If there is any place that could use refreshed it is the bathroom, always. Right? (Hehe.) Well, being renters–it’s hard when you can’t paint, change light fixtures, or move around any other permanents things like towel racks, so redoing a bathroom was really easy. Especially since our bathroom is tiny. However, just by switching out the shower curtain and changing some towels and hanging a picture, it really livened things up and made it LOOK a lot bigger.
Here is the original. Not too bad, but with a small bathroom, that brown shower curtain cut the room in half. I am not sure what I was thinking with that green bath mat or the towels hanging…which you can’t see…for a reason. They were usually green, too. Or white, or whatever towel wasn’t being used to shower at the time–sometimes it even had bleach stains on it. GGGrrreaat. So maybe it was that bad.
The new shower curtain immediately added some visual square footage, right? Not to mention, intrigue. A couple other things I like about it: it doesn’t slap you in the face when you walk in the room AND it was free. Yeah, free. Kinda. I had some old textbooks from my college days that BYUI wouldn’t buy back because they conveniently stopped using the book the semester after I completed the course. So, I have been lugging them around ever since. A couple weeks ago, I heard that Amazon.com has a book buyback. (Am I the LAST person to figure that out?) So I checked to see if they would buy back any of my textbooks. Sure enough, they did!! And it cost me nothing! I just printed off a pre-paid shipping label, packed the thing up and dropped it off at the post office. Within two weeks, I had a credit on Amazon. You can buy anything on that site. So we picked out this shower curtain and a TV wall mount for a grand total of $1.98. Free shipping. Booyah. So, yeah…I like the shower curtain A LOT.
The brown shaggy mat (pictured above) and the towels (there is a matching hand towel by the sink) I got at Ross for a steal! My friend, Meagan, insists that you can’t beat their price on Kitchen/bathroom stuff and she is RIGHT. The mat and pretty towels cost less than $15 combined. I love how the towels have a nature-y print on them, it carries that theme from the curtain. The picture hanging above is actually a print I did for my printmaking class in college. It is of my mom and dad and the warm browns/tans with that white and gray mat really tie in the towels, mat and curtain. WOOT!
The last little touch was just moving some vases I had in our bedroom (Chris didn’t even know we had them in there) to the cabinet above the toilet. I usually don’t LOVE things above cabinets, but I think it adds a little more height to the room and interest.
So, there you have it. For about $15, I refreshed and enlarged our bathroom without touching anything permanent…although I would love to get some paint on those walls. :)