Wednesday, March 19, 2014

27 Reader Space: A Brilliantly Organized Bath

Bathrooms are not typically known for the size that they boast.  In fact, they are a high traffic room yet one of the smallest in the home.  How do you make the most of the bathroom's storage and functionality?


Sarah shares her love for parenting, organization and decor over on her blog, An Inviting Home.  And my goodness, her title is beyond perfect because her darling home is just that, inviting!  Oh, and she also has five kiddos running around that amazing home.  I can see why organization ranks so high for her!

Sarah recently updated her bathroom and aside from the fact that it is absolutely gorgeous with happy and shiny finishes, it is also smartly organized and functional.  I had to know more about the little touches she added to make the bathroom work hard for their family.


What is the main function of this space?

"Since this is our main level bathroom it is a space that gets used a lot.  It is the bathroom that our guests use when hanging out in our home and with five little tornadoes roaming the grounds (aka: our kids!) there is a LOT of hand washing going down."




Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"From the cabinet to the storage behind the mirror... all of the essentials have a place to be.  I used things around our home that weren't being used to organize the cleaning supplies.  An old towel holder now is home for the gloves to hang and dry and I shopped Target's dollar section for a cute container to hold feminine products."




What items did you find were essential when organizing the space, and why?

"There were some key things that we wanted to be present in order to create an inviting bathroom for guests.  Some of those things were having extra toilet paper easily on hand, matches to freshen the air, and labeling anything that could be confusing to someone who is visiting our home for the first time... like the door that needs to be double checked to make sure that it latched."



What did you do to go the extra mile and "Make it Pretty"?

"It was interesting getting to pick out bathroom finishes for the first time.  I kept thinking that in 20 years anyone and everyone was going to hate whatever we picked out.  I tried not to let that stop me from picking out finishes that we loved. I also tried to keep things somewhat neutral.  I fell in love with those faux wood looking porcelain tiles, the sleek sink & cabinet from IKEA and I also really like how the backsplash adds some glam.  Since we kept most of the finishes neutral it was nice to add in a few decor items to bring in some pops of color."



What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"We completed the entire room as one giant DIY project.  Our budget covered materials alone which came in just under $2000.00.  That included gutting the room down to the studs, replacing the window, adding an exhaust fan, ceiling light and then putting all of the new finishes in including a higher toilet.  The project took 4 weeks and we worked alongside my dad who used to work as a general contractor.  His labor of love made it possible for us to learn new things along the way and be able to afford the project (and pay cash!) using some money that we had saved."




How has this space impacted your life for the better?

"We now have a beautiful bathroom in our home that fits our style and is clean, organized and welcoming to guests... and most of all it is super functional for our family of seven.  We absolutely love it!" 






And for the WOW of a before and after:


Such a stunning difference!  And how about all of those little touches that make it even better?

  • That pull out stool for the kiddos had me at hello.  My jaw had to be scraped off of my keyboard, because I just couldn't get over the awesome idea.  Rooms with hidden function are always really big winners!
  • Sarah really considered her guest's needs in this space.  I have to admit; I have put some personal touches on our guest bath but completely overlooked our main bath, which receives far more use from people passing through.  Thanks to this feature, I am inspired to make some tweaks to make the room more comfortable for the guests that are just "stopping by".
  • A simple hook on the side of the sink provides handy towel storage.
  • How about under the sink?  A towel holder for rubber gloves?  Genius!
  • I adore that Sarah labeled the tray, which holds her sponges.  No confusing which sponge cleans which portion of the bathroom.  Super smart!

I would say this makeover was four weeks of well spent time and money!  The transformation is striking and amazing functionality was added. 

If you are looking for more photos, sources and project details, you can check out her blog here.


ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life, big or small.  They can be anything from an organized drawer or cabinet to an entire room.  Please submit your story and photos to iheartreaderspace@gmail.com, and I would heart to feature them right here on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

27 comments:

  1. Love this! I also have the same backsplash in my kitchen!

    Morgan @ Style Oyster

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  2. What an amazing before and after (on $2,000 and 4 weeks no less)!

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  3. This really is a wow makeover, even apart from the organization! I love that huge sink, it just makes everything look so luxurious and spa-like. :)

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  4. Oh that sink!!! I could just line up the kids and have them in and out at the same time! LOVE the whole bathroom it is so functional and absolutely stunning!

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  5. Beautiful! I want my bathroom to be that organized!

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  6. Brilliant indeed! Visited her blog and I just love her master bedroom. So neat and pretty.

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  7. Darling. I love the new sink. I need to re-do my bathrooms in my house, so I am up for looking for some great ideas. I, too, love love the pull out stool for your little ones. That would be great if I could do something as great as that. My bathrooms are old and way out dated. I have tile on my counter tops! YIKES!

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  8. Great job on the bathroom renovation! And such a great price with everything that was replaced, as it certainly doesn't look like a "budget bathroom".

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  9. Love it! It looks so fresh and simple. Great job with a realistic budget. Going to have to check out her blog!

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  10. That bathroom is gorgeous! I'm moving into an apartment with GREEN sinks, toilet and bathtub. I wish it looked as great as that bathroom!

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  11. Love your new bathroom!!! I am currently in the process of remodeling both my bathrooms....still undecided on which vanity to get!!!

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  12. Wow a huuuuge difference! Looks amazing and organized!

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  13. my jaw dropped when I saw that pull out step, as well. dreamy!

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  14. Love this post. I am really interested in the pull out step stool. Did it come with the cabinet or was that an add-in? I love seeing before and afters. Hopefully, I'll have ome afters to share soon!

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    1. Hi Jennifer!

      The pull out step stool was a custom piece. We decided to forgo buying the metal bracket option that Ikea sells for the cabinet and instead came up with a DIY version to include the stool. Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures of the process. I hope that helps answer your question.

      ~Sarah

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  15. What a gorgeous bathroom and the built in step stool is pure GENIUS!!!

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  16. Stunning change. I love the hooks for towels and the pull out step for the kids. Glam bath for sure.

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  17. The difference is amazing! I absolutely love it, and storing the gloves that way is genius. Beautiful bathroom, and such a good idea storing lady products in a basket in easy reach, mine are left in bags all over the place! x

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  18. hi - just wondering if that sink came Ikea as well. also, what is the name of the sink. Thanks

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    1. Hi Alyssa!

      Yes, the sink came from Ikea as well. At the bottom of the following post there is a full source list with links. http://www.aninvitinghome.com/2014/01/a-modern-functional-bathroom-update.html

      ~Sarah

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  19. Love the new sink! I also am picking my jaw up off the floor with the pull out under the counter stool...how awesome is that!!!

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  20. Thank you for sharing. I LOVE the pullout step. I am going to see if I can implement this in our bath for the grandkids! You always have and share such great ideas.

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  21. Is that pull out stool on wheels? If so, does it stay in one place when the kids are on it or does it move out from under their feet?

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    1. Great question! The pull out stool now has brackets on the sides (much like a kitchen cabinet drawer) so it rolls in and out really easy. In these pictures we hadn't added the rollers yet. The weight of the wood kept the stool from moving under the kids feet but it took a little bit of work to get it back into the right spot. Now with the rollers our three year old has no problem taking it in and out. We picked up the rollers at a local cabinet making store.

      ~Sarah

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  22. This bathroom is amazing!

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  23. Fantastic makeover! Looks great!!
    Though I have to admit that I'd be a little nervous about storing matches under the sink where little hands could access them!!

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