Today is finally the big reveal of our pool bathroom makeover! A LOT of planning went into this renovation project so it has been fun to see my dreams become reality. Our new bathroom features a black steel vanity, white shiplap, hexagon tile, trough sink, wall mounted faucet, and more.
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For those of you who are new to The Greenspring Home blog, this small space used to be our laundry room. The laundry room was completely non-functional and we couldn’t even fit our washer and dryer next to each other. There used to be a long hallway leading to our previous bathroom and the laundry room was tucked in the back. Ultimately we decided to actually knock down the wall of the hallway which gave us more space for the bathroom and an open concept laundry room.
Just dreadful, wasn’t it?! We kicked off this project in full force with one full day of demolition, and we did it ourselves to save a few thousand dollars. Here is proof! Can you tell my husband is a fan of Chip Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper?
After demolition, our contractor took over the rest of the project. He first framed out this wall extension. Why on earth would we extend the wall out? Well I fell in love with wall mounted faucets on Pinterest, and I asked our contractor if we could have one. Initially the answer was no because this is an exterior wall which means the plumbing pipes would likely freeze over the winter. Maryland temperatures get down to zero degrees at times!
Luckily I didn’t take no for an answer because eventually he did come up with the idea to extend the wall out two inches. By doing so, we now had enough room to put the plumbing pipes within this new interior wall keeping them insulated.
The next step was to build the shower. Both the shower walls and base were framed by hand as I was against using a pre-made shower base. I think they cheapen the overall look and I think you will notice in the After photos how much of a difference this makes.
We used three different types of tile – shower wall tile, shower floor tile, and main floor tile. I learned that tiling is a form of art and patience! When I picked out hexagon tile, I had no idea how many cuts it would require. Our contractor must have walked in and out of the garage a hundred times. I felt so bad, but in the end it looks SO good! The whole process is pretty cool to watch actually.
Everything started to feel real when all of the drywall went up, and then super exciting once the shiplap was done!
Here it is my friends! I can’t help but smile every time I walk into our new bathroom.
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I pretty much designed the whole bathroom around this custom vanity, and it is the first thing you see when you walk in. The black steel vanity was built by our local custom furniture shop, Guy Furniture Guy. Chad is very talented and we’ve worked with him before on our dining table and nightstands.
The vanity base was made to hold this beautiful stone resin countertop basin. When I found this trough style sink I knew it would be the statement piece of the whole room.
Does the wall mounted faucet steal the show though? I think water coming out of a wall is pretty cool.
Now there are hundreds of different types of wall mounted faucets. I knew right off the bat that I wanted cross handles so I was able to narrow it down from there. The faucet is from the Purist line and I love its simple, modern design.
I really wanted this bathroom to feel clean and simple. You can access this bathroom through our garage or inside immediately to the right so wet bodies can get out of the swimming pool and use the bathroom without tracking water all throughout the house. Yay!
For some beautiful reason I am really drawn to white shiplap. I initially considered using wallpaper, but something about shiplap feels so crisp and clean. I am sure you have seen the more rustic version of shiplap on Fixer Upper, but ours has a modern look.
Our toilet nook is to the left of the vanity. I’m sure you didn’t need to see our toilet, but since it’s a pretty nook I am showing you anyway! My husband suggested using shiplap as a feature wall, but I love that we decided to cover all four walls with it.
Since there was an existing shower we naturally assumed we would re-do the shower in renovations. The price tag of the shower came in really high so we struggled with whether it was worth it for our family. We knew an extra shower adds re-sale value to the house, but we are not moving any time soon. Ultimately we did keep the shower in our plans, and I am really glad we did.
When I found these matte white hexagon tiles I knew they were exactly what we needed. Every time I see them I get heart eyes! Hexagon tile in matte white is not as common as you think. I called six other tile stores to price compare this particular tile, and no other stores carried it. Our contractor is very experienced, and even he had never installed individual hexagon tiles before.
We have a shower niche in our master bathroom and I absolutely love having one so I made sure to add this simple luxury to the design plan.
I found these cute hooks and hung them right outside of the shower door. Guests can hang their towel, bathing suit, or anything they need to.
The shower size itself is 36″ x 36″ which allows plenty of room considering it is not in everyday use. We used three different types of tile in this shower:
# 1 – matte white hexagon tile on the shower walls (6 x 7″)
# 2 – black honed marble hexagon tile on the shower floor (2″)
# 3 – mini matte white hexagon tile on the shower niche (1″)
The shower threshold is lined with basic Carrera Marble.
Do you adore this one of a kind piece of artwork as much as I do?! I am obsessed to say the least. The light wood herringbone frame adds some much needed femininity to the room. The frame size is 18″ x 24″.
Here is a close up of the frame so you can really see its fun detail. Be still my heart!
We matched these frosted glass doors to ones we have in other areas of our home. I am slowly replacing our old hollow core wood doors with these. They are special order from Home Depot.
Are you surprised I used a pendant light? I went back and forth on whether to use a sconce or pendant, but ultimately I decided to take the risk. I fell in love with this light fixture in particular because of its soft, warm brass.
I hope you love all of the design details as much as I do! This bathroom was so fun to design and I am loving its simplicity.
If you love before and after photos, go check out my modern farmhouse living room renovation.