Cottage Bathroom Makeover

Hooray! It’s cottage bathroom makeover reveal day!

Here’s a quick look back at the inspiration and ‘before’ photos…



…and here’s what we had fun coming up with over the past five months!


We’ve been calling it the “bird bath”, and my favorite part is definitely the sky-themed wallpaper. I love the movement and sense of whimsy it adds to the room!


After it was installed, I started to bring in all the “fun stuff”. The first thing we hung up was the mirror. I found it on for about $175 less than one just like it on I love it because there’s no frame to compete with the painted paneling behind it. I also love that its little chrome brackets tie in with the chrome faucet and toilet paper holder. (Note: I *may* switch out the toilet handle for a chrome/porcelain one in the future- but I’m still undecided on that because I like the way that ties in with the door knob, and I like all of our oil-rubbed bronze doorknobs. #ToBeContinued)

And speaking of the toilet paper holder…

I knew, the second I saw it, that this was holder for me:


See how it mimics the shape of the hooks on the bent wood shelf above the toilet?


I LOVE that! #LittleThings

And speaking of the bent wood shelf…

I found it on Ebay about a year ago, and I really like how it brings the warmth of the wood dresser, up to eye-level…


…and to keep things nice and cohesive, I also brought in some warm wood behind the bathroom door:


It’s the top portion of an old apple-picking ladder-turned-towel/magazine/book holder, and I got it at the Nashville Flea Market for $10 a few years back.

To counter the darker tones of the dresser, shelf, and ladder, I brought in some lighter earth tones, too.


Numbered toothbrushes, soaps & sea sponges, and a couple of hanging items- all of which we moved over with us from our last house.


Obviously most of these things probably won’t get used in this room because there isn’t a tub or shower in here, but it was a super cost effective way to decorate the room (#free), and I like really the character and texture (and scent!) they add to the room.

As I was hunting for hand towels to use in this room, I noticed that I was more drawn to dish/tea towels than regular bath towels- so I decided to go with it, and man did I have fun looking for them! There are so many great ones out there! From Etsy, to Ebay, to Ikea and Walmart- I’m smitten, and I love the extra cottage-y energy they bring in to this tiny room.


…and since it is so small, I didn’t want to introduce too many contrasting colors when it came to the decor in here, but I did bring in the color navy to keep things from feeling too “soft”. There’s such a crispness that comes along with the color navy, and I really think it did the trick in here.


I shot little videos of the makeover along the way, but make sure to click the little Settings button and select 720p HD if you decide to watch it…it looks fuzzy if you don’t:


It isn’t a “how-to” video or anything…just something I put together to document the process, with a few little tips along the way. (Email subscribers will have to visit to view the video below.):

(Click here to view the video on YouTube)

So there ya have it- from builder basic brown, to bird bath blue- it’s been a fun room to play with, and now it suits our personalities to a T!


Before I sign off- here are links to all the half bath makeover-related posts I’ve published since we started this series back in February…

1. Half Bath Redo

2. Tile and Wood

3. Paint and Paper

4. Sink

5. Barn Light

6. DIY Magazine Holder

…and here’s a room resource list in case you’re shoppin’ for something similar:

Bird Wallpaper: Hygge & West
Pine Paneling: Lowes
Paint Color: Wedgewood Gray (Benjamin Moore)
Hex Floor Tile: Overstock
Dresser: vintage
Vanity Top: Home Depot
Glacier Bay Teapot Faucet: Home Depot
Gatco Frameless Pivot Mirror: Lowes
Wall Shelf: Ebay
Ladder: Nashville Flea Market
Bird Planter: vintage
Navy & White bowl: vintage
Honeycomb Soap: Etsy
Sea Sponge Soap: Etsy
Sea Sponge: Etsy
Soap on a Rope: Etsy
Hanging Brush/Stone: World Market
Calendar Tea Towels: 1canoe2 for Anthropologie (but I got mine on Ebay!)
“Ball” Perfect Mason Jar Tea Towel: Lemonade Makin’ Mama on Etsy
Plaid Dish Towels: Walmart
Navy & White Dish Towels: Ikea
Barn Light: Barn Light Electric
Arran Apothecary Hand Wash: World Market
Toilet Paper Roll Holder: Pottery Barn
Toothpaste: Marvis Classic Strong Mint
Wooden Toothbrushes: Izola
Seafoam Green Step Stool: Etsy

Happy Decorating!

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  1. says

    What a fun room your bird bath has become! I can’t wait till Oct. for the market. I will be driving my blog friends crazy I’m sure because I will be chatting it up often. I have already chatted with Rhoda and hope to see her there as well. All of you girls are so worth the drive and it will be so much fun. May need to book a room soon before they all book up. I know that this will be a huge sucess for ya’ll . Love an hugs.. Susie Bloop!

