Farmhouse Guest Bathroom Update (And How I Feel About The Tonal Grout Choice)

The upstairs visitor tub is coming alongside, not there but, however coming alongside. I LOVE the tile, the polished nickel finishes, and the candy little window. This can be a new toilet that you just guys satisfied us to place in upstairs on the bed room flooring (and we’re pleased we did). So a lot of you advised that we’d need this particularly when the youngsters are older to allow them to every have their very own toilet. They already bathe on the similar time, one in right here and one within the children’ tub, which cuts down on “bathtime” by 20 minutes. I swear from “time to take a bathe” to downstairs in PJs is a stable 45 minutes for no matter purpose – and never as a result of they’re taking lengthy showers. Distractions! So many distractions. I’m going to begin guiding them blindfolded to do their duties as a result of my goodness they get so distracted by the canine, the stitching machine (“Is now the time to make a pillow for Sue Sue, Charlie?”, A bit of paper that might be an airplane, a pokemon card that HAS to be got down to convey to highschool tomorrow, and once more the canine”… “however mama they’re soooooo cutttttte”)… Anyway, sure, they use each twice per week and I’m glad that is an possibility. So let’s revisit the place we’re in the home:

The Visitor Bed room

We’re upstairs (ignore all of the sunroom, kitchen, and TV room stuff–that’s all on the primary flooring). You stroll upstairs and there’s a massive touchdown which we love, three bedrooms, a hallway shared tub (which I confirmed you on this publish), a visitor room (Everlasting-function TBD), and this new small connected full tub. We have been spoiled (and spoiled our visitors) with ensuite bogs on the mountain home, however we weren’t going to place an additional tub up right here initially (“Friends can share with the youngsters!” We stated) however it’s so good for visitors (and since Brian writes within the visitor room this has turn into his private spot. Ahem).

The imaginative and prescient for this visitor tub was just like the opposite rooms – have one high-impact coloration that we’ll by no means get sick of, however hold it easy and really prime quality. We’d convey in additional fashion and danger with the much less everlasting finishes and fixtures, however keep extra basic with tile and plumbing. I’m nonetheless sorting by way of what degree of remorse I’ve on this toilet – some days none, different days I really feel like I do know what I might have completed in a different way to, you recognize, jazz it up a bit.

For this toilet, we fell in LOVE with this deep mauve/rose-colored pink tile from Pratt + Larson and paired it with polished nickel finishes. The mixture is so stunning, however the room doesn’t really feel full but (probably as a result of it’s not completed). Right here’s the place we’re at right this moment:

Tile | Vainness

There’s a variety of backstory that affected some choices till these components modified, however the choices didn’t – let me clarify. This toilet was stolen from one of many unique massive bedrooms, and due to this fact it has a large bedroom-sized window in it that may have landed between the sink and the bathroom. It was comparatively near the bottom (about 20″ off the bottom) which meant that it could be beneath any regular self-importance and never permit for a standard backsplash. For that purpose, we knew that we wanted a pedestal or console-style self-importance, i.e a sculptural base that might be in entrance of a window, and ordered this one from Rejuvenation. It’s a unusual answer to an older residence rework and one which was truly actually cute (earlier than we modified it). We’d have an outsized window in right here, with a pedestal sink in entrance of it and an accordion mirror popping out the facet. Because of this, we additionally wanted a pedestal sink with an built-in backsplash since it could be in entrance of the window. In case you are confused, right here is the place it was earlier than:

That is the bed room off of the visitor toilet earlier than we created the lavatory. Are you following? So what we did was steal from the nook within the bed room and the corridor closet to create this 5’x7′ (ish) new toilet. As you possibly can see from the unique photograph the window that was going to be included was huge (and exquisite).

In order you possibly can see, with the bigger unique window the self-importance couldn’t be a typical storage piece – it wanted to have an open base and be freestanding with an built-in backsplash (i.e. once more, pedestal or console). We discovered the right one by way of Rejuvenation and referred to as it a day. Nice.

However then, a number of months later we realized that the home on the outside gave the impression to be lacking a window. We didn’t actually notice it initially as a result of the entire home had humorous awkward home windows (and that’s okay for an older residence!).

