Now you realize that this is not a designer/updated bathroom. It is a tiny bathroom in a patio apartment that was built in the 1960's. I know many of you were not even born.
This small bathroom was every bit as hard to do something with as the kitchen was. And I nearly pulled my hair out on that one.
It all started with this lined buffalo checked shower curtain I've had for some time, purchased at a quilt shop online. And their prices are very good. The tie-backs came with them.
TIP: If you're using several fabrics in a small space, try to stay with the same pattern so the look is not overly busy.
What on earth do you do with a builder-grade mirror that extends from the wall to the tub? I didn't like it, but they wouldn't let me take it down. So what was I to do with this huge horizontal expanse of mirror?
All I could think to do was minimize it the best way I could. So that's what I did. Curtains matching the shower curtain are on each side.
And the empty black frame is one I found half-price. I thought I was going to hang it vertically, so I had them put the hangers that way. I didn't like that, come to find out, so I took them out and screwed them in horizontally.
Now I was getting somewhere.
I wanted the black frame to give the illusion of a smaller mirror, and thus bring the look inward.
TIP: Bring in a pretty teacup and saucer to put a votive candle in. Lends a bit of elegance, I think.
You cannot believe how hard it was to get photos in this tiny room. But I did the best I could.
You probably don't remember the S-E-A letters I got some time ago. I painted them periwinkle blue.
You can have frames that are different shades of the same color family. That is cohesive enough without matching.
I have had the framed For Sale Here sign for over 35 years.
I have the vintage temperature gauge sign intricately placed, as well as the box of towels. There was a very crooked towel rod here that nearly drove me crazy looking at it.
Not only that, but whoever put it up made a complete mess and then sloppily patched it. Didn't even attempt to smooth out where it was patched, so it was hideous.
I took it down. When I did, I could see they'd stuffed things in there to hold the screws. Let's just say on either side where the rod was, now has a hole of about 3 x 4 inches. I covered it in white scrapbook paper and tape. I'll worry about that another day.
Why is it people don't use a level and hang things straight???
TIP: When you live in a small space, it is wise to carry the same colors throughout the entire space.
It brings a cohesive look to the rooms and makes them flow, as the eye naturally drifts from one room to another.
This is a tiny vanity. I hate overhead light. And in this case it is those awful Hollywood-type bulbs over the mirror. So I just don't turn them on. I prefer lamp light.
This lamp is a three-way that goes up to 150 watts. Had it for years. If you look at the bottom, you can see a switch. If you only turn it on, you then have a soft light inside the glass. Wonderful as a night light.
TIP: It brings a cozy look to a bathroom to have a lamp. So if you have space for one, it is a very nice addition.
I have the cord raised off the counter and tucked along the wall
with small nails so it doesn't come in contact with water.
TIP: Just because this is a bathroom does not mean you can't have a pretty glass from your kitchen.
I happened to have five of these red glasses, so it worked out that one could come in here and I was left with four in the kitchen cabinet.
I love homemade soap. I don't make it, but the last batch I ordered from Cranberry Morning's Etsy shop. Delightful soaps smelling of herbs and mints. Invigorates your body and your senses.
I cannot get a full picture of this. But it is what I use in lieu of a medicine cabinet. I bought it in Jenks for $22 at my favorite antique mall months ago. It sits on a black bench. I forgot to take a pic of the before.
This week I painted it the periwinkle blue. Without meaning to be, it was white and looked very "shabby chic" if you like splotchy paint. I don't. I really don't care much for the very trendy "distressed look."
Sonny of 155 Dream Lane would say: "It isn't just distressed. It's destroyed." She cracks me up.
The hardware was a scratched up gold. I spray-painted the hardware black, to tie in with the black picture frame.
Yesterday I decoupaged it with two pieces of striped scrapbook paper. Where the seams showed, I decoupaged a strip of blue scrapbook paper across the middle.
I am using boxes for wall storage on this wall. I put a red votive in a blue chicken egg cup.
TIP: Think outside the box. An egg cup does not have to hold eggs.
I have always had a love of vintage boxes. So versatile to stack up or use for storage in some capacity.
TIP: Try hanging old boxes for storage.
So that's my tiny bathroom. The hardest part was the mirror. If you rent and can't take it down, use your imagination and find a way to make it work. Love it while you rent it, of course, is my mantra.
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