Bathroom Remodel | Elk River, MN by Erin Jackson

Finally, the LAST major project in our “Fixer Upper” is FINISHED! Our Bathroom Remodel | Elk River, MN is quite the transformation! Almost 7 years since we closed on the 1971 4-Level Split, we can proudly say EVERY part of this home has been remodeled, improved or replaced!

Plan: Update Master Bathroom

  • demo and gut the entire bathroom
  • improve the existing layout
  • expand showering space
  • add more lighting throughout the room
  • design 2 separate vanities: 1 for the girls 1 for the boys

Before and After 

Every project in this home has always been about maximizing our space, making the room functional for our growing family and showcasing my Husband and his Family’s amazing craftsmanship and carpentry skills.

October 2010 we closed on our house and the remodeling process began! I still think we were crazy to tackle this beast…

Posted by Erin Jackson on Friday, February 8, 2013


Demo day couldn’t come soon enough. We had several plumbing and lighting deficiencies as well as many aging and ventilation concerns.


I challenged my Husband to go above and beyond when designing our cabinetry and vanities. With each project, I wanted him to think of our house as a Franklin Builders Cabinetry Showroom. Most of our home has Oak Woodwork to stay true to the homes original build date. We didn’t want to go too far off track and wanted to stay within the oak family. Beautiful quarter sawn oak cabinetry was designed to perfection. Mikey created 2 vanity masterpieces.

We decided to downsize to one sink and create an upper cabinetry piece to enclose the lovely mosaic tile and hold can lighting in the soffit. Our painter finished the wood in a custom stain blend he described as “smoky and milky” which emulates both gray and warm tones from the mosaic tile

We accented the routed drawer edges with a metallic glaze to give dimension and make the edges pop. He finished by clear coating the wood for a soft matted look. We installed soft close drawers in a bumped out inset style.


Bright polished nickel pulls and knobs give a warm yet highly reflective finish. The Makeup vanity boasts 12 soft close drawers and sconce lighting sure to make the girl’s of the house feel glamorous and organized in our very own space! 

The sconces, chandelier, rustic vanity mirror and glass under mount sink were all purchased at  This amazing home design resource cut my shopping time in half when searching for arabesque style details to finish off this space.

All tile, knobs and pulls were purchased from our local Elk River Menards. The gorgeous glass and stone mosaic tile stopped me in my tracks and inspired me to build off of all of its glorious details. Our Marble countertops were chosen onsite at our local supplier Exquisite Stone Plumbing fixtures are from Kohler’s Devonshire line in the Vibrant Polished Nickel finish. Maximizing tub and showering space was achieved by installing a curved tub and curved curtain rod.

The end results are better than I could have ever imagined. It’s pretty easy to design a space when your Husband says you can pick whatever you want as long as you love it-he will build it. The ONLY thing he said he wanted was shiplap on the ceiling. I admit, I fought him on this. I thought it would be too much in a small space. To be honest, it is my favorite part of the whole bathroom. Probably because it was an unexpected surprise from a very talented guy. Knotty pine shiplap was painted to match the white subway tile and Mikey finished it off by installing oak trim.  

Many labors of Love are shown in this space. We are incredibly grateful to work with so many talented people that made this project possible! 

We truly couldn’t do any of this without you all. Our dream of creating our Forever Home in Elk River, MN is definitely a dream that has come true. Every day I am so grateful we decided to tackle this beast of a house and turn it into our own. 


Downtown, Elk River



Al @ Ajn Tile and Stone

Brian @ Multi-Tone Painting, Inc.

Larry @ Lundby Electrical


Troy @ Brisbin Plumbing Inc