Monday, January 20, 2014

Cottage Bathroom

I am so thankful that I have projects and blogging to keep me entertained during these weeks when Bill is out of town.

 There is only so much T.V. I want to watch!
I'm off on Mondays, so I headed to Lowes looking to spend a $25.00 gift card.
I couldn't find what I had in mind but instead saw some bead board paneling.

We used this product in the master bathroom and I thought it would look good in the powder room too. 
I'd been itching to do this for a while plus I'd just read this post by Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors so I was feeling very brave. 
It took three nights to complete. 
Instead of the gigantic sheets of plywood paneling, I got the  packages containing 12 sections of bead board covering 3.5 linear feet.
These are a very manageable size to deal with and they  
were $10.50 each. With tax, my out of pocket was only $9.00. 
The wall behind the potty and the wall with the vanity proved to be the challenges so I did the easy wall first. :)

Bill hasn't shown me how to set up the air compressor and the nail gun so I pulled out the old school tack hammer, brads and nail set.

This only took a few hours even with the tricky cut by the vanity. I had to do that twice. 
My first idea was to make a paper template and trace it onto the wood. Nope! I just decided to measure down and in to get the edge of the cabinet just right. 
It is not perfect but chalk will fix it. 

 I had several flawed pieces that I was able use behind the toilet. 
I wasn't happy about how many pieces had little dings or splits.

The next day when I got home from work, I painted the upper walls.

I mixed a little gray paint with some Glidden white to create a soft gray that leans a little blue/green. It's very pretty and a complete change from the gold that was in here.

I had to ponder the trim over night. 
I cut shims to put above the top of the paneling so the trim could overlap the top of the paneling below. Otherwise I could see the rough edge of the paneling slats.
I primed and then painted the bead board White Duck by Sherwin Williams. 

I put all the same accessories back in the room.
I would love a different mirror but the golds of the mirror frame go with the warm tones of the vanity top.

Bill says I can get the shower retiled but I think I'm going to wait on that for a while. I really have no desire to tear apart another bathroom so soon after doing the master bath last summer.
I love it and I'm ready to try this somewhere else in the house! 


  1. I'm so impressed!! That looks great :)

  2. You go girl! I'm so impressed with your cutting skills! I've been wanting to install that same beadboard above our kitchen tile backsplash, but I have to figure out what I need to do with all the outlets. Your bathroom is a pretty room and I like the blue tiles! Your vintage plates are the perfect accents to hang in the room.

  3. Great job, you did a super job and it looks fabulous. Love it. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  4. I love that you did this all by yourself! I love bead board, but hubby always does the work. Then I paint. I am wanting to put wider bead board running horizontal on the walls in my sewing room. Haven't broke it to him yet. lol! You really did a great job and it definitely adds cottage charm!

  5. It looks did a fabulous job on the bead board!!!!! I LOVE the little cabinet above the toity....very pretty!

  6. OK, can I tell you how many things I love about this bathroom? First, I am so impressed how you installed the bead board; it looks great. i LOVE that little brown cabinet, the color of the walls, the towel hook, the blue plates and yes, the gold mirror...I like that touch of "fancy" with all of the cottage-y things. Love it, Katie!

  7. Your room is looking oh so pretty and stylish. Love the beadboard on the walls.

  8. Katie, you are amazing! I love that you knew what you wanted to do and just figured it out. It looks beautiful!

  9. LOVE it, you did such a great job!!! Your little cupboard above the commode is beautiful.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  10. I'm just blown away at the fact that you did all of that wood work yourself! You are a very brave girl. I have never done anything like that before so I would most likely wait on my husband to do it. LOL. I'm sure that kept you very busy and helped you feel proud knowing that you're getting something accomplished. That's always a good feeling! Your bathroom is charming. I love the beadboard you added and the new soft color on the walls. I also really like that cabinet hanging above the toilet.

  11. Great job! It looks wonderful. The little wooden cabinet is a real jewel. I am currently redoing a little powder room, I hope mine turns out as marvelously as yours. No paneling for me, but I am adding new moldings to the cabinets.

  12. You did a great job! I so love beadboard it adds so much to a room. I also love that little cabinet, and I'm envious hubs won't let me put any cabinet above the toilet! You also have pretty good cutting skills to just cut without a template!

  13. LOVE this did an awesome job putting up the beadboard!! Love that pretty cabinet over the potty!

  14. love what you've done in your bath! I know I was supposed to look at the beadboard, but I was more interested in that cute little cabinet above your commode and the plates on the wall. Never would have thought to put pitchers and plates in a bathroom, but I love it.

  15. Great job!!! Looks marvelous. Absolutely love the décor too especially the wooden cabinet and the hand towel holder. Where did you find them?

    1. I got the cabinet at Hobby Lobby. I don't remember where I got the towel ring but it may have been there too. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Love the beadboard - but YOUR SINK - I have been looking for a smaller sink like your's. Can you tell me if you installed the sink and where you got it and any info about it. thank you.

    1. We got the sink and quartz countertop from Lowes. It was $200.00. The sink was already under-mounted.
      I hope that helps.

  17. Beautiful makeover. I love how it turned out.

  18. Love the makeover. You are amazing to do the wainscoting yourself. I'd be afraid to put that adorable wooden cabinet in the steamy bathroom environment though.

    1. The cabinet has been there for years and survived a teenage son showering in there all the time. Now it is a guest bath so the days of worry over the cabinet are past. Thanks for stopping by.