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!
Gorgeous bathroom! Thanks so much for sharing. May I ask where the glass vase above the toilet is from?
The vase was thrifted years ago! It’s always been one of my favorites.
Lovely work!! Charming one
I love this so much! Amazing job. Totally random question – where’s the frame form that the oak tree print is in? I struggle to find nice warm wooden frames that aren’t super expensive or custom.
Agreed – that struggle is real. I actually custom ordered it through Framebridge, but I promise, it’s so EASY! This is the frame we chose, a beautiful cherry with a lacquered black edge.
Love it! Great job you guys. You make use of all the space in the best and most interesting way. The whole room looks amazing, especially that floor with that shower curtain! Your eye for detail is amazing! Beautiful!
Another great job you guys! Thanks for giving me another slew of good ideas. Yes, that sink is fantastic, I think towel bars are a waste of time and space and that hooks are the way to go…but the brass numbers…what a great idea! All the best!
Hooks are the only sure bet to make sure people use them! Haha. Thank you!
This is giving me some great ideas for our someday shower renovation. Looks amazing.
Highly successful! I have similar wall and trim colors in our north MS cabin, but not the green. I think I need more of that green!
Just wondering: how did you attach the soap pump holder to the sink?
Our fabricator used the same specs for the soap dish, and he provided us screws to use. On the back are washers and nuts to keep everything super secure!
Can you share your fabricators information? We have the same sink but with the soap dish. The soap pump is on a shelf, but hard to reach for kids. Would love to order one to install. Thanks!
Of course, let him know that Kim and Scott sent ya! https://269designandfab.com/
Can you share what heated floor system you used? Love the idea!
Our contractor used a wire system that he used on our pink bathroom – we trusted him to choose his favorite. I’ll ask him!
This came together beautifully! It looks as though the sink wall is closer to the window in the after shots than in the before shots. I think the new thicker window trim is part of it, but was that wall built up to accommodate the sink or plumbing, or is it a kind of optical illusion?
Good eye! It’s a combination of a few things; 1 – The thicker window trim as you mentioned. 2- We had the window moved about 8″ to the left to center it between the tub and the sink wall. 3 – There are load-bearing studs behind the sink wall that couldn’t be reconfigured reasonably, so we built a ‘false wall’ to allow for a recessed medicine cabinet. We lost 3.5″ along the whole wall, but it was absolutely worth it!
curious, how did you tackle the window placement shift on the exterior of the house?
That was handled 100% by our contractors.
Inspiring and well deserved. I hope you make time to enjoy it now.
This is gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job!
It looks so cute!
You knocked another one out of the park. So beautiful and classic. That trough sink is what dreams are made of!
Ok, so this is the most specific source question, but: the door and window trim. What is that trim piece that runs horizontally right above the opening, under the top casing? I love the trim profile you used here and elsewhere, and it would work so well in my house! I just have no idea what that piece would look like on its own or what term to use to search for it. The bathroom is a home run. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Christina! The piece that you’re referring to is called a stop. We designed a trim profile that we love and have used it throughout all of Tree House. This post outlines the selection of the trim and the pieces that we use to achieve the profile. Hope this helps!
It’s called a Fillet, you can see it in detail here:
This is so, so good! The door handle on your linen closet is perfection—and that penny tile and that sink, etc. But one of best pictures in this post is CC on the heated floor.
Always stealing the show. ;)
Looks so great!! How did you address the full height tile around the tub/shower where it meets the beadbard, right behind the shower curtain? Would love to see a photo!
We caulked it and I just painted a straight line using the beadboard color!
Amazing bathroom. Great work.
Is the outside of the door the same color like the inside or different??
Thank you! The outside of the bathroom door is painted the same ultra pure white as the trim in the rest of the house.
How do you decide where the white starts and the color ends? Did you ever think about doing the gray in the whole house?
In this case, we restricted the putty color to just the bathroom and used natural breaks in trim to determine the stopping points. The gray was a bit too dark for the whole house. We wanted to keep it light and bright to keep the space feeling as open as possible. We are, however planning on some contrasting trim over at the Two Flat!
This is gorgeous! What did you use to frost the window panes?
