Thursday, September 29, 2011

At long last...The Cottage Bathroom Reveal

Oh yes, I bet you have all forgotten by now. It may have taken forever (the reveal, not the actual reno), but I am proud to say that I am finally ready to share the newly remodeled bathroom with you!

I posted about our bathroom here, but the general details are: it is very small (I literally have to take pictures from the hallway), it is the only bathroom on the 1st floor, and it is a full bath.

We started with a 1933, lavender & black tiled bathroom.

The contractors completed gutted the place, right down to the wood lathes.

Everything was plaster--at least 3 inch thick plaster. As a matter of fact, the contractors swore they would never take on a job like this again. The demo was back-breaking. (Believe me, I'm not knocking plaster. I like plaster. My husband loves plaster. He hates our new "sheet rock crap walls" as he calls them.

Are you ready?

I'm telling you for hours...days...hell...even weeks afterward, I would stand in the bathroom, look around & smile.

Honestly, I have to say my husband was wonderful about this whole project (less the sheet rock, of course). I have a tendency to get out of hand & act as though money is no object. He usually has to reign me in. This time however, he let me run. Oh a girl could get used to that!

I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted, but I knew I wanted beadboard. I also knew I didn't want a modern shower with glass surround (although the contractor tried to talk me into it), I knew it would never work in this old house.

I knew I wanted this shower curtain. It's Sophia, by Laura Ashley.

From the curtain, I picked a wall color. It seemed a no brainer to go with a Laura Ashley paint...Summer Nightfall.

Lots of back & forth about whether to go with a pedestal sink or vanity. Because the bathroom is so small, a pedestal sink seemed the logical choice. However, since this is the main bath on the 1st floor (where the master bedroom is located), we really needed the storage of the vanity. We ordered this KraftMaid baby.

Our biggest problem was the radiator. We thought we would remove the old radiator. Hubby went with measurements to the heating store and the salesman ordered us a new, smaller model. Of course, when it came in, it didn't fit. We wanted to scream.

It was too late at that point to do anything (like put a baseboard heater or put the heat in the floor). So we had to take the old, original, million-ton radiator (affectionately called, Old Ironsides) have it sandblasted & then powder coated. Needless to say, it went from ugly to somewhat attractive. (I wish I had a picture of its original state.)

I spent weeks trying to find something for this wall, with no luck. I kept thinking a painting or print was what I wanted. When I found this shelf on Etsy, I loved it & knew this would work perfectly. (I still need to play around with the shelf display though).

There she is. Before & After.

Our Cottage Bathroom.

Linking to:

Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Party at 2805
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday at At The Picket Fence
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Fall in Love at Decor to Adore


Pattie said...

Gina, amazing !!!! Look so good, I'll bet your glad that's over.. ENJOY your new bathroom

Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

I had it's brother in my last house. A yellow and aqua tiled flashback from the 50's.

IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!! Big props to you and the hubz. To the studs is a lot of work. It's so sweet and beadboard~y and white. The radiator is fine, it's "period detailing" ;) She's shiney and white and matches wonderful. Enjoy your new bath. I would stare too!

Victoria said...

Oh Gina, it is GORGEOUS!!! And I love the radiator, I think it gives the bathroom so a nice cozy and warm look. I could hang out on that toilet for an hour or two, maybe read those books for a while:) Great job!

Jo said...

Oh no I had not forgot....WOW!WOW!...this has blown me away...what a fantastic job.Looks out of this world fabulous.

Sherry said...

Your Cottage Bathroom is just beautiful. I came to see your fall mantle and I am so glad you had this post up. I love it all and your hard work really paid off.

Sharon Wengel said...

No wonder you love it ! It's beautiful !

NanaDiana said...

Gina~ It is beautiful. It would make me want to drink more coffee so I could spend more time in there. We put a small marble shelf (discard from a stone place that cost about $15) right on top of our radiator and it doesn't interfere with the heat- it gave us an extra "surface" and it warms towels in the winter!

JenCoen said...

Oh my goodness!! This turned out sooo wonderful! Really and truly, I usually don't like blue bathrooms, and this is soooo sweet! I really love the shelf about the toiley, you have the best decorating skills!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

It's just beautiful Gins! What a transformation! I know you are just loven it!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love your cottage bathroom. Love the beadboard and the shelf. We don't use radiators here in the South, but sometimes it gets so cold that I wish I had one. I'll let you in on a little secret. We have only 1 cottage bathroom and it is small!!!!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your bathroom turned out lovely...I would stand there and smile too!! Beautiful restful colors!

Dawna said...

I love it!!! You did an awesome job and bead board is my favorite! I like the radiator as it tells you abit more about the character of your home! Great job!! I know how you feel about coming into the room and just standing there and taking it all in,,,,,I still do that with my kitchen!! :)

At The Picket Fence said...

