Then I went over the entire area again with Annie Sloan clear wax to seal and protect. Hope that helps!

  11. Michelle December 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    What color grout did you use? Love this look!

    • lulu & linen December 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      Thank you! It is CHARCOAL. We went with a darker grout so that it didn’t look dingy over time and it looked a bit more natural than something light. Hope that helps!

  12. Chelsea January 15, 2016 at 7:00 am #

    I love the flooring you picked! Can you tell me about it? Is it actually a tile?

    • lulu & linen January 15, 2016 at 7:56 am #

      Thank you! I have to admit, it is one of my most favorite things we have done in the whole house! The tile is actually a porcelain tile and is super easy to maintain. That particular style that we chose from Lowe’s also has a velvety feel which I love each and every morning and night I’m on it. Because it is a sturdy type of tile it’s very easy to maintain, hide stir well, and is easy to clean. We get lots of compliments on it and loved it so much we put it in our kids bathroom as well! Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions or need anything else.

  13. LeeAnna B February 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    What Grout color and width?

    • lulu & linen February 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      The width of the porcelain tile is 8″ x 48″ pieces. You can find the product here:

      We used Mapei “charcoal” sanded grout that can be found at Lowes. However, depending on your tile spacing size you may want to use unsanded. As a rule of thumb, any spacing less than 1/8″ should be unsanded and tile spacing great than 1/8″ should be sanded grout. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions. Thanks for following along… xo j

      • LeeAnna February 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

        Thank you so much for responding. So the spacing between the tile is 1/8″? I want to copy exactly how you did this!!!!

        • lulu & linen February 29, 2016 at 7:13 am #

          Correct! You are going to love it… the very best! xo

  14. Emily February 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    Looks amazing! What was on the floor before the tile? We have white tile now and I dread busting it up:(

    • lulu & linen February 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Thank you! We were lucky enough to have carpet, so the demo was not too bad. Hopefully, your tile will come up easily and in big chunks! We too all the tile out of our downstairs and it was a total process. Crossing my fingers it is an easy one for you!

  15. Becky April 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    What is the light fixture over the tub? Manufacturer and style name please. Amazing new overall look. Just beautiful!!

    • lulu & linen April 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

      Thank you! I love that you love, but truth be told we took this out of one of my husband’s projects. It was an old 80s chandelier that I gave a little love to. You can find the process and before/after here:
      Sorry, girl. I wish I could send you straight to a site to grab one for yourself! Thanks for following along! xo, jessica

  16. Danielle April 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    I loved the look of your cabinet paint so much that I am doing the same thing…. right down to those adorable knobs! They were on sale! Thank you for inspiring me to say goodbye to our oak cabinets. We are loving the new look so far. We hope to take on the kitchen next if the chalk paint holds up well.

    • Gitta August 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Just starting today…pulled up carpet, yup yucky carpet, and pad…going with Stainmaster luxury vinyl planks in shades of gray resembling old barn wood, beyond that looking for inspiration to paint large oak vanity cabinet and wall color. Love your cabinets.

      • lulu & linen September 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

        How did it turn out? Did you paint your oak vanity cabinet? I can’t wait to hear how the final result is… jessica

  17. Karen June 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi there what was the paint color and brand used for your trim in the bathroom

    • lulu & linen June 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi there! Unfortunately I don’t have the exact name of the paint color as it was already painted when we moved in. However, it is very close to Sherwin Williams Creamy (7012). I hope that helps!


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