This post was sponsored by American Standard.

There is a new bathroom in the house.


It couldn’t be ANY CUTER.

Can I just press pause for a second and tell you something amazing? The people that used to live in this house a long time ago stopped by today. They sold it to a family who sold it to my family. They were in the area and wondered if they could stop in for just a minute to see the house.

Of course.

It was their house, too.

And I took them on a tour all the rooms and when we ended up at this bathroom they gave it a standing ovation.

Are you ready?

Are you set?

Do you want to see how we changed it and what we did and how my new toilet cleans up after itself now?

Oh, good.  Me, too.

Just as a reminder, here’s where we started.

The tub was the reason for all the changes in the bathroom.

It had been refinished twice! The paint was peeling up, the tile was chipping off the walls and the caulk was peeling up all around the tub. It was a mess.

So when American Standard reached out to partner with me on the new bathroom, I literally almost sobbed for joy.

We partnered with a contractor who came out and pulled all the tile and tub off the walls.

Here’s what the behind the scenes of a 110-year-old house looks like when they take everything down to the studs.

Guess what was behind the tile?


And even better?

Shiplap with wallpaper.

Here’s a little bit of the wallpaper that was original to the bathroom.

There were actually two layers of it.

This yellow and green floral pattern.

And another layer of this geometric pattern.

We were able to save money by leaving the shiplap at the top of the bathroom.

The bathroom walls are over nine feet tall, so this was a big cost-saver.

The next step was to drop the tub in.

Isn’t it beautiful?

It’s the American Standard Princeton 60″ bathtub in white.

This bathtub pairs with the American Standard Passage Collection available at Home Depot. You can see the entire Passage collection here.


No more peeling paint.

You can get a better view of the bathtub here.

We had to remove some of the tile to make sure it fit.

This tile is still at Home Depot, so I was able to get additional tile to match it.

Next, the contractor added greenboard around the tub.

Here it is on both sides of the tub.

For the walls, instead of tile, we chose the American Standard Passage bath walls in Platinum Marble.

Here they are being installed.

It was the perfect choice.

I love the subtle marble pattern with the rest of the bathroom.

And the clean-up was so easy.

Then the walls were textured and painted, the tub and walls were caulked, and the tile was replaced and re-grouted.

And now?

My tub looks like this.

And this.


Look how shiny and clean and wonderful it is.

My husband built in a cornice board at the top of the tub and I ordered an extra long shower curtain and liner.

I love how it finishes out the alcove.

You can see it above the tub here.

I’m doing another post on how we made it later.

I ordered the American Standard Chatfield tub and shower faucet.

It was such an upgrade from what we had in the shower before.

The spray that it puts out is perfection and the brushed nickel worked perfectly with the tub surround.

To help keep the bathroom organized, I chose these two Passage Shower Shelves.

They came in a brushed nickel.

And they are the perfect size to hold shampoo, conditioner and other bath stuff.

But as much as I love that tub, I love this toilet even more.

I literally cannot believe I just typed that sentence.

It has the cutest styling and handle.


It’s called the American Standard VorMax Plus.

There’s a Lysol cartridge that you replace every so often and every time the toilet flushes, it releases Lysol to clean the bowl.

We painted the vanity navy and replaced the hardware.

I love the pop of color with all the white.

Then we hung a series of blue and white prints on the wall.

From this.

To this.

Our bathroom is ready for company.

It’s clean, fresh, sparkling, and good-smelling.

I know the house was built in 1908.

But this bathroom?

It’s so 2019.

And the best part, you can find the whole American Standard Passage Collection all in one place at

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  1. Image for Katherines Corner Katherines Corner

    It looks amazing my friend! I love that you painted the cabinet blue. The bathtub makeover is wonderful. I really like the marble look of the surround and the finish hardware and showerhead are perfect too. Well done my friend xo

  2. Image for Jo Jo

    Again, you've provided new ideas that I can use. I'm about to buy a new (very old) house and the bathrooms are the biggest challenge. Being a copy-kat is okay, right?????? Thanks!

  3. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    I remember in my parents house we had a cornice board to the ceiling. We discovered we needed to lower it a couple of inches. The steam from the shower would become trapped and cause mold to grow. So you might want to watch out for that. The remodel is beautiful. I love the pop of blue on the vanity. Great job.

    1. Image for Graham Graham

      That was my first thought too. I read about that happening when someone had added a valence to the top of the ceiling of their shower.

  4. Image for Liberty Liberty

    It looks fantastic!! We have made over both of our bathrooms. I LOVE Before and Afters! I would have named my site that except it was a little $$$$. Henceforth, I am Liberty from : )

  5. Image for Toni Toni

    Are the shower walls Platnum Marble or Serene Marble? I could not find Serene Marble on the website. Thanks. Great job, exactly what I need to do.

  6. Image for Cristie Cristie

    Absolutely Gorgeous! I especially like the walls of the shower! I’ll need to check that out for our new house

  7. Image for jillian jillian

    Very nice. New fixtures in the bath...that is such a treat. I am sorry in advance to say this, but the shower curtain is blah and not up to your usual cute styling. Maybe it is just for the time being? But awesome job, pretty brushed nickel, great idea with the cornice board. Handy hubby!

