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Modern Traditional Bathroom Makeover

Hello Friends,

What an exciting day! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge and time to share the bathroom in all of its updated glory. If you recall, five weeks ago the space was stripped down to the studs and rebuilt to add new form and function. Ready to see how it all came together?

Modern Traditional Bathroom Makeover

This modern traditional bathroom makeover features 2-inch black hex tile on the floor | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Truth be told, I’m having a hard time adding the before photos to this post.

A small basement bathroom gets a modern traditional refresh | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

I think that once this space finally made it to the remodeling promised land, it was tough to look back.

Modern traditional bathroom makoever | A peek at the vanity mirror and light | #ballards #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

But since you are so special to me, I’ll be a sport and add the befores. 🙂

Modern Traditional Bathroom Makeover

Before and After

This space was originally planned as a downstairs (as in basement) powder room for children. It was added when my son was about 6 years old and he is now in his late twenties. Yah. A remodeling that was loooooong overdue.

Pedestal Sink vs Open Vanity

From the beginning, a smart use of space was an issue so the original plan used a pedestal sink. This option did save a lot of space to the left and right, but was still a little cramped from the sink to the wall. There is only about 18 inches of clearance from the door opening to the wall and the sink is a bulky 16-plus inches deep.

Bathroom BEFORE the makeover looking right from the door | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

So, to remedy the depth issue, a narrow and open vanity with a vessel sink replaced the pedestal.

Not only did this option add six full inches of clearance from the door frame to the edge of the vanity, we love the side for soap and towels AND the bottom shelf for extra storage.

Modern traditional bathroom makeover AFTER | A peek at the vanity and part of the gallery wall | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, to add a little extra pizzaz, a gallery wall that features highrise buildings under construction was layered left and right.

Modern traditional bathroom makeover AFTER | The vanity, vessel sink, gallery wall combo | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Pocket Door vs Barn Door

The next space-saving question was what to do when the 28-inch pocket door was removed in order to shift the closet door opening four inches to the right. 

Basement bath BEFORE the makeover from the door | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

And I decided on this! A 24-inch wide modern barn door that glides left and right on a 4-foot upper rail. 

Modern traditional bathroom makeover | A peek at the vanity, gallery wall and barn door | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Now I ask you, is this super fun or what?

Modern traditional bathroom makeover | A peek from the entry to the bathroom | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Shower Power vs Wasted Space

The third question is space for the shower. Remember the 32-inch square with the 12 inches of wasted space (to the right) and clogged drain?

Bathroom BEFORE the makeover looking left from the door | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Well thanks to my brilliant contractor’s idea about shifting the closet door opening, the shower is now a whopping 32 by 50.

Modern traditional bathroom makeover | The easy transition from bathroom floor to shower floor | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

And just like that, the ill-functioning “powder room” became a fully functioning bathroom.

Black 2-inch hex tile with charcoal grout extends from the floor to the shower floor | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Can I get an amen?

Bright white 3 by 6 subway tile with charcoal grout updates the shower walls | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Note too, that the cabinet was saved and refinished in a rich matte black. This means that not one single square inch of cabinet or closet space was lost as the shower made major gains. In terms of storage and shower comfort, this is huuuuuuge.

The old build-in cabinet was refinished in a rich matte black | #fusionmineralpaint #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

Standard Size vs Custom Shower Door

And last, but not least, is the shower door. 

A frameless sliding shower door protects from water splash without breaking the view | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

This glorious, frameless slider is a standard size. The reason this is a big deal is two-fold:

  • One is the difference in cost. By using a high-quality standard door, we saved a thousand $$$, maybe more.

In case you missed the full post about designing and choosing products for the shower, there’s a link at the bottom.

  • And two, is the retention of visual space. I was so worried that the sliding door would make the space return to a cramped and claustrophobic feeling, but this absolutely did not happen. So the fact that the one-panel stationary did not work for this shower space orientation is A-ok.

A post sharing tips on how to choose the right shower door for a given space is on the blog | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

And that’s all there is to it. After six long weeks of sleepless nights, endless shopping, piles of laundry, take-out food, and dirty dishes in the sink.

Was it worth it?


