There was never a question if we were going to gut this space or not. It was not only in rough shape, but the layout was so narrow and tiny that we wanted to see if we could reconfigure it to allow for a slightly bigger shower and a better floor plan.
My husband gutted the entire space and also removed a non working chimney that took up some valuable real estate. He also gutted the closet behind the wall (that opened in the living room) to allow us to gain a few more inches. We had to remove the window as well to help with the configuration. The tricky part was originally we needed to store the hot water tank in this space as well (*reminder the house has only a crawl space and is 800 sq. ft.). so we decided to make a sliding panel that would give us access to the hot water tank area. BUT as home renovations go, during the process we realized we needed a water filtration system and had no place to put it. So in the middle of the bathroom renovation we built an outside attached utility room and decided to move the hot water tank and water filtration out there.
We shiplapped the walls and painted them Benjamin Moore Chantiliy Lace (like the rest of the house). Since it’s such a small space and no windows I wanted it as bright and light as possible. We added in a medicine cabinet to allow for more hidden storage and built in open shelves behind the door so guests could easily find towels, toilet paper, first aid, etc. The shower curtain is actually a regular curtain that we hemmed and added in waterproof liner behind it.
We purchased these inexpensive bird prints on etsy and had them printed at our local UPS Store on canvas paper. The canvas paper was worth the few extra dollars it really adds so much texture to the print and gives it an old oil painting feel. We cut wood pieces the same size as the print and painted the edges black and then nailed it to the wall. We then used craft glue to adhere the print to the wood (we did this after it was hanging so that the print would hide the nails). My husband swears it will be easy to remove the pictures off the wall with a putty knife if we ever decide to switch it out. 🙂
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Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Chantily Lace
Door Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
Medicine Cabinet (no longer available in black, but here is one in Nickel finish)
Vanity: (ours is no longer available, we needed a small 30″ one – this one is similar from Lowes)
Faucet: (similar one)
“Shower” curtain(these are currently sold out but here is a similar one)