The Suite Extension Bathroom Reveal!

It may have been a long time coming but the bathroom reveal is finally here!

Bathroom Reveal

Just to recap, and for anyone new to my blog, this bathroom is part of an upper level suite extension at my parent’s house. So, in a departure from my usual “make the most” style of decorating – where I tend to cosmetically refurbish dated, existing spaces – this room actually needed to be created from scratch. Yikes!

It was a slightly daunting and weird experience to forgo the need to upcycle and DIY pretty much everything, and instead look at using mostly brand new stuff (new stuff is mildly foreign to me)! But even in a new build, there’s still always room for some creative little projects, and of course, being budget savvy never goes out of style!

Although my parents trust me (way more than they probably should – LOL!), they both had some strong ideas about the design direction of this space and weren’t about to sit back and let me run wild with it – which is wise given their conservative taste. The resulting room is a transitional mix with timeless bones, an overall classic feel and some more unique ephemeral touches, which can be changed out from time-to-time. I hope you guys can appreciate what we were trying to achieve.

I’ve covered most of the bathroom progress in my previous posts, however will touch on some aspects as I share this reveal. For your convenience I’ve linked to all of the products and projects at the end of the post. And, as always, feel free to ask any questions if you’d like more info about anything in particular.

Bathroom Reveal

Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Reveal

Turkish Towels

I say it every time, though for me there’s always some doubt when a room is in progress, so when things come together nicely in the end it’s such a good feeling!

Bathroom Vanity

The vanity was one of the more major ‘unknowns’ as we designed it ourselves (which is always a little dicey) and were limited in terms of the finishing materials we could choose.

The timber grain vinyl was a bit of a risk though it looks so good and adds just the right amount of warmth.

Bathroom Vanity Handles

To finish it off we added these simple, almost utilitarian, handles from Handle House which I just love! I was originally going to use black handles (and even tried some out) though they felt too jarring. I thought chrome would be lost against the timber grain vinyl, though their subtlety is just perfect!

Bathroom Make Up Vanity

We plan to place a free standing mirror on the make-up bench eventually but just haven’t found the right one yet.

Bathroom Vanity Stool

And my basic hacked Kmart stool is still going strong!

Kmart Stool Hack

Without a doubt the riskiest element was the landscape mural, which I custom designed.

Custom Landscape Wallpaper

Having never done anything quite like this before, I really had no idea how it was going to turn out. There are probably a few little things I might change if I was going to do it again (mainly relating to the contrast and tone of the print) but that’s just me being fussy. It’s really lovely as is, and gives the room such a unique vibe.

Wallpaper

It cost a total of around $280 to have it printed through a company called AJ Wallpaper, which, based on all of my research, is a great price. Wallpaper can be sooooo expensive!

Unfortunately the wide-angle photos don’t really do justice to the detail in the print so you need to use your imagination a little.

Over the vanity I love the way the trees seem to cradle the mirror.

Bathroom Reveal

As promised months ago, I’ll be back to share some free printable large-scale landscape images you can use to make your own wallpaper or art!

The shower niche is nice and simple with its pencil tile border, and Caesarstone shelves which match the vanity top.

Shower Niche

Vintage Shower Set

And I adore these static cling labels I found on eBay (I simply removed the stickers from some supermarket bottles and attached these instead).

Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles

Shower Niche Styling

Of course I found a bit of room for some of my blue-green glassware!

Bathroom Styling

Deciding on tiles was surprisingly simple. My parents knew they wanted classic white subways on the walls from the start, and choosing to pair them with a mottled charcoal herringbone on the floor just came easy.

Charcoal Herringbone Tile Floor

Shower Drain

It’s a great timeless combo which works beautifully to provide both freshness and depth.

Bathroom Reveal

It’s easy to get caught-up on the idea that every individual item in a room needs to make a statement. And, I must admit, when I first saw this very basic vanity basin, I was a little underwhelmed. But, I knew that in the context of the space as a whole, something simple like this would work well to ‘sit back’ as needed. And it’s just right.

Vanity Basin

Bathroom Vanity

Initially, I wanted a wide oblong mirror for this room, though we couldn’t find anything affordable. I contemplated DIY’ing something, but in the end it was just easy to use this round mirror from Kmart for now.

Vanity Mirror from Kmart

The faux brass finish was a little dull so we coated it with ‘Gold Leaf’ Rub ‘n’ Buff for a bit of extra oomph.

Custom Landscape Wallpaper

The sconce light is simply from eBay.

