Where it all began – part 8

Hi there! As I was thinking about what to share this week , I realized we hadn’t completed the cottage tour!  We missed the bathroom. Everyone needs to know where the bathroom is 🙂 .  I had fun creating this space. The creative juices started with a dresser of all things!  When I was looking for ideas and DIY solutions for a sink and vanity, I came across lots of people who had converted a dresser into their vanity.  I found the perfect dresser on Kijiji that was the right height and drawer configuration to be able to convert it to a vanity. Mark was able to get holes cut and drawers shored up to be able to get the plumbing in and through the back. We can still use the drawers which is what I was hoping for with this type of dresser. It was on the narrow side so I had a bit of a harder time to get a sink to fit but we found one.  Our biggest splurge was the faucet I fell in love with. I think it is by Pfister. Mark surprised me with it one day when I didn’t think we could get it. The dresser was the 1st thing I painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint . I wasn’t thinking of documenting everything back then so I don’t have a before picture. I remember not loving it in the beginning. The dresser took 3-4 coats and I had to put a coat of shellac on the sides at one point because the reddish stain was bleeding through. I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. I remember talking to Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile about it but she encouraged me to keep going. In the end it is one of my favourite pieces I have redone. I sanded down the top and used Milk paint in Curio watered down as a stain. I had sealed it with tung oil but after a couple years, something got left on it and there was a large imprint left. I resanded it lightly this year, applied more Curio and sealed with 3 coats of Fusion’s Tough Coat.  So far it is holding up but I treat it very tenderly. ( You can see the before and after  pics below ) Because it was a dresser there was no edge at the back so I just stuck a piece of wood trim I had been keeping and it matched up perfectly as an edge for the back of the vanity sealed in Tough Coat as well.

 

 

I had gotten this IKEA shelf on Kijiji also and painted it up with Fusion Mineral Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Mark also had to do some trimming on it so it would fit beside the sink in the corner of the bathroom. It’s great for holding our bath necessities and towels.

One of the other big jobs in the bathroom was painting the floor. I had seen Melanie at Carte Blanche do a stencil treatment on her floor and wanted to try it here on our concrete floors. I love how it turned out!! It was just Sherwin Williams floor paint, the same  we had used throughout the cottage. I used a large stencil I had bought off Amazon. I went up with the stencil and Chalk paint  onto the bottom of the shower curtain to add a little interest 🙂  That little stool started out very dark and sad and rough looking but cute now to hold your bath essentials or to put your foot on to dry after the shower.

This area is behind the door. For an inexpensive window treatment I took an embroidered pillow case I had collected, put some rings at intervals on the sides, tied some cording through them and through a couple rings on a board at the top that we stapled the pillow case onto.  My own little roman shade. The towel rack was just made out of reclaimed tongue and groove with some neat hangers screwed on that I had gotten at Kent with a spot to write our names on each of them.  I got the cute little washboard from my grandmother and gave it a paint treatment with Milk paint and a little stencil as well.

 

We put up MDF beadboard panels around the lower half of the walls and finished with a couple pieces of plain trim  on top.  We still have a large corner area beside the shower that is targeted for a claw foot or soaking tub but our ideas keep changing about what we might do with the space and possible expansion when we move here full time in a few years. There have also been other things that take our extra money right now so the tub still gets pushed down the list! It will be finished some day!

I hope you liked the tour of the bathroom and that it give you some inspiration as well to get some treasures to paint up for your own place.

Next week we will have some Fall inspired projects! I love decorating for Fall at our house in Moncton. What is your favourite Fall activity?

It’s a sign!

This is a quick little post to show some additions we’ve made to the walls at the cottage lately. I love signs and original wall art and was inspired by some art I  have had for a while and by some new items we just picked up. Of course it involved a little paint but they were all easy to do and anyone can do it!

I have had this beautiful print of a heron by Lucy of Craftberry Bush .com for 2-3 years but wanted to add some interest to the canvas. Layla of The Lettered Cottage had shown an idea on an Instagram post for adding some salvaged wood trim to a standard canvas print and I knew just what to use to do my own. We had some leftover salvaged wood from a school in Norton that we had used in the bathroom and my daughter’s bedroom. It matched the colors in the artwork so I had Mark trim it down and nail it together to put around the canvas. I love it even more now!

The second piece of wall art I embellished was by way of a piece of wood I found at a yard sale in Riverside-Albert a few weeks back. I love pieces that are architectural in nature. They look awesome painted up or embellished. I have some in the cottage that I just left as I found them also with their original paint and/or sand on them!

Here is the original piece:

And here it is with a couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter and sealed with Hemp oil. I then added this little typographical ceramic sign I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton . ( where you can also get the Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral paint). I put it up above the sink and think it looks cute there ! –

Our third wall addition was a piece of art I had been debating about getting for a while. I couldn’t decide which one to get and I’m sure most of you have seen his work by now. These prints are by local graphic artist Eric Goggin  who owns Goggin Signs and Graphics in Salisbury. He has ventured into doing these types of vintage poster prints in the last few years. They are hugely popular for gifts for loved ones to remember their hometowns and places dear to their hearts. You can find all his prints and options for hanging at Destination Art.ca .  I wanted one for ourselves to hang in the cottage. We ended up getting a print of Fundy Park in the stretched canvas format. I wanted to add some depth and interest to it to make it more of an art piece. I painted up some MDF we had leftover with Fusion Mineral paint in Algonquin and Mark again nailed it together for me. It’s hanging in our hallway at the cottage. I hope to add another one of local interest sometime in the future as well ( there has been a request to make one of Grindstone Island – hint hint).

I hope this has inspired you to look at some options for artwork and signs in your own space or to add to what you already have with a little wood and nails and paint!

Cheers to a great week!

 

Bank stories

On our way to the cottage for Labour Day we stopped in to the Old Bank at Riverside-Albert. So many of us have driven right by as we navigate that turn and stay on route 114 or while we are trying to decide to drive straight and go on the scenic route 915. This stately building at the corner in Riverside-Albert has quite a history! It has moved twice since it was built in 1903  When we stopped in on Sunday, we were able to get an account of the place by David Christie who is in charge of the Albert County Heritage Trust foundation which manages this building and the Shipyard Heritage park I featured here on the Harvey Tour. It is run by the Trust foundation with donations and support of the province. There is some help in the summer with students and Mr. Christie doing tours and it also serves as a visitor’s information centre for the area.

Here are some photos of the place Mark took while we were there. I found another great tour of it on another website called My New Brunswick.  They have some great photos as well with a description of the Bank and its story so I won’t repeat it all here. I encourage you to visit their lovely website featuring places all over New Brunswick. I love being able to travel through their eyes to some places I may never see in person but may get you interested in going to visit!

Mr Christie said they painstakingly removed chipping paint off this door to reveal the original lettering that was on here before it became the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1913.

Oh the stories this bank could tell! Even with its slanted floors and peeling wallpaper it is a gem to be preserved and we are thankful for the Albert County Heritage Trust foundation and residents as well as the province of NB who keep it upright for all of us to enjoy. You can make a donation to this worthy organization by sending a tax-deductible donation to their address at 5985 Route 114, Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 2B8 or contacting them at (506) 882-2015 or 882-2100. Their e-mail contact is maryspt@nbnet.nb.ca

Thank you for the stories Mr. Christie and your dedication to preservation of these lovely places in Albert County!