How’s that for a title? Haha. We’re about 20% there with this room, but we’re sharing these pics in the name of the work-in-progress reality that is our new house. We definitely think some paint on the walls (we’re flip-flopping between soft gray and mocha) will tie things together and better integrate items like the shower curtain and the bathmat along with the sweet vintage yellow tile. And of course bringing in better art, fun window treatments (maybe a bright roman shade?), changing out the light fixture, and implementing other tweaks down the road will hopefully take it from “meh” to “how you doin’?”
The good news is that it works and it’s clean. You can brush your teeth, take a shower, and use the “facilities” without issue. And thanks to the previous owners’ meticulous housecleaning skillz, there’s not a dot of crud or mildew to be scrubbed. Anyway, enough intro. Here she blows:
That’s right, I folded the toilet paper into a little triangle like they do at hotels. Because I’m crazy.
I apologize for the lack of sweeping see-everything photos, but it’s a tiny room. You can stand in front of the sink and touch all four walls – that’s how small it is. But as for our other little additions, I added a small acrylic trash can to the left of the toilet (you can see it peeking out in that top pic) and we used one of those suction cup shower caddies to store some little sample shampoo & conditioner bottles along with body wash in the shower. We also plopped a mini tube of toothpaste in a cup above the sink.
I thought offering bar soap and liquid soap would please anyone with a strong preference either way, and we hung some “placeholder art” above the toilet (three food related wedding pics – cupcakes, grapes, and lemons – that we already had framed) just to fight the Complete Bare Wall Syndrome that was going on. We figure they’re good for a bathroom because they’re just photos that we reprinted and framed ourselves, so if they get damaged from the moisture over time, we still have the originals and can easily reprint them. Although someday we’d love to hunt down or DIY something that ties into the printed shower curtain and deep teal walls in the adjoined bedroom for a little more pop.
We don’t have much by the way of “countertop” in our tiny bathroom, but we kept the lid of the toilet tank empty so people can drop their toiletry bags there if they’d like (since our sink doesn’t have any lip to speak of). And bringing in some plush white bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths completed the mom-and-Jack-ready makeover. It may not be done but it’s definitely grandparent worthy. Haha. And at least we’re not dealing with this awkward see-your-whole-body-while-sitting-on-the-toilet issue anymore:
Three cheers for a non-reflective door in front of the John. And by John I mean both the commode and my husband. That’s right, it’s a toilet-related double entendre.
kristin jo says
The vintage-ness of this bathroom is really charming. :-)
Kate Battle says
I absolutely love the vintage tile and the cute little sink! I hope they don’t get torn out! I have a 1962 ranch with similar tile but it is mauve and gross! What I wouldn’t give for it to be yellow!
Amen. We think it’s sweet too! No sledgehammers shall touch it for a good long while!
I saw a bathroom in last’s month issue of BH&G that had yellow tile and tan walls. It reminded me of yours. So, I’d vote for mocha walls vs gray. But I’d entertain tan as well. It looked good.
And great job on the bedroom. LOVE all the color!
Am I first comment? Love it.
Jessica O says
HA! The first time through I read “use the facilities without tissue” – which made me stop and go back. It makes a lot more sense without the extra “t”. Lookin good though…tiny bathrooms are so tough!
Haha- sometimes bath tissue comes in handy. Haha.
I tend to be too hung up on flow and continuity from one room to the other, but how about a gauzy, ethereal sea-glass-ish blue in the bathroom that speaks to the lovely bold bedroom blue?
That would be pretty- but we’re happy to work with that sweet vintage yellow tile for now!
re sea glassish blue: I was thinking paint, not tile. I like the tile.
Oooh gotcha. That could be cute. We’d have to find the right color to work with that tile. But it sounds pretty and it would tie into the wall in the guest room!
Cait @ Hernando House says
We painted both our bathrooms Valspar’s Summer Sorbet, one has tan tile and the other has yellow tile with black border. We love the way it turned out! http://hernandohouse.com/our-house
I like the yellow and blue together- very sweet. Is that a dress made out of Target bags hanging in your office?