As soon as every part was demoed and cleared out and the brand new back-covered porch was going to be such a reasonably view, we realized that we’d like that 4th window.

We did some window configuration and realized we may take one other one of many unused unique home windows from downstairs (one of many smaller ones within the entry) and put it up within the toilet, which might be a greater scale for that rest room. It wouldn’t be operable, however that’s okay (there’s a fan). However it was smaller and since we needed to reframe it anyway (HOT TIP: do that earlier than re-siding) this felt like a wise swap. We’d put the unique massive bedroom-now-bathroom window again into the bed room (matching completely) on the much-needed west exterior wall after which add this smaller leftover window within the newly created visitor tub on the east wall. It was window musical chairs and it harm my mind for some time, however so glad we did it.

Here’s what it appears to be like like on the skin with the 4 home windows:

So a lot better and since this again porch and look at have turn into such a function of the house I’m SO GRATEFUL that we did it. Thanks, Jamie and ARCIFORM. If you wish to watch a full video tour of this toilet & the place we wish to take it, then right here she is (simply watch for the advert to play!):

Sconce | Faucet | Faucet Provide Traces | Outlet Cowl | Rest room Lever

So now that that was completed, nobody realized (together with me) that at this level we may have swapped for a special self-importance with extra storage, or one thing extra customized. Now, to be sincere, I’m completely tremendous with this as a result of that is such a cute pedestal sink, was reasonably priced, vintage-y, and since it was a “one and completed” piece it did save us some cash by not tiling or fabricating stone for a backsplash. And hear, in an effort to get a window in there it was all the time going to be awkward so we determined to do the least awkward factor and middle it between the bathe and the wall – thus not proper above the self-importance, however leaving sufficient room for an articulating mirror. Bear in mind that is the visitor tub and perhaps a future children’ tub. However not ours:)

Towel Bar | Bathe Set | Bathe Head

So right here’s the place we’re. The whole lot is sweet and tremendous and nice, however once I walked into this toilet after renovating for therefore lengthy I felt this slight pang of disappointment and I didn’t know why. After a lot thought and some personal tears, I figured it out:

1. The grout coloration that I liked a lot (“matches completely” she stated) made it so the wall of unbelievable tile felt flat. I believe this transfer of matching the grout with the tile may completely work (and does) in a room with a variety of pure gentle that displays off the tile, exhibiting the feel and coloration variation. We did this in our important toilet on the ground and it’s PERFECTION. However up right here? With out a variety of gentle (the photographs make it a lot brighter) the tile function wall simply appears to be like darkish. Can I alter the grout? I imply, you are able to do something but it surely’s a factor. I do know that over time grout lightens with cleaning soap, onerous water, and simply normal put on/tear so I really feel okay about letting it simply try this naturally. You might dremel out the highest layer of grout (on every particular person grout line) after which grout over it, however I’m not there but. I don’t hate it, I simply want it have been lighter so the grout traces would create extra of a sample (actually what I didn’t wish to do at the start as a result of I didn’t need it to look/really feel busy). That’s all to say – when you have a ton of pure gentle, going tonal with the grout and tile is a good transfer, however when you have no pure gentle, distinction the grout in order that the tile pops extra, including curiosity and sample. Finish of onerous lesson:) However that’s not it…
2. I used to be tremendous clear at the start about having this monochrome tile look – the identical coloration on partitions and flooring, however totally different shapes/orientations. However y’all it simply doesn’t pop. I want I had completed a white and rose hex combo on the ground – nonetheless incorporating the pink tile however with one other accent or impartial to shake it up. Or perhaps even a powder blue. Dunno.

However then I remembered that wallpaper exists and that I can shake it up by way of (minor) accessorizing. Hope reemerged and I started working. So let’s present you what is going on:

The Articulating Mirror

I discovered this classic polished nickel at Portland Architectural Salvage and snagged it fairly rapidly. I LOVE the polished nickel fixtures in right here (from Rejuvenation) and was pleased to discover a mirror that works with it and may swing in entrance of the window.

