When you open the door to the bathroom, it hits the shower and when you open the door to the shower, it hits the vanity. When people visit us, all I can hear is “Bang, oh shoot, bang, oh jeez," and I feel so terrible subjecting my friends and family to this horrible bathroom. Even worse: although the room has a window, when the door is open it blocks the light and the old, flickering fluorescent light fixtures create a very scary truck stop bathroom kind of vibe.
Updating the Shower
The old corner fiberglass shower unit has to go because it's leaking and really old. I actually considered replacing it with a similar model from Lowe's. I found this Maax Shower Solution Acrylic Corner Shower Kit with a round door that has a much smaller footprint and a door that doesn't swing open. But because we live on the lake, I really wanted a small tub for guests to quickly wash sandy feet or hand wash swimwear – or a spot to bathe my pups!
I decided to do something a little unusual: I plan to convert a 3 in. wide galvanized steel stock tank (the kind used for feeding livestock) into a shower. I need to find or make a circular shower curtain track and then I plan to sew my own shower curtain, using a fabric with strong geometric lines and a soft aqua hue to add some of my signature color – and inspiration from the lake – to this space. It's an ambitious plan, but I think it will be such a unique feature, while also putting the “fun" in functional (#sorrynotsorry).
Goodbye vinyl sheet floor! The entire design for this space hinges on the most gorgeous hex tile I found at Lowe's. The Bestview Ancient Sky Porcelain tile is a beautiful porcelain mosaic that features charcoal grey tiles in various textures.
I'll be installing this hex tile on the floor and running it right up the wall where the fiberglass shower is right now. That flow of modern hex tile from the floor up the wall behind my stock tank tub will look really bold. Pairing shades of black and dark grey with yellow pine walls really modernizes the feel of the wood, helping transition it from 1980s camp to modern Scandi cottage.
Decorating with Lighting & Cute Fixtures
Adding a Mini Vanity
The current vanity is just too large for this tiny space, but Lowe's has the perfect solution for a small bathroom. The Foremost Mackenzie vanity is petite with a shallow depth, but it's not impractically small. I often get asked for design help by friends and family and I had kept recommending this to someone with a bathroom even smaller than mine – I'm thrilled to finally have a spot for one myself.
Building a Sliding Barn Door
I already mentioned how the door to the bathroom swings into the room, blocking the only window and hitting the shower. A simple solution will be to convert the door into a sliding barn door with barn door hardware, like this Dark Brown Steel Wall Mount Hardware Kit.
Need a little DIY inspiration? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a sliding barn door
I am so excited to share the bunkie bathroom transformation with you! I think it will be so beautiful and that's thanks to Lowe's. I am so thrilled that Lowe's has so many modern options – in every department – to help me update my bathroom while keeping on budget. This bathroom renovation was kind of a last-minute decision and I have to hurry and complete it before winter rolls in and I have to shut off the water to this three-season bunkie. Oh, and did I mention I'm in the middle of a massive exterior renovation too? It's so nice to run into my local Lowe's and pick up tile, lighting, faucets – all in one place. Plus, I love the option to buy online and pick up in store. I live an hour from the nearest city so when I saw the light fixtures that I wanted were on sale – the sale was ending that day – I didn't want to drive two hours just to save a few bucks. But with Lowe's I could buy it online – save myself some money – and pick up the lights the next time I was in town. Lowe's makes my modern Scandi bunkie bathroom dreams seem within reach!
Stay tuned for the full reveal, which will be coming soon!
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