May 12 2010

Downstairs bathroom ideas

Sorry I haven’t posted an update on here in a long time. After the push of getting things painted and ready for our house blessing party, we took a long break from projects. Aside from when my parents were here and my mom and mother-in-law gardened and my dad cut and primed the quarter round for the living and dining room floor trim, we haven’t done much. I think we may finally be coming out of our project hiatus now. Last weekend, Kelly started to caulk the molding in the living room to get ready to add a second coat of paint to a few walls (which we skimped on in order to finish before the party…) and in order to paint the trim. I also got busy on a furniture refinishing project which I had been meaning to do for several months as well. (Before and after pics of that to come in a future blog post.)

Half bath I’ve got a ton of pictures to upload from off of my camera, but my home laptop is poorly at the moment, and I don’t want to upload all those pics to my work laptop just to have to transfer them all over to the other one at another time.

Anyway. To the subject of today’s post: you may know that we have a downstairs “half” bathroom. Although, it’s not really a half bathroom, because basically, it’s just a toilet under the stairs. A very cramped little room with barely enough room to turn around in. If someone goes up the stairs when you’re in there, it sounds like a herd of buffalo just went up the stairs. But cramped and noisy space aside, it’s very nice to have a bathroom on the first floor of our house.

We really would like to put a sink in the bathroom, but it’s a really tiny space! So I started looking around online for some small sink solutions. In my hunting, I did find some really cute sinks for small spaces, and some of them were pretty affordable. But since we don’t really have a budget for plumbing and construction at this time, I filed them away until we could afford it. Until I found this beauty: Sink Positive.

Kelly said "I'm in!" when I told him there would be no construction.

How cool is this? You replace your tank lid with it and hook it into the existing plumbing line. Then when you flush, the tank refills and sends the water through the tap on top and the gray water from washing your hands fills up the bowl! Kelly was very excited to discover a solution to the sink needs in this bathroom that don’t require construction!

Now, I’m still not 100% convinced that it will work for us. The contraption is adjustable to fit several sizes of toilets, and I’m a bit afraid to measure ours, thinking it might be too small (it is a very small toilet…) But I hope to do so soon because if we were able to get ourselves a sink in that bathroom, I’m sure it would inspire me to renovate the rest of the space too.

Renovation ideas: pulling off the paneling and replacing it with beadboard, painting the whole space a crisp white – maybe painting a subtle tone-on-tone stripe on every other slat of exposed planking – putting up a shelf for soap, hanging a towel rack, putting up some kind of natural element curtain (bamboo?) to replace the vinyl shutters and if I can squeeze it in, some kind of a mirror. What do you think?

Half bath detail