We’re sharing the mood board for our next renovation: Our Tree House bathroom! Moody green, greige and brass accents will combine to create a layered, family-friendly design.
This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.
I took the bathroom photo above the day we closed on our beloved Tree House. It’s been two-and-a-half years since then, and, well, it looks exactly the same! The same cracked tile floors, the same rusted tub drain, the same water-logged vanity and too-small medicine cabinet and overkill wall sconce. Same, same, same.
Our Bathroom | Before
Everything is surface clean, but the bathroom is an extreme departure from the care and love that we’ve poured into the rest of Tree House. If I’m being honest, I don’t like walking barefoot in our own bathroom; it’s clean, sure, but it doesn’t look clean. In an attempt to prep the home for sale, the previous owners had the walls whitewashed in primer, but rather than brighten things up, it’s only contributed to the feeling of being ‘unfinished.’
During our home inspection, we were told that there were pinhole leaks in the plumbing beneath the floor, and ideally, we should replace all the pipes. It wasn’t serious – it could wait a year or two, we were told – but here we are, more than two years later, and in the back of our minds, we just know. There are leaks in our bathroom!
Improving the Layout
In addition to the plumbing, we knew we’d also want to change the layout to create the most welcoming space. This is the only bathroom in the home, so a double vanity was a non-negotiable for us. To make this happen, we always knew we’d want to swap toilet and vanity, but we’d need to get rid of this drywalled obstacle:
That’s actually the back of the old closet from the second bedroom, which we had walled off during phase one of our renovation a couple of years ago! (Some might call us ‘planners,’ haha.) That bedroom got an adorable clothing rack, and in exchange, we’ll get the square footage we’re craving in the bathroom. Once demolition begins, our contractor will remove the former closet from the bathroom, and we’ll have a nice, smooth wall for a double sink!
A Green, Greige + Brass Mood Board
Needless to say, we couldn’t be more thrilled to kick start our head-to-toe bathroom renovation. It’s happening, it’s happening! This is the last untouched room in Tree House, which feels surreal and exciting, and in some ways, it feels a little bit weepy, too. A dream come true, really. And so to help us kick off the celebration, our friends at Lowe’s have swooped in to bring our bathroom vision to life!
- Deltra Trinsic Champagne Bronze bathtub and shower faucet (we’ll be swapping to this Delta rainshower head)
- Delta Grail Champagne Bronze handheld shower
- allen + roth Greer vanity light bar (available in nickel, but we have a fun DIY planned for this one!)
- Kohler Verdera medicine cabinet
- Jeld-Wen pre-hung door (to replace the closet bi-fold)
- Kohler Adair Watersense toilet
- 1-in x 6-in oak board
- Kohler Triton Bowe Polished Chrome sink faucets
- Kohler cast iron sink
- Boutique ceramic white 3-in x 12-in wall tile
- Beadboard wall panels
- Mapei grout in Alabaster
- Bedrosians Silver Sage porcelain penny round
- Kohler Bellwether cast iron bathtub
We’ll actually be using the light bar (3) vertically on either side of the 40″ medicine cabinet (4). It comes in a nickel finish, but we have a little DIY planned for the finish! We’d like to install beadboard (11) on the lower half of the walls, and we’ll paint it a soft greige color, similar to the alabaster grout (12). We’ll be adding a wall-to-wall oak shelf (7) beneath the medicine cabinet, and the white ceramic tile (10) will continue above the beadboard and go all the way to the ceiling and into the shower! And that floor tile (13). It’s so beautiful!
Small Space = Something Unexpected
We like to think of small(er) rooms as a place to do something unexpected, and as soon as we saw this green penny tile, everything clicked into place! From there, we loaded our virtual Lowe’s shopping cart with the this stunning utilitarian sink (I get misty thinking about Lucy on her tippy toes, washing her hands here), tile with a handmade feel and the most handsome 40″ wide medicine cabinet. We knew that Lowe’s could be our one-stop shop to create a layered, family-friendly, looks-like-it’s-always-been-this-way bathroom, and it didn’t disappoint!
Tips on Kick-Starting Your Design Plan
A common question we receive as we kick off any renovation is, How do I know where to start? We get it. A top-to-bottom renovation can feel overwhelming, but we always remind ourselves that the only forward is one step at a time. That said, here’s our advice for getting off on the right foot.
- What is the one item in the room that’s your must-have? For us, it was the green penny tile and the cast iron sink. This was our starting point.
- We like to grab web images of the items we’ll be using (either by right-clicking and saving the file or grabbing a screenshot), and we start broad. If we can’t decide between two light fixtures, we save both images. These images make up the mood board you see above!
- We round-up photos that inspire us, and we take a good look at what we’re loving. Are we noticing a theme? I’ve had the images below saved for months. I’m noticing dark green, black accents and the return of warm greys.
- Finally, Scott and I look at all the images we’ve saved as a whole. We select all the images, and then we slowly eliminate the multiples. We squint. We over analyze. We don’t settle.*
* Even if your budget doesn’t allow for, say, your dream tile, I promise that if you search hard enough, you can find that look for less. This takes patience, but the results are worth it for a space you love with your whole heart.
Our Lowe’s items have started arriving, and demolition begins in just a few short weeks. We’re looking forward to taking you along for the ride!