I’ve had so much fun working on the 1905 Cottage addition. We love living in our “new” old home. And this year I’ll be talking all about the addition and sharing all the details – including the good and bad of turning a vintage home into a modern home on a budget.
Today I am sharing my girls’ shared bathroom.
When I decided I wanted to build onto the original home, I knew that there was only a certain amount of room to build out and remain within building codes. So I knew all of the rooms would be small, which was great because it makes the addition cohesive with the original 1905 home. I also knew that I wanted to get as much functionality into each of the rooms as possible and still have the rooms remain visually pleasing.
There was only room for one bathroom on the main floor of the addition. I knew my girls would need to share the space so I made the bathroom into a Jack-and-Jill room. What that means is that each of the bedrooms has a door onto the bathroom, with the bathroom in the middle. And since the bedrooms are also small rooms, I decided to put in barn doors so that I wouldn’t need to worry about the space of having door swinging out into the bedrooms. This actually turned out to be a great idea and I also built the barn doors last summer. The tutorial for those is coming up soon!
The bathroom space was narrow. So instead of going with a standard cabinet, I decided to put in a free-standing vanity with dual sinks, so each of the girls would have their own sink and plenty of counter space. I know how girls need their counter space!
I also decided not to put in a bath in the bathroom, but a larger walk-in shower. Since my girls are not toddlers and don’t really take baths I thought a larger shower with a bench would make sense. And the master bedroom has a large freestanding bathtub so I didn’t think it would hurt me if I ever decide to sell the cottage.
For the two bathrooms I added in the addition I picked out the same materials to give the cottage a more seamless feel. Since it is small I think having everything flow together is really nice. I used slate-colored tile for the floors, offset in a subway tile pattern. I also used the same tile and size but in white on the walls of the shower. On the floors of the shower I used white penny tile and I love the whimsical look of the little circles! As i said, I also built a bench in the shower because I knew that girls need to shave their legs. I also had a little cubby built into the shower wall so the girls can keep their shampoo in that niche. I also decided to use clear glass with a french swinging door. I think the clear glass opens up the space.
On the wall behind the vanity I planked the wall and added scalloped mirrors which I think are very cottage-y. And above the mirrors I added simple school house-style lights, which echo the school house light above the sink in the cottages kitchen.
For the accessories I headed to Walmart and used their Better Homes and Gardens line to personalize the space. I used the same towels that I used in my master bathroom. I coordinated grey and matching teal towels. I also used these adorable bathroom accessories that have names stamped on them – pump, stuff, things. It’s an easy way for the girls to store some little items.
And I think Ella’s favorite part of the bathroom are these cushy mats that are also from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart. They are the softest!!
On the wall next to the toilet is a rustic wood and metal organizer where we keep extra toilet paper and accessories. I have a tutorial for how to make this Rustic Wood and Metal Organizer.
Another favorite item in the room is the little elephant. It’s decorative, but it’s also a nightlight!! We keep it on at night so the girls can see in the dark if they need to get up in the middle of the night.
The girls love their bathroom. And that makes me happy!!
I am also giving away a $100 Walmart gift card so YOU can buy some fun Better Homes and Gardens things to spruce up YOUR space! All you need to do to win is leave a comment letting me know which room in YOUR house you would like to spruce up!
I can’t wait to see who wins!!
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!
Disclosure – this post is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, however all ideas are mine.
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