  2. says

    Love your whimsical bird bath! I especially adore that wall paper. {It reminds me of the ceiling in Kim’s studio.} I hope the ‘Chapel’ has adequate parking for the crowds of people that will be attending your event. Looks like Thomas and I need to plan a road trip to your sweet home Alabama!
    Your Friend,

  3. Regina says

    Ahhh, there is such a thing as a bathroom retreat! :) So fresh and happy looking! Looks so much bigger with your colors. You give me a lot of inspiration for my home! I do like the floor and sink in the “old” bathroom, but, your makeover is definitely more my style too.

  4. says

    I can’t believe that dresser fits!! I never would have thought it would. Is it taller than regular counter height? Surely you had to cut some of the legs? It all looks great.

  5. Kate says

    This came out SO cute!!! Great job. Now if only you can come up to CT and do my house :) pretty please?

  6. Rachel says

    Layla: Do you use those toothbrushes? If so, make sure the seat is closed before flushing…..bacteria everywhere!

    Now my favorite part is the paneling! Love the detail. This room went from drab to fab!

    I’ve been mooning over a glass and chrome shelf for my bath from Pottery Barn…UGH!!! the price is nuts! Lo and Behold….Goodwill (I mean Gracie Whites Boutique), had one for EIGHT BUCKS!!!! Thanks for the shopping list!

    • Layla says

      No- the toothbrushes are just for fun, Rachel! :-D
      Great score at Gracie’s- congrats on that!!!

  7. beth says

    That was so worth the wait!!!! I love your new “bird bath”. :)
    Can’t believe the difference from the before pictures. So much lighter, brighter, and cute!
    Thanks for sharing with us, Layla. :)

  8. Karen says

    I love it! Everything turned out so cute. And, the video was really fun to watch. You are a natural in front of a camera. What a delightful start to the week. Thank you! :)

  9. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Layla . . . . I just can’t get over how BIG the bathroom looks now! It really came out beautiful! but I would have expected nothing less from you two talented peeps! Such a JOY to see the finished project . . . .you should be so proud! sending lots of love and blessings to you guys for a wonderful 4th of July week . . . . . :)

  10. says

    Absolutely perfect. It is so fresh, cottagy….aahhhhhh! Great work! And I love those PB toilet paper holders with one side. Be gone the plastic center ones you have to squeeze together to replace– and may I say–more sanitary in my eyes :) Everything–just beautiful.

  11. Carrie - Curate | by Carrie Corson says

    What a charmer! You sure did pull off this transformation in a true cottage fashion. I love the warm wood tones mixed with the soft muted colors. LOVE the whimsical nature it seems to suit your personality so (at least what I know if your blogger voice:)

  12. Lynn says

    Your bathroom makeover turned out beautiful!!! Love the colors and all the little details are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing where you bought the items…will be good inspiration for a bathroom I need to do in my home.

  13. Pam says

    I must admit… when you said you were making over the half-bath, I was perplexed because I thought it looked great the way it was. But the makeover is beautiful. And (like someone else) said, it is amazing how much bigger the room appears. Probably the only additional thing I would suggest is boxing in the cutout of the drawers (adding “walls” around the cutout.) If you are anything like me, everything will roll or slide out the cutout. As a furniture re-designer, it is an easy thing to do and will save frustration in the future. I absolutely love the bird figurine!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Pam! I had a ton of fun personalizing it to reflect our style!
      I hadn’t thought about boxing in the cut-outs because those drawers just hold “big stuff”. Might have to do that on down the line though! :-D

  14. says

    You two knocked it out of the park…again! I love it all and I think the toilet knob ties in well with door knobs…my vote is to keep it! You’ve also just confirmed that I LOVE panelling in bathrooms!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Kathleen! And, yep! We love, love, LOVE the legs of the dresser, so we decided to lop off the top so we could keep more of it’s feet! :-D

  15. ShellyP says

    Layla: The bird bath is so very lovely! The colors are so soft and beautiful. Bravo on all of the little details that make this space so very special. You have a great eye. My powder room is a very similar layout. The tile floor in my powder room extends into the foyer. When you installed the hex floor tile in your bird bath room, does that hex tile end at the doorway or does it extend ? How do you feel about different flooring surfaces? Just curious and would like your best insights. Thanks!

  16. Jude Groninger says

    You are such a natural (beauty!) in your videos!!! You make me so proud :-D
    PS the room is beautiful, too!

