When we bought our townhouse the bathroom was the least favorite room in the house. The tiles are simple 12 x 12 tiles. The counter is laminate. The sink was suppose to be white, emphasis on suppose to be. The shower has a run of blue tiles. The mirror took up an entire wall and the lighting, cost less then last nights spaghetti dinner.
We debated for many months about a total gut job of the Master Bath. As tempting as it was to rip it all out, it was still in good shape (minus the sink that is). We didn't want to create more garbage for the already overloaded landfills, so we made a plan. We would change a few easy things first (the mirror, the sink, the lights) and see if it made a difference, then if we still didn't like the bathroom we would rip it out, keeping the mirror and other changes to use in the new renovated bathroom.
Thankfully, the few small changes we made, made a huge difference and we saved ourselves alot of money and saved the environment a little too.
We removed the very large mirror and replaced it with a nickel finished tilting mirror from home depot (here's the link). The tilting mirror was perfect for us, with Lee being so tall (6'8") it works so well because he can tilt it up to make shaving easier, instead of bending down to see his face.
The old sink was gross. It was a metal, drop in sink. We debated getting a vessel sink, but decided that the tilting mirror would clear the tap when it was tilted up. So instead we got a white porcelain drop in sink. It has a raised outer lip so it's a bit like a vessel but gives us full motion of the mirror.
towel shelf link).
We put up some chrome baskets to hold extra towels and face cloths. The chrome shelves are my favorite part of the bathroom, they add a great sparkle and are super functional.
The Tooth brush holder is from Ikea (here is the link) it's awesome. The glass cup is removable so it's easy to wash, it's dishwasher safe. It mounts to the wall so you don't have to clutter up your vanity top. We were able to install it right above the sink, no more dropped toothbrushes in the toilet for us (seriously we use to store them on the towel rack and more then one ended it's life in the drink).
The compliment I get the most (and also one of the first comments I received on the blog) is about the small over the door hand towel bar. I bought it at Target (LINK) it's great because it keeps the towels very close to the sink limiting the water drops on the way to a towel.
I'm a huge fan of wall decals. Believe it or not Lee is too. We installed one over the tub,
" SOAK your cares away ". They are really easy to install, just make sure it's level before you stick it down.
I wouldn't say this is our dream bathroom (only a bathtub I could swim in would make a dream bathroom), but it works for us really well. Now if we could only get rid of the sea shell soap holder.