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.
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)
Mirror: $25 (Ross!)
Rugs: $11 (Ross)
Recycled Glass tile: $3.98/ft
Here is a quick before/after shot: