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Small Bathroom Decorating On A Budget

Talking about decorating a small bathroom today. Small bathrooms or any small room in your home are easy to decorate on a budget. I start with one item as the focal point and go from there.

Our house was built in the 60’s and both bathrooms are tiny! One good thing is there isn’t much to clean. The bad thing is…..there is no room. The new bathroom decor all started when I found a new shower curtain completely by accident.

Decorating A Small Bathroom In Navy And Turquoise

I bought the shower curtain in October (2016) and just last week opened the package. That’s the way I work. But there is a story so keep reading.

bathroom decor before redecorating

First we’ll take a look at the bathroom before I redecorated. The art work over the commode is one of my DIY’s. Not my favorite but Sofi and the JTS liked it so I left it up. I painted the unfinished wood crates last January and they work great for corralling personal stuff and guest washcloths. The one for the wash cloths sits on the back of the commode but I hide it in the cabinet until we have guests.

framed Pensacola postcard

The framed photo over the towel holder is a “Pensacola” postcard. I bought the framed postcard when we lived in Florida. I added the ribbon as a hanger just for a little different look. Plus I didn’t have to put another nail hole in the wall. There’s always a method to my madness.

Before the postcard thing I had something else hanging in that spot. It was longer than it was wide. So to make the framed postcard look right hanging in the spot I added the ribbon. Ta-dah. No new nail hole.

turquoise and green shower curtain

This shower curtain has probably been hanging here for 3 or 4 years. I can’t really remember. The shower curtain is clear vinyl with a pretty turquoise and green design. The curtain liner is white. I think I bought the shower curtain at T.J. Maxx for $5 or $6. Always thrifty.

World Market Shower Curtain Gabriella

Back in October I went to a blogger get together at World Market. Well, I had to shop while there. The pretty Gabriella Shower Curtain was on sale for $17.99. Not a steal but a pretty good deal. Especially considering I don’t buy new shower curtains very often.

With Christmas and all that coming up I laid the shower curtain on the bed in the back bedroom. You guys probably remember what the top of that bed looks like.

Ollies Army Fish Picture in turqoise and navy

Moving on to December. I was shopping at Ollie’s Army. My first time. Have any of you guys ever shopped at Ollie’s Army? It was a little wild. I spotted the “Fish” wall art and thought of the colors in the shower curtain. Fish…..bathroom…..perfect. The “Fish” was $10. I took it home and tossed it on the bed in the back bedroom. See a pattern?

rug and bath towels from Walmart

Moving on to late January 2017. I decided it was time to clean off the bed in the back bedroom. That meant finally hanging the shower curtain and the fish (and putting away the Christmas wrap, décor, etc.). I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart to buy a navy rug, bath towel, hand towel, and a couple of wash cloths. Might as well go all out.

bathroom 1_1

Bathroom Decorating

So this is what it looks like now. I bought the navy bath mat and towels because navy is in. Also the color is more dramatic. With the darker colors in the shower curtain I decided to replace the white wood crates with vintage sewing machine drawers.

decorative wood sewing machine drawer for bathroom storage and organization

I just happened to have a couple in the workshop. Once upon a time I used this one with the decorative wood applique to hold cook books on the kitchen counter. Turns out the drawers were the perfect size to hold my bathroom products and the guest wash cloths.

turquoise and navy shower curtain from World Market

I love the deeper, richer, colors of this shower curtain versus my old one.

shower curtain from World Market Gabriella style

The navy stuff from Walmart was a pretty good match too.

full length mirror on door

I hung the full length mirror on the back of the bathroom door many years ago. I think about 15 years ago to be exact. The towel hanger/picture holder has been there a while too. I decided my paint-by-number yard sale buy would look awesome with the new stuff…. and it does.

There just happened to be a nail hole in just the right spot to hang the paint-by-number. (That’s my leg in the mirror…. colorful spotted house shoes and paint splotched work out pants).
vintage paint by number in shades of blue and green

This is the first vintage paint-by-number scene I’ve ever liked. Maybe my tastes are changing.

bathroom decorating

I left the framed “Pensacola” postcard right where it was.

I searched Amazon in case any of you guys wanted to buy a shower curtain just like mine. I found one but you won’t believe the price…….$88.95. Who in their right mind would pay that much for a shower curtain. I then went to World Market online and the shower curtain is on sale for $13.48. Much better.

