Before + After: A Closet Turned Bathroom

Photo: Beginning in the Middle
This couple totally transformed a teensy closet into a dreamy master bath. Read on to see how they did.

From Beginning in the Middle

You may have seen some before and after photos of our historic townhome floating around on Instagram. We purchased the townhome earlier this year (you can see all of the “before" photos here), and spent a few months renovating and updating it. We shared our little black & white bathroom reno with you in July, and are excited to finally have some time to share details on the second bathroom we added.

When we purchased the home, it had 3 bedrooms and 1 small bathroom on the 2nd floor. We knew we wanted to find space for a second bathroom, but the question was where. Between structural walls, existing windows, and doorways, our options were limited. Fortunately, the master was a large room – at least for a 1200 sq ft house – and had potential.


It had a tiny little closet that we knew we could relocate to another part of the room, so we took the plunge and decided to turn it into a bathroom. We opened up the closet wall…


… and bumped it out into the bedroom by a few feet to make it large enough for a shower. By utilizing space both inside and outside of the old closet, we were able to maintain enough room in the bedroom for a queen bed and night stands.


We covered the drywall with 4″ cedar paneling, which we later painted white.


Similar to the other bathroom in the house, we wanted the space to be functional and stylish despite its size. Bryan came up with the floor design by mixing white hexagon tile with custom cut pieces of square tile that we had leftover from our other bathroom.


We were able to fit a 34×60 shower in the bathroom. We added slate tile to the back wall and ceiling, and finished the rest of the walls with subway tile.


Here's how it turned out!

finished bathroom

We love the contrast of the dark accent wall against the white subway tile and vintage wooden cabinet.

master bathroom

We purchased the shower fixtures w/valve from Amazon (hint: we saved money by purchasing the trim kit and valve separately).


master bathroom

Bryan made a large towel rack out of copper pipe that has come in handy for storage.


On the outside, we swapped out the old hinged door for a 1920s pocket door that we hung with barn door hardware. It saves space and looks good. Win win!


Hard to believe it used to look like this, right?


Here's a peek of the bedroom from a different angle. (If you missed our DIY bedskirt tutorial, you can check it out here).


Adding this second bathroom not only added functionality to the house, but also increased our property value. We thank ourselves everyday for going through with it. We'll be back soon with a full before/after tour of the home. Stay tuned!


Barn door hardware – Amazon
Dark wall tile – Floor & Decor (similar here)
Black & white floor tile – Home Depot
White hexagon floor tile – Home Depot
Round brass mirror – Target
Delta Champagne Bronze sink faucet – Amazon
Delta Champagne Bronze shower trim kit + valve
Delta Champagne Bronze curved shower arm – Amazon

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This story originally appeared on Beginning in the Middle. Follow them on Instagram to see even more amazing renovations.