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My Cottage Bathroom Reveal….

By Laharris1



If you’re a regular to my blog you already know about our move to Southern California last year.

I always knew I’d need to transform any house we ended up in--- but our decision to live walking distance to the beach meant choosing a real fixer upper.

And it’s been an adventure for sure.

Although the fun part has been decorating with a fresh slate. Plus, I like to think of our new place as our future beach cottage (although we’ve got a loooong ways to go).

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here seven months already, but today I’ve got some pictures of our first bathroom reveal. Thank goodness for that water damage in the wall because it meant a whole new bathroom.

There’s still a few details left. Some towel hooks to find and and a distressed sign I’m making, but so far I’m so happy with the results.


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As you can see I’ve been painting our interior doors with Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black. After seeing it HERE, I decided my plain, cheapo doors needed a little sprucing up.


The first thing people notice when they use this bathroom is the pretty chandelier. 

I was so bummed from the dark, gloomy feeling in this previous space that my number one priority was lighting.


I picked this chandelier because of all the great reviews HERE.


It’s got three bulbs which was important to me.

Yes! Let there be light. And lots of it.


Once the wall was opened up I decided to have the electrician wire it for sconces on either side of the mirror.

I read somewhere that overhead lighting in the bathroom casts unflattering shadows on the face so when it came time to pick lighting …I knew what I didn’t want.


I also had both the chandelier and sconces put on dimmers which I love.

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I decided to bring my old bamboo shelves in here for towels but I still have to find the rustic, nautical towel hooks I want.



I had the bead board installed horizontally and I really like it.

I determined the height of it by figuring out the placement of the sconces and mirror first.


Here’s a shot of the vanity.

Tough to get a good picture but you can see it has the feet that I wanted.



Standard white subway tiles with my splurge of marble on the shower floor.

And I’m very happy with my charcoal grout color.


The flooring is actually a sturdy porcelain tile that mimics the real marble in the room.

It has a matte finish which I love because I tend to worry about people slipping on wet




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To save on costs I chose mostly shiny, chrome fixtures (faucet and sconces) except on the shower handle. I liked the brushed metal so much more.


Then we splurged on Moen shower fixtures.


Is it possible to have a crush on a shower?

Because I’m in love with this frameless beauty.


Here’s an inside view of the bathroom door right now. I just couldn’t bring myself to paint it black on this side… although it definitely needs a fresh coat of paint.

What’s your opinion—black or white?


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While that’s it for now.

Stay tuned for some updates on our backyard transformation currently taking place. I’ve been taking lots of photos through the tedious process of filling in our old in-ground pool. And I can’t wait to talk about outdoor living areas with you.

Thanks for visiting today, I love your company.





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