After I finished the decorating I had the JTS (aka, hubby) fix the leaky bathroom faucet. Find a tutorial for fixing the faucet here. 

My bathroom decorating or redecorating cost less than $50. Using things I had on hand helped me give the bathroom a whole new feel. I love the deeper, richer colors….and the fish. The only thing I’m not happy with are the white pillowcase curtains. I’m ready to get rid of them or do something to them. Still thinking.

Did I have to redecorate? No, but it doesn’t hurt to make changes if it’s been a year or two or six. I figure this $50 makeover will last for a year or two or six.

We just recently painted from ceiling to closet to walls in our back bedroom and I totally redecorated. The walls are white and the main color is Navy. You can see the reveal here….Navy And White Bedroom Makeover Reveal Before And After

We then redid a second bedroom from top to bottom. The reveal is here….Guest Bedroom Makeover Before And After | White With Pops Of Color

What do you guys think of the changes? Leave me a note in the comments please. Have a great day! Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I really like the colors and the white walls. Everything looks clean and neat. Maybe a bamboo shade instead of curtains? Good job all-around!

  2. I bet you can work in a color scheme that will make those speckled tiles shine Pam. Let me know when you get it together, bwahahaha. Glad I’m not the only one.

  3. I like how your bathroom turned out! The colors are my colors too! We just moved into a new-to-us home and I am struggling to decorate the master bath. It doesn’t help that it has speckled blue tile from the 60’s! I take awhile to get it together just like you!

  4. Gorgeous. I agreed with Judy above about trim on curtains, but have decided they are just too limp. Like idea of shutters on lower part or café style spring rod for lower part.
    Then you shower curtain will make a better statement ~ not competing for height of curtain.

  5. Naomi, I have a surprise for you. The flooring is vinyl. Not tile at all. We got rid of all the tile on the walls, counertops, etc. when we had the bathrooms remodeled about 15 years ago. Good luck getting rid of the tile. I feel your pain.

  6. Kathy, your bathroom looks to be the same size and lay-out as mine is. I like yours better than mine in some respects, though. First of all your up-dates are nice–good changes. But what I like best is your tile flooring! My bathroom has ceramic tile flooring but the tiles are about an inch square. Do you now how much grout that is to clean? Plus, they are original to the house which was built in the ’60’s. Uuugly! I’ve been wanting to replace them but haven’t known what I want in new tiles. Until—I saw your bathroom floor! It looks perfect for the size of the bathroom and the color is exactly right. I ‘m wondering if you and the JTS put it in and, if so, could give me the exact dimensions of the tiles and where you found them. That would be super!

    I’m so excited to have seen your bathroom and its floor! Now I know just what my bathroom floor needs! Thanks a million for your post!

  7. I think there were shutters on the windows when we bought the house but that was 28 years ago. I love wood blinds but they won’t work because our window casings are old style and too narrow for the blinds.

  8. I think white shutters would look nice in the window or white wood blinds. Blinds are nice as they can let as much light as you want plus provide privacy.

  9. Love the new look…blue is a favorite of mine. Not a fan of paint by numbers myself, but have that exact picture which was painted by my FIL many years ago…

  10. I like it very much. Even the old version is great. I had the same toile shower curtain for over 10 years. I decided to redo it and am unhappy with my result. You have given me inspiration to try again.

  11. I love the style of your bathroom redo—colorful but not overstated, fresh and “guest friendly”! Love the sewing machine drawers, also!

  12. Love, love, love the new colors!! The green really makes it “pop”!! I agree about the curtains, though.
    I could see some pretty white balloon curtains there. Make it look crisp and clean.

  13. Add some cute trimmings to the pillow case curtains to jazz them up – or find dish towels or a table runner in similar colors to make a valance/curtains. I agree, the window needs some COLOR! lol Great job and thanks for sharing!

  14. Looks great! Nice to get a little lift at this time of year for such a reasonable price!

  15. If you can still get another shower curtain for $13. Get it and make curtains! Plus you will probably have some leftover fabric for another project!!! A win win!!!!!

  16. Easy and cheap. Use a fusible web and iron on a navy ribbon a couple of inches from the edge of your curta

  17. Great make over, and I love the new, richer colors. I love the old drawers for all those misc. items too. For the windows, maybe a shade with a color-coordinated valance for a crisp update. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I went to the World Market web site and the shower curtain is not available at this time. Tracking it!