Plan for the Bathroom

I’m still in the midst of taking photos to give you an updated apartment tour, but until that’s ready, it’s the perfect time to give you a sneak peek into our bathroom.  It seems to be the only room that we’ve been able to give some love to while we were watching the cats.

We started out with quite the blank slate: a basic vanity and some basket weave tiles.  Since this is a rental, we have no plans to upgrade the vanity or tile – even though the look is not my style.  Those towels also permanent since we got them as a wedding present and we love the color.  The walls are a light blue, but since we can paint them, I’m not too concerned about it. bathroombase

With a pretty basic foundation, it has given Joe and I a lot of flexibility with which direction we can go in.  There are so many possibilities that I feel drunk with power.  I guess going from a floor-to-ceiling marbled bathroom to a blank slate can do that to a girl.

Anyway, here is the current plan:


1)   In terms of color, we’ll be using Martha Stewart Living Cornbread paint from Home Depot.  It’s something we already have – and have had for almost three years!  We used it on our tv stand but I’m ready to try it out on the walls.  The good news is that it’s free, so if we don’t like it, it won’t be a big deal to go pick up a new color.  In terms of accent colors, we’re going to use reds, greys, and greens from the shower curtain.

2)  When we asked you which direction we should go in for the bathroom, a whopping 71% of you voted for the Åkerkulla Shower Curtain from IKEA.  This was also our favorite (although if we had a house/more bathrooms, I would definitely choose the other two) so on a recent trip to IKEA, we picked this beauty up.  It’s a very cheery curtain and I love it.

3) I spent a bit of time trying to decide on a piece of art for our bathroom and ultimately ended up choosing a photo we took on our honeymoon.  The plan is to get a large print made – I’m hoping around 11″x14″ – and then maybe tossed in a red frame to keep things spicy.

4)  For the past couple of years, Joe and I have been using a very tiny and flat bathmat from IKEA (this one if you’re curious).  We chose it originally because it was budget friendly but stuck with it because our last apartment’s bathroom was so tiny.  Now that we have the luxury of a bathroom with enough space that you can turn in, we decided that the Toftbo Bathmat from IKEA was the right fit for us.  I can honestly say I love it.

5)  One thing I wan to do is place a tray on the top of the toilet tank.  My top pick right now is this  Lacquer Bath Tray from West Elm, although we could end up with a bamboo tray or a wood that matches the vanity.  Regardless, I’d like to add some fun accessories, like clear containers for the cotton swabs an q-tips (already owned) and this Casa Tissue House by CB2.  I have been crushing on this for a few years and I feel like this is the perfect time to invest.

Now that you know our plan of attack, I can share with you where we’re at. When you first saw the bathroom, it was pretty basic.  Heck, it didn’t even have a shower curtain up!  Thankfully, that was an easy update which has already done wonders for the room:


The blue on the walls still hasn’t grown on us (womp womp) so we’ve got plans to paint.  Since we haven’t had time to paint yet, I’ve used Photoshop to show you what it will look like.  It’s about to get a whole lot cheerier in there thanks to Martha Stewart.


 What do you think?  Are you digging the direction we’re going in or do you hope we’ll make a U-Turn and reconsider?  

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  • Annabel Vita

    Gorgeous! Our shower room is teeny and has glass shower doors so we can’t customise it much – luckily it’s nice and bright and clean so we don’t need to but if we needed a shower curtain I’d snatch that one up in a heartbeat!

  • Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.

    I love that shower curtain! It’s too cute! And that yellow is such a happy color! I do have to say though… it’s making me want cornbread. ;)

  • Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a great shower curtain…it already adds so much to the space! And I love that basketweave tile on the floor. So cute!

  • Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Love that shower curtain sooo much! The yellow is so cheery and perfect- great choice. I love where you are headed!

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main

    I do love that shower curtain; it’s going to look so pretty with the new paint!

  • Katie @ pps

    LOVE!!! I think it is going to look great when it is all finished! And thanks for the info on the IKEA bathmat – I’m in the market for one!

  • Whitney @ drab to fab

    holy moly i love your shower curtain!! Photoshop helps bring it home…I am totally diggin’ what you’re throwin’ down. :)

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    I love love love the shower curtain! It’s going to look amazing with yellow walls!

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    “…I feel drunk with power.” Classic line. I lol’d on that one. Insert evil laugh.

    Really like the items and colors you picked. Great curtain. Might I add, your apartment doors are beautiful.

    • Kristen

      Thanks! I’m a big fan of them (and the doorknobs). I hope our one-day-home has features like that!

  • Ainhoa

    Love the shower curtain :)
    I’m very jealous that you can redo the bathroom so easily with paint. Baths & kitchens are fully tiled here so there’s no easy way to change them up.

    • Kristen

      Our last bathroom was completely tiled, which drove me nuts (not because everything was tiled but because there were 3 kinds of tiles and none of them were my style). I think that’s why I’m getting overly excited about this room makeover!

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