See how this modern traditional bathroom was designed and installed on the blog | It's one click away | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

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Modern traditional bathroom makeover | Five blog posts detail tips and ideas for creating a stylish bathroom without breaking the bank | A sixth post features this bathroom reveal | #orc #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall #bathroommakeover #moderntraditional | www.thechelseaproject.com

To visit Fall 2018 ORC posts:

Week 1 – The Modern Traditional Bathroom Plan, please click here

Week 2 – How to Stain and Protect a Wood Vanity, please click here

Week 3 – Barn Doors: Tips, Tricks and Options, please click here

Week 4 – Easy Artwork or Gallery Walls Using Free Photos, please click here

Week 5 – Shower Stalls: Tips for Design and Installation, please click here

Week 6 – The Big Reveal – You are Here

To visit Previous Challenges : 

Click here for the Dining Room Reveal

Click here for the Great Room Reveal

Click here for the Living Room Reveal


Vanity light – Ballard’s

Vanity mirror – Ballard’s inspired

Cabinet makeover and mirror color – Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black

Please check each week’s post for additional products

Special Thanks:

This makeover would not have been possible without the amazing construction crews from Restore-It …. To every one who worked on this project, my family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We also extend a special thanks to our gracious hosts, Calling It Home , One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens. And, invite you to enjoy over 200 more room reveals,  click Designer Challenge and/or click Blogger Challenge. #oneroomchallenge #ORC #betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc #homelovenetwork #shower #showerstall

Thanks so much for stopping by!





  • Reply Susanne November 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    OH WOW….JUST WOW!!!!! Your bathroom is amazing!! That vanity and shower and sliding barn door and THAT ARTWORK!!! My friend you have done an amazing job, it is beautiful and I have a serious case of bathroom envy!! Well done…standing ovation over here!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      You are the best! Thank you sweet friend.

  • Reply Heather Tracy November 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, Susie! I am so proud and happy for you – brilliant design, brilliantly executed. Ah-Mazing! xoxo

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 6, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Heather! We just love it!

  • Reply Marie InteriorFrugalista November 7, 2018 at 10:14 am

    What an amazing transformation, Sue. Brilliantly executed with stunning results! I always look forward to your ORC Makeovers 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie!

  • Reply Tee at Beauteeful Living November 7, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Oh Susie … this is SO So SO gorgeous! I love everything about this makeover from the new door to all the tiling. You also styled is perfectly too! I’m so glad to have completed another ORC with you. Enjoy this new bathroom and congrats on a gorgeous makeover! Xoxo

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks a million, Tee! It’s been fun, hasn’t it? Love doing these challenges together. XO

  • Reply dannyellenicolle November 7, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Wow, your bathroom looks amazing -like unrecognizable! I can’t believe the difference in your before and after. Love your barn door, and tile choices, and the new sink. Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Hey Dannyelle! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. And I totally agree, it is unrecognizable. LOL…

  • Reply Rebecca Plumb November 7, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations! What an amazing transformation. I love that its still inviting without windows. And that brass sconce!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Rebecca and thanks a million! A room without windows is toughie….for sure.

  • Reply Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS November 7, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I know you have got to be loving this new space, because I sure am !!! You really knocked this one out of the park! I mean this renovation is so gorgeous and turned out absolutely beautiful! I bet you are still pinching yourself, LOL.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Jen and thanks a million. You’re so sweet and encouraging. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Nicole @ The Inspired Hive November 8, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Gorgeous!!!! I’m loving the barn door and the tile!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Nicole!! I’m so excited to finally have a barn door! LOL…

  • Reply Emy November 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

    It’s hard to believe that it’s the same room! Your bathroom turned out so lovely! That shower is fantastic and gives me some hope for my basement bathroom that needs to be rebuilt.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Emy! I hope you can get your basement bath remodeled. Having a fully functioning bath on that level is really helpful.

  • Reply Joy November 8, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Incredible job! Such smart use of space and I love how bright and light the whole space is now.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Hi Joy! Thanks a million, friend.

  • Reply cassie bustamante November 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    susie, it looks amazing- i love the floor tile and that pretty green door!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Cassie! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jeweled Interiors November 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Susie! I can’t even believe the difference. I mean, seriously! That has to win the most improved award for sure! I love the floor tile, the green, the accessories…all of it! Congrats on being done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Awwww Jewel, thanks so much. **blushing**

  • Reply Tina Bousu November 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Susie this is incredible! What a difference and gaining the space in the shower without losing it elsewhere is genius! Fantastic job my friend!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks a million, Tina! I owe that idea to my fabulous contractor. It was such a simple shift. I was surprised the other three companies invited to bid didn’t mention it.

