Small and useful bathroom updates

January 23, 2015

All of these little updates are in our master bathroom, which isn’t anything fancy. It’s big and has really tall ceilings though, which we love. 

Someday it will get a full makeover but it’s never been up there on my list. I always laugh because I have spent most of the 11 years in our home working on spaces that don’t bring as much value as far as resale. Our two main bathrooms have barely been touched and I haven’t done a whole lot in our kitchen over the years (but that is changing this year!).

But anyway, I’ve had quite a few little projects on my to do list in our master bath for a while now and I got most of them knocked off. I had one extra shelf and two sets of brackets that I didn’t use over the basement kitchenette so I thought about where we could use the extra bit of storage:

IKEA shelves with bracket

The placement isn’t my favorite, I’ll be honest – but with our sinks right there it was the only option without bonking our heads each time. AND the crazy-A cat can’t get up there. At least he hasn’t tried yet. I had those pretty glass containers on the vanity and because we keep Q-tips in one and he is OBSESSED with them, he would knock it off every. single. day.

So…it’s not perfect but it’s functional and I’m just happy I can keep my Q-tips nearby. It’s the little things my friends.

I shared these on Instagram the other day because they are SO dang pretty. I ordered these simple glass votive holders from CB2 months ago and they finally arrived earlier this month. 

They were only $2 each – and I thought they’d be pretty spread out on a wall. I couldn’t decide where I wanted them to stay permanently so I just put them up in the master for now:

small glass hanging votive holders

They really are beautiful! I don’t know if they’ll stay here forever but I love them!

I have an old vintage wood bowl that was just sitting in the storage room. I brought it out and filled it with my random bath bombs and Epsom salts:

vintage wood bowl

I used to keep all of it in big glass containers but I just wanted a simpler look. It’s much easier to access it all now too. :)

If you’ve been around for a loooooong time you may remember my DIY shower curtain. Well about two years ago the tension rod fell and broke -- rehanging it has been on the long list since. 

I actually purchased the new tension rod a year or so ago and it’s been sitting in the closet. As always, I am SUPER on top of things!: easy shower curtain

It’s literally a few yards of terry cloth from the fabric store hung up on a tension rod with curtain clips. Simplest shower curtain EVER. It’s hard to find a curtain long enough (if you want it to hit the floor) so this is a great solution. And it hides our really ugly shower so that’s a big bonus. :)

The project that took the longest was the linen closet – it actually stays fairly organized but it needs some “fluffing” once a year:

organized linen closet

With time things get tossed in the wrong bins and stuffed in places. I don’t know WHO would ever do that, but it happens.

I sat on the floor for about an hour and went through everything and resorted – and got rid of another set of towels. :)

I have to mention my favorite part of the closet. The organization part is pretty cool but these little stick up lights are the bomb: stick up light in closet

That’s an old pic, things look a bit different now.

I am pretty sure you can get these at Target now – I can’t remember where I got mine. Amazon has them too, $10 for two. One of the things I wish I would have done when we built our house is add lights in the closets – it seriously is one of those things that drives me bonkers because I can’t see anything inside. I have a few of these and they work great.

Like I said – little projects that I’ve had on my list for quite some time. And all either make the room function much better or make it look a little better. It feels so good to cross things off the list, yes?

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!!


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  1. I don't remember ever seeing your master bath before. I love doing little touches to my home to make it more functional!

  2. I love those simple projects because they make you feel so good...even if other people at home barely notice. Wait, that's my house. I love the organization of your linen closet. Mine is a constant struggle (too much stuff + too little space= disaster). Thanks for sharing your list of accomplishments!

  3. I realize this is a tiny thing, but if you want to use the Epsom salts and bath bombs at some point, having them out in a bowl may not be the best storage solution.....they'll absorb a ton of moisture from the air (even in a bathroom where the shower isn't used that often), and they'll be a big mess and won't fizz....or turn into a brick (in the case of the salts). There's a reason for the jar: it's relatively air-tight. :)

  4. I have the same problem with a shelf but in my kitchen. My husband is tall, 6'4 and he kept hitting my shelf so the solution was to put it up high... now it is just decorative but on a good note he doesn't bump into it any longer and knock everything off! I still love the look of it though. BTW... where did you get the hand towel? Love it. Victoria

  5. I love the calming colors in this room! Thanks for sharing!

  6. lovely update , can I ask where you purchased the vanity mirror sitting tucked under the new shelving with the accordion style extension ?


  7. Tried adding lights to the closets when we built but were told that it was a code violation due to fire hazard. I think it depends on the type of light, now, but something to consider.

  8. Love the bowl with salts! What a good idea!

  9. Amazing job! Absolutely beautiful!

  10. Your linen closet is inspirational. I have admired those stick up lights and wondered if the batteries last very long or if you are constantly replacing them. I think the linen closet just moved up on my to do list! Thanks for the kick start.

  11. Where did you get the cute gray tissue box?? The one with the arabesque design??

    1. the gray tissue box is from a store called Meijer. (kinda like a super Walmart)

  12. Seeing your awesome linen closet really makes me jealous, then on top of it you've got it so clean and organized in those great little white plastic bins. We don't have a linen closet or a dining area. I have to keep our sheets in wicker covered basket under bed and towels, etc. on a stand in bathroom. It's one of those cube stands we got at Target, better than nothing I guess. Try to keep it nice always, thought of making little curtain to cover baskets and towels. Might try one just to try it. Thought of using one of my vintage table cloths for curtain. Hmmm, think I'll go dig tomorrow, see what I have that might look good in bathroom. The stand is right on floor tho so hubs going to make a base on rollers so it can be moved to clean under/behind.
    Your bathroom is very nice, very neat and looks good. I love ours as it's nice size and is at end of single wide mfg. home. Handy with our room right next to it which is also a good size. It's not one of those fancy double wides with lots of storage, I wish. It's what we could afford in expensive Grand Junction area. Everything is expensive here, especially after moving here from KY. This is not a good area for seniors that live on SS alone.
    Sounds like you'll be busy gal again fixing up rooms and whatever else. Happy week

  13. I have to say one of my most favorite things my husband has ever done in our house, and he's done some huge projects, is install a light in our linen closet that every time you open the door the light automatically comes on. Think like a refrigerator. It has like a magnet latch in the hinge of the door not sure exactly how it works or where he got it but it was the best thing ever! Sounds like something you would like :-)


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