2012 is already starting out as an exciting year here at A to Z. I am pleased to announce that I am a contributing writer to Homes.com, and I am also part of the Lowes Creators & Influencer Network! Woohoo! This week I posted an article over on Homes.com on how to update a bathroom on a budget. Next month, I will be updating my own half bath for a challenge through Lowes Creators & Influencers.
Let’s explore what the half bath currently looks like. This room (can a space smaller than a closet be called a room?) hasn’t been updated since we moved in 4 1/2 years ago. No one in the family enjoys this space. No matter how often I clean it, the bathroom just feels cold, dark, and dirty. I hate this bathroom. The mossy green just adds to the cold, dark feeling. The mirror was hung horizontally instead of vertically when we moved in, and I’ve never changed it. It’s always bugged me.
I decorated this room before we fully moved in and the accessories and bath fixtures were all chosen last minute. I’ve never really liked them.
The tealight holder thingy was a weird choice at the time I bought it….and it’s remained a weird choice. It’s never felt like “us” and it doesn’t match the feel in the rest of the house. I think I was trying to go for a “spa-like-zen” feel which is the last thing you feel in this “water closet”.
Here’s another thing that drives me crazy about this room. We have 10+ foot ceilings and this tiny bathroom is no exception. It gives you the feeling of being at the bottom of a pit. Hellllloooooo up there….. The light and fan are not on different switches so you get loud fan noise every time you enter. And the mystery box? No idea. I really wish they would have dropped the ceiling down to cover up whatever duct work is contained in said mystery box.
This room is so tiny that the pedestal sink is a must; however, I need to get more creative with storage. Our current tiny basket of toilet paper just isn’t working.
Okay, so here is roughly what I have planned at the moment.
I plan to tile the back wall in pearly glass tile. This should add some much needed brightness and elegance to the space. I will put up beadboard on the other three walls and paint the top in Quietude by Sherwin Williams. I would love to eliminate our current light fixture and place two sconces on either side of the mirror on the opposite two walls. However, I don’t do electrical so I’ll have to see if our budget will allow it. I will definitely be paying someone to get the fan off of our light switch! I would also love to drop the ceiling down a few feet and create a beadboard ceiling. Again, not sure the budget will allow it but a girl should dream!
Here are a few other images that I am inspired by:
Source: Hazardous Design (You HAVE to see the before on this one! Amazing!)
I’ll keep you posted with updates on how it’s going! Hopefully if all goes well, I’ll have a bathroom I enjoy by the end of February!