In fact, this isn’t the lavatory nor mirror to prepare from promenade in, if you recognize what I imply. It’s an actual present I’ve of discovering extraordinarily distorted vintage mirrors that hardly mirror your face. As you possibly can see she is previous and the paint on the again (the mercury that created the mirror impact) is chipping off. I haven’t hung it but as a result of we have now but to wallpaper, so I nonetheless have my eye out for an additional answer which may give Suz much less frustration when she is placing on her lipliner. On the similar time, I may additionally simply put one other mirror on the wall by the door. I’m not involved about it AT ALL (probably as a result of it’s not my toilet) and I really feel like not each room will get to be this tremendous dialed 2023 luxurious.

The Wallpaper


I received fairly enthusiastic about placing wallpaper in right here, however have but to make the ultimate resolution. Brian and I agreed rapidly on this Home of Hackney London Rose sample and we referred to as it a day…till I turned uncertain of which child will in the end “get” this mattress/tub once they become old (if both). If it finally ends up that Charlie (the oldest) strikes in right here then he’s already informed us he doesn’t need a pink floral wallpaper and you may balk at that if you would like, however any mother or father of a seemingly cis male boy received’t attempt to make it an even bigger factor and power it (as a result of that may be a bizarre parenting transfer and I wish to respect who he’s and provides him a shot at loving this toilet). I get it and so I’m taking a second to determine it out. Perhaps neither child “will get” this toilet and the bed room stays a visitor room, with certainly one of them extra dominantly showering or preparing in right here when older. It appears straightforward to let Birdie have it (she is a HUGE FAN of that wallpaper), however she additionally likes to take baths extra and I’m uncertain if when she is a tween/teen if it makes extra sense for her to “get” the youngsters tub with the bath. Once more, I’m not involved about it in any respect, this isn’t an actual factor, I’m simply working it out right here in real-time and I actually don’t wish to exchange the wallpaper in 4 years nor do I would like Charlie to really feel foolish or embarrassed exhibiting his buddies his room. So is there a wallpaper that might offset the femininity of the pinky/rose simply in case? Perhaps! I’m ready on Kelly Ventura’s new samples to get to me (that are prone to do the trick) however in the meantime, I’m going to go searching a bit and see if there’s something which may make extra sense for extra members of the family, long run. The feminist in me needs to make males deal by way of a number of floral wallpapers as we have now DEALT with centuries of systemic patriarchal oppression:). However the loving mother in me needs my son to really feel like his room represents him as a lot as Birdie’s room represents her as a result of he’s fantastic, to not blame, and has completed no such oppression in his 9 years on this planet. I’m additionally kinda laughing to myself proper now because the tone is so onerous to painting in writing (is it time for a podcast?). Why oh why would I open up this dialog in a seemingly innocuous progress publish? Who is aware of. Foolish, Emily. However I suppose I would like you to know why I’m not instantly putting in that pink floral wallpaper. Lastly, and with much less gender controversy, we have been going to do a bathe curtain in right here to save cash and usher in some sweetness, however as soon as I spotted that the room wanted extra sample (aka wallpaper) I knew {that a} curtain wouldn’t do and we’d need to put in a glass bathe door. You possibly can have a bathe curtain with wallpaper, but it surely’s not terribly suggested for overspray and normal moisture causes – particularly in Oregon the place it’s so humid within the winter. I simply finalized the glass order and it needs to be put in in a number of weeks, after which I’ll hopefully choose a wallpaper, set up the mirror (and that candy vintage polished nickel cup and toothbrush holder), and be completed with this little girl. If I’m being sincere it doesn’t matter what wallpaper I select this toilet is inherently going to be comparatively on the “female” facet (pink + pedestal sink + wallpaper will try this to an area) so that you would possibly see this unique wallpaper again up on the partitions in a few months as a result of that’s what Brian and I would like. Keep tuned 🙂

Wall Tile: Pratt + Larson

Flooring Tile: Pratt + Larson
Sconce: Rejuvenation
Faucet: Rejuvenation
Bathe Fixtures: Rejuvenation
Pedestal Vainness: Rejuvenation
Wallpaper: Home of Hackney
Wall Paint Coloration: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams

*Pictures by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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