We are plagued by a problem I think many suffer from – a small bathroom. We’ve been in our house for almost three years, and I’ve always hated that part of the house. It’s the only bathroom we have, so when we have guests, they also use it and it’s something I could never feel good about showing other people.
I decided to take the matter into my own hands and make my small bathroom something I feel good about. The before and after isn’t some amazing transformation, but there are small things you can do, to make your bathroom somewhere you want to be.
Moderate Priced Items to Upgrade Your Space
To start out, in the before – I hated hated hated our vanity. You can’t tell from the picture in the before, but there was chalky residue in the sink, that no bleach could take care of. Green stains on the copper faucet no amount of scrubbing could ever get rid of. Also, the faux drawers on the top of the vanity, were not functional, and the space under the sink was just old and a basket filled with no organization lived under there full of shampoos, random cleansers, band aids, and other various bathroom blah. In a small bathroom, everything needs to have a functional purpose.
We bought a new vanity straight off Amazon (you can find here). This was the most expensive item, but it helped with the storage place of the and gave the bathroom as a whole a modern vibe. With the vanity, we had to replace the back splash because the height was different and we picked a brick pattern which brought the whole look together.
We added a fresh coat of paint – a dull tan to a modern blue-grey – “shaved ice”. This really helped brighten up the space to create a more welcoming, warm area.
Lastly, to complete the fashionable look – we traded in the bracket shelves for floating shelves. (We also got another one of the lights working, 2/3 isn’t a bad upgrade).
I feel like all these items tied together really helped create our small space into somewhere that isn’t disappointing to spend time in.
The real secret to small bathrooms
Baskets on Baskets on Baskets
Not sure if you caught on, but baskets and storage space is so incredibly important to a small bathroom. We have no closets for towels, so we have a wire basket holds 3 towels, and we stack the extra towels outside it. Three seemed to be the magic number that did not make the towels appear smushed. We also have another shelf of baskets that hold the every day large items, like lotion, mouthwash, etc. Then we have a smaller basket for the small things in life, like washcloths and medicine.
In the new bathroom, you’ll see a basket on top of the toilet. All the things in there used to clutter our counter space: contacts, contact solution, glasses case, lotion. We literally used those items everyday and it made sense to be out on the counter, but then it always made our counter looked cluttered. Utilizing this extra space creates a more organized looked. We just have one rule for that basket, no stacking. If you stack, you’ll just start throwing just anything in there. Keep it to the essentials.
The basket love doesn’t stop there. I think it’s important to group your items in a way that makes sense to you so you always know where the things you want live. Below you’ll see, we can even use baskets to organize the drawers in the vanity space as well.
These are just some small changes we made to our bathroom to make it feel a little more like home. The nice thing about a small bathroom, if you ever want to tile it – it is a lot cheaper than a big bathroom 🙂 That may be on the list one day, but for now, these small changes make me feel better about my small bathroom, and hopefully you got something out of it too.
Is there any tricks you have for small bathroom organization? I’d love to know your secrets!
All the love and regards,