Bathed in colour

As with any project the first step is to find practical ways to make the picture in your mind into reality. The owners say that they scoured the Internet and magazines for inspiration, the finally settled on the basic colours - white, turquoise and chartreuse.

The house is a 1930s cottage a couple miles from the beach, so they knew they wanted it to feel beachy and fresh but in a flea market meets industrial kinda way. They also wanted to re-purpose as many items as they could; they did so with pipe to create a toilet paper holder. A large wire basket was hung on the wall and filled with toilet paper, and a local flea market find — a wooden shower and locker sign — turned into a towel rack by adding marine cleats. The lights were also made from salvaged materials and purchased at the flea market. Artwork became 1960s paint-by-numbers.

A big goal for the renovation was to achieve more space and get a bigger bathtub as the old one was only 48 inches. They moved the tub under the window and rearranged the sink and toilet. They also opted for a pedestal sink for a more open look. A big space saver and also their new favourite feature is the pocket door.

A false wall was also built, which was a bit of work, but so worth it.  A happy surprise was when they took down the ceiling and found the beams; they originally thought they would have to cover it up with sheetrock, but decided to bead board between the beams and paint everything white. It really opened up the space and gave it a cottage feel. White subway tile with gray grout and turquoise accent tile went all the way up to the ceiling, adding the illusion of space, and they chose a classic black and white tile for the floor.

Some advice and things they learned would be: get some inspiration; put all your ideas together in an inspiration board; buy only things that you love (but keep in mind durability, too); set a budget and stick with it; allow enough time for the project (it will take longer than you think); hire professionals for the things you can’t do, and do the things you can to save money (like painting); and most importantly, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
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