Sconce Light

It originally had an antique brass finish, which I thought might work, but in the end it was too much so we painted it black for simplicity.

And it works well to reference the classic towel hooks on the opposite wall.

Towel Hooks

Bathroom Makeover

It feels so strange sharing a room reveal without any before shots!

Bathroom Reveal

Vanity

Bathroom Reveal

Although it looks quite luxe and custom (if I do say so myself – LOL!), there’s actually nothing expensive about this bathroom. My parents did splurge a little (by our standards, anyway) on the tapware though it was still far from extravagant. For the most part the entire space is actually quite budget savvy. Hopefully it goes to show that with a bit of resourcefulness, patient shopping and thoughtful compromise you can achieve a champagne look on a beer budget!

Bathroom Vignette

Hope you like it!

PRODUCT & PROJECT LIST

Floor Tile – Conazzo Charcoal Brick Matt (300mm x 70mm) with Charred Ash Grout ($49 square meter)

Wall Tile – White Subway Gloss (200mm x 100mm) with Misty Grey Grout ($22 square meter)

Wallpaper – DIY Custom Designed Vintage Mural Printed by AJ Wallpaper ($280 total)

Shower Glass Panel – Custom Manufactured ($500 approx.)

Vanity – Custom Designed in Gislaved Sebastion Oak Vinyl with Frosty Carrina Caesarstone Top ($1,200 approx.)

Vanity Handles – Minyana Cabinet Handles from Handle House ($12 each)

Vanity Stool – Kmart Hack ($30)

Sconce Light – Round Sphere Wall Lamp from eBay ($55)

Shower Tapware – Phoenix Nostalgia Exposed Shower Set ($730)

Basin Tapware – Phoenix Nostalgia Basin Set ($420)

Basin – Caroma Luna Inset Basin ($130)

Shower Waste – Sunny Design Brass Waste ($12)

Mirror – Large Brass Look Mirror from Kmart ($30)

Towel Hooks – Adoored Black Deco Robe Hook from Bunnings ($8 each)

Towels – Linen Turkish Towels from Etsy ($12 each)

Soap Blocks – Savon De Marseille ($12 each)

Shampoo & Conditioner Labels – By Me from eBay ($3 each)

 

Note that the shower panel and vanity costs are labelled as approx. because they were general inclusions in the build contract so their prices weren’t individually specified.

 

Signature

 

Catch up on all of the other suite extension posts HERE.

 

Bathroom Vanity

 

 

 


62 Comments
  1. Pauline says:

    Absolutely Zen serenity! I would meditate in this atmosphere too LOL
    Your marvelous vision at work again…

    • Aw, thank you so much. Nothing special though we’re happy with the outcome. A nice simple space to enjoy :)

  2. Megan says:

    Beautifull, as always. Love how there is lots going on but you are able to tie everything together.

    • Thank you so much. Yes, I consider it quite simple overall though I guess the wallpaper adds that element of interest. I can’t help myself with decor – LOL!

  3. Denise says:

    You never cease to amaze me – this is amazing and that wallpaper = fabulous!

  4. Karen Kurti says:

    Looks fantastic. Love the wallpaper, excellent choice and well worth the wait!

  5. Leslie Wood says:

    This is just beautiful! I really love all the choices that you’ve made. And the wallpaper! Wow – I still can’t believe that you did that yourself – it’s really amazing.

  6. Susa says:

    Hello there,

    I love how you brought all the decor elements together. The vanity with the metall handles looks great. It is just restrained enough to let the wallpaper and the round mirror work it’s stuff. Well done! Thanks for the wallpaper tip btw.

  7. Elayne says:

    Really lovely! :) They will love using this every day.

  8. Jodi O'Rourke says:

    Wonderful! So lovely to see it finished, I have missed your posts. The wallpaper is amazing, congratulations!

  9. Michelle says:

    I love everything you did with this bathroom! OMG – I would feel SO relaxed in this space after a rough day. Awesome job on that lovely wallpaper you designed and I love those little labels you found on eBay! It’s always the tiniest details that make the biggest impact I think. It just shows you put a LOT of thought into every single little detail in this space and it’s just gorgeous!!

  10. Julie says:

    Such excitement to see an email from you in my inbox, you never disappoint Kristine! I think the round mirror is fabulous; it reflects the circular sconce light nicely (my hubby would be so proud of me for that pun). My favourite aspect of the new bathroom are the floor tiles, they look fabulous and should hide water marks nicely. I’ve pinned those awesome labels to my bathroom board; you should get a commission from By Me. Where do you buy the yellow sponges?

