Hello friends! I’m so excited to be sharing our coastal cottage main bathroom with you today. It’s been a long time coming and despite some ups and downs with this space, the end result is so much fun, exactly what we were hoping for in our little beach cottage!
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As best I can tell, it looks like the last time I shared an update with you was in May. We seemed to make a lot of progress quickly and then with a million other projects going on at once and a few large DIY projects for the space, it never got fully finished. While there are still a few remaining details, the space is finally to a point where I can reveal all that we’ve done.
Before I get into all the finish details, let’s take a quick look back to see where we started a little over a year ago. This bathroom didn’t exist before, so we started by framing the space based on our final floor plans. It’s hard to believe now that this back addition of the cottage was a complete blank slate now as I look around.
The bathroom has come such a long way. The new bathroom door is a salvaged door we had in our attic here at home. We aren’t sure where it was in our house originally but it wasn’t needed here and just happened ot be a perfect fit for the bathroom so a good cleaning, sanding, priming and new paint job, this door looks like it always was here.
As you walk into this small bathroom, the toilet is directly in front of you. We moved the window that was in this corner of the house so it aligns with the toilet and gives us a little natural light in this small space.
While I think I’d like to update eventually, I made these simple curtain panels with some scrap fabric left over from another project. They match the color scheme and give us the needed privacy so for now they work.
In the corner of the space is our shower stall. We bought a shower kit from Home Depot but opted to do our own tile instead of hte shower panels for the walls. I wasn’t wild about the curved style originally, but after looking at several options, this gives us the most space in and outside of the shower. This is a 36” unit and is pretty spacious.
The tile inside was not in our original plan but looking back, it’s better than we had originally planned. The subway tile is classic but the face of the tile has a sort of textured pattern in a sort of wave design that just feels right for the beach. I also love how it “speaks” to the floor tile we used throughout the bathroom floor.
This tile was not something I would have picked but B really liked it and it was a closeout item so the price was amazing. It’s gray and white and sort of looks like marble but not really. The wavy design plays so well with the shower tile too.
The vanity was where things slowed. We were back and forth on whether to buy a vanity or build a custom vanity. Because of the size of the bathroom, I liked the idea of doing something more open so the vanity didn’t feel to heavy in the space and ultimately that’s what we did.
While I wish now that I would have given B detailed drawings before building, I am happy with how it turned out overall. I think hte legs could have been a tad thinner and the skirt should have been made wider but overall, it’s just what i pictured.
We used white oak like we’ve used for shelves and our laundry sink at home. I didn’t want anything too frilly or detailed. Just something simple, with clean lines. The white oak adds some needed warmth to the space but doesn’t feel too out of place against all the cool colors.
Because we built custom, we were able to shrink the depth of the vanity by 2” to give us a little more floor space and were able to build it to a width to fit the wall space instead of going with a standard vanity width.
The vessel sink on top of the vanity is a bit oversized but shallow so it looks like it belongs. It looks expensive but was actually very affordable. On the wall behind the vanity, we installed this fun Whale wallpaper from Serena & Lily. You could say that this was our splurge in the space. This was another detail B wanted and since we seem to have an unplanned whale theme going on throughout the cottage, it fits in here perfectly.
For the faucet, I fought for gold because of how it would have looked against the wallpaper but B does not like gold fixtures A.T. A.L.L. so we went with black. They blend in a little too much for my taste but it’s a lovely, modern faucet.
The mirror was a super simple DIY project that I’ll share with you in more detail soon. For now I’ll just say that for less than $50, I’ve created a mirror that is inspired by mirrors I’ve seen for hundreds!
While we don’t have a lot of accessories in the space yet, maybe my favorite part of the room is the lighting. I shared the ceiling light in an early bathroom progress update but now we also have the lighting installed over the vanity.
These fixtures were a Home Depot find and they are fantastic. It’s as much gold as I could convince B to go with but even he agrees the color is more muted and not at all brassy.
One accessory we have added are these adorable whale tail hooks from Hobby Lobby. I picked them up nearly a year ago and have been patiently waiting to get them hung once the bathroom was finished.
Floor Tile: Available online at Home Depot
Shower Tile: Available Online at Home Depot
Vessel Sink: via Amazon
Wall Faucet: via Amazon
Wallpaper: Serena & Lily
Vanity Sconce: Home Depot
Ceiling Light: Home Depot
Vanity Table: Custom built (details to come)
Towel Hooks: Hobby Lobby
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White
Trim Color: Sherwin Williams Front Porch
Curtains: Made, fabric via Hobby Lobby
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