The Beach Bathroom Reveal

The demolition of the bathroom started on July 7, 2014 and began as a simple project to replace the old cast iron bath tub with a shower and tile.  What it became was a complete removal of walls and the subfloor.  Such is the case with a 100 year old beach house.

Rebuilding everything became the smart move as we now have a spa-like bathroom with all new electrical, lights, plumbing, fixtures, walls and floor.  The thing I am most proud of in this project is that we did EVERYTHING ourselves.  No contractors or handyman.  It tooks us 9 months to the day as we hammered in the last piece of hardwood flooring on April 8, 2015.  

I am also pleased that we salvaged or up cycled the tub, tile, lights, flooring, vanity, mirror, sink & faucet.  The toilet, shower pan, tub & shower faucet and bead board were all new.  With our labor and salvaged materials, the total budget was right under $2,500 for finished project.

The goal of the remodel was to upgrade the quality of the bathroom as well as create a space that could have existed in 1915 when the house was built.  We used a salvaged clawfoot tub from the tear down of a 1920s house, subway tile, Douglas fir for the ceiling & vanity top, bead board walls to create the era or reference existing details in the house.  We used a salvaged map of nearby Willapa Bay that was pinned to the wall when we bought the house as art work.  

Here is a photo journey of our beach bathroom remodel with a before, during and final product.  Thanks for sharing this journey with us- it’s been one of the most satisfying projects we have ever done and the first from design, to complete tear down to rebuild.



The design 

The Demoliation



The Final Bathroom Reveal









Free Salvage

We have a saying- free is a very good price- especially when it comes to DIY projects.  We were driving home from the beach house last week and I spotted a chair on the side of the road in a free pile ( there was an actual free sign!) so I jumped out of the truck and threw it in the back.  It was very solid but had very ugly worn wood with a black pleather seat cover.  Here is what I did with my free chair…and $7.99 shower curtain fabric from thrift store. 


9 Months to the day

On July 7, 2014 we started the demolition of our beach bathroom.  On April 8, 2015, my husband installed the final piece of Hickory hardwood on the floor, completing our 9 month journey to completely transform our bathroom and utility room into a gorgeous spa like bathroom.  We need to reinstall the clawfoot tub and put things back to take the ultimate before and after pictures but we are so happy to be finished and proud we did every bit of the work ourselves including construction of floor and walls, plumbing and electric.  Big reveal coming soon! 


Salvage + IKEA = Perfect Bar Cart

My favorite decor is a mix of salvaged vintage items mixed with a dash of modern to bring them to life.  I made this little bar cart out of a table I got at a rummage sale for $5.  It was purple and brown so I painted it black and added an IKEA butcher block cutting board as a topper.  Added new casters for wheelability and we had a bar cart.  This weekend I found & fixed up a vintage Z sign found at a thrift store for $4.  Mix in a salvaged Nate Berkus for Target lamp and I got just the mix of salvaged vintage + IKEA for the perfect modem bar cart.  Who wouldn’t love the real vintage 8 ball for .99? Had to add it for luck. 


Spring into Easter

All of a sudden it really feels like spring; now Easter is here.  I found some beautiful Parsons chairs on our salvage day trip at the Restore.  I love the versatility of these classic chairs.  They are covered in silk damask and the colors seem to blend with my grey kitchen.  I want to find some white slipcovers for summer but for now I will enjoy the soft, striped fabric.

To be honest, I thrifted this gorgeous vintage Kenzo silk wrap with every intention to use it for a table runner on the Doug fir table my husband built for me using salvaged timber from our beach house remodel.  I love the juxtaposition of the delicate designer fabric on the rustic wood.

Easter is always the perfect opportunity to use my Depression glass in pink Miss America pattern.  Literally everything on the table has been reclaimed, recycled or resourced- a real salvage holiday.  If only I had chickens to lay my Easter eggs… 


Salvage Day Trip

We often make a day trip to some of our favorite salvage haunts.   The Portland Rebuilding Center has been a source of old materials for our beach house since we found our vintage screen door there over 10 years ago.  This trip I found a couple of vintage medicine cabinets that needed some serious love.  The cost for the white one was $20 and the 1930s piece was $12 because it was unhinged.  The white one has a great rustic patina I plan to leave on but I still need to heat off the lovely 1960s contact paper someone stuck inside with scotch tape.  The 1930s Art Deco mirror cleaned up nicely, especially the Douglas fir interior, and I plan to leave it the way it is.  

I learned a few things with these salvage projects.  I know a little cleaning makes a huge difference but did not know you could use water and aluminum foil to clean rust off a mirror & hardware.  Baking soda and vinegar does take rust off of old screws and the cleaning paste for glass stove tops does as well.  Another great tip for salvaging wood furniture is to simply clean it with a damp cloth, let it dry and then polish with Old English furntiure oil.  This cleans the wood and brightens it without changing the beauty of the natural wood.  

These little cabinets are headed to our beach house loft and bathroom.  I know they will find a happy salvaged home there.

Before photos of both cabinets 



Cabinets after cleaning and slight repair



Crustless Quiche with Collard Greens and Sweet Onions- a recipe mash-up

I am always looking for new recipes to try and love to mash up old favorites with new ones.  I’m reading a lovely new cookbook called ” A Kitchen in France” about rural French food.  I saw an onion tart recipe that looked good but I did not like the idea of just eating onions on a pie crust.  So I thought why not add eggs and make a quiche? The crust wasn’t necessary if I added extra vegetables so I added creamed collard greens and spinach from another favorite recipe.  Here’s what I did…

I took the first recipe and cut up 2 pieces of bacon and cooked in a pan until crisp.  Removed the pieces and set aside in the glass pie dish.

Next I thinly sliced a sweet onion, leaving the pieces round and sauted until caramelized.   I added a pinch of dried thyme and balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.  I add the onion mix to the bacon.

I added the collard greens and spinach in the warm pan to wilt and cooked down.  I added a splash of heavy cream.  I then added to top of onions and bacon and smoothed over pan.

I whipped 6 eggs and a 1/4 cup of milk in a bowl and poured over bacon and vegetables.  I placed the pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until eggs are firm.  Take out and let cool.  I stored mine in fridge and reheated the next morning for a wonderful breakfast dish.

I have made a lot of egg/quiche dishes but my husband said this one was the best.  It was full of flavor and not heavy on crust, cheese or fat. I love the mash up!