After a weekend away, I came home to a brand new, clean toilet and then we made a trip to Lowe's for a new vanity. The demolition of the old vanity was pretty simple, as the entire piece fell apart at the first little tug.
We installed the new vanity and I decided that the horrible wall color (I can't even tell you what color it was) had to go. So, I thought a nice blue color would look great with the new white vanity and countertop. Well, let's just say, I think from that day forward, Alan will always question my color chooses. Dang it! It's really true, he questions them every time!
You can't blame him, I painted our bathroom the EXACT color of a Smurf. I kid you NOT! That little bathroom can not take a color as bright as what I chose. And, why did I choose a color that bright in the first place? Don't ask. I don't know why.
We made a trip back to the store for many, many samples to get the color I actually MEANT to paint the bathroom. Here is what we came up with. It's still a bit darker than I planned, but all in all, we like it. It's definitely livable, unlike lil 'ol smurfy. Because it was still pretty dark in the shower, even with our light colored curtain, Alan installed the recessed light you can see in this picture.
We also added a new, beautiful light fixture to replace the old rusted fixture and I sanded and painted the mirror white, from the formerly ugly state that it was in in the guest bathroom when we moved in.
If you can't already tell, this bathroom is pretty tiny. So, naturally, storage became an issue. The new vanity helped out a lot and we also installed the cabinet above the toilet to use for medicine, band aids, etc.
For even more storage, we decided to hang a shelf above the door, since that was the only other place to store towels and washcloths. Well, we have had the shelf there for probably a year now, and only Alan can use it effectively. I am far too short to reach it, so in order to get a towel down, I have to stand on the toilet, then move over to the vanity and reach as high as I can without falling. It's not very fun.
After a trip to IKEA, and some inspiration from an episode of Sarah's House. I had the perfect additional storage solution for our bathroom. With very little counter space, there isn't room for all those little things that need to be stored close to the shower: extra soap, washcloths, etc. So, with these hanging vases we now have everything we need within reach of the shower and sink!
And, finally, during a trip to Target, I was browsing the bath aisle because they always have new, beautiful shower curtains (that make me want to redo entire bathrooms just to match the curtain). Well, I came across this warm, brown curtain that had the same color that we already had in our bathroom! Perfect!
Now, anytime we are feeling like the bathroom needs a little brightening up, we can put the blue and white striped curtain back up. But, for now, the brown is warm and cozy for the cold winter months.
Eventually, we would love to totally overhaul our bathroom, installing a tile shower, etc. But, while we're saving up our pennies, we can definitely live with our little blue bath.
Smurf image found here.