    • Arlene Gregoire says:

      I absolutely love your posts. This room is drop dead gorgeous. So Zen. The choices made are classic and enduring and allow the occupants to inject their personalities. Did you use a white plastic edge strip or thin tile edger (?) at the top of the subway tiles (where the tiles meet the wallpaper)?

    • Thanks Julie. Natural sea sponges aren’t cheap! I’d been searching for a while and eventually settled on this bundle from Amazon.
      And yes, these tiles are great for camouflage – LOL!

  11. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    The bathroom looks amazing. So relaxing and calming. The wall paper adds a unexpected something/something to the room.
    Waiting for the post was well worth the wait.

  12. Christine says:

    Another beautiful space. Love it.

  13. 1960s girl says:

    Hello. Congratulations, what a beautiful room. I had doubts about the landscape wall covering, but now that I see it together with the rest, I think it is exquisite!

  14. Mary says:

    What a lovely room, classic and peaceful, yet practical. What are the dimensions? No shots of toilet space so i cant judge.

  15. Natalie says:

    Fantastic job! I was skeptical about the wallpaper but it’s amazing. Love how you bring a space together and without a huge budget.

  16. Mary says:

    Well worth the wait Kristine. Your attention to details is what makes it so special, I’m sure your parents will enjoy it for years to come.

  17. Jean Gogolin says:

    Lovely. But glass bottles on narrow shelves in the shower??

    • Kristine says:

      Thanks. That’s just me having some fun with styling for the photos :)

  18. Theresa David says:

    Du hast ein atemberaubendes Kunstwerk geschaffen. Alles passt so toll zusammen und strahlt totale Ruhe aus. Ein tolles Bad – besser geht es nicht. Chapeau und bleib gesund

  19. Amy says:

    I love the color scheme and how perfectly you warmed it up. Beautiful job!

  20. Sara N. says:

    stunning – I love it!

  21. Holly says:

    This is so beautiful!!!

  22. Rachael says:

    The wallpaper risk was SOOOO worth it!

  23. BTP says:

    Stunning.

  24. Vikki says:

    Congratulations–you’ve made it beautiful and serene, and functional. Earlier when you first showed the wallpaper, I had my doubts…but it is perfect. Gold Stars for you!!

  25. Janice says:

    Great job. Looks beautiful! Where did you get the glass panel and the approximate cost. Thanks 😁

    • Thanks so much. The glass panel was an inclusion in the build contract and came from a local glazier. It’s oversized at 135cm wide x 213cm high x 1cm thick. I’m actually not sure on the individual cost as, like I said, it was a build contract inclusion which wasn’t individually specified. Based on my research the price of a standard 120cm wide x 200cm high x 1cm thick panel can be as little as $160. Hope this helps.

  26. Mrs. K.P. Knotts says:

    Absolutely stunning! I’m always hesitant have glass products in the shower/tub area as lovely as they are…….

    • Kristine says:

      Thank you. Yes, that’s just some styling fun for the photos :)

  27. Di Roberts says:

    Stunning! You certainly have an amazing ability to have a vision and then bring it to life. Great work.

  28. Marm says:

    You hit it out of the park, to use a baseball term. As usual! It’s a lovely room.

  29. Rachel Norrod says:

    Wow! As always.

    A few things:
    – LOVE the wallpaper!!!!
    – As asked above, can you give some stats on the glass divider?
    – What if you coated the bright gold door handle with the ‘Gold Leaf’ Rub ‘n’ Buff, too? It’d take the shine off and tie it into the mirror.
    – What was your slope for the shower? The photo makes the floor look level. We’re getting ready to redo our small bathroom and would LOVE to have a slopeless/minimally sloped floor because otherwise, we’re going to have break up all our concrete. Either that, or have a curb. 😕
    – Also, as asked above, what did you use to edge the tile in the vanity area, please?
    – Totally love this bath. Just fabulous. I think we may just have to copy you. ☺️
    Congrats on a job exceptionally well done!

    • Thanks so much Rachel.
      To answer your questions…

      – As asked above, can you give some stats on the glass divider?
      The glass panel was an inclusion in the build contract and came from a local glazier. It’s oversized at 135cm wide x 213cm high x 1cm thick. I’m actually not sure on the individual cost as, like I said, it was a build contract inclusion which wasn’t individually specified. Based on my research the price of a standard 120cm wide x 200cm high x 1cm thick panel can be as little as $160.

