Our first completed room – Guest Bathroom

July 3rd, 2011

I find it really amusing that the room that we hadn’t even planned on remodeling for awhile is the first room that is complete*. This is what I refer to as the “cottage bathroom” – when we decided to redo this room, I knew I wanted to put board and batten up. I had been wanting to do that in a room, but hadn’t really found the best place for it. I’ll post more about that process in a bit, but just wanted to show off the serene room that exists now. I love how the board and batten really sets the tone for the cottage feel, and everything else plays off of it. The Vanity is the show-piece of the room, though it needs a shelf and baskets etc. to finish it off. We needed a FAST vanity for this room so having one custom made was not an option. However we had time to modify something existing. So I found the white cabinet on Craigslist for $100, and Mr. Project made a gorgeous Alder wood counter top for it, finished it off with a semi-flush mount sink and voila a vanity that looks custom made. I’ll also post more on the process of that later (post completed, click here to read).

I love how the dark wood really gives a pop to the room, so I decided a black mirror would be a fun way to bring in another pop of color. I also thought it would be fun to use a towel bar for the hand towels instead of a towel ring. This to me feels way more cottage-inspired and unique than your standard ring.

I splurged a little on the hardware and got the towel bar and tp holder at Pottery Barn. The vintage pewter finish brings some nice rustic charm to the space.

Just a few accents for now… but I couldn’t resist these little bird jars! I had seen them when I was Nursery shopping, and definitely could not use them for a boy’s room, so I snatched them up as a perfect accessory for a cottage bathroom. I am planning on using a medium mason jar for tooth brushes, I want to keep it very down to earth in that bathroom and not go overboard with accessories or frilly things.

Another fun detail that I like is the shiny faucet:

It was challenging to find a faucet that only required one whole on the sink, but when I found this one, I fell in love with it. It’s made of solid brass and really really really heavy. On the opposite wall, is just the door and more B&B. The gallery shelf is 2″ deep and I plan on doing some sort of mini gallery wall, or just a few fun word-art posters in frames leaning on it… or something like that. I’ll get to that later! The paint color is a bit more pale than what these picture look like too. The color I used is Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams. I do love it, but it does go more green in artificial light than blue, and sometimes that bugs me just a little bit.

And here is the left side of the room with the window all trimmed out

Several things were reused from my previous bathroom including the shower curtain and towels… here is a breakdown of new costs:

Board & Batten: $120 (there really is board behind the batten strips, but it might be cheaper for you if you have untextured walls and don’t use board)

Vanity: $150

glass knobs: $22

Sink: $150

Faucet: $80

Mirror: $25 (Ross!)

Rugs: $11 (Ross)

Bird Canisters: $12

Lighting: $106

Hardware: $73

Toilet: $249

Recycled Glass tile: $3.98/ft

*The room needs a trash bin, and we need to install the shelf in the vanity and put baskets and towels in it, oh and hooks for towels

Here is a quick before/after shot:

8 Responses to “Our first completed room – Guest Bathroom”

  1. Mary R. says:

    It looks GREAT – nice job!!! What a difference.. so much style (although subtle and classy). :)

  2. Gennifer says:

    Love it, and the board and batten is spectacular!

  3. Amy says:

    WOW… this is beautiful! I absolutely love your style and interior design. May I ask where you got the shower curtain? I love it. Looks great!

  4. Jen Allyson says:

    A few people have asked about the shower curtain… It’s from Target, but nearly 3 years ago, so I doubt it’s anywhere to be found these days.

  5. [...] Guest Bathroom. Seriously love this room. The board and batten makes me want to have board an batten everywhere. But not really. [...]

  6. You did such a lovely job on your bathroom. I cannot wait to see the finished outcome of your entire house…such a huge endeavor but Im sure it is totally worth it. I’ll be back soon:)

  7. Ann says:

    First time visiting your site. LOVE your makeover on your house. Want to come do mine? I have a lovely frame…but you give me hope I could have a beautiful house!

  8. Jen Allyson says:

    It’s amazing what a transformation it was. I knew it would look nice, but I didn’t know it would look amazing. I think attention to detail is the most important thing.

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