I always decorate on a budget. I’m a big believer that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to decorate a lovely home. Here is how I decorated my cottage bathroom for less.
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 my bigger bathroom upstairs.
Yes, the room is small, but it’s still the “big” bathroom.
I also have a tiny powder room downstairs.
I’ll show you that decorating a bathroom doesn’t have to cost $10,000.
Cottage Bathroom Decor on a Budget
When you walk up the stairs in our home, you see the bathroom straight ahead.
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Vanities can cost $1,000 to $2,000, but I think that is overkill.
Our vanity is an inexpensive Project Source White Traditional Bathroom Vanity that only cost $330.
Here is a similar vanity.
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.
I would always opt for two sinks if possible, but I didn’t have the space.
It’s actually not affecting us since my son and I don’t use the bathroom together.
But in terms of resell value of your home, having two sinks is always preferred.
I’m really happy with the vanity and love the Style Selections Dune Solid Surface Integral Single Sink countertop (cost $210).
It’s made out of man-made material that doesn’t scratch or show water stains. That was important to me.
I don’t want to have to worry about the constant water on the countertop. It’s just not practical to have a counter made out of porous stone in a bathroom, and nowadays there are so many other options that look beautiful.
Here is a similar one:
When it’s time to give this bathroom a refresh in a few years, maybe I’ll consider a vanity with two sinks — we’ll see. For now I like having the extra counter space.
I also picked out the 12×12 floor tiles. I wanted tiles in a light color but with a marbled effect that doesn’t show any dirt.
These sand-colored Del Conca Roman Stone tiles (only cost $2.30 each) coordinate perfectly with the sand-colored countertop.
I made a point to get pretty large tiles because I knew that would cut down on the installation price and time.
This is also a very pretty and inexpensive porcelain tile:
For the shower enclosure, I decided on inexpensive 4×4 square white tiles for the backsplash:
This pink wall color was not what I had planned initially.
At first, I painted the room a much darker color, a dusky rose, but it was way too dark for such a little room.
So I mixed a lot of the white paint I had from painting all of the downstairs white into the rose paint, and painted the room again.
My bedroom is a very light baby blue that I adore, and maybe I’ll repaint this bathroom in that same blue in the future. It would give those two rooms next to each other a nice flow.
I chose old-fashioned looking sink and lamp fixtures for the whole house, in an oil-rubbed bronze finish.
This Derengge Oil Rubbed Bronze Bathroom Sink Faucet is so pretty and surprisingly inexpensive:
Here is another faucet, even less expensive:
I really like this look and don’t mind that you have to open both levers to make warm water.
That would a small price to pay for a cute faucet that fits perfectly into our cottage bathroom, but I’ve actually never found the need to mix the water — I just turn on the warm water side.
By the time the water gets too hot, I’m finished with washing my face or hands anyway.
The white mirror with the shelf sat in a closet for years, and I honestly don’t remember where or when I bought it.
Here is an inexpensive mirror similar to 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.
Update: I did update the mirror to a bigger one with this kind of look:
The little wooden table is a thrift store find. It adds a little bit of farmhouse/rustic decor to this room and usually holds the toilet paper roll.
I didn’t want to install a toilet paper holder on the wall because it would have been in the way — which saved me a bit of money again.
I picked up the vanity decor items from different tag sales — they didn’t belong together until I put them together. They’re adding to the cottage look of the bathroom with the pretty flower theme.
If you want to recreate that look, here is a pretty set:
I also think this set is adorable for a cottage bathroom look:
The two art pieces, the one with the birds and the flowers, I bought at HomeGoods for little money.
If you need a bit more help, you chould read up on reviews of different bathroom remodeling companies.
I found the Threshold Home Grid shower curtain at Target, and it was an affordable $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, mold-resistant PEVA shower curtain liner so it doesn’t get wet.
That’s the tour of my upstairs Blue Cottage bathroom decorated on a budget!
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