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Nautical Bathroom for a Beach Cottage

My cottage bath is unbelievably small, so while doing a recent renovation, I had to take sizing into careful consideration, as well budget. I'm very pleased with the end result. I did most of it myself and stayed under budget. Naturally, I hired a contractor to do my lighting and plumbing/vanity install. But I did everything else, which included fixing all of the walls, painting, wallpapering and decorating with hooks and artwork.


I started with ship-lapping a large plain wall. Check out my separate blog post all about that! Then I took on the vanity. My hundred year old cottage did not provide me with standard widths or depths, so it took a lot of digging to find the perfect fit for the spot. I found this beautiful navy vanity on Home Depot's website (~$700). I changed out the hardware to a brushed gold. (if you want to go with this vanity, note that it has a shallow depth (19"). Most standard vanity's are deeper, but my space did not allow for those. Make sure you measure! I had a different one in my online cart for a week before I figured out it wouldn't fit. Thank goodness I took the extra measurement.


I got this pendant light ($85) with matching sconces. ($67 ea.) I love these lights! Excellent nautical brass with sea foam green shades. My friend found me the Lucky sign on Etsy.


The wallpaper behind the vanity is peel and stick. It was very inexpensive and easy to use. I did this myself in about an hour. This navy geometric print was another find on Home Depot's website. ($38/roll)


I bought boat cleats on Amazon, painted them and turned them into towel hooks. I already had the boat art elsewhere in my house and moved it here.



I also got this little sailboat toilet paper holder on Amazon. Then I fastened a shelf by myself. I used gold spray paint on the shelf brackets and light switch plates to tie it all together.

One of the most surprising and easiest things about the renovation were these floors. These are peel and stick and went right over the old peel and stick floors that the previous owner had put in. $35 for the whole box and I only needed half of it. These were surprisingly easy to work with and I'm very pleased with the result.


While it wasn't intended this way, nearly everything I used for my reno was from Home Depot. It just happened to be where I found everything I needed. Except the mirror. The mirror is from Lowes.


I'm so pleased with the results! Here are some more photos, before and after...





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