Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cottage Update: The Bathroom

It’s time to head back to the cottage for another update.

View From Lake

Here’s what we started with last year.

Bathroom Before WM

Yes, the toilet, tub and sink are a retro seafoam colour!

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the bathroom walls are floor-to-ceiling paneling, including behind the bathtub.

When we went up to the cottage in June, Mr. Mechanic’s sisters primed everything with the same primer as the rest of the cottage and the grooves between the panels were filled with drywall mud.

Since there was nothing that we could do to change the colour of the bathroom fixtures, we had to work with what we had!

The trim, ceiling and doors were painted white for another instant update (just like the kitchen cabinets). Then, what used to be dingy paneling was painted a very subtle seafoam-ish colour that was chosen to work with chocolate brown as a future accent colour. I know that they used a paint & primer-in-one formulation but I don’t know the name (sorry).

Bathroom Progress WM

The paneling behind the shower was purposely left unpainted because there were plans for that space.

Tub Surround Home Depot

A $104 tub surround from Home Depot! (BTW- I just read the 1 star review for this on the website and it gave me a good laugh!)

We had the honour of packing this into our car for the four hour drive up North in July. Fortunately, Mr. Mechanic can pack a car like he’s playing Tetris!

With some creative trimming, tub surround adhesive and two handy men, the shower got a total facelift! (That’s the condensed version – it wasn’t quite that straight-forward, but it wasn’t as difficult as they anticipated).

Bathroom Tub Surround WM

Once this was installed and all the caulking was dry, everyone was thrilled with the makeover but something was still bugging Mr. M’s older sister . . . 

Bathroom Before Floor WM

Everything else now looked so fresh and new . . . and then there was the floor.

So, she did this!

Bathroom Floor WM

What did she use?

Peel & stick tiles! She stuck them on top of the existing floor and made sure they were well adhered using an old rolling pin! It was time-consuming and tedious, but it really finishes the space.

Bathroom Tub & Floor WM

She could have done just the bathroom floor but instead she kept going and added the same floor tiles to the bottom of the linen closet and inside the vanity cupboard . . . and under the kitchen sink . . . and in the broom closet!

Bathroom Full View WM

The bathroom hardware was spray painted with the same Rust-oleum hammered brown as the brass floor lamp and an inexpensive mini-blind was hung for privacy.

Now that the major repairs are done, we get to accessorize!

So, to put it in perspective, here we have August 2011, June 2012, July 2012.

Cottage Bathroom Collage WM

I told you it was a good makeover!

We have a pretty hideous main floor bathroom in our house, so I’m curious to know the final breakdown for the cosmetic updates to this space. We definitely got a lot of bang for our buck!

All week I’ve been working away at a few small projects that have been on my to-do list for a while. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve been up to since we got back!

Thanks for checking out another cottage update!

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P.S. We may not have a beautiful bathroom, but we finally have some awesome wall art!

P.P.S. I just realized that the seafoam bathroom fixtures are similar in colour to one of my favourite spray paint colours: Catalina Mist.

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  1. Yea! I bet it feels new and clean :)

    Great improvements!

  2. I am so glad you kept the retro pieces! Love that sea foam colour and it adds so much character! Great makeover! :)

  3. I actually really love the seafoam fixtures!!

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  5. Love the makeover Claire - it looks so much fresher!! That color green is the new trendy color right now!!!! Well maybe not in tubs, but it does look completely retro cool! Your cottage looks amazing! Hope you have some fun there this summer :D


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