our house: bathroom mini- makeover

With new paint, original tile and sink plus tiny 3" wide shelf.

With new paint, original tile and sink plus tiny 3" wide shelf.

Our upstairs bathroom has been the one room in the house that we knew we wouldn't be able to deal with for quite awhile. It needs everything right down to the plumbing and it's very, very small which means we have to really think out every detail of what we do before we start and that puts it last on our list. However, looking at it every day and knowing we have a long wait for real changes has gotten old fast. 

This past week we impulsively started a mini-makeover and it has changed everything. We wanted to spend as little as possible and get it done as fast as possible. We're still waiting for a few pieces to arrive for the shower mostly and then we have to  paint the trim, but it already looks so much better. It's so small that it's hard to photograph, but here's a quick preview. Rundown on the pieces we're using, final pictures soon. I'm hoping to find the real before shots too. Above, just the new paint. Below, quick shots of the almost after. 

new shelves & containers

new shelves & containers

new shelves & containers

new shelves & containers

Total prep time spent: 5 minutes to pick a paint color (unusual for us, normally days to weeks), 1 trip to Home Depot to pick up 1 quart of paint, 1 trip to IKEA to pick up the 2 shelves and a variety of storage items (mostly from the plant pot section, chosen while waiting for the bathroom for our 5 year old who really did not need to go...It was a several hour trip that involved about 10 minutes of product picking, 2 hours of wandering around climbing on things, a few temper tantrums, several threats, 6 slices of pizza, 2 lingonberry sodas, 4 frozen yogurts and sadly no coffee. That's how it goes when you make a quick visit IKEA with 4 children.), a few minutes to order 2 sets Mibo Tile Tattoos. We already had the Citron West Elm shower curtain. My 5 year old has already reorganized to suit her preference. 

BOTKYRKA, Wall shelf, white, $29.99, Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating

BOTKYRKA, Wall shelf, white, $29.99, Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating

BOTKYRKA, Wall shelf, white, $29.99, Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating

BOTKYRKA, Wall shelf, white, $29.99, Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating

The BOTKYRKA shelf is found in the kitchen section, but it's great for a bathroom too. It's replacing 1 row of 3" wide shelves, so offers 4x the storage space in a bathroom that has none of it's own. 

DRAGAN, 2-piece bathroom dish set, bamboo, $12.99

DRAGAN, 2-piece bathroom dish set, bamboo, $12.99

This is the only piece of bathroom related paraphernalia that we bought. The 2 boxes a well sizes and have tray tops for holding small items, which is great. The rest are all pots from the plant section. Everyone picked one that they liked. We have 1 green plastic MAJSKORN ($.99), 1 pink and 1 red SKURAR (Galvanized steel, Epoxy powder coating, $5.99 each), 1 seagrass RISKORN (with a plastic liner, $5.99) and 1 bamboo VILDAPEL ($5.99) that matches the DRAGAN boxes. 

To cover 10 inset bird tiles, we ordered 2 sets of Mibo Tile Tattoos from 2Janes in the solid blue which hopefully will be close to the original blue tile. Paint is Behr Premium Plus Semi-Gloss in Costal Mist, Zero Voc paint with primer for speedy coverage.