  8. Image for Beth Y Beth Y

    This is gorgeous!! I would like to volunteer myself for a bathroom makeover by you, please! Lol!! You would literally die. We have to pace ourselves at my house with projects, so one big one a year. Last year, the back porch volunteered itself when it fell off the house with me on it. It had been raining for weeks and apparently our support posts were not even concreted in. Thabks for noticing, Mr. Home Inspector. Lol!! Fun times. Lol!!

    1. Image for Amy Amy

      You know what's neat? One person didn't care for the shower curtain, and now someone likes it so much they asked for the source. One of my favorite parts about decorating is getting to see all the ideas-- even the ones that aren't suited exactly to my style-- and then getting to pick and choose what we each use in our own homes! I can't imagine if we all had exactly the same decorating style!

  9. Image for Mary in VA Mary in VA

    Beautiful! You made all great choices. I bet the previous-previous owners were thrilled with how this look. Enjoy your new bathroom!

  10. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Love. This. So. Much!! It's really making me get the itch to do my upstairs bath . . . we did it 11 years ago, but on a strict budget, and it's looking a little tired. It's the "girls' bathroom" that we raised 2 teenaged girls and ME in!!

  11. Image for Mary Startek Mary Startek

    This turned out absolutely lovely! Just wondering if the navy paint used is the same navy you used on your built-ins? If I remember correctly -- Hale Navy?? Just guessing here. I just love the colour. Mary

  12. Image for june june

    Oh wowwwwww! I love it all. We redid one of our bathrooms four years ago beautiful natural tiles ...but i just do not like the upkeep. I definitely need to visit Home Depot. Love the surround you put in. Self cleaning toliets...must check that out too😍

  13. Image for Chris Wells Chris Wells

    I have 2 American Standard Vormax toilets in my home and if it is possible to love a toilet, I love this one! But I did not know about the vormax plus or I would have gotten that one! I originally replaced the toilet in our master with the Vormax Comfort Height and then just a week ago replaced the toilet in our guest bath with the Vormax. So your post is just 1 week late for me! The Vormax Plus would have been perfect!

  14. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Lovely bathroom, and features, they are adding updates all the time to things we use every day. I would love not having to clean my stool and it smell good,

  15. Image for Marie Marie

    Gorgeous! Did you replace the bathroom fan too? Having a challenging time locating one that does not sound like an airplane on a runway ready to take off!

    1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

      It's not tile. It's a tile alternative. It's more of a shower wall system. :) You can click the link above and see it at Home Depot.

  16. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    It looks so fresh! Who knew they made a tiolet that cleans itself! We are currently remodeling our master bathroom and I will be needing to buy a tiolet. I need to look into this one! Thanks for the tip!

  17. Image for Betsy Betsy

    KariAnne, it's just gorgeous! Can you tell me the name of the faucet you used on your sink? I apologize if you listed it and my eyes didn't see it. I love the style of it.


    Wow! KarieAnne! What a wonderful job you have done in renovating your bathroom! It's just so beautiful! Everything goes together so nicely! Love those marble walls surrounding your tub and the brushed nickel fixtures. The floor tiles are so quaint -- and so beautiful! The blue and white pictures you hung on the walls are just the finishing touch to a gorgeous bathroom. You and your dear hubby have done a wonderful job -- and this was a huge reno for you. I just admire how you pull everything together so nicely. How nice of that family to drop by and see your gorgeous home. I'm sure they just loved everything you have done with adding all your beautiful personal touches. Enjoy your week!

  19. Image for Pastor Suzanne Pastor Suzanne

    KariAnne, every time I think you can't have o ne thing left to change in your home, you come up with something else! That bathroom is gorgeous! I'm almost jealous! (Wait! Is that too many exclamation points?) :)

  20. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I am a fan of extra long shower curtains and have one at present. That cornice is the perfect finishing touch. I look forward to seeing how your darling husband made it.

  21. Image for Beth Minger Beth Minger

    Once again - well done - BRAVA!!!! I know it's difficult to photograph bathrooms but you did a great job with that also! Could we please get a peek at the shiplap after? Maybe when you post about the cornice? Also any tips on painting that cabinet would be greatly appreciated - we're considering a bathroom project and can't seem to pull the trigger.😘

  22. Image for Carly Dwyer Carly Dwyer

    Beautiful. I too have the shower walls in my bathroom. I was so tired of cleaning grout. Great idea, you will love it. I really like the blue vanity. Great job.

  23. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Nothing like a new bathroom; I mean we use it all the time!!! And a self-cleaning toilet--get out of here!!! Lol!!! It don't get any better than that!!! Keep going Karianne,as I will be waiting for your future posts.

  24. Image for Susan Susan

    Gorgeous! You know you're an adult when you get excited about a bathroom : ) I love the tub surround and the cornice board. What a beautiful remodel!

  25. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    It looks amaaaaaziiiiing! Love the finishes, and the toilet... yeah, man! However, I especially like the jack-and-jill doors! Cool!

  26. Image for Glenda Shine Glenda Shine

    Hi KariAnne, I’m the person who spotted your ‘Blue Room” the other day on the internet. Your home is so beautiful. This bathroom change is amazing and gorgeous! I love how light and airy it feels now. I had no idea such a product existed. We live in a home that has lath and plaster walls so remodel work is sometimes more difficult. I love the idea of this product instead of having to completely re-tile. What a fresh alternative! Thank you has always for sharing your home with us

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