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Before & After: A Master Bath Gets a Bright Makeover in Austin, TX

by Lauren Chorpening

When Amanda and Corey Hendrix moved into their Austin, TX home six years ago, there were a lot of projects that needed to be done. Their 80s builder-grade home didn’t have enough character or beauty for the couple, and it lacked legal building codes for today’s standards. Thankfully, Amanda and Corey share the same love for hands-on home improvement and are always looking for the next room to upgrade and makeover. “The house had great bones but needed tons of work, and the floor plan felt unique to us and made the home feel a little more special than the typical builder-grade home. We loved that it was such a great blank slate for us to get creative with, and we immediately saw how much potential it had,” Amanda shares.

The bathroom was one of the first things they wanted to redo, but it took a few years to get started. “When it comes to the bathroom in particular, we knew from the moment that we saw it that it had an incredible amount of potential,” Amanda says. “It’s a huge master bathroom and the layout is really fantastic, but the entire room was brown, boring, and nothing special yet. We talked and planned for years before we actually got started on this room, and it was a whirlwind process once we actually started renovating!” A whirlwind is a great way to describe it. Amanda and Corey completed the project themselves in six weeks for One Room Challenge, an online blogging challenge to start and complete a full room makeover in a short amount of time. They learned to tile, applied a cedar planked ceiling, replaced the countertop, painted, designed and fabricated light fixtures and completely changed the look of the space while both working full-time outside of the home.

Amanda’s blog, Love and Renovations, has become successful enough to quit her day job and focus on the blog full-time. “The whole reason I started my blog in the first place is to show my readers that you don’t have to be a professional or have a ton of experience to renovate your home, and this bathroom is the absolute perfect example of that,” Amanda explains. “It’s flawed, we made a few mistakes along the way, and we were probably in way over our heads, but in the end, we accomplished something that we never thought we were capable of and ended up with a bathroom that still makes me pinch myself every day because I can barely believe it’s mine!” Amanda and Corey’s hard (and fast) work has paid off and they have a beautiful master retreat with a style that makes them feel at home. –Lauren

Photography by Amanda Hendrix

Image above: Amanda and Corey did cosmetic improvements to almost every square inch of their master bathroom. From floor to ceiling, this space was a labor of love.

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“This window didn’t have privacy glass and had some super ugly white shades before the renovation, and we decided to try out some frosted window film to add privacy to the room (this window overlooks the street and is definitely visible to passersby!). It worked like a charm and we were able to leave this window naked too, which helps add to the clean feel of the room and brings in even more natural light,” Amanda says.

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The bright, cheery coral color on the vanity was chosen by Corey. Amanda designed the light fixtures and Corey fabricated them. Everywhere you look in this space, the Hendrix family has put their signature on it.

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Amanda DIYed this IKEA step stool for her “precocious, chatty, and fiercely independent three-year-old” son Jackson to be able to reach the sink.

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The walls in all the bathrooms and the kitchen have a splotchy, raised texture that would have taken more time than they had to get smooth. Amanda and Corey found that painting the brown walls white made the texture less apparent and easier to live with for the time being.
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"My good friend from high school, Lisa Raymond, actually designed the art above the toilet. She sells these amazing designs and I begged her for one for my bathroom. We had originally planned on hanging it on the tile above the bathtub, but I worried it would get ruined so it landed here," Amanda shares.
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Another way Amanda and Corey chose to solve the textured wall issue was to extend the height of the tile bath surround. “Prior to doing this bathroom, we had never even tiled anything, and I look back on this renovation and marvel at how brave we were to just dive in with zero knowledge or experience. Our inexperience definitely shows if you look closely at the room (the tile job is far from perfect!), but I actually look at those little mistakes and smile,” Amanda shares. “Even though it’s not all perfect, the mistakes remind me that if we can do this, we can do anything!

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"This is the view we lived with for two and a half years before we got around to renovating the bathroom! No shower, no drywall, and no bathtub faucet," Amanda shares.
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“We weren’t able to expand the shower as much as we wanted to, but we did have the glass installers push the glass back on the ledge as far as they could, which gave us about 2 extra inches, and we had them make the glass probably close to a foot taller,” Amanda explains. “It made a huge difference in how big the shower feels – those extra two inches are magical!”

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"My husband made this gorgeous tub tray and iPad stand for me once I started taking more baths - these two things make this room my favorite spot in the house. We added tons of candles, some flowers, and some extra spa-like details to the room to make it feel more special. There's nothing like lighting a few candles right before a nice long bath," Amanda says.
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"This room gets a ton of natural light, and this window is made of privacy glass so we don't have to obscure any of it with window coverings," Amanda says.
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The cedar ceiling is actually cedar closet liner that they applied to the stained drywall. "The entire room smelled incredible for the first few months, but it's faded over time," Amanda shares. "I've considered bringing in a cedar-scented room freshener just to bring back that intoxicating smell!"

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