  • Reply Denise November 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Amazing before and after. You have a real flair for decor! I wouldn’t have thought to put together the dark floor with those tiles (which are the exact tiles I have in my shower btw). The baskets, greenery, painted door, art… omg! I think I need to hire you for my home Susie. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Ohhh Denise! You are too sweet to me. Thanks dear friend.

  • Reply Jess McGurn November 8, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Wow Susie! It’s amazing! I love that black tile, the barn door, the shower, all of it! I can’t believe how much you got done. I just pinned a bunch of your photos! Congrats!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! And thanks for the pins. XOXO

  • Reply Cristina November 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Susie, I love LOVE everything you did in this now gorgeous bath!! That big shower, the tile, that pretty door and the vanity area with baskets and all… Oh my goodness, you knocked it out of the park!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Cristina!! THANK YOU!!!! Way to make my day!!

  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog November 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Susie I cannot even believe it is the same room. By changing out the tiles and painting the walls it also really opens up the room. And your clever calculations really make it breathtaking. Love that barn door too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2018 at 7:51 am

      LOL….I know!!!! The before photo of that bathroom is shameful and I kept ignoring it because of the mess remodeling would make. But now that it’s done, I’m so thrilled.

  • Reply Nicole Parrish November 9, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    What a beautiful transformation! I love the green barn door, it’s the perfect pop of color. And the black floor looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Hi Nicole and thanks a million. I’ve wanted a barn door ever since they became a trend, but could never find enough clearance left to right. So this door is super special. Thanks so much for stopping by!! XOXO

  • Reply Thehomeicreate November 10, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Susie I cannot believe the before and after it’s amazing!!! That gorgeous shower with the beautiful white tile is literally my dream congrats everything looks amazing. I know you worked really hard for this and it shows !

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Oh my goodness! You’re so sweet. Thanks so much. And yes! I was scrambling 24/7….but all of us were. The big difference this time is that I was at the mercy of crews to meet deadlines. And I gotta tell ya….that was a little unnerving. But it all worked out and we are thrilled. Thanks again!! XOXO

  • Reply jadoreledecor November 10, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Susie you rocked this out!!! I just want lock myself in this room. So, so good. You really outdid yourself here. I’m so glad to have followed you during this challenge. I am now a fan for life!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Many thanks, my dear new friend! In January, I’m starting the TV and game rooms in the basement for the Spring ORC. I’m planning to check out the slipcover and window treatment ideas that you shared. Thanks again!!!

  • Reply Create/Enjoy November 11, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Very smart solutions!! It turned out great!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Suzannah! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jen @ Noting Grace November 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Susie – this is a jaw dropper! I can’t even with the door and that gallery wall! What an amazing reveal! Congrats on creating a space that is stunning!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Jen and thanks a bushel and a peck! What a sweet friend you are. XOXO

  • Reply Nicole November 12, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    So charming love all the details.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 13, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Nicole! Appreciate so much!

  • Reply Kristi | Addicted 2 Decorating November 19, 2018 at 10:49 am

    What a transformation! It looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 19, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Kristi!

  • Reply Marybeth November 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Heavenly Day, Susie! Your bathroom is such an amazing transformation! The finished work is gorgeous. Congratulations on ALL of your sensational and inspiring makeovers. You’ve got it, girl!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks a million, Marybeth! You’re just the best!

  • Reply Tania February 6, 2019 at 1:29 am

    I love the choices you made. Beautiful end result!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Thanks so much, Tania!

  • Reply Jamie August 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Beautiful bathroom. Can you tell me what color grout you used for your black hex tile in the shower floor? Is the grout color for the black hexagon tile both inside and outside of the shower, it’s tough to tell in the photos. Also, what color grout did you use for your white subway tiles in the shower?

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 7, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Jamie. The grout color is charcoal #60 by the brand Polyblend.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Oh…and yes. The color charcoal is in the shower and on the floor.

  • Reply Beth July 27, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous! Can you please share the beautiful door color? Thanks!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 28, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Beth,
      I bought the paint in the ooops section at Home Depot. Can you believe it?? What a stroke of luck. After the post, I had so many requests for the color that I took a sample back to Home Depot and had them analyze the paint. Here is what they said via their computer. Hope it works for you. Please visit this post and scroll down the photos to see the HD paint formula. https://thechelseaproject.com/barn-doors-tips-tricks-and-options/.
      Thanks for visiting …

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