small bathroom makeover

My 5 simple rules for a small bathroom makeover

small bathroom makeoverA few years ago we converted a closet into a much-needed second bathroom. Actually, it’s just a half bath with a toilet and the tiniest sink you’ve ever seen. We managed to make pretty good use of what little space there is, about 41″ by 64″. But it was basically a boring white box, until now.

In just two days I added fun and more function to this small bathroom. I love the result! And if you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive bathroom makeover, try following my five simple rules. I’ll show you step by step how I applied these rules to my own bathroom makeover.

Rule #1: Add color

Put a nice pretty color on the walls. White paint won’t make your small bathroom look bigger, just bland. Color is dynamic and fun. It makes you feel something.

Boring white bathroom

bathroom before picture

Bathroom before picture

Bright colorful bathroom

bathroom after picture

Bathroom after picture

Rule #2: Add a night light

My closet-turned-bathroom has no window and can look like a dark hole when the ceiling light is turned off. A small night light provides just enough light to make the space look inviting any time of the day or night.

My other bathroom, which is also small, has a window but I put a night light in there too. These are lights that come on automatically and just make the rooms look pretty.

bathroom nightlight

Bathroom nightlight

Rule #3: Keep accessories to a minimum

I tend to think less is best when it comes to accessorizing, especially in a small space. Choose accessories that are functional as well as decorative. Do you really need candles, toilet cozies and chachkies? More useful options include colorful towels, a stylish towel bar, a cute soap dispenser or a small shelf.

Desperately in need of personality

bathroom before picture

Bathroom before picture

This bathroom didn’t have too many accessories, but what was here added nothing to the decor. Even the bright pink towel was not enough to liven up the space.

Two small changes made a big difference

bathroom after picture

Bathroom after picture

I switched out the nondescript towel ring for a handmade wrought iron towel bar with a decorative star.

A little basket shelf was added next to the sink to compensate for the lack of counter space. Overnight guests will find this handy when using their grooming accessories.

Rule #4: Keep personal items out of sight

Nobody wants to see your toothbrush, hairbrush or toilet brush. I don’t even want to look at my own stuff! Which leads into rule #5.

Ugh!

bathroom before picture

Bathroom before picture

This toilet brush needs to go away.

Rule #5: Maximize storage

A mirrored medicine cabinet will hold a lot of toiletries. A wall cabinet over the toilet can store extra towels and toilet paper. I like a cabinet with doors for a cleaner look. And don’t forget to utilize the space under the sink. For a wall-mounted sink with no cabinet, you can make a sink skirt which hides the plumbing and becomes the perfect place to store the toilet brush.

Ahhh, that’s better!

bathroom after picture

Bathroom after picture

A cute pleated sink skirt creates additional storage for the toilet brush and a few other things.

Just to recap

From drab…

bathroom before picture

Bathroom before picture

To fab, modern and fresh!

bathroom after photo

Bathroom after photo

 

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