Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom Sneak Peek

I know most of you probably read that title and thought, “Sneak peek?! I don’t want a sneak peek! You said you’d show us the whole finished bathroom this week!” Ugh. I know. 😩😩 And I really thought I could make that happen.

I’ve tried twice now to get pictures of the finished bathroom, but each time I do, I notice something else that I forgot to do that hadn’t made it onto my final punch list.

My plan was to get up this morning, put Cooper out in his yard for a while, then bring him in, clean the floor one last time (we’ve had a lot of rain, so every time he comes in lately, he leaves big muddy paw prints), and then wait for the perfect lighting (probably mid-morning or mid-day, because in the afternoon and evening, the light streams through the back door too much to get good pictures), and then spend the afternoon editing and getting my post ready to show y’all the whole before and after tomorrow.

I did a couple of test shots, and that’s when I noticed that I had overlooked yet another thing. This outlet has no cover on it.

And then I realized that the HVAC vent has no cover on it either.

I don’t have either of those things on hand, so I have to make one final master bathroom-related trip to Home Depot to finish up these last two items. I’ve been working in this bathroom for so long that I had become so used to seeing them like this. I had stopped actually seeing them. They only became obvious to me when I took some test shots of the bathroom that I thought was finished (except for a dirty floor that needs to be cleaned), and I noticed them in the photos.

So my final punch list — the list of 30 or so final small things to do that were all checked off — now has two final items added to it. I’m hoping I can get those done today (along with cleaning the floor), and then get pictures tomorrow, but at this point, I offer no guarantees. Life seems to keep getting in the way.

I did want to update you on the decision I made regarding privacy with this door…

Right now, it’s all fogged over because we had cold weather last night and this morning, and it’s warm inside our house. So what you see there is just condensation. Side note: Why we’re getting condensation on double-pane windows is something I can’t explain. Both the door and the window in here were fogged over this morning.

But as far as privacy with the exterior door, I decided not to do anything. I’m leaving the glass as is.

I decided that I really like being able to see out of it unobstructed, and when I do need privacy, it takes about five seconds to get the little curtain and magnetic curtain rod out of the drawer and pop it onto the door. Then when I no longer need privacy, I can remove the magnetic curtain rod and put the rod and curtain back into the drawer. It’s quick and easy!

But anyway, I promised y’all a sneak peek, so here’s one of my favorite views of our finished-for-the-most-part master bathroom. I tried to get low enough so that the uncovered outlet doesn’t show, but you can still see it. Please kindly ignore it. 😃

I’m so excited about how this bathroom turned out. I still can’t believe it took me a year-and-a-half to finish. That seems ridiculous to me. But at least it’s finished. And just as soon as I can get an outlet cover, a vent cover, and get Cooper’s muddy paw prints cleaned up from the floor, I’ll show you the whole thing.

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Gorgeous 😍

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Oh it’s gorgeous! Even with those two little covers missing! I know you’re so relieved to have that done and behind you! Now you can go in to another project! I’m so happy for you!

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

    So creative. You are amazing.

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    Joan Hornung
    December 15, 2022 at 11:18 am

    So funny that those things got overlooked…like you said, you got used to things and only see them when analyzing a photo. I have done that too. Much more critical studying a photo!
    We can all wait until YOU are happy. Looking forward, but most of all, happy for you to have your new bathroom DONE!

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:26 am

    The panelling on the wall with the missing outlet cover is so pretty!! I just love the way you finish things.
    And for the size of the room, custom vanities and all that tile, I don’t think 1.5 years is bad.

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

    I’ll bet nobody thought of your solution for the door! Good idea!
    I remember you said there was something you wanted to do instead of shoe molding behind the tub. I can see it’s different but I can’t tell what it is.

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Sneak peak and the previous posts show just how beautiful it is. Can’t wait to see all the final pics.

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    Cathy Rosenstock
    December 15, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    I am particularly appreciating the beautiful way the marble floor tiles, the tiny, square marble tiles of the shower come together with the runner course of white tiles in the shower and the white, shower wall tiles. So beautiful, planful, and harmonious. I don’t think I have seen a close up of that small area before. Exquisite details, as is the whole room, which is fresh and interesting. Congratulations, Kristi!

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    December 15, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Great solution for the door! Can’t wait to see the final reveal pictures.

    **Side note why windows condensate.

    Your windows are the coldest surfaces indoors. During colder months, indoor air is much warmer and holds more moisture than outdoor air, which is colder and dry. Warm, humid indoor air cools and contracts; as it contacts the cooler windows, the moisture condenses on the glass.

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 15, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      I guess I thought that double-pane windows were supposed to eliminate that type of thing from happening. I thought the gas between the panes was supposed to act as an insulation to prevent the condensation. It makes sense in my mind why that would happen on a single pane window.

