Beach Cottage Coastal Bathroom – Here Comes the Bathtub

Tue 6th, Mar, 2012

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Well, Beach Cottage ladies, here she is, the clawfoot bathtub of my dreams in a tatty old cottage near the beach in Australia…living the dream?  I think so baby.

This is a tricky room in which to get a good photograph …these are the best I could come up with…yes Mr Beach Cottage that does mean that I have my eye on a new wide-angle lens, I mean c’mon, I need it….can’t you see?

Here we are looking down…


Something missing though, yeah?

Yes, that’s better…



have to say this bathroom renovation has been sort of painful…we have renovated before back in Old Blighty and it was nowhere near as much kerfuffle as this, but then again, in those days we had a couple of littlies who got bathed in the kitchen sink, not five people fighting over one small en-suite in the morning.


Hiccups happen I guess with these things, that’s the thing I have learnt with doing up this old cottage…and doing it yourself in terms of the co-ordinating of the tradies can cause delays too…especially when one of them smashes your new white oh-my-goodness-I-heart-you subway tiles and the tiler has to come back and re-do a whole section…yah.

Hey ho, all comes good in the end though does it not?

Something interesting has happened with this bathtub….(name is chosen, ribbon ceremony is happening with champagne) …it has turned out to be a multi-tasking bathtub…as you know I spend a lot of time in here and I always have done….spent most of my labour with that big fat 10lb baby number three in the bath, continually topping up the water with hot and for some reason focusing on the ‘a’ in the branding on a bottle of bubble bath to get me through (most interesting in itself because  my other two births were completely different…I have BIG opinions on birth and what happened to me, maybe one day I will share them)….to studying in the bath when I was doing my degree…surrounded by text books and highlighters…to reading cookery books whilst soaking and being on the phone to England up to my eyes in bubbles while chatting…




But this lady has a secret double life…you see, I thought I would prefer the rounded end…it looks more comfy doesn’t it…but it is turning out that I prefer the more square end for the first part of my bathing routine, where a book or iphone is involved because you can almost sit upright, and still very comfortably…which slowly turns into the end of the bath routine, where I put the book down, swivel around to the other end, add more hot water and lay back thinking of England ;-)

I am very pleased with the quality of this bath, no it is not cast iron and vintage, yes that would probs, in another life, be my first choice, but this one, packs in all the punches quite nicely…vintage looking but somehow, and I don’t know how, not ‘old-fashioned’…perhaps I am totally wrong, maybe it’s just because it’s so very clean and so very new…

I bought this from Recollections, you can find there website here….we were pleased overall, although there were issues for sure with Recollections and our experience with the…though the staff were very nice…although we ordered this online it actually wasn’t in stock and it took a long time to get it, which threw out ALL the co-ordination of the tradies that had been meticulously put together….then bits were broken when they were delivered etc…but actually the service in rectifying all these problems was excellent and these days that doesn’t happen so often, does it?



I can’t wait to get this finished now…on the other side, at last the vanity is in, we are waiting for the sealant etc and things to settle before we can use them…plus on this wall above a pie crust mirror is going in and a shelf for shells and coastal bits and pieces….a few more days to wait for the shower to set and then I lose those Beach Cottage Rugrats from my bathroom for like ever….though now, actually, I am thinking of putting a lock and key on this one, banishing them to the other one and keeping this as my own…you would too, would you not?

yes they are having a serious talking to about the condition in which this bathroom is left and how it is used…and yes, unfortunately teenagers will be in here…remember I said I will be getting an outdoor bath and shower?  It will be for them.

…any random teenager seen leaving bodily parts, wet clothes or magazines in this here bathroom will be getting a white painted vintage oar across the back of the head..

Anyay, what do you think Lurkers?  Do you like her?

Adios my friends, adios




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119 Responses to “Beach Cottage Coastal Bathroom – Here Comes the Bathtub”

  1. Kim says:

    Looks fabulous! I would so love to redo our master bath as well.Though I think I will go to France first.Enjoy~Cheers Kim xox

    • sarah says:

      I’d go France over a bathroom, but we’d need more than the cost of one bathroom to get all five of us there lol xo

  2. Paula says:

    I would almost kill for a tub like that…..a site here in USA has a cast iron vintage one on sale for $100.00……………….but it won’t fit in my bathroom….Boo Hoo Yours looks beautiful

  3. She is perfect!! And I love the fixture too! So much easier to clean and rinse your tub that way! EXCELLENT choice!

  4. emmieandemma says:

    ooh,aah,a bathroom of your dreams…must be so worth the wait.Enjoy!

