This reveal has been a long time coming. Especially for me.
Technically, it was usable back on September. But then there was the window treatment. I had so much trouble with the window treatment. More on that later. For now, let's start here.
You would be screaming too if you had started building this bathroom a year ago. A YEAR AGO.
Don't you just want to climb the step stool, brush your teeth, wash your hands, water the plant and then brush your teeth again?
I'll try to be brief in walking you through the design choices, but be prepared to indulge me a little. It did take a year after all.
So, once the layout logistics were handled (catch up on that here and here), I dove into the design. There were, however, some logistics to the design as well (as is the case in most spaces) that needed to be considered upfront...before I went on a Target shopping spree. First, the room doesn't get a ton of light. The one, good-sized window is west facing and blocked by some tree shade. Second, I had no flat walls to work with, except for in the shower. The toilet, vanity and towel rack had to fit on walls with quirky jogs. Third, my tiniest family members are the primary occupants of this bathroom. The space needed to be easy and comfortable for wee ones.
To handle the low light factor, I kept the palette white and bright. And white. The walls are Simply White by Benjamin Moore and all the tile is white, not to mention the bathtub and toilet. I did break it up with gray grout, gray and black accents, and wood. But, white is the dominating factor.
I also used chrome for my hardware and fixtures to help brighten things up. These days chrome is the less favored choice when compared to polished nickel because it has a cooler blue undertone and, as a result, vibes less with popular warm finishes like bronze and brass. Meanwhile, polished nickel has a warmer, yellow undertone, hence it plays well with other warm finishes. But chrome, with its blue undertone, is extra bright and extra reflective. It's also simultaneously modern and classic, which is exactly what I wanted. And, in further defense of chrome (because it's my favorite), it plays really well with matte black.
Once I figured out how to use the funky walls in my favor, they ended up being a silent hero of the room - adding charm and character. The vanity fit into the nook that was once a built-in bookshelf.
Let me quickly digress about the vanity - it's a hodgepodge of things I love. It's a classic shape in a traditional vintage maple stain. I sold the granite top and beige sink it came with and opted for an almost completely white quartz top and white sink. And, I replaced the hardware with some chrome hexagon knobs.
I'm in love with these little knobs.
The built-in shelving to the left of the vanity was formerly part of the room on the other side of the wall. It was a narrow nook on one side of a back closet wall. Didn't make much sense in the closet, makes so much sense for extra storage in the bathroom.
The window treatments...oh, the window treatments...were the bane of this bathroom for the last couple months. I tried many different options. Again, logistics played a large hand in this problem/decision. The window is unusually big and unusually low for a bathroom. For the sake of privacy, I needed something with true coverage. On the flip side, I wanted a treatment that allowed some natural light even when drawn for privacy. This ruled out most traditional shade options (I went through a bamboo shade moment, but it would have been drawn the entire day and zapped the little light available to the room).
This cafe curtain lets light in all day long from above the curtain rod. There are no cords for little kids to play with (makes me so nervous). And, I magically found a fabric pattern that I love. The final result was a little DIY project that I'll follow-up on in a later post. So easy, I swear.
And now, the other side of the room.
You already saw some the tile accent wall behind the vanity - the shower pattern is the same. It's a slightly enlarged subway tile (4" x 8" instead of the classic 3" x 6"). I love designing with repetition, it's one of the simplest ways to create a cohesive feeling. It's just important not to repeat so much that it's in-your-face...or boring.
The low marble shelf in the shower is easy for kids (and adults) to grab what they need. And, the hooks (versus towel bar) are easy for kids to hang their own towels and pink, bear bathrobes.
Speaking of repetition, here's another black framed photo of an arctic animal (my kids love arctic animals) and another dragon plant in an IKEA planter. Dragon plants are great at filtering air and IKEA planters are the best budget planters around.
A year was a long, long time. BUT, the bathroom is everything we wanted it to be. So...I suppose it was worth it...though you won't catch me (or my husband!) DIYing another bathroom again soon (or again, period).
Here a source list with nearly everything (feel free to comment with questions on anything I missed!):
Wall and molding color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore (eggshell on walls, gloss on molding)
Floor tile - 2" white porcelain hexagon tile
Wall tile - 4" x 8" white porcelain subway tile
Grout color - DeLorean Gray
Vanity - Fairmont Designs
Vanity faucet - Symmons
Vanity knobs - Rejuvenation
White planter - IKEA
Hand towel ring - Pottery Barn
Medicine cabinet - Pottery Barn
Sconces - Houzz (get 5% off with our code: 4E318)
Gray storage bins - Target
Acrylic tissue box - Amazon
Curtain fabric - Joann Fabric
Curtain rod ring clips - Amazon
Door knob - Amazon
Toilet - American Standard
Bathtub - American Standard
Shower curtain rod - Target
Shower curtain - Urban Outfitters (on sale!)
Shower faucet and handheld system - Symmons
Towel hooks - Rejuvenation
Black frame (above toilet) - West Elm
Black frame (above hooks) - HomeGoods
Toilet paper holder - Pottery Barn (on sale!)
Step stool - HomeGoods
Rug under step stool - HomeGoods (but I found one HERE that may be replacing it)
Thanks for watching along as this yellowed, grassclothed No Man's Land transformed into the best room in the house...and the only completed room in the house. On to the next space!
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