Our Blue Cottage Bathroom – How I Decorated It On A Budget

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 20, 2015

cottage bathroom

When I wrote the post about the closet makeover in our upstairs bathroom, I realized that I never wrote a whole blog post about this room.

I knew I had taken more pictures of it but couldn’t find them.

Well, I found them! So here is a little more information about how I decorated our bigger bathroom. Yes, the room is small, but it’s still the “big” bathroom. We have a tiny powder room downstairs.

You’ll see that decorating a bathroom doesn’t have to cost $10,000.

cottage bathroom

Blue Cottage Bathroom

When you walk up the stairs in our home, you see the bathroom straight ahead.

cottage bathroomOur bedroom is to the right, overlooking the front yard, and L’s turquoise room is to the left, overlooking the backyard.

cottage bathroomThe vanity is an inexpensive Project Source White Traditional Bathroom Vanity from Lowes ($330). There weren’t many choices for what would have fit in that spot, and I wanted a white vanity, since this room is so small.

cottage bathroom

I’m really happy with the vanity and love the Style Selections Dune Solid Surface Integral Single Sink countertop ($210). It’s made out of material that doesn’t scratch or show water stains. I’m not a fan of marble and wanted something really easy to take care of, knowing the three of us would be using this bathroom together.

I don’t mind that it doesn’t have two sinks, but we’ll see how it goes when L is a teenager.

cottage bathroomI also picked out the 12×12 floor tiles at Lowes. I wanted tiles in a light color but in a color that doesn’t show any dirt.

pink cottage bathroomThese sand-colored Del Conca Roman Stone tiles ($2.30 each) coordinate perfectly with the sand-colored countertop, and Don installed them in both bathrooms. For the shower enclosure, we used inexpensive square white tiles.

pink cottage bathroomThis pink wall color was not what I had planned initially. I painted it a much darker color, a dusky rose, with the help of Don’s mom, but it was way to dark for such a little room.

So I mixed a lot of the white paint we had from painting all of the downstairs white into the rose paint, and painted the room again. I might repaint it the color of our bedroom at some point, which is a very light baby blue.

bat u2aI chose old-fashioned looking sink and lamp fixtures for the whole house, in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. I really like this look and don’t mind that you have to open both levers to make warm water. That’s a small price to pay for a cute faucet that fits perfectly into our cottage.

blue cottage bathroomThe white mirror sat in a closet for years, and I honestly don’t remember where or when I bought it. It ended up in this room because it is white. I’m still on the lookout for just the perfect mirror, maybe something vintage and bigger, for this spot.

The little wooden table is a thrift store find. It adds a little bit of farmhouse, rustic decor to this room. And I picked up the vanity decor items from different tag sales.

cottage bathroom decorThe two art pieces, the one with the birds and the flowers, I bought at HomeGoods for little money.

I found the Threshold Home Grid shower curtain at Target ($20). I saw it and immediately liked the color and the design. The best feature? It’s made out of super-soft cotton instead of polyester. I paired it with a non-toxic plastic liner from Kohl’s so it doesn’t get wet.

That’s it: our upstairs Blue Cottage bathroom!

How did you decorate your bathroom?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer September 14, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Hi Dagmar,
I love the bathroom. From the sign on the door to the little dish for soap and finally the shower curtain. I was wondering do you have a before picture?? I love to see the evolution of a space. Even without seeing it, you’ve done a beautiful job!!


Dagmar Bleasdale September 15, 2015 at 2:09 AM

Hi Jennifer, no, I don’t — this is the way I decorated it when we moved in 2 years ago. But that makes me think it’s time for a redo :)


Mila June 7, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Your bathroom is lovely!


Dagmar Bleasdale June 13, 2015 at 12:58 AM

Dear Mila, thanks for the compliment and coming by!


Kathleen June 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

That was a beautiful, budget makeover for your bathroom. I love your tap wear with the whole look. We appreciate you showing us on #HomeMattersParty.


Dagmar Bleasdale June 13, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Thanks for coming by, Kathleen!


Sinea Pies June 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

So pretty! Pinned it! :)


Dagmar Bleasdale June 13, 2015 at 1:04 AM

Thanks for the pin, Sinea, I really appreciate it!


Karen June 3, 2015 at 5:19 PM

What a lovely bathroom! I love the style!
Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About.


Cyndee April 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

I love it! It looks so “cottagey”! I love that floor tile. I just might go with that when we are ready to re-do our bathroom floors!


Dagmar Bleasdale April 26, 2015 at 2:06 AM

Hi Cyndee, thanks for coming by and commenting, I really appreciate it!


Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods April 3, 2015 at 3:58 PM

I love all the vintage touches you have added to your bathroom makeover. The little soap dish is precious! Love the paint color too.

Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Saturday! We always love having you party with us!


Dagmar Bleasdale April 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM

Thanks for coming by, Ashley!


Christine from So Domestically Challenged March 26, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Very pretty! I love that soap dish. Lovely :)


Amanda March 25, 2015 at 8:37 PM

What a gorgeous bathroom! I love the dark faucet :) Glad to be hosting WW with you!


Dagmar Bleasdale March 25, 2015 at 11:12 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!


Ashley Tukiainen March 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

So cute! I love the little side table


Dagmar Bleasdale March 25, 2015 at 11:11 PM

Thanks, Ashley!


Annie March 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

So pretty and I love the pink color! It’s a perfect retreat for a bubble bath and a good book!


Dagmar Bleasdale March 25, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Thank you, Annie!


Cathy March 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM

So very pretty – love the tiles and the color is perfect. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


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