Navy Blue Cottage Bathroom Makeover
This article is all about taking a dated 1920’s cottage bungalow bath from tired to refreshed! Get ready for lots of budget decorating ideas, lots of paint and some simple, basic DIY home improvement projects – like changing out light fixtures, hardware and bathroom accessories to reflect a cottage farmhouse feel, with a bit of a coastal/nautical flavor. If like me, you can’t afford a full on bathroom renovation, I hope you’ll love it!
Hi guys!! I always love to share new crafts, projects and ideas with you… but when I have a room makeover to share, it’s the most exiting for sure. And I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks, because there was a little snafu with the shipping of an item. Everything is complete now, and I finally get to share our brand new look!
Welcome to our New Navy Bathroom…
Not the easiest color to photograph… but I absolutely love it!! (I just had to add that…. haha)
Over the years I’ve become drawn to dark, moody rooms and the depth you find in the deeper shades… and the mood they create. I’ve painted a large chalkboard section over my mantel, and done a lot of pinning and mooning over some of the amazing space I’ve come across… but I never went dark because over house and location aren’t really conducive to a deeply colored room.
And then my Boll and Branch Navy towels arrived, and I knew. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to go dark! I was pretty confident I could get away with a dark shade in the bathroom because of the vaulted ceiling, and the fact that we don’t spend any lengthy amounts of time in there. I felt like the impact could be really fun, without it affecting anyone’s mood during say, a long Winter after months of seemingly endless rain.
Once I decided on the bathroom, I debated between painting the vanity, and the accent wall. The accent wall won out. I’m so happy with my choice. I think it’s much more dramatic than the vanity would have been.
With the rest of the bathroom so bright and white, the navy towels look extra rich and luxurious.
Our yummy new towels were just the push I needed to update a few key pieces in the bathroom, without going full-blown renovation. Jim and I had agreed on doing a full gut remodel on the bathroom when Austin graduated (because we’d all be running down to The Little Cottage for showers) but ending up deciding to shift our budget to building the new workshop instead. We made the right choice, because everything functions pretty well, so we continue to hold off on a complete renovation.
However, it was really nice to give the bathroom an update… while still staying true to the “no big changes until we renovate” plan.
I couldn’t be happier with the new lighting, mirror and shelf. I got really lucky finding something I liked, that coordinated so beautifully with our existing faucet suite.
Concentrating on spending my budget on those 3 key items really made a big impact. I shopped the house and pulled in just a few things I already owned to finish off the space.
I decided to bring the marble cake stand back in, because I just love it in here. It keeps the counter from feeling cluttered too.
I picked up the navy & white curtains 8 months ago when I was down in California visiting my family. My mom asked me; “Where are you going to put those?” and I remembering say… I don’t know but I love them & I’m buying them! (and they’ll fit in my carry-on). A major shopping requirement when traveling.
Speaking of my mom… we were on the phone a few days ago and I was telling her the space really needed something on the wall between the vanity and the shower. I didn’t want to rush filling the space by just buying something. I didn’t want meaningless filler, and we don’t have a lot of shopping options. As we talked, I spied a lantern in my “things to take over to The Little Cottage” pile. Yes, I have piles… but enough about that.
So I see the lantern, and I think to myself, maybe that’ll work?
I hung it with a cool, old cast iron pulley… after I gave a quick paint job. It doesn’t overfill the space, and the candle will be perfect to light when bathing. I can’t wait to use it.
Between it, and my little bar stool/tray table, it feels just right. And see? I didn’t need that darn Target apothecary tower anyhow. (you’d have to follow me on Facebook to get that one) I couldn’t resist.
And that my friends, is the riveting story of our new navy bathroom makeover!
I want to thank Boll & Branch for sponsoring today’s post. It was a joy to collaborate with such a wonderful company. Not only did they send me beautiful, new 100% organic cotton towels, that aren’t only soft, but have a weight and denseness that speaks to their quality. But… they are a company with a fantastic heart & mission. I encourage you to [click here] to read about how Boll & Branch operates their business, how they change lives and how they give back.
Update October 2019 – I’m happy to report that our Boll & Branch towels are holding up beautifully – still, fat fluffy and soft! Definitely a purchase well worth it.
You can visit Boll & Branch online [here]
And find their gorgeous, lofty, luscious towels [here]
When you buy from Boll & Branch, your order arrives like this…
and you’ll know, you’ve purchased something very special.
PS: I promise to share all the DIY details and the sources for everything else in the room like I always do, very soon!!
Find the budget breakdown & source post with all the direct shopping links [by clicking here]
If you’ve never visited Fox Hollow Cottage before, you can see the before bathroom with it’s light, coastal cottage look [click here].
…and to keep me extra thankful & appreciative, I always like to remember what I started with…
Need more information? Get the complete BUDGET BREAKDOWN; paint colors, item sources, etc…