ZEN-trification

I don’t customarily blog about the bathroom for two reasons.

1) Gross

2) Ours is nothing to write home about.

It’s small and there isn’t a lot of storage. Heck, there isn’t even an electrical outlet in there. (I know it’s an old house, but come on. Since when do people not need electricity in the bathroom? Weirdest. Thing. Ever.) The only thing I really liked about our bathroom when we moved in was the old school tile work. Other than that, gag me.

So as you can guess, I didn’t spend a ton of time sprucing the place up. I sort of thought it a lost cause. But after 6 months of living with a lack-luster water closet, I finally decided we deserved something a little grander. I drew some inspiration from other bathrooms that were like mine in either size or color.

Heck, if these poor souls can turn crappy (pun intended) into cute, so can I! I finally decided to make a few changes and updates that resulted in a MAJOR difference. Plus I did it on a major budget….for less than $100.

Replacing the blinds with privacy film ($40)

How exactly to handle the bathroom window issue was a head scratcher. I loved having the naturally light but wasn’t crazy about neighbors being able to watch me bathe. The alternative, however, was having to deal with mini blinds, of which I am morally opposed, especially in wet places. After months of talking about it, we finally tossed the blinds and put up privacy film.

Heath installs the privacy film.

No more tugging at obnoxious cords in the nude. Just basking in wonderful natural lighting.

Raising the shower curtain off the floor ($0)

Do NOT underestimate the difference this little maneuver can make. In a small space, it’s a game changer. It draws the eye up, giving balance to the bathroom and making it feel bigger and more spacious. I’m patting myself on the back for this one, though I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it earlier.

Shower curtain hanging higher off the floor and closer to the ceiling.

Replacing the cabinet hardware ($9)

The old handles had been painted over and were chipping pretty badly. We got rid of them all together and swapped them for these little gems. It’s a minor detail I’m sure no one will notice, but it makes me feel cheery.

Replacing the bathmat ($10)

I probably should have done this long ago as the old one was getting pretty rough looking. It didn’t take much foot traffic for it to appear dirty and and dingy. So long as I’m sprucing the place up, might as well invest in a plush pad. Again, in a tiny bathroom, it makes all the difference.

New bathmat from World Market

Installing hooks for extra storage ($30)

I shamefully admit that, with our limited towel racks, I got into the habit of slinging my wet towels over the top of the shower curtain to let them dry out. This made the bathroom look more like a men’s locker room than a spa-like retreat. And since we’re having Bro move in with us soon, I figured we needed a better solution for towel drying. Decorative hooks were the cheapest/easiest/space-savingest solution. Plus, so pretty.

Reorganizing the shelf display ($0)

The shelf once hosted a ridiculous assortment of doohickeys and whatchamacallits. To make better use of the space, I scrapped the silly trinkets and put the real estate to work holding towels and toiletries. That’s right. I dare to store toilet paper and towels in the bathroom. Just call me groundbreaking.

I was very pleased with how it all came together in the end. I no longer have an embarrassing bathroom.

All the new elements coming together. So very zen.

Alrighty! Thanks for listening. I promise never to blog about my bathroom again.



4 Comments on “ZEN-trification”

  1. Kmom says:

    All really good ideas that make a difference. So happy to have a towel hook now!

  2. Nice bathroom redo. Isn’t it nice tiny bathrooms can be cute too?… 🙂

  3. Cat says:

    I need you at my house. We have a very small master bathroom. I love what you did!!!

  4. Great Inexpensive Ideas – love it – thanks for sharing! I love checking out shower curtains for fun, funky, fabulous ideas.


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