Reveal: Carolina Cottage Bathroom

July 13, 2023

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Carolina Cottage Bathroom

The Carolina Cottage Bathroom is so stinkin’ cute! I was so excited to be able to reveal the outside of the Carolina Cottage to you and EVEN MORE thrilled to show you the inside. The overwhelming support I have had from this community is amazing. I will be putting this little pace on AirBnb for you all very soon! My newsletter community will get special access and maybe even a giveaway or a discount code ;).

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Retro Design Elements

There is only one bathroom in this little house, so I worked hard to made it extra special! One of my main goals was to keep the house true to the time period it would have been at its best: the 1940’s and 1950’s. You will see that reflected in many of the design elements.

In case you don’t remember how far we’ve come here – the entire bathroom was gutted. After I bought the house on Facebook Marketplace {without telling my husband 😬} we discovered much of the house was rotted. Sadly, it was falling in on itself in several places, including the bathroom. Mark started to lovingly call this home “Misery Manor” after we started work on it. It seems like so many things went in ways we would have never anticipated, but she turned out pretty dang cute if I say so myself.

Bathroom Demo Revelations

In addition to the flooring needing to be redone, I had to pull off all of the wall coverings. We pleasantly discovered floor to ceiling pine tongue and groove! Unfortunately, the top portion had several places that had been cut out over the years. And of course, all the wood surrounding the tub was ruined due to severe water damage.

I decided to leave the lower tongue and groove as it was and on the upper part of the wall, we salvaged what we could and used in other places of the home that needed repair. After removal and cleaning, we placed sheet rock on the top portion where the wood couldn’t be saved.

The very cute flooring is actually sheet vinyl. In the last home we remodeled ,we used sheet vinyl and I love how low maintenance and affordable it is. I found this particular basketweave bathroom floor at Georgia Carpet Industries. I ended up saving thousands by using sheet vinyl {which I really needed after all we had to do at this cottage.}

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Creating Storage

Since there is only one tiny bathroom in the entire home sans storage, I knew we had to make some layout changes. {In case you missed it, we actually pulled off the back of the cottage entirely and made some big changes to create more space in here.} For the bathroom, we initially thought we would build shelves in, but then I came across this cabinet.

The cabinet fit so perfectly for our linen storage, I couldn’t pass it up. It also saved us time and money! While it may be hard to tell, the cabinet is actually metal and totally makes me thing of all those vintage metal medicine cabinets.

We added these cute glass shelves and medicine cabinets above the sinks for more storage as well. The medicine cabinets had to be surface mounted. The two supporting house beams run directly behind both of these mirrors. {Told you this place was full of surprises!}

Scrub a Dub Console Sinks and a Tub

I knew immediately I wanted to use console sinks because of how amazing they look. Console sinks were popular in the 1950’s and since we wanted this cottage to have some more “adorable” historically inspired elements, this was the way to go!

We were able to put two sinks in which was pretty amazing since we had such limited space to start. I love Vintage Tub and Bath and knew they would have just what I was looking for! I chose these sinks with chrome and an eight inch faucet drill and they are more perfect than I could have imagined. For faucets, I’m a sucker for a cross handle and found these very affordable, wide spread options on Amazon.

Lighting makes a huge difference in any room so I wanted to choose wisely here. I went to one of my favorite restoration replica shops, Van Dyke’s and was able to find these cuties! These lights are truly vintage inspired! They go so well with the time period of the home I was trying to emulate. Many of you know how much I love Van Dykes and have also used a lot of their reproduction pieces in my own home!

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Bathtub Refinishing

This might seem crazy, but we were able to keep the original tub. I wasn’t sure how the refinishing would end up, but it looks like a brand new tub!

After more research on the design elements, I added 4×4 white square tiles to keep everything period appropriate where possible. We also added some shower niches since there was no where to store anything before. And we finished it off with a Shower Trim Kit from Amazon.

In case you didn’t know already, Mark did all of the plumbing in the entire home. He’s a former pro so his skills are coming in very handy here. However, he doesn’t miss crawling under houses for work one bit! {If you want to read more about his incredible family business story, click here.}

Once the tub was refinished, I finished the soft vintage look with a double curtain rod and these sweet curtains. I really like a double rod because it allows for the functional shower curtain on the inside and then the cute curtains outside. 

Finishing Touches

I chose Chrome finishes, because it’s what would have been in this home when it was built all those years ago. I was so tempted to use gold, but classic and timeless always wins in an older home!

The main ceiling light is some of my favorite go-to School House Lighting and so affordable. The doorknobs are actually original to the house and spectacular. My Dad actually cleaned them up with a soap and elbow grease and they couldn’t be prettier!

