Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bathroom Inspiration

Yesterday I showed you what our main bathroom looks like now.  Today I’m going to show you what I would like our bathroom to look like when we’re done with the renovation. 
Our home was built in the 1920s and has a cottage look to it.  Someone once described it as “storybook” looking, although that was probably a bit generous.  :)  I would like this bathroom to be in keeping with the time period of the house and look as though it has always been authentic to the 20s. 
Although clearly, after yesterday’s pictures, IT HAS NOT!!
Moving on. 

I am planning to go with beadboard in the classic white around the perimeter of the room, going up as high as the blue tile is now. 

We will not be getting a pedestal sink (though I’m tempted to because it would add more visual space to the room) because if we do not have a cabinet there will be no storage in the room for the ugly stuff that needs to be hidden away. 
I don’t know about you, but we live in the very real world of plungers and bath toys and toilet cleaner and extra bags for the trash can in the bathroom.  This isn’t your typical Martha Stewart home.
The medicine cabinet pictured above would be perfect for our bathroom, but as I have been pricing medicine cabinets out, I have come to realize that it is out of our budget for the bathroom.  As in, the budget is extremely tight, and my dream medicine cabinet is not worth it, at least for this house which is probably not our forever house.  I have been scouring craigslist for something that may work that is more affordable. 
Here is the plan for the bathroom:
  • Beadboard wainscoting around the room
  • Re-tile floor and shower/tub surround
  • Scrape wallpaper off walls/ceiling and paint a soft greyish-green
  • Refinish existing cabinets, perhaps adding some height with legs? and new knobs
  • Add new sink in white
  • New faucet in brushed nickel
  • New side sconces in brushed nickel
  • New “floating”glass shelves above the radiator
  • New towel bar near sink
  • Add shelf above the door for more storage
  • New-to-us medicine cabinet (or, if I can’t find one, a mirror)
  • Woven-reed blind for window to add some warmth and a natural element
Should be a piece of cake, right?  :)
In reality, it will probably take months.  Hopefully you aren’t sitting on the edge of your seats, it could be a long wait.  :)


  1. I love your cottagey inspiration shots! Those are the coziest, sweetest kinds of bathrooms in my opinion. And I shudder to think of what kind of clutter would take over our bathrooms if we had pedestal sinks!

    kelly @ view along the way

  2. @Kelly
    Yes, I agree that cottage bathrooms are so charming! Thanks for visiting!


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