  5. How awesome! I love it you lucky girl!

  6. I am thinking that this bathroom elevates the cottage well past “tatty” and you might just be needing to change that, Sarah!
    I am beyond jealous of that tile. It is gorgeous.

    We have a vintage cast iron tub. Two, actually. We had them refinished. They are a dickens to clean (no abrasives, bleaches), and will probably require refinishing in another few years. And…. the spout is at the squarish end, so there is absolutely no switching sides mid-bath. Be thankful for your tub. It rocks.

    And childbirth… I have worked in that field most of my adult life, as a doula/ pregnancy massage therapist. Now I am in school for nursing/ midwifery. I would love to read your thoughts on that! :)

    • sarah says:

      yeah that’s why we got the spout in the middle… I have been told to only use washing up detergent on this, so I will see how that goes with the teenager element lol!

      very interesting that I have a midwifery student in the house, I have been there and trained as a doula….so I think my thoughts might be along the same lines as yours – put it this way I don’t believe in the nearly massive caesar rate here…and I am a big home birth believer

      have you read Call the Midwife?

      my fave book ever

      • I have NOT read that book, Sarah. I didn’t know that there was one out there that I hadn’t! :) I will have to check it out.

        Yep, we are of like mind. And yes the cesarean rate in AU is appalling. As is most of the world, however. But you have some great voices there, and it seems like the ones in AU who speak up are pretty fearless in their choice of words. I saw a bit of graffiti that went viral from your part of the world. “Keep your hands of my c*nt”. Brilliant.

        Back to bathrooms… :)

  7. Rebecca says:

    Ohh I love it! I’ve been thinking about a free standing bath for my bathroom, but wondered if they’re a nightmare to clean under and around the feet, especially in a small space? Your bathroom looks so elegant and I can’t wait to see the finished result!

    • sarah says:

      I can’t see this being a nightmare to clean…I actually think it’s easier, I will just vacuum under there when it is dry and clean normally

      glad you like it ;-) xo

  8. Susan says:

    That is gorgeous, Sarah! I hope you get many years of bathing out of her!

  9. It looks fabulous and I’m feeling pangs of jealousy as I have an awful yellow, orange and green bathroom that I don’t plan to remodel before… 2032 if everything’s alright. Don’t be surprise if this post gets so many views… It will be me drooling over it…

    • sarah says:

      haha I feel your pain

      have you tried the tile paint? we used that in here and it worked really well xo

  10. Looks fantastic!
    How do you have the iphone in the bath, I’d panic about it falling in.
    Do you have a good supply of ziplock bags for it?
    Please tell the trick in iphone protection.

    • sarah says:

      hmmm a lot of people ask me that…

      I have been reading books in the bath my whole life and only dropped one in twice…so I am a master lol

      I live on the wildside baby and hope I never drop it in ….actually I hadn’t though of a ziploc, that could actually work as an insurance for me….


  11. Deanne says:

    ’tis beautiful!!!!!
    I would have loved something like this when I did my bathroom up- but hubby is dead against them, GRRR! So I will just have look at yours and imagine how it could have been.

  12. Candy says:

    How utterly charming is your new tub!! The fixture is absolutely beautiful (I have a thing for fixtures) so it caught my eye immediately! Everything about it is just awesome and not so tatty anymore…lol Enjoy, Enjoy!!!

  13. alison says:

    I love what you’ve done in the bathroom reno. I too have been cruising through the Recollections website for reno ideas. You have confirmed for me that I do want our builder to project manage our reno, even though we are quite capable. Thanks.

    Sarah! I’ve noticed all the English bathrooms with carpet since you blogged about it. All that boys’ urine embedded in the pile!!! Can’t bear to imagine. Soggy patches where people stand after a bath or shower. Ooooo.

