November 7, 2022
Okay y’all, it’s time to head downstairs and take the LAST tour of the lake house!! We wanted to create a warm and comfy space down here for guests to retreat to after a long day on the lake and wake up with their morning cup of coffee. The kids also come down here to watch a movie at night while we adults have a glass of wine (or two) upstairs. 😉 Keep scrolling to see the cozy transformation!
So I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to make the downstairs a little more moody and rustic than my usual white-on-white preference (I know, I know, SHOCKING). But I am SO OBSESSED with how it turned out! 😍 First, we added shiplap to the fireplace and natural wood paneling at the back of the built-ins. Then we painted everything Mild Steele (SP43) from Spectrum Paint. The muted black tone contrasted with the natural wood accents of the paneling and custom mantle from Raleigh Reclaimed creates suuuuuuch a cool vibe. We switched out the hardware on the cabinets to Top Knob’s Aspen Flat Sided Pull (C-C) in Silicone Bronze Light for a slight pop of metallic, which I looooove.
Then maybe my favorite ceiling fan ever is, of course, from Circa Lighting! The Lowden 52″ LED Ceiling Fan.
While we didn’t make many changes in the kitchen, the ones we did make made aaaaall the difference, starting with replacing the pendant lighting. Since we left the countertops as is, we picked Circa Lightings’s Cadence Mini Pendant in Matte Black to match. They look fancy yet edgy.
The cabinets feature Tob Knob’s Channing Pull (C-C) in Flat Black, and the drawers all feature different sizes of the Channing Cup Pull (C-C) in Flat Black. The matte black against the white cabinets gives off major modern farmhouse, and I am so here for it!
Other than those small changes, we made the kitchen as homey as possible for our guests with their own coffee machine, snack basket, and other little touches so they could wake up in peace before the madness of the lake day begins!
I really love that the downstairs has two guest rooms and two guest bathrooms! Again, we did minimal work on the downstairs, so all the bedrooms really needed was a fresh coat of Spectrum Paint – Fresh White (SP4). We kept up with the dark tones in the bedrooms with black furniture sets and simple bedding.
Both bathrooms got a quick facelift courtesy of Tob Knobs, Circa Lighting & Uttermost! We kept the first bathroom more neutral and beachy looking. The Belton Four Light Wall/Bath Sconce from Circa matches the Aspen II Flat Sided Pull in Brushed Satin Nickel, and the Hollin Cup Pull in Brushed Satin Nickel hardware from Top Knob. These pieces feature slightly rounded edges with a beautiful brushed finish. Tieing the look altogether is the Rora Mirror from Uttermost, which is wrapped in natural woven banana plant giving it a striking texture.
The second guest bathroom gives off an edgier look with a little bit of industrial flair. I love love loooove the lighting fixture from Circa – Adelaide 4 – Light Sconce. It goes with the sleek straight lines of Tob Knob’s Clarence Pull in Flat Black. And finally, let’s all take a moment to appreciate that mirror – the Uttermost Melville Mirror! 😍
The downstairs has sliding glass doors that go directly onto the lower patio with easy access to the stairs that lead to the dock. Because of this, we are all going in and out aaaaall day long, so I knew I had to create a little “mud room” area to hang towels, store shoes, etc. The built-in bench is painted to match the living room built-ins with the Hillmont Hooks in flat black to hang our hats on after a LONGGG day in the sun!
I can’t believe it, we are officially done with the lake house tour (for now)! Ha! Who knows what other projects I’ll decide to tackle down the road. But for now, the family and I are beyond excited to spend manyyyy summers here for years to come. Thanks for coming along, y’all! Let me know what your favorite part of the lake house reno is in the comments!
Hardware – Top Knobs
Cabinet Paint – Spectrum Paint
Lighting – Circa
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