Tiny house, tiny bathroom

A simple fact of tiny homes is they have small bathrooms.  Luckily our new cottage has a big original cast iron tub but the old sink looked like something from a nasty reststop bathroom.  It had to go.  But what to replace it with? We desperately needed storage but I wanted a pedestal sink to save on space.  My dear husband wanted an IKEA prebuild cabinet with sink to match.  Price point was $250-400 for pedestal and $450 for complete cabinet, sink and faucet.  

We have not had good luck with IKEA cabinets in past so I was very hesitant.  Once we looked more closely at the quality of the drawers and faucets, I was sold.  Now that we have lived with it for a couple of weeks, it is a winner on style and practicality.

The bathroom is in progress as we need to do some structural floor work then rebuild built in shelving as old cabinets were water stained and very smelly so they were ripped out along with the hideous 1970s medicine cabinet.  We plan to replace the shower surround with galvanized sheet metal and redo the bead board wall behind the sink and install a ️square mirror we found at IKEA for $12.  I’m kind  of loving IKEA again!

Bathroom before 


Bathroom in progress with IKEA cabinet  



Small Kitchen, Big Ideas

Both of our tiny houses have galley style kitchens.  I cook almost all of our meals so I like to create a space that is highly efficient and pleasant to spend time in.  My frugal ways keeps me from wanting to spend large sums on trendy or name brand appliances – I have cooked on almost everything from a open fire to a cheap hot plate so I can make any stove, fridge and sink combo work.  We have purchase GE Artistry fridge and stove which are small in size and vintage in design- so far we love the look and function.

One side of our tiny kitchen was left blank.  I learned this is typical of old houses because it usually was too expensive to put cabinets throughout.  I am going to open shelving on the blank side made from salvaged old growth Doug Fir shelves salvaged from Restore for $10 and some cool black brackets from Astoria Vintage Hardware.  This is a kitchen in progress…more as it is put together! 

Before we bought house, kitchen as is

Kitchen in progress


Shiplap Surprises

A tiny house has a tiny bedroom.  Luckily we knew we could fit our queen bed in the cottage’s tiny bedroom if we took out an old, poorly built closet.  Once we started taking it down, the walls behind it were covered in 3 different types of 1930s wallpaper.  Underneath the wallpaper was Douglas fir shiplap.  I have taken wallpaper done before but not off of raw wood.  It is extremely time consuming but I think the final result will be worth it as I’ve got one wall removed and painted white.  This is definitely a work in progress! 

Bedroom before with old walls and closet


Shiplap bedroom walls revealed and being restored with wallpaper removal and white paint


Cottage Color Inspiration

When we purchased the tiny cottage, I found color inspiration from old vintage maps and globes we collected over the past couple of years.  The soft blue, green and pastels inspired my idea to carry these colors and collectibles through out the house.  The Sherwin Willams color “Rainwashed” became my guide as I carried a tattered paint sample strip in my purse to double check colors.  Rainwashed is now the feature in the tiny living room, making the freshly white painted wainscoting pop.  


A Tale of Two Tiny Houses

After years of living in the suburbs, we finally sold our house.  We had hoped to move full time to our beloved beach house but it is too far to commute.  We looked for options closer to work but nothing made sense until we found a tiny 672 square foot 1926 cottage in a small historical town – we had found a city house that seemed like our beach house.  So we have begun yet another renovation and I hope to share our journey of 2 tiny houses as we make them our homes. 

Before we bought our tiny cottage…


Painted the craftsman door and starting on trim…



Beach “Vacation”

We are just returning from a 9 day trip to our beloved beach house.  The quotes in the title is not an accident.  Having a 100 year old house near the beach is fabulous but an incredible amount of work.  I read a great article on a home site called ” What I wish I had known before I purchased my old house” which was spot on- windows crack, floors warp and insects nest- but you love the house as if it is a living member of your family.  

The work necessary to care for an older home is intense but worth the effort.  We have lived in a newer home and an older one for the past 10 years.  I will take the older one.  There is just something hard to put your finger on about loving an old house.  Part history, part charm, the older house has the je ne sais quoi that a newer home does not possess.  Even with the backbreaking amount of work necessary to maintain and restore our home, I would not trade it for any tropical vacation. 


The Next Chapter

We have been so busy preparing our house to sell that I have neglected the blog.  I’m thrilled to write we are purchasing a 1926 cottage on the banks of the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon.  This will be an exciting journey as we restore and bring back to life this adorable tiny home.  Please watch for posts as we begin!