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Master Bath Shower Makeover

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When we were getting ready to put our suburban house on the market, our real estate agent told us to get the best price for our house we should update the shower in our master bath. We did it and it came out beautifully and was worth the expense since we sold the house in 10 days.

Stone tile shower in the process of a makeover. Stripped down to the wall studs.

I know, crazy, right?

But it was in our best interest to update the master bath shower so our home would be comparable to other homes like it that are for sale in the area when it goes on the market. I know it seems crazy to add something like this to a home since we won’t get to enjoy it, but it will help the house sell quicker and for a better price.

Here is what the shower looked like BEFORE:

Stall-shower-makeover-before image. Door has a white pattern on it and shower is molded plastic.

Remember when I stenciled the shower door here and removed the door to the bathroom since it covered the shower door. I replaced it with a barn style rolling door.

We initially planned to just replace the door, but after talking to a real estate agent…we went a little further with the makeover.

Tile display wall at Floor and Decor Store

So I headed to the the new Floor & Decor that recently opened in the Philadelphia area to find discounted tile that would make the shower feel like a spa.

Round stone tile on display at Floor and Decor

When we vacationed in Mexico, the shower in our room had a pebbled tile floor that I loved. When I saw these flat mosaic pebbles I knew they would become part of the new shower.

Stone-tile-shower floor next to beige tile on bathroom floor.

I also had to find tile that would look good with the existing ceramic tile on the floor of the bathroom since that was staying.

Worker standing inside shower tiling the shower walls.

We, and I say “we” since I did not DIY this makeover…we hired a contractor to do it for us. The wet bed and plumbing involved were more than I felt comfortable doing myself. I have tiled walls and floors with no problems, but this was a bit too complex for my DIY skills.

Here is the Shower Makeover AFTER

After image of new stone tile shower with clear glass door in a beige bathroom.

It came out better than I imagined and without the molded fiberglass shower insert taking up space, the stall is bigger and easier to move around in now.

Close up of stone tile used. Beige and browns withe off-white grout.

With the pretty new tile, I now have to clean up the grout on the floor.  You know how it goes… you update one thing and then everything around it all of a sudden doesn’t look so good. :-)

Tile I used: 

One of the reasons I like Floor & Decor for tile is not only for the great discounted prices they have but that every piece of tile is sold individually so even if you open a box, you can still return what is left.

Floor – Grey Flat Pebble Stone Mosaic. Walls3 x 6 Tumbled Travertine Cote D’Azur Brushed  Transition – 3 x 12 Tumbled Stone Cote D’Azur Brushed  Bullnose 3 x 12 Tumbled Travertine Cote D’Azur Brushed GroutSanded 77 Frost

Here is what the wet bed looked like that had to be added to the floor after the previous molded fiberglass shower insert was removed.

grouting a stone tile shower

We have only hired a contractor to do a project around the house once before, so we enjoyed getting to sit back and watch the gutting and then tiling process instead of doing the work ourselves. 

Silver shower faucet handle shown against new stone tile.

A marble shelf in the corner to hold bottles of shampoo and a shiny new faucet handle are the finishing touches. Nothing too expensive or fancy, but enough for a nice update for the shower.

Close up of Stone-tile-shower-floor with glass door swung open.

My favorite part is the floor. I just love the way the pebbles look and feel on my feet.

tumbled-stone tile-in-shower both on wall and floor.

When using stone for a shower, it has to be sealed when installed and resealed again once a year.

Two bottles of supplies. Sealer to use on stone tile that will get wet and grout.

It is simple to do with a ready-made sealer that you simply brush on. Tom, our contractor, mixed an additive into the grout that will help keep the grout uniform in color and seal it as well.   He used Grout Maximizer and for the stone, Premium Stone Sealer.

Completed stall shower. Master-bath-shower-ideas

For now, we get to enjoy the new shower until we sell and physically move from the house.

Master-bathroom-decorating showing completed tumbled stone tile makeover. Glass shower door is open.

I love the stone and how the upgrade makes not only the shower look, but the entire bathroom.

Image graphic showing two images side by side of shower before and after makeover.

More bathroom makeover inspiration:

If you would like to see a very budget friendly bathroom makeover, you may like how I made over the hall bath for $265.

Another bathroom in the home with black and white floor and white board and battan walls.

If you are interested in how to makeover a shower. I gave the tub and shower in this bath a little DIY facelift that took it up a few notches on the style meter.  You can see the before photos and all that I did for $265 in this post:  DIY Home Improvement: Budget Bathroom Makeover

We moved to a new house on a lake. I have made over two baths in this house without the need to hire a contractor.

Read about these bathroom makeovers:

Blue and white Color-scheme-idea-for-another -bathroom in the house

Here was the mood board I created to makeover a 1970’s era bath into a very colorful one. See how I did in this post: Colorful Bathroom Makeover

Another Before and after bathroom makeover done on a small budget. New flooring, sink, toilet and more. The real money saver was repurposing a piece of furniture into a stylish and chic sink vanity.

Powder Room Makeover That Would Make Chip and Joanna Proud


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  1. It’s superb! We too have our home on the market. It’s all a roller coaster ride sometimes, isn’t it? LOL!

    Best wishes on finding your new home. We’ll all love seeing you perform your magic on it, making it your own. :-)

    1. Hi Connie –

      I will be so happy when we are on the other side of getting the house sold and in a new place. Ed and I have never worked so hard getting the house market-ready. We hope to put it up this weekend. I hope yours sells quickly and you can move on to your next home soon. Roller Coaster is right! :-)

  2. Diane your shower do over looks fantastic. You are such a hard worker that I was glad you got to watch someone else do the work for a change!

    We did the same thing about 3 years ago but not because we were selling the house. It’s one of the smartest updates we ever did and I’m so glad to be rid of the fiberglass surround. We also had a glass door put in and I do have a regret about that.

    I wish I had gotten the “barn door” style that slides on a track at the top of the door. With the frameless swing out door that we have you deal with water dripping from the door after use. We use a squeegee after each shower but you can’t get rid of all the water.

    I’m excited about your move and look forward to following you on this journey. Vikki in VA

    1. Hi Vikki – I know exactly what you are talking about with the swing out door and the water dripping on the floor. Our old door did that. The new glass door looks beautiful, but it did not last…it exploded a few days after it was put in. The glass shot out like bullets. I was standing in front of it and my leg got hurt. Spent the day in the ER. I will write about it very soon. The contractor is looking for a different style door now. :-)

      1. Yikes! Glad you are OK. I was expecting to hear that the glass door is a pest to keep clean … that would be one of my concerns, and one reason I don’t get the fad for clear glass doors in showers. Seems like keeping it clean would be a full-time job. Also, frosted glass at least provides a bit of privacy for when kids have to ask you questions NOW and of course, you’re in the shower :-)

  3. Until you actually stand on a pebble shower floor you have no idea how fantastic it is! I gutted a very small full bath as part of a redo getting my former home ready to sell. I purchased all the materials off the shelf at HD and Lowes, and loved the look of the pebble tiles at HD. Actually using that shower was amazing….like getting a foot massage every time you stepped in! One of the things I miss most about my house. Hope you are as fortunate as I was in selling. I listed at the end of October last year and closed the second week of December for over my asking price.