  17. angela says


    i love your wallpaper!!
    i’m having a heck of a time finding a wallpaper i like for our dining room, which is currently covered in a stuffy damask. do you have any favorite designers/websites you went to to look for one?

    you know what, i might just send you a photo for pick my presto because my whole dining room needs some help!!

      • angela says

        thanks! i never thought to just google a theme. i do like some of the wallpapers on hygge & west. ordering samples soon!

  18. says

    The bathroom looks fantastic! I really like how you explained your color choices, it gave me a better understanding of how to balance a room. You’re right, the navy makes a huge difference! Thanks for the video too! We’re redoing our master bathroom and it is fun to see someone go through the same steps. Your steps were very clear and helpful.

  19. says

    Love it ALL! it is impeccably done and so true to your design aesthetic. You never waiver in your design choices and look, so many are influenced by trends and yet you can do vintage and make it look fresh, new and current. Congratulations on a beautifully executed design, Layla-Style,

  20. says

    The bird bath – I love both the name and the makeover! I like how you used the navy and the wallpaper is just perfect in there. As usual, a fabulous cottage job!!

  21. angela says

    love the bird bath . for the drawers i would put wood around the opening were you cut so one you do not see the pipes and two if you put stuff in the drawers they do not fall out.

  22. Denise says

    KEVIN & Layla, i love how you still drive your little S-10 pickup truck, Ya’ll are soooo relatable. Thanks for keeping it REAL–thats why we love you guys so much. :)

  23. says

    LOVE the vanity/dresser. And the wainscoting. And the color scheme. And everything! You guys are amazing–I’m SO enjoying reading through your blog and looking at all the pics…thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Erin says

    SO, Layla, I have to say, before I saw your completed bathroom, I was not a fan of wallpaper. I mean, you should see what I have to live with. Brown butterflies, another is shells, and the other is yellow with old tiny flowers. What can I do, it’s rental. When I first saw what you were going to put up, I thought cute, but that was it. OMGosh!!! The little birds look awesome!! The whole bathroom is so airy, loving the light fixture. You both did an amazing job.!!!!! So jealous!!!

  25. Laurie says

    Charming and beautiful… Love the blue-gray beadboard paired with the warm browns and all the pretty retro touches. The graceful birds are the perfect note of whimsy with the wood. lots of character for such a little space. …and an adorable name! I think just saying “I’m headed to the bird bath” would make me smile every time : )

  26. Laurie says

    Love the video too! you are so fun and joyful and inspiring : ) I love the idea of dish towels in a bathroom!

  27. says

    I love the wall paper and that you call the bathroom “the bird bath”. Who new a bathroom could have such a cute name! Oh and I wish I lived near Alabama so I could gome to your chapel market.

  28. Dawn says

    The cutest half bath ever! There are a couple of ideas I may steal to fix up our main bath, namely the pine paneling to cover a few “issues” and a shelf/hanger to replace an ugly oak medicine cabinet. So lovely!

  29. says

    Gorgeous Layla! Would you probably NOT recommend wall paper in our bathroom since we have a tub? Our bathroom is set up like yours with the high molding, but we have a tub in there…Thanks!

  30. Demelza says

    That is so beautiful, Layla! And you are so lovely on camera that I can’t believe you’re not on HGTV star right now!

  31. Heather says

    Love the way it turned out! Beautiful and whimsical! Also, in case you’re looking for input, I’d leave the toilet lever as is. I like how it ties in the with the doorknob and adds a little contrast. ;)

  32. Sharon Herbitter says

    What a GORGEOUS bathroom! You all did a spectacular job — and I love your video! I live in Prattville, so the Chapel Market is ON MY CALENDAR. I am going to hunt you down to meet you in person — I can’t wait!!!

  33. says

    Hi, Layla. This turned out just DARLING. I absolutely love it. I also love how generous you are with your photos and info … there is apparently nothing stingy about you. :) Thank you for sharing with us. Just love this!

  34. Rhonda Bradley says

    What happened to your ceiling vent? I thought they were required in bathrooms without windows.

    • Layla says

      Hi Rhonda! I’m not sure if they’re required or not, but the one that was in there was broken and it wasn’t our style aesthetically, so we ripped ‘er out! :-D

  35. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says

    What a fun makeover! I live the whimsy that the wallpaper adds!

  36. says

    This is just the cutest of the cutest of bathrooms. I’ve been missing your old house but I know you’ll make this house even cuter than the last…and this is just an example. Can’t wait to see what you do to the kitchen.

  37. says

    I LOVE that wallpaper! “Birdbath” describes your new bathroom perfectly! We just finished remodeling a full bath and like you, I so enjoyed decorating it with found things!

    Bravo and well done!


