RV BATHROOM UPDATE
Having spent the majority of my twenties living in apartments, I have had my share of teeny tiny bathrooms (with the exception of one that was almost bigger than the bedroom...apartments are weird). While the bathroom in The Little Ranch is by no means large, it does the trick. So I thought my days of getting in and out of showers at weird angles were over, and then we bought an RV and began the process of remodeling it into The Little Beach House (LBH).
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To say the RV needed work was an understatement. Thank goodness my Dad has total hidden talents that I knew nothing about! Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing different areas of the camper, but I thought I'd start with the one that was by far the scariest (we didn't even open the door to it for the first two weeks of rehab). I'm talking slasher music, maybe we're in over our heads, run away scary. While it's not done yet, I thought I'd give a little update on the progress because...well... progress!
My goal was always that if you looked at the bathroom, you wouldn't know immediately that you were in an RV. Many RV's have a separate toilet room and shower, or a shower/toilet room with a sink elsewhere...or no sink at all. I was so excited to find that Tippy (as we've taken to calling LBH) had a "full" bathroom all in one room! I cannot believe that you can fit a full bathroom into 9 square feet...but I assure you- you can!
This post is more about the aesthetics, at another time I'll do a post on the plumbing. Frankly, I'm still traumatized from the ordeal. When we purchased the LBH, it had a toilet that had completely rusted (at least that's what I'm telling myself that was), no sink, no floor, beige dirty walls, and a yellowed plastic shower. Oh yeah, the door didn't work either.
One of my other goals with this makeover was to do it as cheaply as possible. We were already investing a lot of money in some of the physical RV stuff that needed replacing (sink, toilet, stove etc) that I knew we needed to save so money where we could. I had a lot of leftover paint from household projects, so I decided to use what I could. I put on some gloves (and a mask) gave the room a good scrubbing and got to work.
I haven't done the update on here, but last year I painted the tiles in my bathroom at home. They had been bright yellow, so I used Zinsser bathroom paint to paint them white. I'm happy to report a year later it's holding up well. It's specifically made to be anti mold/mildew so it's ideal for bathrooms and places that get a lost of moisture. I had no idea if it would stick to plastic, but I figured it couldn't make this bathroom worse, so I primed the whole room in it. I did three coats in the shower/tub area since that was going to stay white. It actually turned out awesome. It's now a nice clean white instead of yucky yellow.
I painted the bathroom walls Sherwin Williams Sea Salt because I had a leftover can from painting my kitchen. This is one of my favorite colors because it changes so much depending on the light. My kitchen is more farmhouse than beach, but it's called Sea Salt, so I figured it makes sense in a beach house!
The floors were one of those things where I had an idea in my head, and it didn't exist in real life. I wanted a farmhouse tile, mostly because I'd been seeing it everywhere but wasn't sure it was for me. Nine square feet seemed like the perfect place to try it out. However all the tiles I could find were black and white. I knew I didn't want something that bold, I wanted more of a dove gray. I looked everywhere but couldn't find anything I liked. Finally, I decided I would stencil some tiles myself. I had some peel and stick tiles left over from another project, so I thought...why not? I painted them with leftover SW Oriental White and then stenciled them in SW Grayish.
I LOVE how they turned out, however I will be honest I didn't seal them properly because they got totally ripped up during the toilet/sink installation. I think they'd be find with normal wear and tear but we ended up beating them up pretty hard. I think they would have been fine under normal usage, but next time I would seal them with polyurethane. I'm going to touch them up and try to reseal them this summer once life calms down a little
I purchased a new toilet from amazon and we really like it. It's bright white and is a regular residential size, so it doesn't feel like an RV.
The sink and cabinet came from Ikea. They ware the Silveran/Lilagen series. At first we thought we could just use the kitchen sink, but I really wanted to find a way to get one in here. The problem was that it needed to be tall enough to cover the existing pipes which came up quite high, but small enough to fit in about 2 square feet of space. At first I thought we'd have to get a pedestal sink and just have exposed ugly pipes everywhere, but then I saw this cutie when browsing online. I did replace the knobs with some faux crystal knobs that I found at Lowes. I think it gives a little touch of glam to the camper (dare I say glamper?).
If you're looking for a sink for a tiny space it's ideal (and even more so for an RV). The height is adjustable, and while it doesn't have "counter" space per say, it has a nice little space for soap and hooks for towels. The cabinet has a shelf so there's some storage, and it has an open back so we were able to place it right over the pipes. The sink is heavy, our camper is staying stationary, but if you aren't you should be aware that it will add to your weight.
I knew I didn't want a medicine cabinet, when I found this mirror at TJ Maxx I knew it was perfect. Although it's a little big compared to the sink, I think it opens up the space even more. (it's 24 X 36 for reference). I don't know if you'll find the same one at your local TJ's but this one at Target (though smaller) is similar. I also love this one from Target, but it's a splurge. Obviously, check your stores first! I only paid $25 for mine. Also worth noting it's very light so it doesn't add a lot of weight. I actually already had the shower curtain from an old apartment and decided to use if for now to save money. I do want to replace it with a ruffled curtain at some point in the future.
My next steps are to add hanging baskets for toothbrushes, tooth paste, and all those things that normally reside on counter tops or in medicine cabinets. I'm also going to add a shelf and some towel hooks above the toilet. I'll post when I do. Overall, I am really pleased with how it all turned out. Considering it was the space that I felt most overwhelmed by, it ended up being one of my favorite things. There's a lot happening in 9 square feet! What's the smallest space you've had to decorate?
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