The renovation of our Tree House bathroom is complete! We’re sharing the details on how it all came together, in all its green, greige and brass-y goodness.
This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.
It’s bathroom reveal day! Friends, we could not be more excited to share with you the last untouched room in our Michigan Tree House. We’ve poured so much of our time – our blood, sweat and tears, quite literally – into the renovation of this home. If you’re just joining us, this house, nestled on a half acre a short walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan, has our whole heart. What may be considered small to some (850 square feet!), feels just right to us. There’s only one bathroom to be shared between the three bedrooms, and we just knew that tiny room was a gem waiting to be polished.
We teamed up with our longtime partner Lowe’s to turn this dated bathroom into an incredibly functional, organized and pretty (so pretty!) space. During some behind-the-scenes moments of this renovation, one of you mentioned that the room is reminiscent of a camp bathroom (said with love), and yes! We agree. It’s utilitarian with an earthy palette, but we think it’s full of surprises, too.
Note: All the sources for this room will be listed together and linked at the bottom of this post.
Shower Wall | Before
Shower Wall | After
Sink Wall | Before
Sink Wall | After
The corner above looks a little different, right? Originally, the guest room closet boxed out that corner, forcing any space for a sink and toilet to be cut in half. During the early demolition of Tree House, we drywalled off the closet to the guest room and instead, we added a freestanding clothing rack. We knew the space would be more valuable in the bathroom!
The Sink That Started It All
You could say that the design plan for this room centered around two items: this sink and that green tile. This Kohler cast iron sink has been on our wish list for a long time, and it feels so very Tree House-y, don’t you think? A sink like this comes with a laundry list of mathematical challenges, essentially forcing the design of the remainder of the space – and we were okay with that! It was worth it.
The Triton Bowe faucets are dreamboats, and they give off a gentle rain water-esque stream. It’s a small touch that feels incredibly luxurious! After installation, we learned that the faucets swivel, an unexpected and welcome surprise. And instead of using a soap dish in the center of the sink, we had our steel fabricator create a soap pump holder based on plans we provided – just another detail that only adds to the experience!
Oak, Greige + Beadboard
Let’s chat about the beadboard! We (er, I), refused to agonize over the perfect shade of greige paint, so after only 15 minutes of browsing through taupe, tan and grey swatches, we landed on Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. My spontaneity paid off! It’s warm without being too yellow, and like most greige paint colors, it’s a shapeshifter (in the best way) depending on the time of day. We topped it off with a gorgeous oak board, giving us counter space for toiletries, dopp kits and the like.
Note: We had the color mixed to Valspar Signature in a satin finish, which reads more like an eggshell sheen with a nice, wipeable finish.
Because Tree House can sleep up to 6 people, we had the idea to add brass numbers to the towel hooks. (Perhaps that adds to the camp-like look as well?) It’s a sweet detail that we can’t wait to put into practice! The mirror you see below was a lucky vintage find, and I’ve been holding onto it for weeks, waiting for the day that I could hang it from one of these hooks.
The greige paint carries around to the bathroom and linen closet doors, and even onto the casement windows. We were sure to layer in several brass tones to keep things feeling warm, such as the wall sconces (which we finished in a new color), brass closet door hardware (another vintage find, lucky us!) and shower hook.
A Pared Down Shower
To keep the shower simple and pared down, I decanted family size shampoo, conditioner and body wash into plastic amber bottles. Game changer, I’m telling you! The gorgeous white ceramic tile you saw above the beadboard carries into the shower, and we used white grout to keep things looking… peaceful? Polished? It felt right. To top it off, we used fixtures from the Delta Trinsic line in a Champagne Bronze finish. They. Are. Beautiful.
Thinking Through the (Not So) Small Stuff
We stacked artwork above the toilet, clipped evergreens from our yard and polished up the original brass hardware to our casement windows. To keep the toilet paper out of view when you first walk into the room, we tucked the holder to the right of the sink! I realize that’s a small detail, but those are the things that add up to make a huge difference in the overall design.
When we told our contractor that we were thinking of nixing heated floors, he urged us to consider otherwise. Those Michigan winters!, he said. We gave in, and he was so, so right. (He usually is!) He installed them for us, and we use this thermostat to keep the temperature at a toasty 85 (or more) degrees. Everyone – and I mean everyone! – appreciates this decision.
It would only be fair for me to end this post with another before and after, right? Oh, it is a wonderful feeling to check this bathroom off of our list!
A huge thank you to Lowe’s for supporting us throughout this project, and big hugs to all of you for cheering us on! We could feel it.
Bathroom Source List
1. Deltra Trinsic Champagne Bronze bathtub and shower faucet with this rain shower head |2. Delta Grail Champagne Bronze handheld shower | 3. allen + roth Greer vanity light bar | 4. Kohler Verdera medicine cabinet | 5. Jeld-Wen pre-hung door (replaced the old bi-fold) | 6. Kohler Adair Watersense toilet | 7. 1-in x 6-in oak board | 8. Kohler Triton Bowe Polished Chrome sink faucets | 9. Kohler cast iron sink | 10. Boutique ceramic white 3-in x 12-in wall tile | 11. Beadboard wall panels | 12. Mapei grout in Alabaster (used with penny tile) | 13. Bedrosians Silver Sage porcelain penny round | 14. Kohler Bellwether cast iron bathtub
PS: You can see the evolution of our bathroom right here, if you’d like!