Your High-Glam Dream Bath for Less

When her family decided to custom-build their home, Lisa Martin knew exactly what she wanted: a glamorous master dream bath where she and her husband Jeff could escape from her three sons and two dogs to relax in quiet luxury.

Master dream bath

To the right of the tub is a small water closet, and to the left is a walk-in steam shower. Know when to save and when to splurge: Beth saved on polished nickel Waterworks fixtures and splurged on the Carrera marble baseboard and wainscoting. With its ROMA finish, the bathroom’s hardwood pine floor “looks as exquisite as limed French oak,” Beth says. At left: To give the bathroom the spacious feeling the Martins requested, Beth ran the mirrors to the ceiling to create the illusion of verticality (Photo: Erica George Dines).

A Busy Mom’s Dream Bath

When planning the master bath, interior designer Beth Webb wanted to give Lisa a space that was utilitarian, yet more glamorous than the rest of the house. “They had a tiny bath in their previous home,” Beth says, “so they wanted their new bath to feel luscious and open.”

Beth covered the walls above and around the vanity with counter-to-crown mirrors, and architect Peter Block designed shutters behind the tub to ensure privacy while letting in plenty of light.

A bathroom, Beth insists, is only as good as its light. “Because I’m a woman,” she explains, “I view putting on makeup as critically important. If you have fluorescent lamps glowing over your head, even if you’re 19, you’ll look awful,” she laughs.

Drilled directly into the mirror, the shaded scones avert this problem, while the mirrors themselves reflect the light around the space. It’s a man’s house,” Beth says, “but this dream bath is all about air and light.”

Get it for Less: How to Make Faux-Marble Wainscoting

(Photo: Erica George Dines)

What you’ll need:

Basecoat paint (Choose a neutral-colored latex paint, such as Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home Interior Acrylic Latex Paint)

  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Metallic glaze (Such as Sherwin-Williams’ Faux Impressions Metallic Base)
  • Metallic or pearlized paint (Choose about three colors. Consider Martha Stewart Living’s metallic paint with a specialty finish.) P
  • aint roller 3-inch bristle brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Graining comb
  • A thin, wooden chair rail, painted white

(Photo: Erica George Dines)

What you’ll do:

1. Use the measuring tape, level and pencil to measure and mark the area you plan to paint; carefully draw a level horizontal line for the chair rail.

2. Wash the wall; let dry.

3. Tape off the area you plan to paint.

4. Roll on the basecoat; let dry.

5. Mix the metallic glaze (Check the can for your particular glaze’s instructions.)

6. With the 3-inch brush and vertical strokes, paint a thin layer of glaze to one section of the wall.

7. While the glaze is still wet, drag the graining comb from top to bottom of the glazed section, applying even pressure. When you reach the bottom, begin again without overlapping. (When necessary, clean the comb with a small rag.) Let dry.

8. Repeat steps 5-7 until the wall is completed.

9. When the glaze has dried, use the small brush to streak the metallic or pearlized paint into the grooves created by the graining comb. Carefully streak the colors together to create the marbleized look, but do not blend.

10. Remove painter’s tape and allow the wall to dry.

11. Install the chair rail along the line you drew in Step 1.


Written by Elaine K. Phillips

Photography by Erica George Dines




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