Morning ladies, well we are very wet here on the beaches, so I thought it appropriate to do a little bath / tub post and a bit of DIY Home Spa, Beach Cottage Style.
Now I apologise that I haven’t shown you the full bathroom reveal yet, I was awaiting a few things, one of which arrived smashed to pieces and has gone back to the shop, so that won’t be happening anyway – I’ll blog the whole lot soon.
For now though a little Beach Cottage DIY Home Spa.
As you know I love me a bath, to me, it really does wash away the stresses of the day, and as you know if you’ve been here for a while, I will go to extremes to get one, including arriving at my neighbour’s front door in my dressing gown and scooting up to use theirs, and forcing the long suffering Mr Beach Cottage and my offspring to rig me up a bath in the garden to bathe under the stars (yep I blogged from the garden in the bath here, haha)
I was thinking last night if I have ever lived in a house without a bath and the answer is no, I hope I never will.
As long as you have a bathroom with a door on I think this little place can do wonders for us women with busy lives…no going out to ‘relax’, no paying exorbitant amounts of money to soak in bubbles, no having to make appointments at special times of the day to fit in with other people and other schedules, in your own bathroom there is only one person to fit in (don’t even think about extending that to two ;-) , this isn’t where we get amorous ladies) and that would be you.
I wrote before on here how it was while I had littlies around in my life and a hubby that was away or at least, at work a LOT of the time,that I started the whole DIY Spa thing…it was a tad easier then than it is today in terms of having a quiet house and no interruptions, you see the good thing about having littlies is that after about 7 o’clock they are tucked up safely in the land of nod (at least mine always were), leaving you to pretty much do anything without that constant ‘mummy’ thing happening in the background.
Nowadays big old teenagers are not quite so accommodating to that notion but it still can be done and yesterday in the daytime, I made an appointment with myself with the bathtub and a little bit of DIY home spa.
The best bathroom I ever did this in was the last house we lived in in England, the bathroom itself in terms of its aesthetics was nothing special, indeed it was a flat-packed Nineties special, hello creamy walls, off white bath and mosaic tile borders – it was more its position tucked away off the main bedroom that added to its spa-like qualities.
This one, though aesthetically rather pleasing (to this white vintage loving girl) is not in the best of positions, being slap-bang in the middle of this old cottage, in the new part of the extension. But, there is a lock on the door, a dimmer switch on the wall and a white-washed oar standing by ready to hit anyone over the head should they approach without warning.
Along the way though I have learnt a few things with this DIY Spa thing and if you are feeling all raggedy and over it one day and decide you might like to do the same you may like to consider these points :
1. It doesn’t need to be fancy-schmancy – all you need for a DIY Home Spa, is essentially a room with water, yep it can be done with just a shower, though a bath is best. I have lived in some houses, particularly the two rentals here and this old cottage before the reno that left much to the imagination. Hello brown mosaic blech tiles. Hello cleaning products and a bottle of bleach. The great thing about baths is that they are one of the few things in a house that you may have inherited with ahem, less than wonderful predecessors, that they can be cleaned to within an inch of their lives.
2. Set it up earlier in the day – ok we are not talking mega amounts of time here, we are talking putting in a bit of effort to get this room straight before you start. I have found the best way to do this is to do it before you head there ready to de-compress. There is nothing worse when one is all revved up for a soak to walk into the bathroom, tipple in hand, lotions and potions at the ready, to find any or all of the following : clothes strewn on the floor (and not your own), any random amount of bath toys, damp towels and cough cough a tide mark – these bathroom ‘accessories’ does not a spa-like experience make.
So a quick whizz around beforehand works to set the scene. Scoop up all the crapola should it be there (if you have 3 kiddos like me that is a given), give the bath a quick swish and swipe, open up the window for some fresh air and say hello to nice.
3. Stacks of towels – takes seconds but works for that spa like feel….nice dry towels, stacked up all neatly just as you would find in a high-end spa – fluffy, tumble-dried or crisp from under an Australian sun… the choice is yours.
4. Flowers and candles. No matter your bathroom decor, no matter its previous owners, a bunch of drugstore flowers and a dollar shop candle is all it takes to enter the world of Zen. These days I can, thankfully, put my flowers right on the bathtub but anywhere nearby will brighten it up. Add a candle of choice, I like Ecoya candles, not the most budget, but cost per wear is super-low on these babies and they do exactly as they should. Light one of these in your DIY Spa, lay back and think of England.
5. Lotions, potions and treatments – ok I have learnt here by bitter experience to keep this streamlined and simple. In the early days of these Beach Cottage appointments with the bathroom I would endeavour to do all these treatments to myself – I would fluff and lather up and scrub and soak and what resulted was mess and just too much to, you know, actually do. I mean the whole idea here is to relax right?
Now, a bit more long in the tooth, a bit more experienced I have learnt something along the lines of these for the beauty part – don’t even think about de-fuzzing anything, this is not the most relaxing of beauty treatments, nor is a manicure in the bath
Hair treatment – super easy to do and how often do you make the time to do it? I like Argan oil, shove it on and hope for the best, little effort, big results. And boy you can even go a head massage too.
Face mask – too easy to pop one of these on – I stock up on these and often ask for a special ones for my birthday, but of course it’s even easier to use home ones from the kitchen.
Bath Oil, Salts, Milk or Bubbles – pouring something in the bath is easy and it kills two birds with one stone, giving you some nice scent to relax and treating your skin at the same time too…some of the things I like to use Epsom salts, milk, bath oil, essential oils, dried and fresh lavender mix, honey, sea salt…. (experiment with what you like, but remember if you use something like fresh flowers or lavender you will have clean up – if you are a busy mum this might be the last thing you want to do after you leave the bath!)
Body Scrub – after trying many different things as part of the old home spa routine a scrub is the best, I make my own copycat Origins sugar scrub (recipe coming soon), it’s a double whammy – exfoliate and moisturise in one quick go and it really is not hard to do this one …best thing about the humble body scrub is the super quick and obvious results
That’s it from me from the bathtub of this old cottage today – if you have any ideas, home spa recipes, beauty treatments you like that are easy or any other tips, please leave them in the comments and I will add them in here…nothing better than sharing
To say I am pleased with this bath is a bit of an understatement but oh boy thank goodness I didn’t go for the white floor
What do you think of the bathroom so far?