      – What if you coated the bright gold door handle with the ‘Gold Leaf’ Rub ‘n’ Buff, too? It’d take the shine off and tie it into the mirror.
      My parents have these same handles throughout their whole house so it would be odd if we changed just this one. I really don’t mind the brightness of it anyway. In the context of the house as a whole they’re fine :)

      – What was your slope for the shower? The photo makes the floor look level. We’re getting ready to redo our small bathroom and would LOVE to have a slopeless/minimally sloped floor because otherwise, we’re going to have break up all our concrete. Either that, or have a curb.
      I’m not totally sure on the slope though I know it was discussed with the builder and tiler to ensure it met regs. It is there though it’s pretty minimal. 

      – Also, as asked above, what did you use to edge the tile in the vanity area, please?
      We capped all of the tile with hardwood trim which we painted gloss white. Was originally going to use pencil tile though I liked the idea of the trim having a long unbroken line (plus it was much cheaper).

  30. marilyn says:

    This looks so nice Kristine! I also like the wallpaper a lot. can you tell me how you decided on the grouts you used? I plan some white subway in a kitchen remodel and would never have thought of that light gray. Good job!

    • Thanks so much.
      Deciding on the grout was actually pretty straightforward. Given we had small-ish format tiles on both the walls and floor we needed to be mindful of creating too much of a busy or cluttered look by using overly contrasting grout.
      For the walls, although I do love the seamless look of white grout with white tiles, it can discolour easily and be hard to clean. For a small area it can work fine, though over a large expanse it can get painful. So, our next best option was a pale grey to compliment the floor tile and wallpaper.
      For the floor, I wanted just enough of a contrast for the herringbone pattern to be highlighted (in person, the grout is actually a bit darker than it appears in the photos). I contemplated going a shade or two darker than the tile though settled on a mid grey instead to better tie-in with the other greys in the room. It just means everything has a bit of a “relationship” which helps the space as a whole feel well resolved and unified.
      When you are doing your tiling, try rubbing some of the dry grout powder into the gaps between the tiles. It will give you an accurate indication of how the finished grout will look.

  31. Angie says:

    As someone who works in the interior design industry, I LOVE THIS! I love the softness of the white and the mix of the cool gray with the warm wood!! Kudos!!!

  32. Kay says:

    Gorgeous! What lucky parents you have. Loved watching this unfold.

  33. Oh it’s beautiful!! The wallpaper! The towel hooks! The round mirror! So so beautiful!! xx

  34. Jody Courtney says:

    It’s really special. I love the light grained wood vanity with the grays.

  35. Linda Lumley says:

    Before I look closely at all the photos I must say I do love the wallpaper. Nice touch.

  36. Linda Lumley says:

    Love it. Simple and classic. Also nice touch on the wallpaper.

  37. Diana says:

    Another triumph. Well done, you are very talented.

  38. Sydney85 says:

    I wanted to know if there had been a bath in this bathroom before and your parents decided not to keep and have a bigger shower? I love a bath but noticing more and more places having larger showers instead of a bath. I really think I would miss my bath even if I shower more but love a long bath some days.

    • This bathroom is part of a brand new extension to their home. They have a bath in their main bathroom :)

      I personally think it’s always a good idea to have at least one bath in a home. Unless of course it’s your forever home and you never use one.

  39. Deb from Maryland says:

    Absolutely stunning! The flooring and mural are perfection. So good.

  40. Sue says:

    Just lovely. Your mural is what makes the room so beautiful. I love your thoughtful choice of simply styled accessories. When I looked up a few things I discovered they were from Australia and they don’t ship internationally. I’m hoping to find some alternatives. Thanks for some great ideas.

  41. Anna, Sydney says:

    Can’t remember if I already commented on this post so apologies if I’m repeating myself. But I love everything!!! The muted colours and yet the subtle contrast of the warmth of wood in there… I just can’t cope! But the wallpaper! THE WALLPAPER! I can’t wait for the DIY prints. I have wanted something like that wallpaper in my dining space for years but just cannot make myself pay the money they normally cost. Dying to see what you come up with.

    And please stay safe down there. We’re still ok up here in the Sydney area but pretty much expecting a second wave. Don’t know what I’ll do if we have to homeschool again…;)

  42. Lorraine Wilby says:

    Kristine , your talent is truly amazing! Your parents bathroom is absolutely gorgeous. You have done a brilliant job and they must be so proud of you.
    Your wallpaper is the highlight for me, it’s so subtle yet adds a POW to the room. The round mirror is perfect as is the vanity.
    Congratulations, another huge success and step on your design and style journey xx

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