    I love the type of bath you got but all I think about is how hard it would be to clean under and around it. Is it hard? Also, I’m not a bath person. 5 minutes in and I have a numb bum, I’m bored and cold. Obviously I need tuition.


    • sarah says:

      yes the project management is worth paying for if you have the budget!

      yes I know on the English bathrooms…I can’t believe until we came here we had carpet in the bathroom, so gros to me now…

      so far it’s been fine cleaning but then again it’s a novelty right now xo

  14. Sarah – it’s so lovely! No wonder you can relax in there. Love it.I love claw foot tubs but didn’t go down that route when we renovated our bathroom because it was limited space and i always hate how it’s hard to clean under and around them. our house is dusty and we also have a shower over our bath. not a good combo.
    cheers Fiona

  15. Caz says:

    Oh Sarah she looks divine, happy soaking :-)

  16. samantha says:

    looks lovely, and I like the subway tiles too. very clean and fresh.

  17. Julie says:

    It looks fantastic!! I would love to get a claw foot tub for our currently-under-reno main bathroom but ours is a shower as well so I don’t think it would work so well with our littles. I can just imagine water all over the place.

    Nearly spat out my tea when I read the comment about the painted vintage oar. ;) Too funny!!

    • sarah says:

      haha yeah my parenting skills are a little odd ;-)

      hmm I actually am not sure how well this bath would work with littlies, it gets a lot of water around with my younger one…saying that though I caught him last night laying back in it floating with a book…he was in there for ages…apple doesn’t fall far from the tree


  18. Karlee says:

    You guys have done so well, as well with all the hiccups along the way. Life might be boring if everything went to plan….wouldn’t it? lol
    Nice to hear you spent a lot of the labour of your big baby in the bath, always a good option if women like it/can be in the bath. I’m a midwife…would love to hear your thoughts on all of this if you share them one day. I hope to write a post about this sort of thing on my blog one day… it would be great to get some people’s stories/perspectives…
    happy happy bubble bathing… and keeping those BC Rugrats in line ;)

    • sarah says:

      wow another midwife in the house…kudos to you, I would triple your pay if I was in charge, actually I would do much more than that…

      yeah maybe I will share my birth story one day…the third one was wonderful and how it is meant to be…no drugs and real birthing…the other two…typical interventions that I soooo wish I hadn’t had…


  19. Glennie says:

    Oh.my.goodness. I love it. It makes my run of the mill plastic bath less appealing than ever. And yeah the tiles! x

  20. She’s a beauty ~ enjoy!
    Also, “bodily parts” – bwahahahahahaha! Spoken like a true mother. :-)

  21. Ruth G says:

    love, love, love the pictures of your beauty of a bathtub. Congrats on getting it in and done! What did you end up naming her?

  22. Nadine says:

    Beautiful photos! Would love to hear your birth stories one day . .

  23. Alice says:

    Sarah it is beautiful…. I would be tempted to exchange with the teenagers too… Love the threat… That almost made me spill my tea all over my keyboard…I am convinced that white will look fab in my bathroom now… Will grab some of that tile paint (as I already have those lovely subway tiles just not the colour I would have chosen). Thanks for the name Jack Mundey…The things he has done…I am amazed and thankful! I feel so insignificant lol…

    • sarah says:

      the tile paint worked really well for us and amazingly it didn’t peel off…so it’s worth it!

      the teenagers better be very careful xo

  24. Janelle says:

    Yes for heavens sake keep those children OUT!!!?!?!! Its looking fab Sarah….enjoy!!! xx

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  26. Ellie says:

    Congrats!! Your bath looks fantastic. Worth the wait i’ll bet. Enjoy.

  27. Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah

    I have to say I love your bath tub as that is my favourite tub as well and I have to ask if it’s not cast iron what’s it made of?? And I don’t blame you for banishing kids from your bathroom because that’s exactly what I would be doing too. Also you are right small room are tricky to get good shots of without a wide lens but I thought the pictures were beautiful and I love the fact you have flowers in the bathroom, that’s exactly what I would have done.

    Enjoy each and every soak won’t you….