  38. Jenny Rose says

    Question: I’ve never used Overstock. Is it worth it for cost savings or does it just give you good selection?
    Lovely job. Particularly love the bird paper and your name for it!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Jenny! :-D I had never purchased anything from Overstock before, but I shopped around for plain white hex tile and that’s as low as I could find it, so I snapped it up! :-)

  39. says

    Stunning transformation!!!! I love the soft color palette with the warm wood tones!! The hexagon floor is one of my favorite elements in the room!!! Awesome job as always!!!

  40. says

    Your space is so beautiful. I wish I had a small bathroom to redo just like it! I am loving your colors and textures! Can’t wait to see your living room space someday!

  41. Marianne in Mo. says

    Stunning! Love the dresser with the bird paper! What talent you have, as well as a spouse with the same taste as you !! =0)

  42. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    This bathroom has just left me speechless. It is so FINE, that I don’t even know how to comment on it, without writing an absolute BOOK!
    You have so many things crammed into one space, so much to think about, that it is probably the most beautiful tiny room I have ever seen. I just want to sit and stare at the photos.
    And, by crammed, I mean that in a delicious way!!!!!
    I went down and looked at my tiny bath and said “are you kidding”??????? I picture RE-DO real soon. Here I am thinking I am all cute and all that……..(lol)……..and after seeing your beautiful bathroon……….I am closing my door until I can concoct a plan!
    Everything you did is just spot on. SPOT ON!!!!!! This is beauty in it’s best form, Layla and Kev. It was well worth the wait!!!!!!
    Thank you for the eye candy.
    Wait —- eye candy in a bathroom????? Well, you know what I mean!!!!!

  43. Kathy McDonagh says

    I’ve been waiting so long to see the final results. Well worth the wait! I’m so inspired! Thank you :)

  44. says

    Layla I love how it turned out!! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing it and giving credit on where to find the great items. I love LMM items, I love her etsy shop!

  45. Karla says

    What are the dimensions of this bathroom? We are trying to add a small half bathroom in our house somewhere and we don’t have much room at all. this one looks perfect!

  46. says

    I love how it actually looks bigger even though you’ve added more with a larger vanity! Oh, and the mason jar tea towel and blue ball jar holding some flowers are the perfect finishing touches!

    Amazing transformation! So inspiring …

    :) Linda

  47. sona says

    Layla, love the finished product! Wondering if you know of a product that could be used in a full bath since there would be steam from shower etc. as planks. I dont think MDF would work either and sadly most of the people at HD and Lowes are not informed.

  48. JaneEllen says

    Oh am I ever lovin’ your half bath, it’s gorgeous, breath taking, all of that. Love the wainscoting and colors and that wallpaper, come on you’re killin’ me here. Sure glad I didn’t have to wade thru 122 comments to leave you mine.Wow, that’s quite a response, great for you. Love your blog, you and hubs are so cute together. Love makes world go round. Happy weekend and rest of your summer.

  49. says

    Absolutely stunning. The room even looks bigger. I’m a fan of the ‘cottage’ look, but only when it’s not overdone. Your powder room is perfect! Love it!

  50. sharon says

    hi layla,
    i just LUV your renovation of this half bath! the details really make it sing :) plus, i admire how you scoured etsy and antique shops/fairs for just (!) the right pieces.

    i would like to know, how to choose the right style of wainscotting for a room’s purpose; including 1 5/8″ slats to 3″ slats to board n baten and picture framed wall woodworking and beyond. does it come down to personal taste for any given room? do you need to stay to just two styles or so for a whole house? i adore the woodworking and its almost instant charm & character it adds to projects that i could really use some guidance. i wouldn’t want to have things looking ‘hodge podge’ in this aspect; its got to flow throughout a home.

    i’m smitten with a thin slat style for my kitchen but i can’t see that ‘busy look’ in an adjacent room. plus, what happens when you toy with a ceiling treatment?

    i’m hoping you can give me some suggestions :)

    with gratitude,

    p.s. oh how i love the sea sponge tucked into the soap product; so interesting and perfect!

  51. Hilarie Stone Hook Donahue says

    If you build walls around the cut out area on the top two drawers, you can still use them for storage. I love this bathroom, very serene and creative!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Hilarie!
      We use the drawers for toilet paper and bigger items, so we haven’t had to build the little walls yet, but that is a great tip for the future! :-D

  52. says

    I just LOVE everything you put your hands on……wish I could take you home to my house….it could use your touch! It’s so beautiful…..and you are beautiful on the inside too. :)

  53. says

    Hi Layla,
    This is a lovely transformation. I love how you play with the accessories to complement the wallpaper.
    Glad you mentioned in your video how you found a way to make that cabinet sink functional, that is so clever. :-)
    I’m excited to see more of your transformation works.

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