Friday, October 7, 2011

Mini Makeover

This week I wanted to show my own bathroom makeover. My apartment was built in 1907 and my bathroom is as small as they come. I'm fortunate to have the original cast iron tub but it takes up most of the space and believe it or not there is no room for a sink! That's right, there's only a tub and toilet.

Since this was such a small space, I knew only something custom-built would maximize what little area I had to use.

The first thing I did was remove the little corner shelf and the medicine cabinet both of which haven't been that useful.

I still had some leftover wood from the pallets I had found a little while back (check out my previous blog post "Great Garbage") and I wanted to use it in my bathroom to give it a rustic look.

Thrift stores are always somewhere I check first when doing a decorating project and amazingly they had a larger medicine cabinet with a beautiful mirror! Since I was building my own cabinet, I only needed the mirror part and the piano hinge it came with. I based my dimensions on this new mirror and luckily the pallet wood didn't even need to be cut on the top or bottom, it was already the right length and depth. I only had to cut 4 small pieces to make the small shelves on either side of the mirror.

My mom had some beautiful vintage blue floral fabric that was exactly what I was looking for to make a curtain. I decided to paint the walls and ceiling a soft blue to keep the open and airy feeling. Another vintage piece I added was a metal garbage can in the corner.

The bathtub was another thing I painted to add some color to the space and I used a teal enamel paint I had leftover from a previous project.

I used a longer piece of pallet wood for the side wall to hang some bath accessories.  I bought some beautiful porcelain knobs at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore (another place I always check for supplies before heading to a big box store).

My last item to tackle for this bathroom makeover was to figure out what to do for a toilet paper holder. I didn't want something that would stand out too much so I built my own.

I never thought I'd say this....but I really love the toilet paper holder I made!

1 comment:

  1. How gorgeous! How much you spend in total for the whole makeover? Totally jealous! Looks like my condo in Philippines needs a makeover. Thanks for inspiring!