11 Dreamy Shower Remodels That Prove Bathrooms Can Be a Destination

published Apr 8, 2020
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Before: dingy tiled shower

Sure, showers are utilitarian, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be beautiful. You may not spend as much time in your bathroom as you do your bedroom or living room, but the space still deserves some love. Not convinced? These shower redos might just make you a believer. Some are total gut jobs, with totally new flooring, new shower tile, and more; others just a simple coat of paint or a new shower head. They all have one thing in common, though: These gorgeous little bathroom nooks are places you’d want to spend a whole day in, pruny fingers be damned.

1. An old plastic shower is transformed with tile

After a leak sprung, Angela Lerew of Unexpected Elegance seized the opportunity to completely revamp an old standup shower. Out came the old insert; in its place, marbled tile. The end result is a bright, beautiful shower, complete with sophisticated details like crown molding.

2. A laundry room becomes a modern bathroom

Where an uninspired laundry room once sat, Kelly of The Greenspring Home created a bright and airy modern farmhouse-style bathroom featuring a black steel vanity, white shiplap, built-in shower shelves, hexagon tile, and a trough sink with a wall-mounted faucet.

3. A tiny closet turns into a full bathroom

To create a bathroom upstairs where the bedroom are, the Merry Thought bloggers added a dormer to open up a six-foot-by-six-foot closet. Once the walls were closed up, they decorated with their signature minimalist aesthetic—white subway tile, reclaimed wood, and plenty of black and white.

4. From pretty but impractical clawfoot tub to sleek glass-enclosed stand-up shower

When Kristina Lynne ditched the dated clawfoot tub in favor of a large glass enclosed shower, it opened the whole room up, making it much more functional. And despite the small space, the all-white and black design palette helps make things look much bigger than they really are.

5. A tired and dark shower goes modern and bright

A complete gut, shown on the blog Tidbits, allowed this couple to start from scratch. They turned a very basic bathroom into something you’d expect to see at a five-star hotel—complete with white-washed and shiplapped pine wood floors, a deep porcelain tub, and a reclaimed barn door.

6. A refresher using just paint

This large shower has ample space and good bones, but has seen better days. To refresh the dingy grout, Crystel Montenegro simply removed all the caulk, scrubbed away all the grime and mildew, then painted the tile with a fresh coat of white paint. And, just like that, the bathroom looks brand new.

7. A refinished standup shower

To breathe new life into an old, grimey, and blue standup shower, Serena Appiah of Thrift Diving removed the shower door and refinished the shower insert with a fresh coat of white paint—a much more manageable project than the original renovation estimate of somewhere between $4,000 and $6,000.

8. A transformative two-month DIY shower

Despite a series of setbacks, Casey Finn of The DIY Playbook stuck with this two-month DIY project to make a new, more contemporary guest bathroom a reality. The end result? An aesthetically pleasing bath with a roomy and functional glass enclosed shower that makes the space feel much bigger than it is.

9. From dark and brown to light and bright

This remodel proves just how far a coat of white paint can go. To make her very dark and small standup shower look much taller, grander, and welcoming, Shannon Fox of Fox Hollow Cottage added vaulting, removed the door, and painted everything white.

10. A dated pink tub becomes a standup shower

A pink tub with a patterned surround straight out of the ’70s was begging for a modern update, and Jessica Bruno of Four Generations One Roof delivered. With the help of her dad, she demolished the existing tub and, its place, installed a beautifully tiled standup shower and shelves for storage.

11. Molded fiberglass gets an upgrade to sleek, modern tile

To make this shower more visually interesting and welcoming, Diane Henkler of In My Own Style ditched the molded fiberglass insert for a tiled floor and walls. The result is a much more modern aesthetic and—bonus—a little bit of extra space.