• 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 Lowes.com for about $175 less than one just like it on PotteryBarn.com. 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 TheLetteredCottage.net 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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