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How to make the most of a small bathroom that's actually small

I don't know about you, but as the proud owner of a teeny tiny bathroom, I get so tired of seeing so called "small bathrooms" that you could ballroom dance in. Our set up is sink, toilet, shower. Everything you need, but no room to necessarily move. Lucky for us, somewhere on our home's journey, someone thought it important to add built-in shelving next to our shower (thank you kind stranger!). If you haven't been blessed with the power of built-ins, there are plenty other ways to make the most of a small bathroom.

MINIMALISM

Sometimes less is more, and in the case of a teeny bathroom, this stark white bathroom feels more open.

SHELVING

Every inch of space is necessary in a small bathroom, so take advantage of that prime area above the toilet!

pocket doors

If you can't even afford the amount of space a door swing would take, opt for a pocket door. Get the DIY here!

mirrors

Add several mirrors to reflect light and give the illusion of a larger room.

plants

Plants make everything better. In the lucky case of a small bathroom with a window, you can hang them to alleviate floor and shelf space. I can't wait to hang a fern in our shower!

pattern

Sure less is more, but let's be real, pattern is awesome. A fun wallpaper can make a small room feel more special, and it's less overwhelming than pattern all over a large space. Take advantage of the teeny-ness!

Bathroom Inspiration

I have so many ideas. Too many, if you were to ask anyone that has ever had more than a 2 minute long conversation with me about my house. I get overwhelmed so easily, that I usually end up scratching every idea I have and sticking to white walls and neutral everything. Well not this time! This bathroom is the only one we've got, so I want it to "pop" for lack of a better, less cliche, term. I love these bathrooms with contrasting walls/floors. They're all timeless and classy with a little bit of mod mixed in. And who doesn't like a weird eclectic mix more than me? No one, that's who.

Impromptu Bathroom Renovation I

Being a homeowner is fun. Fun, being in that I can smash up hideous bathroom tile with a hammer and not be taken to court over it (I've never been taken to court for smashing up a rental, this is just an example of all my new freedoms!). "But Sara? You've only been talking about the kitchen, when did this happen?" Well, it all started when I decided I couldn't take the existing moldy, deteriorating bathroom cabinet another day and hopped right on the GODMORGON train. Upon further investigation (about 5 minutes before impulsively ripping out the cabinet), I realized that our plumbing was coming out of the floor and not from a discreet hole in the wall. Awesome sauce.

After admitting to myself that I wasn't cut out for this suddenly not so simple switch, I called upon my awesome friends! I suggest always having a few plumbing inclined/carpenter whiz buddies in the mix, they just make life interesting.

The cabinet came apart pretty easily, probably due to all of the water damage from it's loose and leaky faucet. The previous owners skipped tiling under the cabinet, which led us to our new (way sooner than anticipated) bathroom floor. Other than that, we needed to extend the pipe in the floor about 5 inches so that it would sit flush to the wall. A floor joist stopped us from being able to hide it inside the wall. It stinks, but I'm pretty sure those joist things are structural.

This is what was underneath the layers of ceramic tile, cement board, linoleum, and plywood. Hardwood floors! My heavens, if you didn't have so many gaping holes in you, I would've let you stick around. All of those layers of floor had created a two inch step up into the bathroom. Now that everything is level, I can look forward to not stubbing my toe every time I take a shower. It's definitely come a long way in here since this was taken a few short weeks ago, can't wait to share the after!