    • sarah says:

      thanks Michelle, the bath is made of acrylic…it’s really comfortable and user friendly, so pleased with the choice xox

  28. Cas says:

    Howdy Sarah! Firstly, thankyou so very much, I just snorted coffee out my nose reading you last comment about oars and the backs of teenager’s heads…lol ;)!! Secondly, oh yeah, that is one sweet tub *sigh*. I just ordered a pedestal basin from Recollections for our ensuite renovation….they’ve certainly got some gorgeous stuff :) Catchya later!
    Cas x

  29. Cas says:

    p.s. my girlfriends and I love sharing our birth stories, and everytime I make a new friend that topic invariably seems to come up….so I reckon go for it!
    Cas x

  30. the freckled minx says:

    The first thought that popped was tranquil – way to go…..B:)

  31. Amanda says:

    Sarah… I couldn’t stop laughing – yes relegate them to the outdoor shower – particularly in winter, then they won’t be so forgetful

    Love the bath area – can’t wait to see the rest! GORGEOUS!!!

  32. it’s perfect Sarah! I love it.

  33. Kari says:

    Sarah….I traveled to Australia a few years back and fell in love. So when I discovered your blog I was ecstatic to read about your adventures from down under. Just love all the projects you do, but the bath and that tub……oh, my! The oars across the heads comment is funny! :)

  34. Tricia Rose says:

    I think you’re going to have to stop calling your cottage ‘tatty’ soon missus! Serious chops there!

    • sarah says:

      hi Tricia, how are you? hope all is well?

      Errrm yep it’s getting a lot neater in here, but then again I only show you the good bits lol…there are still plenty of places that need attention xo

  35. joyce tx says:


    • sarah says:

      thanks Joyce, it’s lovely when I get in there at the end of the day for a soak at the end of the day for sure xo

  36. Janet says:

    Looks beautiful and serene Sarah. Still waiting for mine! I was told today that there would be at least 2-3 week wait for the glass for the shower GRRR!

    • sarah says:

      ahhh yes we had the same glass wait…especially as I wanted frameless and white glass…no surprises there…have to say though the shower surround is wonderful and I am so glad we waited for custom made

  37. Rob says:

    You must be thrilled Sarah, it looks gorgeous…and yes I would lock the teenagers out…I have a daughter who used to spread bronzer all over the joint…can make a mess of every surface in a bathroom!! I think it’s interesting that you now use the square end…perhaps your body shape has changed…perhaps you have broader shoulders than you once had???…just joking….enjoy your bathtime! Robx

    • sarah says:

      haha it feels like they are getting bigger everytime I bloomin’ look in the mirror Robyn roflmao xo

  38. Surely Sarah says:

    Utterly gorg. Consumed by jealousy. You must be so happy!

  39. Rukmini Roy says:

    Hahahahahahaah..you are too funny and at one point you sounded exactly like mum. Her bathroom was ‘Her bathroom’ although we, the girls could go in. Men in my family actually found it repulsive because of its girly character. Like they would be scandalized if they were to use those white towels or something. Funny part was, I was stuck between fluffy white towels and lavender and wet blue towels that said “liverpool” and lemon-grass infused anti-hangover shower gels.
    Finally a phase where I can have a bathroom of my own. I miss them though.

  40. Trish says:

    Simply Beautiful Sarah!! ;)

  41. Deb says:

    Gorgeous, except for the visions of painted oars and teenagers heads. hee hee.

  42. Katherine says:

    Oooh! It’s very nice!
    Enjoy YOUR long, hot soaks!! ; )
    Something you will need – a “Do not disturb sign” !

  43. Steph says:

    Awesome, love the bath. Our bath is an o so beautiful duck egg blue so I often dream of a new fresh white one. Jealous to say the least!

  44. Sara says:

    I’m afraid if I actually met you in person I would be unable to control my urge to take a swipe at your ankles, knock you to the ground and steal your house keys. I’d run off with glee at all the loveliness that would be miiiiiiiine. Hell, I’d even take the teenagers that come with the house. Umm, in other words, AS USUAL, BLOODY GORGEOUS!!!!!!! WELLDONE ;-)

    • sarah says:

      haha Sara, so very funny, well you do have a similar name so perhaps you could take my job in this house as

      taxi driver
      laundry person
      financial planner

      sound like a deal ?

      thanks for the comment, a good one..

