Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating a Spa Bathroom Retreat
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The Ultimate DIY Guide to Turning Your Bathroom Into a Spa Retreat
Spa Bathroom Makeover Tips
The spa bathroom can feel like the unicorn of makeovers, only attainable if you have a huge remodeling budget and a lot of square footage to work with. Huge, sprawling spaces filled with shiny white tile with a tub surrounded by candles in the middle. Steam showers and self-cleaning toilets. My current favorite spa bathroom is pictured below. Unless I win the lottery (which would be more likely if I played the lottery) I really don’t see this bathroom in my future. But a spa bathroom makeover doesn’t have to be pricey or require knocking out walls. A few simple changes can turn a busy bathroom into a spa-like retreat, and I’ve got all the tricks for the DIY-er to turn your bathroom into a spa retreat.
Great Spa Bathroom Ideas Using What you Already Have
I’ve put my bathrooms through some serious makeovers, like our tub to walk-in shower conversion where we tore out the bathroom to the studs, but I’ve also pulled off some beautiful makeovers in just a couple of weekends like my daughter’s bathroom pictured below. Her bathroom was waaay easier than the “demo to the studs” bathroom makeover because we decided to work with the basic design of the bathroom, and make upgrades to the finishes.
The Easy Tub-Shower Upgrade
Most bathrooms (aside from a designated master bath) have a tub-shower combo that is costly to replace–so don’t replace it. Give it a cosmetic makeover by covering the side of the tub with tile. We chose to re-tile the bathroom floor, extending the tile up the side of the tub but you could easily tile the side of the tub with a coordinating tile. There are so many tile choices, that there’s something for everyone’s style. If you love the modern farmhouse look, opt for a wood-look tile. If you have a Tuscan or mission style home, look for a patterned Mosaic tile.
Make your bathroom look taller by tiling the wall above the tub enclosure. Believe it or not, the ceilings in my daughter’s bathroom were only 8 feet tall, but they look much taller. The tile extends your eye upward, making the shower enclosure look larger. Plus, it makes for easier cleaning and you don’t have to worry about drywall rot from steamy showers in small bathrooms.
The final step is to hang your shower curtain just 3-4 inches below the ceiling. This draws the eye upward, like tiling the wall behind the tub, and it makes your bathroom look elegant (if you choose an elegant curtain). A spa bath is no place for a plastic cat curtain! Since most shower curtains are too short, and longer shower curtains can be expensive, you can lengthen regular curtains (check out the easy way to Lengthen Your Curtains with One Seam) and then buy a longer shower curtain liner.