Bronwyn Green

The Corner of Quirky & Kinky

Okay, so I don’t know how exciting this is going to be for anyone, but my bathroom is on my mind. Constantly. There is so much drama in there right now, I’m having a hard time focusing on anything else.

Let me explain.

We live in a pretty old house. It was built in 1927, and it’s very much a product of its time. This is it from the back. I have no idea why there are no pics from the front. But I’m not going outside now. It’s cold.

Also, Jenny Trout refers to it as a “witch’s cottage”. Whatever, Trout.


So, as you can see, it’s a 91-year old house. And like most 91-year olds, things tend to start falling apart. Like my toilet that’s leaking into the basement. And my bathroom sink that’s also leaking into my basement.


The short version of this frustrating story is that both the toilet and sink are irreparable and need to be replaced.

Our bathroom is super teeny-tiny. I mean really small.



When we moved in, it was painted neon apricot and screaming white with textured plastic, avocado green, sliding shower doors. They were hideous. We tore those out and decided that cream and forest green was a good idea to counteract the neon apricot and screaming white. Mistakes were made. 

The slightly longer version is that I am a bargain hunting goddess–which is impressive since I loathe shopping.

But, we got a recommendation on a good toilet. It was $80 bucks–but then we saw it had a $30 rebate. Score!

We went to one of those places that salvages usable pieces and parts from old houses and found a porcelain sink that’s likely from the 30s and is in mint condition for $12!  <–that is not a typo!

However, it’s a basin sink. This means what little counter  space we had is gone. so, my husband is going to build a new base for the sink to sit in. And I’m going to go to the University of YouTube and learn how to tile and grout a new countertop and backsplash with these glass tiles that I found for $24.

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And, of course, we’ll need to paint. So, the cream is for the walls, and the siesta dreams (4th one down) is for the cupboards and wainscoting. $50 (plus there’s a percentage off rebate, but math…)


These are my lovely $20 glass reproduction knobs. Screen Shot 2018-01-21 at 3.35.02 PM.png

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And my $25 shower curtain.

Project total? $195

EDIT: I just found these gorgeous antique tiger’s eye glass door knobs on Etsy for $14.95. But I had a giftcard from my mom, so…free!

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And here’s the best part of all. Hiding under the hideous, fugly linoleum are these gorgeous turn of the century porcelain hex tiles! Clearly, we have a lot of glue and backing to scrape off, but it’ll be worth it!


I’m now referring to this project as Boho Barbie’s Dream Bathroom. 

I’ll post pics when we’re done!

Now, go check out what the other bloggers are dumping.

Jess  *  Kris  *  Siobhan  *  Kellie  *  Jessica  *  Deelylah  *  Torrance

0 thoughts on “Brain Dump: Boho Barbie’s Dream Bathroom Edition

  1. Adele Zavada says:

    Oh, I love your plan! Also, Jenny is right. Your place does look a little witchy, but the photo under the full moon doesn’t help!

    1. Bronwyn says:

      LOL! Witch cottage does seem to be the consensus. I should just embrace it. 😀 I’ll post pics when the bathroom is done.

      I had a moment last night of wishing I was as crafty as you so I could paint a cool picture to hang on the wall in there. Actually…I haven’t touched my watercolors in ages. Maybe I should try to channel my inner Adele. 😀

      1. Adele Zavada says:

        Do it! Make sure you use a fixative spray if you’re putting watercolors in the bathroom so it doesn’t run from the moisture. I’m sure you could come up with something beautiful since you are so creative!

        1. Bronwyn says:

          OH! I didn’t even know that was a thing. *panics* Where do I get the fixative spray? Is that something that Michael’s would have? Is it just called fixative spray?

  2. Tess Grant says:

    Love the new colors. Can’t wait to see it done.

    1. Bronwyn says:

      I’ll definitely post pics! Or you could just come over. I miss you!

  3. landragraf says:

    Heads up, Trout is right… it’s a witch’s cottage. *hugs*

    Also, I love the idea of Boho Barbie living in a witch’s cottage. Score you on all the new things you got for amazing deals (someone is looking out). Can’t wait to see how all this DIY turns out. If you can craft, you can tile and grout.

    P.S. Can you please write a flash fiction about Boho Barbie?

    1. Bronwyn says:

      LOL – honestly, I can’t think of one person I’ve said that to who hasn’t agreed. She must be right. 😀

      OMG – Boho Barbie flash fic! I’m definitely going to ponder it – lol. A few Christmases ago, Matt and I made our niece (yes, the niece of the Eliza dress) Boho Barbie’s Dream Yurt. Maybe Boho Barbie lives in a witches cottage and has a dream yurt in the backyard… 😀

  4. Kris Norris says:

    BOHO Barbie’s bathroom. I love it. And it’s gonna be so worth it once it’s done. You are a bargain goddess. Way to freaking go.

    1. Bronwyn says:

      I’m pretty proud of myself for those finds!

  5. siobhanmuir says:

    Wow! I love the hex tiles (although with a typo that could be textiles – and what do you mean that’s not a witch’s cottage?) Our house is 96 years old and yeah, I hesitate to do remodeling. I’m looking forward to the new pics, Bronwyn. 🙂

  6. jarmanjess says:

    You are a master of bargain shopping! Love everything you chose and canNOT wait to see the finished product…which I get to see IN PERSON! Woot!

  7. Kel says:

    That floor!!! So cool! And I love all of your choices! You can do this!

  8. Pansy Petal says:

    How exciting. A new bathroom. And really? University of U-tube? Love it! I attend often too. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  9. I am so excited to see your bathroom renovations! I may have to take lessons from Professor Green here on how to fetter out the deals for bathroom renovations in the spring!

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