You know what? I was just about to comment about the same thing but the more I think about it, the contrast is kind of nice. The feeling of moving from a bold blue color to a nice happy yellow makes it that much more pleasant to walk into the bathroom, especially one that size :P
Stephanie Phillips says
Y’all are a trip. I love that you always color coordinate your liquid soap with the room!
I love, love, love that teal paint!
I do have to ask: where did you get the liquid soap dispenser in the bathroom?
I’ve been thinking of getting away from constantly buying the plastic bottles of liquid soap at the store, and instead buying a glass dispenser and refilling it with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap as needed.
That’s from Target (and it’s recycled glass). Love it!
Thanks for asking the question katrina! I was wondering the same thing. I really like that dispenser. :-)
I have 2 of those soap dispensers. One works really well and the other I have to pump about 5 times to get anything out. Anyone else encountered this?
Both of ours work really nicely with Mrs Meyers soap (which they recommend watering down before use, so we do). Seems to help it flow!
I have one too, and I love it and want to get another one, but I tend to get a rusty buildup around the tip of the dispenser. Anyone else notice this? I have clear Ivory soap in it (do you think these hands have been soaking in Ivory Liquid?? …name that show) and often I’ll get a little rusty discharge when I pump. I’m hoping it’s just a fluke…
For some reason, I have a major phobia of glass in the bathroom. The mix of soap, water, slipperiness, glass and nudity makes me paranoid! :)
Haha. Comment of the day (awarded for the second time today) goes to Foogiefive. Hilarious!
I have two of those soap pumps and love them! Both of mine seem to work fine, with no issue of buildup. We use Method Sweet Water soap, which is clear. Maybe it’s the type of soap that is the problem?
Great job! I vote for gray.
I think you guys have done a great job! I love how the hand soap coordinates with the tile! ;)
I really like it! And I really dig the idea of mocha walls! It would work with the browns in there and look really great with the blue on the bedroom walls (which is fantastic by the way!) I may have to take on a bathroom redo soon! We have a tiny one and its our only one. Our house was built in the 50’s and has been renovated, but it isn’t much for storage or bathroom space! Anyway, great job!
More so than picking out gray or beige, aren’t you already mentally picking out all new tiles? :) Way to work with what you’ve got.
Surprisingly we’re totally charmed by the vintage yellow tile. It’s really sweet and in really great shape so we’re happy to work with what we have!
karen @ our slo house says
Hey, it looks great! Any guest should be so lucky.
Meh, shmeh! It looks great. I think you should print out that photo of John-on- the-john, frame it and hang it on the back of the bathroom door. Creepy, eh?
Not that you’d have to in this bathroom, but I wonder if you could paint the tile?
Hahah, love the framing John on the John idea. John might not like it though (the hubby, not the toilet).
brandt @ New House on the Blog says
John sitting on a toilet….CLASSIC!!!!
(gahhh so close to #1 comment! NEXT TIME!!!!)
kristin blake says
This question is totally off subject but what is the brand of the carrier you have for Clara? Baby Bjorn? Just wondering, thannks!
We have an Ergo and love it! I also used a Mei Tai BabyHawk for a while and a Hotsling when she was smaller. They’re all worth their weight in gold since Clara loved them and we got so much more done thanks to them!
So cute. I always buy the little travel size items for my guests too… they usually leave them behind; though I expect them to take them like I do at a “real” hotel.
I love how you made your guest bath and bedroom like a homey hotel. I think your guests will love those extra little touches.
what’s the dim’s on that room? I have a small bathroom that we are reno-ing and I’m trying to figure out if I can fit in a shower.
It’s around 4′ x 7.3′ (including the shower stall). And about 4′ x 5′ without including the stall. Hope it helps!
thanks that does help
I was trying to figure out the “art” before I read the whole post and said, hmm…that looks like cupcakes from their wedding. What are the other photos?
