Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Decorating a Very Small Bathroom

I often wonder why my 3/4 bath was designed to be soooooo small.  Just a couple extra feet would have made such a big difference.

After thinking about the hangers I had found in my garage, I decided to hang them in my small bathroom.


I've had an "outhouse" theme going on in there, mostly because the place is the size of an outhouse.  Framed black and white photos of the outhouses near the hunting cabins of our friends and relatives, previously decorated the walls.    The enamelware that was already in the bathroom seemed to go well with the hangers.  At least they were from the same era.

I also hung this vintage printer's tray in the bathroom.  I scrambled for a few smalls to display in the cubbies, but settled for now with the iron stars.  I just purchased the tray for $24 at an antique shop.  It has a Hamilton drawer pull.

This small bathroom redo was not without problems.  First I dropped my black Baby Ben clock and broke the glass over the face, and also dropped a hammer on my toe.  I hate being clumsy!

The rustic black mirror was already hanging over the toilet, so I just added a couple more hangers and a camp or wood stove griddle.

A little twig chair hold extra toilet paper.

The glass shelf that used to hold toothbrushes when children were home is no longer used much so I put a vintage Tonka truck on top filled with my husband's favorite soap, Irish Spring.  I hate the smell of it. 

I have a black ticking valance on the window.



I think one of my next projects will be painting this old vanity...


















36 comments:

  1. Oh you bathroom looks wonderful. That's about the size of the master bathroom in one of my homes. Definitely a one person bathroom. I think yours looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Very cute ideas for your powder room!
    xoxo Carly

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  3. Love the hangers in there and the love seat for the TP!! :) Hope the toe is better...

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  4. I love your truckload of soap! I hate the smell of that too though. Way to strong! Your bathroom looks very cute.

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  5. I like your hangers in your bathroom! A perfect look.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  6. Now I want a Tonka truck to hold soap for my son's bathroom. Love the hangers too! Good job :)

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  7. I love the vintage conversation pieces on the walls! Maybe you could substitute Palmolive for the Irish Spring and compromise on the smell, smile, it's still green!

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  8. Love the look of the hangers and the tonka truck with the soap is hilarious...great ideas!! Happily following ~

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  9. Love the look of the hangers and the tonka truck with the soap is hilarious...great ideas!! Happily following ~

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  10. You've done a great job decorating your bathroom, Carlene. What is it with home designers anyway?? My powder room is so small you can hardly turn around in it. Hardly any place for extra toilet paper!
    Mary Alice

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  11. I like your hangers in the bathroom. Clever idea, Carlene. I have seen them used to hang family photos. I would like to try that in the guest room. Of course, I love the Tonka truck too. Thanks for sharing this great idea.
    Happy Easter.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  12. Sorry about your toe...but I love the way you decorated your bathroom! What color are you painting that cabinet??

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  13. You did a great job decorating this bathroom, Carlene! I love the truck of soap...too cute. You always showcase the most interesting & fun items.

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  14. What a cute bathroom! I have a very tiny bathroom an it is almost impossible to decorate!! Hugs, Linda

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  15. Such a cute little bathroom and I love what you have done to it. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Love the hangers on the wall...great idea for a small bathroom!! Cute truck with the soap in it!!
    ~Cindy

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  17. Carlene, there's that wonderful style of yours. Love the hangers and the truck for the extra soap is another reason why I love visiting your blog. Always expect to find the unusual.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. The bathroom turned out so great, Carlene! Love how the hangers look...and the twig bench for TP is SO cute!

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  19. Cute, cute, cute!
    I love the dump truck full of soap, the bench seat with TP (I just saw one of these seats at the Flea this weekend) and the hangers are so HOT right now!
    love this make over. :)

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  20. What a beautifully decorated bathroom Carilene - love love love the hangers - and the truck is too cute for words!
    XOX

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  21. I love it! The hangers are a very unique touch!

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  22. I think the small bath is just PERFECT for all your treasures....it looks adorable.

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  23. Great inspiration Carlene, when it comes time for me to tackle the small powder room! First I need to decide on a paint color. Always the hardest for me.

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  24. I have one of those small bathrooms too and I have to blame myself because I designed it. If you use our mudroom bathroom and don't lock the door, be prepared for someone to open in fast and whack 'ya in the knees.

    Bliss

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  25. Love all the old hangers, they look great in the bathroom. That is the cutest truck...love the splash of color it creates. Really like the curtain and yes, paint the vanity! Thanks.

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  26. Hi there ... I am sherry your newest follower.. LOVE your blog and what its all about. Stop by mine and follow if you get the chance.. WOULD love to have ya... I love your bathroom that came out so cute.. GREAT job ... HUGS and have a blessed Easter !!!

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  27. Cute hanger idea!!!!! Pinning:) http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/03/vintage-popcorn-chenille.html

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  28. I love how you hung the hangers on the wall - very creative! We have 2 bathrooms and both are tiny.

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  29. Very nice bathroom. Like the coat hangers too :) Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  30. So sorry about the baby with no face anymore. :( Your hangers look perfect on that wall! I can't wait to see what you fill your printer's tray with. I know you'll find something on your thrifty lunch breaks.

    hint. Don't use oil based paint on the vanity. If it's white, it will yellow right away and touch ups stick out like a sore thumb. Been there, done that.

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  31. You are just so clever. I would never have thought to hang the hangers on the wall. They look great. I love the truck filled with soap. laurie

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  32. I love the hanger collection! I have some vintage hangers and hadn't thought of a display, but now I'm pinning yours and will do it someday! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  33. Such an adorable little space. The truck with the soap, the hangers, the TP holder, it's all so cute. Sorry to hear about your accidents. I had some similar breakage thing one of my last projects. Huge mess and broke something I liked. :( Better luck next time.
    Liz

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  34. Love those wonderful old hangers.

    Blessings,

    Linda

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  35. Great ideas, love them! especially the truck ;)
    *hugs*deb

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  36. Paint the vanity for sure! ASCP will go right over it with no trouble! Love the bathroom, my favorite is the hangers and the truck! :)

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