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        December 15, 2022 at 1:04 pm

        They are supposed to. The fact that your double-pane windows are condensating on the inside means something is wrong…..Sadly, I’m not sure exactly what. It’s possible you have a leak in those windows and all the insulating gas between the panes has escaped.

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          Marianne in Mo.
          December 15, 2022 at 4:28 pm

          If there was a leak in the gas area, it would have condensation in between the two layers of glass. Here in Missouri, we sometimes get condensation on the inside if it is a lot warmer inside than outside. It usually occurs because the humidity inside is higher than outside. Running the fan in there longer should eliminate the condensation.

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        December 15, 2022 at 3:33 pm

        If you can control the humidity on your furnace that should help. We have to turn ours down to 30%, from the usual 35-40, and it does the trick

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          December 16, 2022 at 5:57 am

          Was just going to suggest this. When Ive gotten condensation on my windows inside, it’s because my humidifier was putting too much humidity into the air. Once I turned it down, it was fine.

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    Tawny Lynn Stoddard
    December 15, 2022 at 12:26 pm


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    Martha Gish
    December 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    As far as your windows fogging….my new double paned replacement windows do that every now and then…..I can’t remember the answer but Google it and you will find out there is a reason for it and it is ok. And your bathroom is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Rebecca B
    December 15, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the sneak peek, it gives a good idea of what things are going to look like! Exciting!

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    December 15, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    All I can say is you are just amazing and should be so proud of what you’ve accomplish. This bathroom is spectacular! It would be so design wise anyway but considering you made EVERYTHING with your own two hands launches you into the stratosphere!

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    December 15, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Just FABULOUS!!!

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    December 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t wait to see the final finish. I really do love what you did in the toilet room. Love the cabinet you built in there.

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    Mrs. David
    December 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Fabulous! In the photo of the missing outlet cover, it looks as though you might have another small project…to caulk or grout in the seam between the main bath floor and the shower. It may just be the lighting, a shadow or my monitor, but it looks like that seam has never been filled? Is the seam to the water closet the same?

    Didn’t want you to think you were all done again, if there is another small item Can’t wait for the full reveal. Have a great day!

    YHWH Bless You : )

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      Marianne in Mo.
      December 15, 2022 at 4:37 pm

      I *think* she has a metal tile “thingy” (I forget the name) that is L-shaped and sits under the tile and separates the two types of tiles. (Because the tiles were of different heights, or something like that.)

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 16, 2022 at 9:15 am

      Those two tiles are separated by a brass Schluter strip. There’s nothing there that needs to be filled.

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    December 15, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    It is absolutely stunning!

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    December 15, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing sanctuary to have. And I adore, and am jealous of, the lighting fixture above your tub.

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    December 15, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I’m so excited that you’re (nearly) finished. I like the window in the door unobstructed. The idea of popping up a curtain when necessary sounds perfect!

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    December 15, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Looking at what you did, I’ll never ever judge your timeline. It’s fantastic, amazing, beautiful, sensational……all the adjectives!

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    Sheri Hepworth
    December 15, 2022 at 10:51 pm


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    December 15, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Oh, Kristi, it really is beautiful! Well done! Very well done!

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    It Looks amazing already. Can’t wait to see

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    December 15, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    I wanted to say that,with Christmas so close … give yourself permission to relax … those small details are only noticeable to you. Everyone else is just totally impressed! 🎄 🐞 🎄 🐞🎄

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    December 16, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Next time something minor like that comes up, just grab an outlet cover from another room and continue taking pictures! I love the whole project and am looking forward to tomorrow’s reveal!

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    December 16, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Well done, you should be so proud of yourself! You shouldn’t be getting condensation-do you turn the fan on before you start the shower and leave it on for a while afterwards?

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 16, 2022 at 9:15 am

      This bathroom hasn’t been used for a shower in months. The windows were fogged over when I went in there early in the morning to let Cooper out into his yard.

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    jane dufrane
    December 16, 2022 at 11:10 am

    It looks great but I have a question about why Cooper has to come in and out of that door and and not the carport/studio hallway? seems like you would want to keep your bathroom clean and wouldn’t care if the hallway off of the carport had dog prints on it…. just a suggestion

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 16, 2022 at 11:27 am

      It’s just so convenient having a doorway that leads directly into his fenced-in yard, rather than having to go to the other end of the house, put him on a leash, and walk him out the studio door, across the back of the house and into his yard each time.

      And I won’t take him out through the sunroom door (even though it’s much closer to his yard) because getting that sliding glass door open and closed is a huge struggle. That door is awful, and I have a horrible time wrestling with it just to get it open. And I don’t want to replace it because I just want that whole room torn down ASAP.

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        December 16, 2022 at 7:54 pm

        What about a small mat for Cooper to step on when he comes in? There are doggy mats just for dirty, wet paws. Also cat mats would work. They keep the litter from being tracked throughout the house. Your bathroom is exquisite! As is the rest of your home. But, THAT spa bathroom! Delicious!