We haven’t frosted them yet! Still undecided on whether we will…
Oh.my.gosh this is absolutely wonderful!!!! Congratulations on another wonderful space!!
I love how this space turned out! You guys did an awesome job as usual!
This is such an inspiring space! It’s so warm and collected and unique. Eeek I just love it. Do you mind sharing how you refinished your sconces? I’d love to do something similar, but…I’m scared. ;)
Thanks Jeni! Full tutorial on the sconce color change is posting in the next few days. Ask and you shall receive!
Been looking for this info too!
Drooling over the Penny tile (like the pups I’m sure!) Where are the footstools from or DIY?
Thanks! The stools are from IKEA.
This is an amazing space! You noted on an earlier post that you were going to reveal the treatment you did on the sconces to change them from chrome to brass… did I miss it?
The full tutorial is coming next week!
Beautiful! Would you mind telling where you got your shower rod? I’m struggling to find an antique brass that isn’t a ton of money!
Hi Alaina! It’s from Lowe’s! But it’s more of a shiny brass. I didn’t mind, since I knew it would be hanging really high anyway.
Can a bathroom be art? To me this is a thing of beauty! I love every detail.
Aw, thanks, Kathy!
Amazing! I love the shampoo and conditioner bottles. I’m trying to cut down my plastic consumption, do you happen to have a recommended bulk producer of hair and/or body soaps that you decant?
Great question. I saw a few places that do this after a quick Google search, but for now, I just used family size shampoo and conditioner and decanted those. If anyone has recommendations, I would LOVE to know as well!
I’d recommend looking local for shops that offer “bring your own bottle” products! We have a few eco-friendly shops in our city that have giant pump jugs of all kinds of soaps and detergents and you grab as much as your container can hold
Whoa, that’s awesome!
Check your city for “refill stations”. Los Angeles has a ton as I think most cities do, but my tiny town does not ????
This turned out SO well! Would you mind sharing the overall dimensions of your bathroom? Just a simple __ x __ ?
It’s about 8′ x 7′!
This turned out great!!! Your attention to detail is impeccable. You do such a great job mixing a modern, updated style with old house charm. I love it.
So beautiful. I have to pin like every single picture to make sure I have all the angles referenced on my Bathroom board lol. I have one question about the new closet door. It looks taller than the other main door, correct? I just wondered if it’s just the angle of the photos, but it appears that the horizontal panel across the middle of the door isn’t at the same height of the original door. Is that right? I know this was a pre-hung door, so you don’t really have the option to change that sort of thing. I’m just thinking how nice it would be to have a door that has the same panel dimensions and placement as the original doors and have the extra height extended at the top or bottom to make it both match the old doors and its taller doorframe. Did I word that so it makes sense or am I rambling? I can’t tell, sorry. Would making the panels match the original door make the proportions look wrong on the taller door? Regardless, this whole bathroom is just to die for. And now every bit of this interior is just amazing! I can’t wait for all the exterior fun you’ve got planned for the tree house! :)
Hi Krystal! Yeah, the closet door is a couple inches taller than the door into the room. In hindsight, it would’ve been nice to have them match up, but it was installed before we noticed!
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Hi! What a gorgeous thoughtful renovation. I’m loving the peg hooks on the top of the back of the doors that you painted to match the door. Where can I find those hooks! So simple & modern. Thank you!!
You can find the pegs in our Amazon store! Check under the category ‘let’s get organized.’
It looks wonderful, as usual! I love the penny tile, especially. Question for you … would you mind sharing how you made a regular curtain into the shower curtain? Did you use just one panel, or two? And if it’s one panel, how did you line it up with the liner? If I could figure out how to make Anthro curtains into shower curtains, I’m pretty sure I’d never look back! Thanks guys!
I had to use two panels, and I had our dry cleaner stitch them together. Then I added grommets with a kit! Long curtains are such a workaround… but it’s so worth it. I’ll be sharing more on the blog soon!
Bravo! Very pleasing to the eye! Quick question: how did you afix/hang the pics & medicine cabinet on the porcelain tile? It’s always a daunting task for me….
We used velcro command strips for the art and anchors/screws into the tile for the medicine cabinet.
How did you decide on cast iron vs acrylic tub? And did you recess the medicine cabinet? Love it all!
