We have had a quiet yet incredibly productive winter. We needed it quite frankly. We also really needed a new bathroom. The 80’s builder grade hall bath was so dated and just blah. We gave it a bright makeover on a DIY budget. Ok, a renovation really. Here’s how it looked when we acquired the house. Yikes.
Let’s check out the updates. Come on in…
I’ve been hoarding this dresser for a while because I knew it was just right for the new vanity. And it only cost about $40 because the drawers needed work which is a basic requirement of turning a dresser into a vanity anyway.
Storage is at a minimum in this house so preserving as much drawer space as possible was a goal that we easily met by using a porcelain trough sink instead of a drop sink. I love how it turned out!
Check out this post for details on how the vanity was constructed.
Please admire the vanity mirror. It makes this tiny room seem much larger than it is and the bonus is that we had it all along. It is very special to me. The mirror is part of the French provincial bedroom set that I inherited from my grandmother. I didn’t want to use the mirror with the dresser in our bedroom and opted to split the set up. It worked out to be the perfect width to pair with the new vanity when hung vertically. I didn’t touch the old finish. It seemed like just the right warm, contrast to all of the cool aqua and white.
I really can never have enough hound dogs on guard around here. Especially when they are in the form of vintage paint by numbers.
Did you catch a glimpse of the shell chandelier. Yup, I’m pretty smitten with that DIY too. Sigh.
Details about how we pulled that off for under 30 bucks are posted here. The salvaged radiator grate is actually acting as a screen to the bathroom fan. It is so much more interesting looking than the hardware store options.
The renovation began with Ryan demoing out the old vinyl flooring and vanity.
He then installed white ceramic hex tile for my birthday present! The gift of home is the kind I love. Seriously. The vintage hooked rug was a birthday gift to myself.
Next up was the PVC beadboard installation that Ryan also DIY’d. We kept the stained wood molding around the door and window to match the rest of the house. However, we replaced the door with a white beadboard style which we’ll continue throughout the house. This seems to be a great compromise between the bright cottage style I love and the craftsman wood style that Ryan loves.
We picked up a few old brass ship plates last year at Brimfield. The ‘Certified Private Lavatory’ one found a home paired with the wire bike basket.
We went with top down window shades again. I love the privacy they give but the light they allow in.
Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned for some DIY tutorials from this room in the coming days.
30 thoughts on “diy cottage style bathroom reno”
Another gorgeous makeover. All the pieces you chose are so smart and simple – they coordinate wonderfully and the room looks so much bigger.
Thanks Leigh! Come see it in person…
it’s GORGEOUS, dana! love the colors, mirror, furnishings….. what a change!
Thanks Cassie! I love, love, love it.
This is absolutely beautiful,love love love it,what a work of art,it’s just perfect. Love the colors too. So creative.
I absolutely love it. We’re re doing our bathroom at the moment so it’s great to have a few more ideas. Looking forward to seeing your tutorials. Xxx
Thanks for stopping by!
Where did you get the pointer pics from? Love them!
Hello – the pics are vintage paint by numbers from an antique store.
Love love love everything that you did with your bathroom. Would you please post info about your sink and fawcett? I am looking for a small vessel sink like this for your bathroom. The counter is only 41 inches long and the previous owners put in a huge oval monstrosity with an inappropriate fawcett. I really have to bend down to the sink when I am washing my face and then I bonk my forehead on the fawcett. Really hate it! Many thanks.
Hi Margie, thanks very much! Here is the post on the vanity/sink: https://circadee.com/2014/03/13/how-to-dresser-to-vanity/
Thanks, for the link to the bathroom sink, Dana. You have an amazing site! Margie
Hi again, Dana. I looked through and couldn’t find the names and specs for the vessel sink and faucet. Did I miss it? Margie
There is a link to the exact vessel sink. I believe it is called Cheviot. I am not sure about the faucet. It is moen
Such an AWESOME reno!!!! I have so many favorites but the ones that make me smile the most are the mirror (LOVE) and the salvaged radiator grate! HOW GENIUS!!!
Thanks very much Nicole!
Thanks again. Margie
How wonderful are those paint by number pups? I love them!
What is the paint color? I’m in love with it and want it for every room in my house!
a dresser as a vanity-how clever and gorgeous! Very impressive transformation.
I ADORE this!! I love the green & white and the wood on the mirror!!
Thanks very much!
I adore the entire room and I’m feeling inspired to redo my hideous bathroom now. I love the shell chandelier (so incredibly clever) and the beautiful vanity. Strangely I’m kind of obsessed with the wire basket hanging from your windowsill, and I’m trying to figure out how you hung it… and how I can get this idea to work on my own windowsill.