For paint colors, I went with the same blue we’ve used in the rest of the home {Nantucket Fog by Benjamin Moore}. There is no natural lighting in the bathroom, so it actually gives this blue a richer tone. I feel like having the walls and trim all painted the same color make such a bold statement. {I dropped all the colors into an easily downloadable palette in my resource library. If you subscribe you will receive the password!}

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Friends, I would love to know what you think! Drop me a comment with what you love most or any questions!

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  1. Alison says:

    It all looks so great!!!

  2. Alison says:

    It all looks so great!!

  3. dawn Hastings says:

    Absolutely beautiful 😍 love the color and the retro vibe!

  4. Patti says:

    It’s absolutely perfect! Fantastic job! 💖

  5. Joyce Day says:

    Love bathroom!! Colors are perfect!
    Great Job!!❤️🙌

  6. Julie Murphy says:

    I just love it everything about it. The floor is perfect. Medicine cabinets are awesome.

  7. Jackie says:

    Looks awesome!!

  8. Jamie says:

    You did an exceptional job reworking the layout! It’s so pretty. Love the sinks!!!!

  9. Carrie says:

    Absolutely such a sweet little place you’ve made. Love your vision.

  10. Becky Lowrey says:

    It is just beautiful. God has given you a gift to see and you use it well. You are an inspiration.

  11. Cherish Morris says:

    I love love the sinks!! I actually love it all😍

  12. Melanie Cox says:

    I love everything about this bathroom! That paint color is dreamy. I can’t believe the before and after.

  13. Sally Wiggins says:

    Absolutely love what you have done! STUNNING!

  14. Melissa McSweeney says:

    So cute! The floor is perfection!

  15. Lillie Beard says:

    Congratulations Brittany!!!!! It turned out so beautiful and nostalgic of times past. It reminds me a lot of my Mama Gracie’s old house from when I was little. Well done girl!!!🥰🥰🥰

  16. Jill says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful. You are definitely a visionary. “Misery Manor” would have never had the opportunity to become Carolina Cottage if it wasn’t for you and the labor of love you gave to her.

  17. Angela Creed says:

    I love the sinks! They are so cute! Now
    Can you come help me finish remodeling my R.V.?😊

  18. Sharon Satterfield says:

    It looks AMAZING!🤍🤍🤍

  19. Shannon says:

    So so pretty!! Great job❤️❤️
    Do you have a lil for the sinks, please?

  20. Ashley Buck says:

    Love it all! Looks fabulous!

  21. Tammy Strader says:

    It turned out so beautiful! I do not have the nerve to tackle an old house, but you did it with excellence!

  22. Ginny A says:

    Looks so good!

  23. Joanne says:

    It is charming!

  24. Elspeth Atkinson says:

    It’s really wonderful!! I love the glass shelves and metal storage cabinet the best! Oh and the color! Amazing you saved the tub! Can’t wait to see more of the cottage!

  25. Donna Carter says:

    Great job, it is very cute!

  26. Alicia Bosman says:

    Love, love, love what you did with this cute cottage. I love the vintage vibe!! Well done & can’t wait to see the rest!!!

  27. Terri says:

    I love everything about this bathroom! The paint color the flooring and especially the sinks! Good job ❤️

  28. Pam Baggett says:

    I absolutely LOVE the whole bathroom! The color, the flooring, the double sinks, the bead board! Love it! ❤️

  29. Merilee Longoria says:

    You have such an eye for design and home decor. Absolutely beautiful!

  30. Cindy Macias says:

    It turned out absolutely stunning! Can I book now! 😍😍😍

  31. Tonia says:

    So stinkin’ cute! I cannot believe the transformation. I admire your vision and dedication to put in the extra work to honor the home and its history.

  32. Mickie Bush says:

    That bathroom is so great!! Love the sinks and mirrors!!

  33. Kristi Maultsby says:

    I was born in the 60’s and that bathroom reminds me so much of my childhood home. I would stand at the sink and watch my daddy shave! Sink looks the same!! Mirror and all!
    I love to watch you do your “thang”!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  34. Kendra Bauman says:

    This bathroom is gorgeous! The paint color is perfect with the scrumptious wall color and the sinks and fixtures are such clean lines! I especially appreciate how you share your sources!!! 🙋🏼‍♀️💙👍🏻

  35. Patrice says:

    Love it !!! You always have the magic touch to bring all of it together—— worth all the blood sweat and tears 😉

  36. Tosca LaBoy says:

    Amazing!!! How do you find the time?!