I’m stealing your old wine bottle for water idea for an outdoor bridal luncheon in May, so thanks!
Now go enjoy your family and your weekend; you deserve it! Everything looks fantastico!
I vote for gray as well! It’ll tie in better with the teal color of the bedroom and will make the yellow of the tile pop.
We have a tiny bathroom like this as well but it’s pastel pink. We gotta work with it so I’m in need of suggestions for paint. It’s off of our nursery with is a soft blue-green similar to the house crash you did in Australia. Love that home. Need suggestions on what to paint the top half of the walls. Gracias in advance!
Maybe a soft mocha or cream would work? With chocolate towels? You could do a neopolitan thing with pink and brown and white or cream.
I love pink and gray together, depending on the shade of pnk. I think it’s super classy.
brandt @ New House on the Blog says
And I think you guys deserve a lot more credit. It’s not just a “meh” bathroom, it looks quite darling. Especially the folded toilet paper. Nothing says “love” like folded toilet paper!
I have a sink like this in my little (rented) apartment. I desperately need more storage space and would like it under the sink, but can’t come up with anything that would work! Any ideas? I haven’t seen anything in stores that doesn’t bump into the plumbing.
P.S. Love the yellow, brown and blue combination. I never would have thought of that, but it looks adorable!
We’ve seen people add a skirt under the sink so they can conceal a little rolling cart or something. Maybe that’s an idea?
I saw this at IKEA last time we were there. It’s meant to fit around a pedestal-type sink:
Karen S. says
You can easily attach a little skirt to the underside of the sink with some magnets and then try some alternative shelving (like organizers that are meant for kitchen cabinets….you may be able to find something narrow and tall-ish with a few shelves for other small bathroom-ey items.
What kind of storage do you need? Could you do small hamper under the sink? Or small baskets with lids of some sort? I’d imagine 2 small items on either side of the plumbing might look bed and breakfast-y….
That would be cute! We could always use more storage, but for now it’ll have to do!
Oh how I love that little yellow bathroom. I was leaning towards mocha….but since you took the brown throw off the bed…I think I’m liking the grey better….but I know you guys and whatever flavor you pick ~ it will look great.
Great job once again. Enjoy your time with your Mom & Jack…..and I hope you and John have a date nite since you have Grammy & Papa to watch lil Clara =)
Yah, I’m TOTALLY a fan of ‘going gray’ in that bathroom!
Thats so funny because I actually fold my tp like that too! The bathroom is adorably retro, just fine for now, but I can’t wait to see what you guy do with it, you always have the best ideas!
Love it! The tweaks really work. I didn’t comment on semi-progress post yesterday, but since your comments in todays post about the brown blanket, I went and read the comments. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever read so many people not digging your style – it was refreshing! I was on the don’t like the blanket team too, but love, love the dark mirror & blanket box. The luggage rack/side table is genious! I hope the commenter who was wishing to see it in the room did a little “yay” when they saw the finished pics. The room is really welcoming & cheery. My thoughts exactly regarding your Mum, I bet she’d campe in the yard just to get that time with Clara, & you too of course! Enjoy your visit.
OMG..Pls invite me to your home someday :).You guys make such gracious hosts ,thinking about each and every detail.Thats one lucky guest who is gonna stay there!!
Does this bathroom have an electrical outlet for hair dryers or will you have to hire your electrician to install one for you? Seems like you had to do that in your half bath in the old house. Your tiles are a nice color and they look like they’re in great shape for their age. So nice for your guests to have a private bath.
Nope, no outlet at all yet. But someday we’d love to get an electrician to pop one in there for a hairdryer. It’s too funny that old ranches never seem to have any outlets in the bathroom at all! But luckily the hall bath right outside the guest room does have a nice big mirror and an outlet.
I think its really odd to have a socket in the bathroom!
In the uk its rare to see one in a house etc…..
Only the nice posh houses seem to have them lol
So pretty! I think it would also look nice with a 25% saturation of the same color you have in the bedroom.
