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Mayflower Cottage: Black and White Bathroom

Mayflower Cottage: Black and White Bathroom

One of the last rooms we renovated at Mayflower Cottage was the downstairs bathroom. When designing this bathroom, we knew that we wanted to carry the same clean white look from the upstairs design. We spent lots of time on Pinterest looking at beautiful tile bathrooms but, knew that we didn't have the budget for it - especially since we were getting towards the end of the reno! So we had to get creative.

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This room was extremely dark and dingey before the renovation. It was painted a dark, glossy, navy blue with a white, dated linoleum floor. And, since it's in the basement, there is only one small window with very little light. To brighten the space, and to keep the monochromatic white look of the upstairs, we used the same bright white Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace as the bedrooms upstairs. 

bees from etsy. mirror, towels and apothecary jars from winners. faucet from amazon.

We also used the same board and batten on the wall that was used upstairs, only this time we added a panel of tile. The floor is a vinyl "hardwood" that is great for basements and is super easy to apply over the existing floor! Once the bones were in place, it was time to have fun with fixtures and accessories! Our friend Ian Gillies, a local forger, made the toilet paper and the towel hook - check out his site here

Here are some tips on how to create a beautiful bathroom on the budget: 

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Create the look of a full tile bathroom

with one panel of tile in board and batten. Use black grout instead of white for an modern look!

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Check Kijiji for bathroom fixtures

the sink purchased off this site!

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Instead of expensive wallpaper 

use stickers! That's what we used for the bees. 

Although the room is entirely white, you can create warmth with natural elements. We've used this teakwood bench from Winners and real sea sponges from Amazon.  


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