  37. Brandi Hughes says:

    Absolutely stunning! 🤩🤩🤩

  38. Jamie R says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love that color blue paired with the fresh white!! Amazing job on this one 👏 🙌 you should be very proud of your hard work, the results are beautiful!

  39. Jamie Robinson says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love that color blue paired with the fresh white!! Amazing job on this one 👏 🙌 you should be very proud of your hard work, the results are beautiful!

  40. Tara Phillips says:

    The sinks!!😍 The floor!! 😍😍 That tub!! 😍😍 Such a dramatic change! Looks beautiful.

  41. Beckie Langford says:

    Looks great! Love that blue 😍

  42. Darla says:

    I love everything about it! The floors oh my word. Simple beautiful. I knew it would be everything thing you touch turns out beautiful 😍

  43. Michelle says:

    Just wow! You did such a tasteful and beautiful job!!!

  44. Heather Bland says:

    I can’t believe the transformation! Absolutely stunning!

  45. Tiffany says:

    From Misery Manor the sweetest little cottage!! The best and greatest transformation goes to Carolina Cottage! 👏 It’s truly beautiful 💙

  46. Kerri Bell says:

    Girl, you have worked your tail off and it shows! She is beautiful! Awesome awesome job! 🩵🩵

  47. Amy says:

    Hard to believe that’s even the same bathroom!! Great job transforming that space!!

  48. Beth Schultz says:

    It’s perfect! Love it, Brittany!

  49. Linda Prince says:

    You did a great job. Love everything you did. It was so much fun to watch it come together.

  50. Wendy Little says:

    Turned out beautiful!!! So much love poured into Carolina Cottage!!! Would love to rent it someday! Great job!!!

  51. Karen VanWinkle says:

    What an incredible finish!! Love it.

  52. Kimberly Taylor says:

    Amazing! So cute and time-period appropriate! Genius!

  53. Dianna says:

    I love it all! It turned out so amazing!

  54. Dianna says:

    You did such an amazing job! It’s really beautiful!

  55. Jill Thomas says:

    Beautiful and charming. I love it!!!

  56. Sabiene says:

    Once again you so nailed it! How stinking cute is this bathroom!

  57. Sherry Murphy says:

    Perfection! Love every detail.

  58. Amanda says:

    Absolutely beautiful! My favorite shade of blue. I always think of bathrooms as being a shade of blue. Brittany, you do an amazing job with all of the special touches.

  59. Bianca says:

    Because of your touch, it is the cutest, little, story book cottage there ever was!

  60. Amber M says:

    I love everything about this space. Simple and clean, but still has so much personality. Its perfect!

  61. Because of your touch, it is the sweetest, little, storybook cottage there every was!

  62. Because of your touch, it is the sweetest, little, storybook cottage there ever was!

  63. Bianca says:

    Because of your touch, it is the sweetest, little, storybook cottage there ever was!

  64. Maryann says:

    Looks beautiful!…love it! ❤️

  65. Mary Brady says:

    You did a great job. I have enjoyed watching your progress. I love old houses. We live in a home that was built in 1950. She required a lot of work when we bought but it was worth every dime and minute.

  66. Dez Twigger says:

    Loved seeing this transformation!!!

  67. It looks amazing!!❤️

  68. Cassandra T Anderson says:

    Love the color and the cabinet! Also, we had a tub refinished and it’s amazing how they do. Ours looked brand new too!

  69. Diane McCarthy says:

    It is such a pleasure to see your vision come to life.
    Your hard work and tenacity set you apart. I enjoy seeing the before and after pics. Love every square inch!!

  70. Karen Snipes says:

    The bathroom turned out to be a Better Homes and Garden special. I love the sinks and the cabinets is perfect for linens and toiletries. You and hubby and grandpa did a really great job on the one room. I can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  71. Janet Miskovic says:

    This is absolutely adorable. Your vision is amazing. Not to mention all the blood, sweat and tears you out into this cottage

  72. Darcy Davis says:

    You have a special way of making a space homey and very welcoming. Kudos girl!!

  73. Michelle says:

    Brittany you did an awesome job on the bathroom remodel. It looks so the floors and wall color!

  74. Caroline Griffith says:

    I love all the touches. It’s such a warm bathroom that feels like where I’d want to get ready each morning!

  75. Kristin Robinson says:

    So pretty and clean-looking!! Lots of hard work. Something to really be proud of! 😍

  76. Sheri says:

    Love it!! Love the towel hanging space under the sink, double shower curtain rods, & metal storage cabinet!

  77. Tammy McCain says:

    All the blood, sweat & tears along with lots of elbow grease & attention to detail, has definitely paid off. Turned out so sweet!

