I’m going to repeat the title, I hate my bathroom.
If you’re a friend you might have received a text or Facebook message from me in the past few days exclaiming my bathroom hatred. If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen my inspiration photos coming in at fast speeds. If you follow me on Twitter you might have read a few bathroom requests for hope and help. If you’re my husband you have received about 88 texts from me saying we need a new cabinet, a shower door, a new floor and really tell me the truth, do you feel ok with white towels?
In this post I’m going to tell you all about the things I don’t like our bathroom. I’m going to tell you what I want in our bathroom. I’m going to post unrealistic photos but still dream about them. I hope you can give me some guidance, tips or just a nod that says “You are going to be ok”.
We have lived in our apartment for 9 years now. Honestly not a whole lot has changed in those 9 years. A new shower curtain, a new bath mat, towels, a toilet seat cover, but nothing dramatic. No big furniture pieces, no changing of the floor, I didn’t even paint the walls. And it’s been 9 years. I need a change.
Here are the problems with our bathroom that causes my heart to break at every glance into that unavoidable room.
-There is no bath tub. I have lived without a bath tub for 9 years. Can I get some type of spa reward for this? Honestly, this just sucks. I’m a girl. I like to just spend ridiculous amounts of time in hot water reading, listening to music, drinking ginger ale with a straw and just doing nothing. Whenever we go on trips I never get to experience those new cities because I’m too busy spending all my free time using the hotels bath tubs. When we stayed at the Soho House in Berlin this was our bath tub. Do you really think I was going to do anything but close my eyes and lay in there? I mean it came with it’s own Rubber Ducky and a cup of tea.
-I hate the floor. It’s black and white checkered title (it looks like this). You might think it’s charming at first but try living with it for over 3,000 days and you won’t be able to take it anymore. It’s overwhelming and I hate to use this word, but I think it’s ugly. Plus there’s this one tile that is starting to come loose that really bugs me and throws me off the deep end.
-My bathroom has 2 doors and it drives me insane. My apartment is a loft space that was converted out of a old factory (used to be a toy factory). So what was one big factory is now individual apartment spaces. I am unsure why each apartment has 2 doors but each one does. There’s the actual front door and then a door that goes from the hallway into the bathroom (I’ve never seen anyone actually use this door to their apartment). So that means that hypothetically I could install a lock and have 2 front doors, one for the main entrance and one right into the bathroom if you really have to go real bad and can’t take those 8 extra steps from front door to the bathroom. What this means with the bathroom is there are 2 doors there: the bathroom door and this strange hallway door. I need to find a way to block this visually as the door frame around it along with the knob just makes me shake my head and ask myself “Why?”
-There is no window in my bathroom. Like many apartments the bathrooms are usually on the opposite side of your windows which means no natural light. This means my bathroom feels like a cave. I asked Matthew to move the bathroom to the other side of the room but he acted like I didn’t say anything at all. Do you think he was ignoring me?
-Because it is the bathroom, I believe we all should do our business in here, furry cats included. So the litter box is also in the bathroom. It’s design has been changed multiple times due to helping a older cat, but now we can go back to something nicer. What’s happening there now is a eyesore. Also FiFi Bofinkles is a stinky cat, just so you know. How’s a adorable girl like her do that? I’ll never know.
-There isn’t much storage.
Things I already am thinking of changing, or have:
-On Tuesday I woke up and rushed to Home Depot. I had one thing in mind, the bathroom needed color. The bathroom has 5 walls but I didn’t want to paint them all so I painted 2 of them with Behr’s “Beachside Drive M460-2”. Here’s the color featured with my hideous floor.
The walls that remained white will be touched up as they’re kinda not the prettiest right now after years of neglect.
-We have a small black cabinet under the sink now but it’s tiny and low to the ground. I’m really against all dark colors right now so we are going to either build (Matthew prefers to custom build everything) or buy (I prefer to have things right away) a larger cabinet to house the sink with lots of storage underneath. We really can’t have many (or any) shelves on the wall because we have a crazy Siamese cat so cabinets work best. We are thinking it will be white or a softer color like a antique white or pale yellow.
I’m not sure if I want to go modern or more shabby chic cottage. I am leaning towards more weathered in this case but I am already feeling the glares coming from Matthew.
-I don’t want a medicine cabinet mirror anymore. I just want a mirror flat on the wall. Everything inside of the medicine cabinet now can go below in the cabinet drawers. Something simple but again I like slightly weathered.
-The whole bathtub is a dream. Not saying we couldn’t get one installed, but it’s a investment in a home that we’ll never have the option to buy so I don’t know if its honestly worth it. Will we stay here for another 2 years? 5 years? 10 years? I don’t know if we’re ready to make a solid commitment (ok “we” is really “me”) so I was thinking if I can’t get a bath tub why can’t we at least make the shower feel a bit more like a spa with a nice glass door instead of a shower curtain. I think frosted might be better because I’m a horrible shower cleaner and would like to hide my guilt when friends visit. 🙂
(PS. I just bought that bamboo shower mat as well).
-I want simple accessories such as mason jars, white towels and flowers. Flowers in the bathroom are such a simple and calming touch, but I don’t think I ever had flowers in my bathroom. With no windows I have to find a happy in between for flowers that won’t break the bank but I have some ideas already. White towels have been ordered to replace my current mismatched ones, a Antique White double light cover is being shipped from Etsy, art work is being sorted to frame for the walls, hooks have been placed on the door and I have plenty of mason jars so this step is being worked on. I also asked Matthew to build me a simple (light color) wood tissue box cover.
These are some of my favorite inspiration images I have saved this week, the majority being not really possible with my space, but I think I can take elements from all of them.
I love the color of everything here.
I love the idea of having concrete counters.
I would never leave this tub.
If I had a window, I’d have plenty of greens growing.
I really love the blue and white contrast with the tiles here. Since I already painted the walls blue I think a softer palette like this would brighten the space up.
So help me:
The bathroom size is 6 feet wide by 9 feet to put into perspective, with a shower wall already in place that separates the toilet from the shower. I really want a bathroom that is calming and makes me feel happy to be in there.
What should I do with the double door situation? How do I block the one door completely – do I put something in front of it and if so, what?
What should I do with the floor tiles? I need ideas for tile replacement that is economical as this is a rental apartment. I think something light would be nice.
Can I borrow your bath tub? Just once a week? Please.