Mad Master Bath Refresh

I’ve been in my new place since May, and here it is December already! Time. Is. Flying. And the plans, they are a piling up. Seriously, I have so many half-finished projects going on, I’ve lost count.

As much as I adore the new place, there are a couple of rooms that need some serious TLC. I showed you the entryway closet conversion here. I know, that was 100% utilitarian and not a lot of pretty. Well, the master bath refresh has a bit of both. I’m calling it a refresh because it’s definitely not a remodel (maybe in a year or two–I hope!), nor is it a facelift. I merely softened the space with textiles and added some DIY functional window shelves. And to be clear, I only did a small part of the master bath. It’s a quirky little space. Honestly, it’s the oddest damned layout I’ve ever seen.

Exhibit A: Master Bath is Jacked Up!

This is my first try at drafting a floor plan, so disregard the measurements. I am no CAD technician, for sure. But do you see how cramped the space? How one could be smacked with a door at every turn? Oh, my aching elbows! Unfortunately, there is no budget at the moment to do what I’d like…which might involve a sledgehammer and wrecking ball. So for now, I’ll focus on the toilet room and pretty it up as best I can. I can’t just leave it, right?

The window above the commode was disgusting and it had a thin, metal mini blind circa 1990 with 1990 crud still attached. Think I’m joking?


I filled the rusty holes in the sill, then lightly sanded and put a fresh coat of white on the entire frame. I added some privacy control window film by Gila to keep my showering private. You’ll notice a little snafu in the top left corner of the bottom pane, but I am so not worried about it. The mini blind was going, and since window coverings are my Achilles heel of decorating, I decided to forgo the traditional. Imagine that?

Much better!

What I’m most excited about are the shelves, and for so many reasons.

  • First, it might be the only Pinterest attempt I actually pulled off. Somebody get me a drink!
  • Second, I gained storage space with the shelves and more privacy from all the stuff on the shelves.
  • Third, and maybe best of all, I used wood left over from the deconstruction of a built-in media cabinet in the living room (a post in the works). You know how I love to reduce, reuse, recycle!

I don’t own any fancy tools (yet). My stash includes a corded drill and a small hand saw. I cut the boards by hand, painted them white, and attached them to the window frame with L-brackets. I should have used shims to even things up, but I didn’t have any and I’m not one to leave a project mid-way just to get the right stuff for the job. Pfft! I had a couple of nuts and used those to build up behind the brackets. It’s a little hokey, but who cares? Remember the impending sledgehammer in a year or so? It’s all practice as far as I’m concerned. And look how it turned out!

Pretty cool, huh?

I threw in a cutesy little rug and shower curtain, both from one of my happy places (World Market) and voila! It’s a sweet little vintage toilet room. Maybe I’ll put some artisanal soap in there. Ha!

Still tiny, but cute as a button!

Another shot of the window shelves

That’s the skinny on the jacked up mad master bath. I’ll show you what I’m doing with the tiny little vanity space next. Remember, it’s all quick and easy just to hold me over until I can fund a demo and buy myself a real ladies room. Until then…