Just saw the comments above complimenting the yellow tiles. Sorry guys, maybe I wouldn’t sledge first thing, I just don’t dig the yellow long term, although the floor is pretty cute.
Haha, no worries! Maybe it’s the scrabble-tile floor that we’re charmed by most!
Just curious, did y’all ever contemplate a plain shower curtain, like white or white with a brown border? I like the pattern you chose, but I was just wondering.
Yup, we planned on a white or soft gray waffle one but since we have a white waffle one in the other two bathrooms we just decided to have some fun in there.
I think a white curtain with texture to it would be gorgeous and wouldn’t compete with the guest room. It would instead compliment it. I’m a fan of yellow and white. So clean.
I really like the shower curtain with that yellow tile.
I know I’m nuts, but I hate it when there are photographs of people on the wall of the bathroom–unless they weren’t looking directly at the camera. I always feel like they’re watching me while I’m in there. I don’t mind if they’re averting their eyes. (I told you I was nuts.) ;)
Hahahahah. Comment of the day goes to Shaye. Love it.
while l absolutely love what you did with the guest room… i’m one who is not in love with the yellow tile… i think the sooner you take a sledgehammer to it, the better! however you are the one couple that i think will have it all work beautifully once it’s all complete! i love following your progress!
Elizabeth Keen says
I’ve seen how so many people seem not to like the yellow tile, but I actually like it! I’m glad you guys are keeping it. And I think the whole guestroom looks fabulous! Way to go!
My husband and I have the same green lamps from Target as our bedside tables and we love them! Such a great pop of color. I think the room looks amazing, especially considering how quickly you made it happen. Way to go!
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!
I too fold the toilet paper for guest… and they always comment/make fun of me for it.. all while secretly loving it and hating on my lady skills!
Three cheers for the hostesses with the mostess (es)!
I have a bathroom just like this in my house built in 1954. I always have to use the toliet lid (closed of course) to put my makeup back down. I was lucky to have a window close to the sink so I had a place to sit my flat iron. Mine has the original tile too, but in a lovely light blue.
Same here. We have a pedestal sink and so the toilet lid is where I lay out my makeup. I’m totally used to it and don’t even want for counter space!
Jennie M says
I love the shower curtain w/ the bath mat–great job!
I can’t get over how clean those tiles are. Who were these people who used to live there, Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons?? I love that shower curtain so much I think I might go get it myself. I didn’t like the rug choice yesterday but seeing the close-up of it against the tile and shower curtain, it looks better today.
Enjoy the visit w/ your family! I love watching you redo your new home.
I love what you have done so far and I can’t wait to see what you do next. Thanks for sharing!
emily @ the happy home says
aww. it’s an adorable bathroom! everything is proportional. and i kind of like the 1970s shade of sunny yellow.
Christy Panzarella says
Im a fan of grey, but I vote mocha.
Have you considered doing polls? lol.
When you mentioned a bold color roman shade, the yellow color from the pillows on the chairs instantly popped into my mind. They already look great together for all you were able to get done so I can’t imagine how great it will look when you tackle the bathroom.
Maybe by the time we get into a new house, you’ll need a break from decorating your house and can come over and help us! Loving the color of that room AND the bookshelves, but I can’t possibly find somewhere in our current house to REpaint!
I see you have the soap pump from Target that I mentioned yesterday! You probably already had it, lol! Your floor tile looks a lot like the tile I just ripped out of my master bath, except mine was a gross tan-ish color. You’re lucky to have yellow!
Oh yeah we love that soap pump! We have another one in the hall bath too!
It may be a small (tiny ;) ) bathroom, but having a bathroom as a guest in a home is a luxury not many guest rooms can offer. I only hope to be as lucky when my wife and I start looking for our home. Talk about the benefits of a hotel with the convince for the grandparents of being right there. Best of both worlds. Looks great guys.
P.S. I fold my TP too, and having little essentials is an adorable and super thoughtful idea.
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