      • Sara says:

        Ummm…on seconds thoughts….perhaps working two jobs of the same description, both with zero pay…maybe that’s not my thing after all ;-) I’ll just keep dreaming and lurking on your blog :-)

  45. RosieRose says:

    I reckon I am the only one who hates baths…..I find them very uncomfortable…they get cold and mukky and no matter how clean the bath I always fing the odd flying insect corpse…..

    And don’t get me started about birthing in water. My first labour involved a period of time where I slid around a bath hanging onto the edge for dear life whilst my body tried to find a position of relief…..I almost drowned my husband in the process until he insisted I get the ** out. Much easier to stand I thought …..again swinging again off hubby’s shoulders (poor guy) I also focused on a speck of black on a painting on wall…..Gravity was my best buddy to pop that little one out..

    • sarah says:

      hmmm gotta say the gravity thing works…

      yes I have heard about the murky cold thing from the lovely Mr Beach Cottage…but I don’t get it ;-)

  46. RosieRose says:

    A big “Like” to Sara’s comment……..Look out Mrs BC you r in trouble… ROFL

  47. Sage says:

    oh my goodness this is pure heaven to me!!!!
    i could only imagine the hours and days i would loose spending time in this tub ;)

  48. jennifer says:

    Like it ? I love it!!! Just perfect Sarah !!
    I wanted a white footed bath too , but only managed to find a silver legged one here in Malta, nothless the bath is my most treasured possession :):)

  49. This lurker has a serious case of tub envy! LOVE IT!…so happy for you

    • sarah says:

      oh hello Lurker! How the devil are you!

      glad to get you out of Lurkdom because of my bath haha x

  50. Danilu says:

    I SO LOVE your subway like tiles! and the tub is just gorgeous! I like to think the ADIOS in Spanish was specially thinking of me! jajajajajaja Can’t wait to see it all done! I just love your ideas so far …



  51. Barefoot Liz says:

    It looks very inviting! I have tub envy!

  52. Jos says:

    Two words ….. Bath lust!

  53. Tabby says:

    Sarah, I have just found out we are moving. I went to see the house ( a rental ) the other day. Wonder of wonders, a huge jacuzzi soaking tub! I never thought I would have something like that to soak in, and now…oh I can’t wait. It’s in the laundry room? Kind of confusing I suppose, but I will install locks on the doors and candles on the shelves — ahhhh…. my peace and quiet place. I can’t wait!

    I love your new bathroom, simply beautiful! I anticipate hearing the name for the beautiful lady.

    • sarah says:

      oooh lucky you! nothing like a bath, and doesn’t matter where it is…the one in our rental was very old…but a bit of a clean, a few candles, fresh towels and a door lock and was my very own sanctuary xo

  54. Lovely, Sarah!!!!! Just lovely!!!! I take it you’ll be spending your weekdays in there soaking….??? lol!

    xoxo laurie

  55. LuccyT05 says:

    I don’t like it my I LOVE it! Very neat and fancy bathroom ever.. If this is my bathroom I will definitely love to stay there for hours..

  56. leslie says:

    Congratulations Sara! I know you have been enjoyin the lady, So what name was she blessed with? Or did I miss that..I haven’t been able to get all the tidbits these last few days. Anyhoo you just bubble away girl. But don’t drop the ipad

  57. Poppy says:

    I love it. I am waiting for our white bath to be fitted. It is in the cellar at the moment!

  58. Jasmine says:

    Your bathroom looks fabulous! I love the fresh colours and the styling of your taps etc. I hope to get taps like that one day :)

    It makes me look at my bathroom and cringe :-/ But, you have to start somewhere and it’s only up from here for my future renovations!

    x Jasmine

  59. Sally says:

    Sarah your bathroom is all coastaly and fresh as a daisy :: I love it! As for the teenagers….I have 3 girls who have discovered spray on fake tan…..not good for a white bathroom :: do you think I could borrow your oar some time soon? ♥

  60. Linda says:

    Your bath looks lovely and so comfy for all that soaking you’re doing in it :) I like the bath rack too. Can you let me know where you got it from? Those wall tiles came up a treat too! Cheers