Cast iron will last a lifetime if you treat it well! And yup, the cabinet is recessed. Those extra few inches of counter space make all the difference.
Hands down this is one of the best bathroom renos I’ve seen. Kudos for nailing the colours! The only two ‘issues’ (I say this lightly) I have lie with the position of the toilet roll holder (eek, I’m not good at twisting the torso in tight spaces!), and the lower section of the toilet which reminds me of our innermost workings! I think that a back-to-wall unit would’ve been a sleeker option…but it’s only my opinion and doesn’t detract from the overall “wow” impression. Well done you guys! xo heather
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I love everything about this bathroom reno!!! You guys always do such a great job and never miss a detail!!
Super specific question here :) I am looking to do the exact same shower fixtures (as seen in the photos) for my bathroom renovation next month. It seems that the tub fixture in the photo is different than the one you have linked. Do you have a link for that and also the diverter you used? Also looking for guidance on the valves used – or if your contractor/plumber took care of that?
Appreciate any guidance you can offer!!
We definitely had to piece together a few parts to get EXACTLY what we needed so that all the Delta Champagne Bronze pieces matched. For some of the more specific things, we had to call Delta.
Good call! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that haha. Thank you!! :)
Loveeee this space! What paint color is on the bead board and trim? Thank you!
I’ve been looking for light fixtures like that that don’t cost a fortune! How did you refinish from the brushed nickel to the bronze?
Late to this beautiful post, but can you tell me what grout brand and color you used with the pennies?
All sources, including the tile, are linked in the post. :)
This was exactly the post I was looking for! Thanks for sharing the details and with photos! I was reading and reading to find where you got the soap pump holder and saw you drew up a design and had it fabricated. If it works great, is there any way you can share that plan and fabricator (and the bottle you are using). I think a lot of people would order it! I also am wondering if your medicine cabinet is recessed or not and that decision?
The cabinet is recessed! The soap holder was made custom for us by a loca meta fabricator. We gave him the soap bottle and he worked around that. ☺️
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Did you know Grove Collaborative is using images from your bathroom in their Facebook marketing? I recognized your picture in the post and had to come back here to double check!
Yes! We worked with them on product styling shots. :)
Thanks so much for this post, super helpful for us! we’re redoing our kids bath with this sink and just wondering where you got those stools?
They’re from Ikea but no longer sell them, sadly!
Hi Kim, I found this post when I was looking for the drain for Bellwether to match my Delta shower/tub system. Do you by any chance know which drain you bought? Thank you! Your designs are so beautiful.
Thank you, Aileen! We got this drain and stopper.
In LOVE with this bathroom. I am thinking of using this sink for the boys bathroom. Do you have a recessed medicine cabinet mirror above the shelf. Do you mind sharing the height of sink, ledge/shelf and mirror?
Thanks Breanne! Unfortunately we don’t have access to the measurements right now, but we mounted the sink at the manufacturers recommendation. The shelf was mounted about 6″ above the top of the sink and the medicine cabinet was mounted about 6″ above the shelf. If you’d like to shoot us an email, we could take measurements next time we’re there!
The bathroom is gorgeous! We decided to go with the same medicine cabinet and I was wondering if you recessed it or surface mounted it? Could you please share which you did and if you have any tips?
Hi Peri! We still love our after a few years of use. Ours is recessed, which we prefer whenever possible. In our case, for the oak shelf to be functional, it was a must. The extra 4″ or so might not seem like a big space-saver, but it really does open up the space.
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Your bathroom is perfection. I found your post because we are embarking on our own DIY project and I’ve known for over a year that I would be putting in the Brockway sink. I put penny tiles in the shower in our other bathroom a couple of years ago. I love them! They would be easier to install on a flat floor. ; ) I am thinking of doing the pennies in the whole bathroom like yours, but I’m a bit hesitant. I’m curious how you feel about living with them for a bit. Maintenance and cleaning?
Thanks for the kind words, Kristin! We still love the penny tiles in the TH bathroom. We sealed the tile right after it was installed, so it remains stain free with normal mopping and cleaning. Once in a while, we bust out the scrub brush and hit the high-traffic areas with a good deep clean. Overall, the maintenance isn’t much different for any other tile flooring. Hope this helps!