  78. Rebecca says:

    I cannot believe this is the same bathroom. It is so beautiful now! Every detail is perfect. 💙

  79. Flo Taylor says:

    I love how it looks so much like it has been there for years but so nice and new. Great job!

  80. Michelle Kennedy says:

    Absolutely love it!!!You guys did an awesome job on the entire house!! I live in Fl and would love to stay in this precious cottage for vacation!! ❤️❤️❤️

  81. Jennifer Finnerty says:

    I love the bathroom, so cute and clean and fresh looking. Cant wait to see the rest of the house.

  82. Kathy says:

    So beautiful!!

  83. Kara says:

    You are so talented!!!

  84. Leatha Riddle says:

    Truly amazing!! I want to live there!!

  85. Wendy Blye says:

    Girl, you truly outdid yourself!! Your style aka taste is so humbling and to the era, to a t!! I can’t wait to see the rest!!! I’m an artist and I just can’t get the gumption to get on this web, you do it with class charm and laughter!! I love it.. You make me laugh and smile everyday !! Don’t let anyone tell ya any different!!!!!! They be jelly …. P B N Jelly 😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️ Keep getting it !, loving the world! and being Happy!

  86. Kathy Frein says:

    Great work! Love all of your ideas!

  87. Linda says:

    Charming, retro and beautiful! Love your choices and styling!

  88. Jeanne says:

    Love, love, love love love!!! It’s unbelievable how you brought it from what it was to this stunningly gorgeous space! I can’t wait to see what you did with the rest of the house ❤️

  89. Leanne says:

    I love it! So cozy, yet streamlined!

  90. Shannon Miller says:

    I love how you painted all the walls, trim and doors the same color. Love the sinks too.

  91. Emilie Marvin says:

    Wonderful job, so fun to follow along!♥️

  92. Lisa Gerwig says:

    It’s lovely! You are very talented.

  93. Lisa says:

    It’s lovely. You’re very talented.

  94. Jennifer Price says:

    Looks beautiful 😍 love that floor!

  95. Amanda Guthrie says:

    Brittany, you guys have done such an amazing job with this house! Your eye for restoring homes to their natural beauty is amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻

  96. Betsy Hubbuch says:

    This is beyond cute!!! Looking at this makes me happy 😊

  97. Beth says:

    So much work, and the result is such beauty!!

  98. Robin says:

    I don’t think I can choose what I like the most Brittany and company!! I do like your paint choice, the salvaged woods, the fixtures but mostly your rocking talent!! Way to go once again!
    Can’t wait to see the beach house♡

  99. Natasha says:

    So beautiful 💖

  100. OMG! That bath turned out soooo good! I love it all 🥰 great job Britt!

  101. OMG I love it all!!! It is beautiful. I am remodeling my moms bathroom now and I may have steal this paint color from you 🫶🏻job well done girl 🥰

  102. Amanda says:

    I am so impressed by your dedication to making choices that honor the time period! This bathroom is like a step back in time and very well done!

  103. Heather Porter says:

    You are so talented! This is beautiful!!! I have to ask, which sheet vinyl do you like better? The stuff you put in your first rental or the basket weave that you put in here at the airbnb?

    • I like them both equally. The look of basketweave was more fitting in this home and the more modern look of the other tile was exactly what the other home needed. Its just a dated ranch home and needed some pizazz. They are both very well made. I will say, the basketweave has a thicker backing making it more cushioned underfoot.

  104. Jenna J. says:

    Beautiful! Like everything else you do! 💙

  105. Girl your killin it on ALL front’s!

  106. Karen Wallace says:

    It’s gorgeous!

  107. Samantha Little says:

    Looks great!! And who knew vinyl floors could look so good! Love it!

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  109. Lisa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I followed along with all that Misery Manor had to throw at you, and your family, and it has truly turned into a Carolina Cottage. I can’t wait to stay there!!

  110. Sada says:

    Brittany, You, Mark and your Dad pulled off another spectacular job! It’s beautiful. I love your design ideas, your fearlessness and get ‘er done attitude. It’s exciting to see the final product. You all have so much to be proud of here, your hard work paid off and what a lovely improvement to the neighborhood. Bravo Girl!! 💪🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  111. Lisa Geraty says:

    The bathroom is absolutely adorable! Your hard work and keen eye really paid off in this whole house. Love! I wish I lived closer so I could have a nice long weekend there.

  112. Carrie G says:

    I’m a very nearby neighbor and I’ve always loved this little house! I have loved seeing someone pour the love into it that it needed! It is absolutely precious!!! Love everything you’ve done with it!