You would think that a little sprucing up my daughter’s bathroom — the smallest room in our home — would be quite easy. A day at most. After all, this is a room that is smaller than our closet.
The thing is that a room this small has its own challenges, not least of which is the difficulty to maneuver around things.
A few touches here and there, a couple of days later, some paint and a few bumps and bruises we arrived to this.
I painted the walls a sandy color that continues the tones from the tiles, I also stained the woodwork to a darker, richer brown, more in tune with the space than the previous honey oak.
I basically carried over the same palette used in her bedroom, but mixing them in different ratios. The blues in her bedroom are repeated here, but in small doses, the white of the walls and closet from the bedroom is carried over with the linen and bathroom accessories. Natural (stone and wood) tones serve as the backdrop.
The oak mirror had already had an accident and got some nasty dings. Instead of fixing them, I played it up by applying the stain it a way that suggests it’s an old piece.
On the stone counter an old mirror that had a broken side and that I repaired and cleaned. The shell-shaped dish corrals her hair pins, bits and bobs.
On this wall two mismatched Ikea Malm mirrors I had in storage, which I painted white and glued a seahorse and starfish on. Don’t worry, they are made with resin, no cute seahorses were harmed in the making of this.
The cute, little bathrobe, has edges made of the same fabric used in her hand and floor towels. On the wall a plywood box that came with some items we bought, and that I saved, was painted and stained and serves as a tiny display shelf.
On the other side of the room not much was done, just a few accessories repeating the colors used throughout the size-challenged room. The room is very airy and lots of light and ventilation comes from the four small windows on that wall.
On the shelf the twigs and butterflies in a blue bottle. Behind an interestingly-framed collection of small prints depicting different animals. We’ve had it for a few years already.
The glass partition, instead of a curtain, lets through the light. It almost disappears, allowing the room to feel more spacious and bright. Plus it’s a lot more hygienic than a curtain.
Inside the shower a ledge serves as a handy seat to help her shower and a spot to display beautiful flowers. There’s always a plant or two in her bathroom.
On the floor a new floor towel with appliques in the shape of her footprints, this time I finished the edge with the same fabric as the appliqué.
I already had all of the materials (paint, stain, poly, brushes, rollers, accessories, etc), except for the orchid and white pot. They were remnants from other projects, so this ended up costing $20, since I also bought the bottle of blue soap. Not bad a deal altogether.
Sure her bathroom is neither big, nor luxurious, but I think (and Nadia agrees) it turned out pretty nice. And I would have killed as a kid (my little brother being the first choice 😉 ) to have my own bathroom, so luxury here is a relative term.
So, what would you do differently if you started from the same point as me? Different walls? Different palette?