The Little Cottage Bathroom Makeover
Hey friends! We are down at The Little Cottage today, and it’s time to check out the guest bathroom makeover I completed as part of my partnership with Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. The design challenge this month was to transform a space with a before and after makeover and this bathroom definitely need a bit of attention! The timing always seems to be just right for my challenges. Probably because I’ve got so many spaces that need attention.
This bathroom, like most spaces, had it’s own set of challenges: the ceiling is partially vaulted, which is odd, the window has unattractive privacy glass, the light fixture box & plumbing (for sink placement) do not line up and the flooring is lackluster. Let’s take a look at what I started with.
Now for it’s assets: it’s large, gets decent light, is clean, and in good condition. I can definitely work with that!
Coastal Farmhouse Cottage Bathroom
Besides paint, the biggest change to the room was the addition of the Modern Farmhouse Cabinet from the new Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me putting it together in my stories, and gotten a sneak peek at it!
Everything else sort of fell into place around it, and it became a blend of cottage & farmhouse, with a kiss of coastal.
FEATURE FIX: To fool the eye, and take the focus away from a mis-match or imperfection, you need to trick the eye and create visual focus, or pull the eye to another item or area in the room, with weight or texture.
NOTE – We chatted at length about the fact that the light fixture in this room doesn’t match up with the sink. If moving plumbing, or electrical outlets is not an option… it’s time to get creative! So I did. I totally realize this is not great design, but I was forced to work with a very fixed-in-place-for-now electrical box, and plumbing that can not be moved until we do a more in-depth renovation.
To do this, I hung the oval mirror in line with the light fixture. I did this for two reasons. I felt the eye traveled up to the light fixture and if I centered the mirror, with the present light fixture height, you would not be able to adjust it because it would hit the faucet.
Next, I layered my oval mirror, with the farmhouse style wood mirror from Better Homes & Gardens, and it’s the perfect visual pull! Your eye travels to the left, and up. Pulling the eye to the left and adding height in an area with an otherwise low ceiling.
I added a wood topped farmhouse stool as a ‘side table’ for guests.
When we have them, I’ll make sure to clear it for them. This also helped to add balance to the room, plus, it’s cute for adding decor!
I was able to add a new faucet (at no cost) because I’ve literally had this one, in a box, for over 10 years. I am not even joking!! I bought it for the upstairs bathroom… and we never installed it. Always intending to do a more extensive renovation. Well, main house bathroom. You snooze you loose. hahaha
I’m so glad that I already had a faucet at hand, as our bathroom makeover is going to be expensive enough as it is so at least it will make a bit of a difference to the overall price. My friend who lives in Liverpool is also thinking about having her bathroom renovated and she needs a plumber to help her with certain parts, so she’s taking her time looking at the costs of hiring a Liverpool plumber to give her a better idea of how much she can spend on different things. Luckily for me though, I didn’t have this problem.
It looks great in this space, and really helped solidify the farmhouse feel that bathroom started to take on.
I whipped up some free art work and added a few barn wood style frames, and a towel holder next to the shower.
The panels are linen… and supposed to be causally rumpled… but I am really feeling the compulsion to iron them. We’ll see. I decided on them, verses a shower curtain, because I wanted the softness without a traditional, full cover. The shower is wonderful and in great condition, just needed a little tszujing up.
Everything at The Little Cottage is sort of taking shape now, and the spaces are flowing together. A bit of vintage, a dash of farmhouse style… all balanced with cozy cottage and a hint of coastal. I think it’s a welcoming blend.
Now for a closer look at the new farmhouse cabinet!
It’s really quiet perfect for the space. With the fresh grey paint, and my fairly neutral flooring… it just slid right into place! It offer incredible, stylish storage. Let me show you!
The barn door slides either left or right.
Presently, it’s holding towels for guests and the nautical storage cubes offer hidden storage for a clean, sleek look. It’s loaded with goodies our guests may need on the other side. (I’ll share that with you later!)
It’s a wonderful height for the space as well, offering additional storage on top, that is readily reachable.
PAINT DETAILS: I painted the whole bathroom, ceiling to baseboards. Walls are Worldly Gray in Eg-Shel from Sherwin Williams. The ceiling is Extra White in Eg-Shel from Sherwin Williams and the baseboards & trim are Extra White in Semi Gloss from Sherwin Williams.
I decided to leave the floors as-is for now, after some deliberating. I painted the ceiling and walls first, and once I was done with that, I didn’t really think it was necessary. The light fixture & mirror were under $70 each, and I didn’t think that was too bad at all, for nice fresh additions to the space! My budget of both time & money was somewhat limited, and this is what I was able to achieve without doing any major DIY projects or a full renovation. I feel like this is a very attainable project, and I’m excited to share it with you, and our future guests!
As always, I’m including links below to all my Better Homes & Gardens items, so if you can’t get to a Walmart, or find what you are looking for at your local store, you can shop online! I ordered my Modern Farmhouse Cabinet online, and it was delivered right to my door! This has been a fantastic service, and I’m so thankful not to have to wrestle some of this stuff into a cart, out to my car… and then inside, especially the BIG stuff.
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