Inspirado: Upstairs Bathroom

Well I had a nice little break from painting. I’ve enjoyed getting some small projects done and getting some quality time in with my toddler, by which I mean chasing her around the house.

BUT, it’s time to get back to reality. And the reality is that I have a dark, depressing bathroom that could desperately use some TLC. It’s like the Debby Downer of bathrooms.

We’ve got big (ie. probably expensive) plans for this bathroom down the road….miles and miles down the road. I thought I could wait, but I either need to get some cheer in this bathroom or some Prozac, because it’s seriously depressing in here.

Here is what it looks like now. We really haven’t done anything to this space since we moved in other than add a ladder shelf for some additional storage.



There is a large clawfoot-less, clawfoot tub. I would love to re-attach them, but I’m not 100% sure that is possible.


And this dark little closet is where you go when you are being punished need to use the toilet. The cabinet and the toilet are both off-centered which drives my OCD into hyperdrive. It hurts my eyes if I look at it for too long. I can’t move the toilet, but I think I am going to take the cabinet down.


I’m giving myself a budget of $50 for this little makeover. I think I can do it by using some leftover paint and using items around the house. I just want to brighten things up and make it a happier space to be in. We only have the two bathrooms, and this is the only one upstairs, so we really need to make it work for us.

Here is a few pics for inspiration:

^^I like the idea of having a couple of floating shelves over the toilet to lighten things

up (it’s  dark in there!) and still provide some much-needed storage.

^^ I would love to find an old table to use as a counter around the wall-sink, but if I can’t

find one, I think I could make one similar to this.

^^ I actually already have an antique cabinet that I can use for some storage

in the bathroom, but I’d like to give it a little facelift similar to this.

^^ I really want to find something for the window that allows some privacy but still lets light in.

I love this boho feeling macrame window covering from Urban Outfitters.

^^ These last two pics are really just to show what we’d like to do one

day. We would love to make our tub a shower by either adding a hand-held

shower or preferably a standing shower head and curtain rod.

Here is what’s on the do-do list:


  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in


  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

It seems like a lot of work, but I think this is a project where a little paint will make a big difference.


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