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Designer Bathroom Makeover

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In-store design services from Lowe’s can turn a dated master bathroom into a modern classic full of ideas and inspiration.

Remodeled bathroom with bath vanities and marble countertops.
Bathroom dating back to the 1980s.

Before: Bygone Style

The 1980s bath had an awkward L-shape corner vanity, large mirrors, and a huge whirlpool tub accessed via steps. Priorities included expanding the shower and updating surfaces. The goal was a more functional space with a modern classic look.

Before and after bathroom floor plans.

Redesigned Layout

The old layout felt crowded and lacked a focal point, and the shower was isolated in a dark corner. The remodeled bath was designed by Christina Ralston, a Lowe’s Project Specialist, Interiors (PSI). PSIs offer full-service design right in the store. She consolidated the two vanities onto one wall, angled the tub, and removed a closet to expand the shower -- without sacrificing storage. The shower’s new walk-in design makes it both bigger and brighter.

Furniture-look bath vanities.

Furniture-Look Vanities

Designer Christina Ralston chose new vanity cabinetry (Special Order) from components that can be mixed and matched for a custom look. The marble countertop (Special Order) includes sinks.

Vanities and freestanding tub.

Relaxed Traditional Looks

To get this designer look, mix and match vanity modules in the Villa bath collection to fit your size, style, and storage needs. Save money and get a high-end look by paneling lower walls instead of tiling them, and paint the panels black (Carbonized, #HGSW1481). Add a rustic element with an aged-look mirror (ATG, #11981817S). Sink faucets (#614839) combine charming traditional styling -- such as sculpted ridges and graceful curves -- with modern WaterSense® efficiency.

Freestanding tub in a bath corner.

Updated Tub

The oval freestanding soaking tub (#669570) is a sleek, modern take on an old-fashioned claw-foot tub. Acrylic construction makes the fixture lightweight. Water pours from a deck-mount faucet (#614791). Dark grout accents the pattern in basketweave mosaic tile (#328716) on the wall. Bath-durable floor tile (#683051) captures the rustic look of weathered wood planks.

Storage cabinet and shower.

Storage Restored

Replacing the former closet, a tall, armoire-style unit provides plenty of storage. Add to that stylish open storage with shelves (#307258) and corbels (#583153) painted to match the surroundings (Carbonized, #HGSW1481). In the shower, a 42-inch wall contains splashes, and porcelain tiles (#397631) offer the marble look for less. Switch to white grout on the shower floor for a different look from the same mosaic tile as on the wall.

Materials used in the remodeling.


To get this designer look, mix sophisticated marble countertops and paneled wainscoting with mirror frames and flooring that look like weathered wood. Choose fixtures, faucets, lighting, and hardware that incorporate sleek tweaks into traditional lines and shapes. Include “roomy” elements, such as furniture-style cabinetry, paneled walls, artwork, seating, rugs, shelves, and freestanding storage pieces.

Lowe’s Project Specialist Christina Ralston.

Work with a Lowe’s PSI

Christina Ralston, a Lowe’s Project Specialist, Interiors (PSI), holds a degree in interior design and is certified by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She says every project is a team effort: “It takes an entire store.” Here are the steps:

  1. Discuss your kitchen or bath project with a Lowe’s associate, who can connect you to a PSI (available in most stores). The PSI will contact you to set up a free in-store consultation. You can also go online to Lowes.com/KitchenAndBath to request an appointment.
  2. For the free in-store visit (allow 2–4 hours), bring photos, measurements, and design inspiration. You and the PSI will discuss design ideas, shop the store for product options, and set a budget.
  3. If you continue with the remodel, the PSI will set up an in-home visit with an Independent Contractor to verify measurements and the scope of the project. You’ll pay a $75 fee good toward installation.
  4. You’ll meet the PSI at the store to review the final design, product choices, costs, and timelines -- all assembled in a binder you can take home. After you confirm financing and sign a contract, you’ll be assigned a project coordinator who will schedule product delivery and installation.