Tiny Dark Bathrooms

I’ve always had a thing for tiny rooms that are super dark. It’s hard to take a chance on a dark color in a larger space, but for our little downstairs bathroom, I’ve found the color is something I really love.

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It’s actually the same color we used up in H’s room – so that worked out really well for saving some simoleons 😀

Dark Blue Baby Room

Another thing I love about this color is that it grabs from some of the rug colors out in the hallway, so it compliments the look of the other rooms downstairs while still maintaining an independent vibe.

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It’s actually nominally difficult to get any good shots of this room being that it’s small and dark and awkward to shoot at all angles, but I figured if I was showing the house as it stands one year in, this was a room to include as well 😉

In complete honesty, I have no recollection of what this room was even painted before (maybe red?) but it was not my fav and so we just decided to take a jump and use the extra paint from Henry’s room to tie this space together more, too.

I see us switching this out over time in here (for some fun variety), but I got this oversized painting on craigslist for $20. Maybe you’ll see me on antiques roadshow someday?? 😉

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We also swapped out the light in here for something more updated and put in a new towel rack and toilet paper roll holder, they were both gold before.  Dark_Navy_Small_Bathroom

As in all our houses, I had to find a space for the Desiderata print and my friend Emily told me bathrooms are always best, and she’s a wise girl, so I trust what she says. Plus, we had a perfect nook for it right next to the loo, so there ya go. All of the bathrooms in our house have this bump out (bump in) and I’m seriously scratching my head on the builders initial intentions for these. Toilet paper? I don’t know.

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If I ever start to feel a bit crazy (and like spending $$) I’d love to wallpaper a bathroom someday. 😉 For now, the paint is an upgrade from the original – good enough! 😀

All, Or Nothing, or Half

So … confession. Remember when I told you all about our attic insulating bonanza and how great it was and how warm we’d be and how cheap it was. The thing I left out in this insulation love fest was that this hairy beast took WAY longer than either of us ever anticipated. Every. single. night. has been dedicated to this attic for the past 2-weeks. It’s been a dragola. Mainly because insulation is boring and it’s not fun to spend 2,000 years on a project that makes babies cry. From boredom.

To deal with my inner pain of having to wait it out to move on to any of the fun stuff, I’ve decided to dream away my days and try to hammer out what the upstairs bathroom will look like. Can’t help it, I’m a big picture type of girl. Once we finish this insulation (please Lord, let us finish) we’ll be lobbing off a chunk of the room to dedicated space for our fancy flusher water closet. A holy grail for our porcelain potty if you will, a la this photo.

Converting Attic to Master Suite

Dimensions wise, this photo is a pretty accurate depiction of the floor space that will be used-up to pop in this new bath of ours. Right now, the room’s dimensions are around 17′ x 11′, not including the long hall adjacent to the stairs where our closets will be. Now, for comparison, our current bedroom is 9′ x 11′, so we pretty much feel like we are moving into the Taj Mahal. Shwanky.

After we chunk off a piece for the bath, we will be looking at a room that’s 12′ x 11′, which in old house talk, means giant. We’ve got a few options for what the bath will look like, too.

Bathroom Options

Option #1 gives us a walk-in shower, similar to this bathroom. Walk-in shower and my house are never two words I thought I’d hear mashed together. It gives me the jitters. The good kind.

Option #2, gives us a double vanity. That’s two sinks, in one bathroom. That’s crazy talk. Crazy delicious talk. Omitting the plumbing for a shower is also kind of appealing.

If we go small, Option #3, we’d also have room for a wee little sitting nook over looking the neighborhood. So quaint and cozy. I can just see myself curled up with a book now.

So much to ponder, my heads a spinning. To help me visualize some of our lovely options, I took to my dear friend photoshop and started a workin’.

Marble Bathroom Mood Board

I’m a sucker for marble, that’s fo shizzle. A marble mosaic floor and some grass cloth wall paper. Yes sirree Bob. Sign me up brotha!! As you can see, I opted for the double vanity in this first rendition. I think I would just stand there and high five Jay while I brushed my teeth. The whole time.

Since you bump into yourself in our current teeth brushing space, having 11 FEET to crank our elbows around would be like the best thing ever.

Marble Bathroom Mood Board

Since I’m a hard core fan of a gray vanity (like our downstairs bath) I thought I’d switch up the first little photo op with a gray option. Yummmy. Maybe some darker details with a black or ORB frame. You picking up what I’m putting down?

If we went the small, cozy route, I think that I’d do a white plank wall to add some rustic character to the space. Perhaps something like this.

White Plank Bathroom

It’s fun to try out different options and see which one strikes my fancy the most. After lots of chatting with the hubster, I think we are leaning toward the double sink option since it will give us lots of elbow room, while having pretty straight forward plumbing to work with.

Although it would be nice to have a shower, we’ve already got two in the house, and there are only two of us … We don’t have any double sinks though, so that won the roll of the dice! Next steps:

  1. Hiring Plumber to do rough-ins
  2. Framing and drywalling bath
  3. Purchasing the fixtures
  4. Installing them!

Ya know, pretty much everything. 😉 Help us decide! Which bathroom option do you think is best?

Bathroom Options