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We recently bought our first house (yah!) and thru the help of Craig and his list, we have put together a collection of pieces that I love. I included those pictures so you can get a sense of things that I like. On to the thing that I don't like: our half bathroom. As the pictures show, it is located off a laundry room (that desperately needs a new light fixture... I was thinking a chandelier? Something a little more interesting than the awful plastic thing that is currently up there! I am also antique shopping some great laundry art. Does that even exist??! Or maybe I will create my own suds-y fabulosity! We started with some wainscoting on the ceiling and an olive color that coordinates with the drapes in the adjoining living/dining room. Added some interesting black/white storage boxes since people will actually pass thru there to use the facilities. I digress...) So the bathroom. I shudder at mention of that room. It is TINY. It has exposed plumbing. It has linoleum flooring. It has *brass* fixtures! And sadly, it is the main restroom that our guests use. The other two options are upstairs, one occupied by our two boys, the other is the master. Looking at the positive, the room is incredibly small so a great floor will not be that expensive! And aside from the tight quarters, it will be a quick paint job.
I am so overwhelmed by my hatred towards this bathroom, I do not even know where to begin!
Get a new TP holder in a matching series as your towel ring. You have silver on your sink - so let’s go with that. Replace the basket on the top of the commode with a cute box like the one at the top of the post from Global Views. This is all the storage a little bath like this needs.
Your pipes are dirty old things. I don’t mind the exposed pipe look at all - but I like them shiny. Research and see how you can clean them up.
Add some pizazz to this little room. Something that you might tire of in your kitchen could be totally fun in a small bath - like this wallpaper from Stacie Garcia. A small bathroom like this is not an enormous expense - so you can afford to switch it out in five years and totally change the look. This is the perfect place to be bold and trendy.
Add some softness with a relaxed sheer Roman Shade on the window.
Add some style with a beautiful white leather mirror. This mirror is from Global Views. In a little powder bath like this, I don’t worry as much about having a large mirror, like you would insist on in a Master Bath.
Put in a beautiful timeless floor - like this onyx mini-brick.