Wow! That is an incredible transformation Gina! It looks just beautiful and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Audrey said...

What a beauty of a soft and elegant...beautiful!

Janet said...

Your bathroom turned out amazing! I just love the beadboard! Everything looks so sweet and charming!

sweet violets said...

While you are standing there all smiley.....go ahead a give yourself some big pats on the back!!! Awesome renovation!!! LOVE the blue and white and LOVE the beadboard, the shelf is wonderful and so is the radiator.....adds a little character!!! hugs...cleo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Gina, it is perfect, I love the old radiator!! I am with you on the pedestal sinks, they look nice, but they are useless for storage LOL! Great job!


Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love this bathroom! The color looks almost the same as my bedroom and inspires me to re-do our bathroom which I want to do--soon!

andie jaye said...

i love it! it's so clean and fresh looking... like it would totally smell like freesias. and i love that radiator!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...


She. Is. So. PRETTY!!!! I love everything about it. I even love the radiator! I think it is charming!!! You were so smart to wait and find the perfect thing for the wall. It was *so* worth the wait. I love Etsy because you can find unique, one of a kind, handmade or vintage items there. I love the color in your room and how it matches the shower curtain. I like the vanity, too. I like the crisp whites and the creamy whites! You really did an excellent job, Gina. I know you truly must be pleased with the outcome. I know the demo saw enough to drive you insane, but *so worth it* in the end.

You are the master of bathroom re-dos!

I am so happy for you!!!

Ricki Jill

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Really, really pretty Gina. It's all so fresh and new. I totally LOVE the radiator! It was worth every bit of time and effort. Well done girl.

Sherry said...

This is beautiful! We just remodeled our small full bath too. I have the finishes all done but no decorations. Still looking for the right things to go in there. Yours turned out gorgeous! Love the baby blue and the beadboard. Thank you for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh Gina it looks so fresh and lovely. I am a huge Laura Ashley fan!!

Susan and Bentley

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Gina your batroom is absolutely charming. LOVE that color blue, the shower curtain, and the books with the pretty blue ribbon. I would stand in there and smile too. We have the opposite in our house, sometimes my husband acts as though it's only money...that was the backyard project. I still quiver when I think of the renovation, but we cut a lot of corners and shopped for every last item on a tight budget. You done great. I have not seen a radiator like that in years! I love it all.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Gina your bathroom looks AMAZING!! I love it all, the beadboard, the vanity, the paint color and shower curtain!! You definitely created a cottage bathroom and it looks beautiful! Martina

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

PS- I even love the radiator:)

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a fantastic bathroom makeover!

I would love for your to post this gem up on Fall In Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then come by and see my spectacular new spice cabinet.

Karen said...

I love the shelf. What etsy site did you get it from? The bathroom looks so cute - I love the beadboard- it always adds so much character to a room.

Gina said...


I don't have an email or blog address to contact you. The shelf came from:

Honey at 2805 said...

The bath looks amazing, Gina! It's so pretty and the finishing touch of the little white shelf is perfect!

I'm delighted you linked to Potpourri Friday. You are appreciated and I hope to see you again this week!

Ana said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love your new cottage bathroom Gina. And I just love, love, love the beadboard...I want some for our bathroom too. Great job you guys. Sending you a great big hug.

Much love,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is really pretty. Love the blue and white. So fresh. Thanks for joining Wow.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Fantastic job with the bathroom and I so agree about the shower. Much as I love them too, a glass-enclosed shower just wouldn't have gone in your cozy cottage bathroom. I have beadboard in my bathroom as well and love it. Have you thought about putting a shelf on/around your radiator so you can at least put something decorative or useful (like TP - haha) on top of it.

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

Gorgeous transformation. I bet you swoon every time you walk past it. I know I would.

Love the blue walls; I find the radiator charming.

Visiting from No Minimalist Here. Following you now. :)

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

The blues are fab but I really love the photo of the books! I hope you will come by and join my Creative Things Thursday Party!

Robin said...

WOW you did alot of work. I looks amazing. I love the beadboard, the wall color and all your accessories. It's all so pretty.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

WOW OH WOW!! Great job!! I am speechless...I love it!!

jeanine said...

So pretty! My bathroom is blue, too! Is it weird that I love radiators? Love the beaded board and wainscoting.

Blessings from Cindy said...

Your bathroom is lovely! I love everything about it! Now you get to enjoy all the hard work!

abeachcottage said...

Love the new bathroom, so much hard work but now you get to enjoy it :) Nice colour-combo.

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Chris said...

Hi Gina, what a beautiful bathroom. All that hard work paid off. I bet you are so proud of it. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Gina,

OMG how did I miss this! That is my bathroom! The before. lol

I love the transformation!!!!!


Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

I love the new bathroom. It's so clean and pretty.

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