When Pat and Erin Feeney moved into their new home in Phoenix, the 1958 house had been completely remodeled with one exception: the master bathroom. "We figured we'd get to it eventually, but then we found out there was a leak behind the shower, so we knew we needed to act," Pat says. As they made their renovation plans, the couple wanted to keep an eye on their budget. But they also wanted to use materials they loved and increase their future resale value. Working with a classic palette of white and shades of gray punctuated by black accents, they transformed their outdated master bath into a modern sanctuary.
Prior to the Feeneys, the house had only had one owner—whose penchant for lavender can be seen in the original square tiles. The couple turned the shower into an elegant oasis by juxtaposing large white rectangular porcelain tiles with a stylish border of smaller marble hexagonal pieces (these smaller tiles also cover the shower floor). And the big tiles are more than just eye candy—they serve a practical purpose, too. "We had two-by-two tiles in our old shower, and all that grout was hard to deal with," Pat says. "We figured we could get a similar look—and it'd be easier to clean—by opting for the larger tiles." Finally, to really bring the shower into this century, they chose a Delta In2ition® rainfall showerhead with a detachable handshower. "That was a major upgrade from what had been there," he says.
The existing 40-inch vanity (more lavender tile!), which Pat believes was original to the house, was well past its prime. But because their master bathroom is on the smaller side, the couple initially had trouble finding a replacement. "Everything we were seeing was huge, 46 inches and up," he says. They finally found a marble-topped piece at The Home Depot that was a perfect fit. They topped it off with Delta’s Lahara® widespread faucet. The chrome finish echoes the veining in the vanity's marble, and the coordinating chrome towel bar and robe hooks pull the look together.
The Feeneys traded their smaller medicine cabinet for a generously sized mirror, which makes the room seem larger. If the fit looks perfect, that's because they had it made to order. "We went to a framing store with our dimensions and they gave us several frames to choose from. We picked black to match the vanity and a beveled edge for the glass to give it a distinctive look," Pat says.
"I don't even know how to describe our old shower light, but it was old, hung down weirdly and just looked terrible," Pat says. The couple kicked it to the curb in favor of a recessed light in the shower ceiling. Over the vanity, they opted to keep the classic-looking fixture, which seems even fresher now that the walls have been painted white.
The original floor tiles were the ultimate 1960s-style throwback: avocado-green linoleum. They were replaced with handsome, durable marble floor tiles that match the top of the vanity. Hello, 21st century!