We’re giving a couple’s master bathroom a facelift to make their space more worthy of the title.

This house belongs to Tom and Linda Lyles. Since they moved in 16 years ago, they’ve wanted to renovate the master bath.

Dated floral wallpaper once covered the area so the couple took it down and did some damage that they just didn’t know how to fix. That was over a year ago, so this master bathroom is past due for an update.

Tom and Linda Lyles' master bathroom, before renovation
Tom and Linda Lyles removed their wallpaper more than a year ago, and soon realized that updating their master bedroom would be a bigger job than they’d anticipated.

Linda would like a new countertop, along with painted cabinets and updated pulls, and an electrical outlet for her husband’s side of the vanity.

Tom would like the doorway leading to the water closet converted into a cased opening. In addition, he’d like to see the builder-grade mirror replaced with two separate mirrors.

So, besides painting the walls, we’ll replace the mirror, convert the water closet doorway to a cased opening, update the vanity, and replace the sinks and countertop.

The Projects: Master Bathroom Facelift

Chelsea and I disconnect the sink and remove the countertop. With the master bathroom’s countertop out of the way, we can finish removing the wallpaper — with a little help from a paper scoring tool and some hot water.

After stripping off the remainder of the wallpaper, Chelsea and Linda remove the doors and drawers from the vanity while I cover up the wall damage throughout the room with a coat of joint compound. Then we tackle the doorway to the water closet.

After removing the split jamb, I begin nailing 1-by-6’s to the framing to make this a proper cased opening.

Danny Lipford converts French provincial cabinet doors to Shaker style
Danny Lipford converts cabinet doors to the popular Shaker style.

Convert Vanity Doors to Shaker Style

The master bathroom’s vanity doors were a French provincial style and we’re changing them to Shaker style.

The conversion isn’t difficult because I found strips that are the right width and thickness at the home center.

I just have to glue the strips to the door and then we can paint.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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