This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta® Faucet. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s funny, because when we first started thinking we might-maybe-should-we? renovate the garden apartment this summer, we thought for sure that we could bypass the bathroom. We said, It just needs fresh paint, right? Let’s demo the floors, but we’ll really focus on the kitchen and call it a day. We laugh about that now, but honestly, who’s surprised?
When we really started to peel back the layers on the onion that is the garden, we realized that this was our time to make things right. No more Band-Aids. The day after our former tenants officially moved out, Scott and I did a thorough walk through of the unit, and we had forgotten how poorly laid out the bathroom was! The door swung inward, which meant the toilet was forced off the wall by about 2′ to allow for the swing. The bulky vanity was water logged on the side closest to the shower, and the only light source came from the vent fan. All around, it wasn’t efficient, and the room felt smaller than it needed to be. As a reminder, here’s where we started:
We knew that swapping the plumbing for the vanity and toilet was a non-negotiable, and it was the first thing we had our contractor do. Afterwards, the same wood-look tile as the rest of the apartment was brought into the bathroom, and we painted everything – walls, ceiling and trim. Unnecessary wall tile was removed, shower tile was scrubbed and grouted, and the tub was reglazed, erasing a neglected history of chipped enamel and rust. At our last update, a slim vanity with extra deep storage was brought in. From there, it was touch-ups and installing the rest of the more permanent fixtures – additional lighting, shelves, hooks and a mirror! All sources are listed at the end of the post, with similar items noted if original is vintage or sold out.
Because this is a rental, realistically, we wouldn’t typically furnish the room with accessories and towels (of course), but for the sake of an honest-to-goodness room reveal, we borrowed items from our own home, bringing in a touch of color and life. Now? This. This is how she was always meant to look:
During our Day of Inspired Design with Delta® Faucet, we were taken to the Delta showroom (right here in our hometown of Chicago!), and we were able to see the Cassidy™ line, the faucet we were considering for our remodel. Seeing it in person only confirmed our decision, and the bright Chrome finish stole our hearts. In fact, our Cassidy faucet is what kicked off the design for the whole room, and we continued to choose details throughout the bath that would play off of her clean, elegant curves:
We were pleasantly surprised at the hefty weight of the faucet, and we love the ease of use with the high-arc spout and single arm handle. You’ll notice that a lot of the fixtures in this room have rounded edges and soft corners, an intentional decision to mimic the curvy Cassidy™! In a room this small, these tiny details add so much; it’s simplistic yet thoughtful.
The mood board we created during our Delta design challenge combined a mix of metals – chrome, oil rubbed bronze and aged brass (you know they’re our favorites), and we were looking forward to incorporating all three of those finishes in the room. We topped the vanity with an ORB tilt mirror – we’ve always wanted one of these for ourselves! – and a sweet, petite double sconce in chrome. (The nickel finish in this same sconce is so warm and pretty, too.)
We continued the oil rubbed bronze theme on our vanity, replacing the kit knobs with these 3″ bin pulls, and along the side, we installed an adorable brass paper holder (similar). Toilet paper holders can be adorable, right?
Above the toilet, we added a budget marble and brass shelf – and yes, it is the exact same shelf we have in our master bathroom! It’s been such a great perch for greenery, lotion and a candle in our home, and we wanted to provide that same little luxury to our future tenants as well.
Although a tenant would typically choose their own shower curtain, we couldn’t resist hanging one of our own to complete the look! This flowy white curtain keeps things feeling fresh and clean, but we especially loved the knotted gold detail that runs along the fabric. Vintage brass hooks (yet another feature from our master bath) bring out that subtle pattern, while also mirroring the metal finishes on the opposite side of the room:
Perhaps one of our very favorite features in the room is this stunning print from She She! As a part of winning the Delta design challenge (we still can’t believe it!), we were gifted a print of our choice from the crazy talented duo. It adds a huge punch to the room, and eventually, it’ll grace the walls in our home. This is the same pattern we used during the challenge itself, and we chose to hang it on this wall to balance the oil rubbed bronze mirror directly across from it.
Overall, the room feels much larger, brighter and so clean. In addition to the warm brass throughout the space, the wood-look tile is another element in the room that keeps it from feeling stark.
We couldn’t be happier with how the bathroom turned out. Just as we hoped, it’s small and mighty, but more importantly, it’s incredibly functional!
Our most sincere thank you! to Delta Faucet for being a huge part of our makeover and giving us the kick start we needed to turn this into the sweetest little room. Part two of our Day of Inspired Design was caught on video, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the crew that’s working on their own Delta refresh, below!
GRANDBABY CAKES | MAKING HOME BASE | SIMPLY GROVE | BLESS’ER HOUSE | THE UGLY DUCKLING HOUSE | DRIVEN BY DÉCOR | JULIE BLANNER | COPY CAT CHIC | OLD BRAND NEW
Paint: Valspar Ultra White | Faucet | Vanity + bin pulls | Mirror | Sconce | Marble shelf | Shower curtain | Vintage rug | Black/white art print | Dog drawing (similar) | Soap pump | Whale nail brush | Planter (similar) | Rescue candle (in black, too!)| Vintage towel hooks