When we bought our little cottage, we knew that the “one bathroom” issue was going to be a challenge. Storage, for one, was scarce, and the footprint wasn’t large either. Back when it was built in 1940, I’m sure it seemed HUGE, but to the modern day eye, it should be classified as “small” or even “tiny”. This is what it looked like right after we bought it:
While a 2nd bathroom is in the plans sometime soon, we knew that we had to make this one work for the time being. Our first objective was to add lots of storage along the walls.
When we moved in, there was a wall-sink installed. While it made the room look more open, it also meant that the pipes were exposed and that NOTHING could be stored underneath.
So, for my birthday, (at my behest) my dad bought and installed a special kind of sink from Ikea. It’s wider than a normal sink, but much much narrower. These new dimensions give us more walk space in and out of the door (it makes a HUGE difference) plus extra storage underneath.
Speaking of stools, I picked up this rustic looking one at a yard sale. We use it by the shower to put things on when needed.
Last but not least, I made a shelf/towel holder out of a crate. I hung it on the wall, then screwed in a bar cabinet pull underneath for the towel rack.
Most people are surprised when I tell them that our family of 4 shares one bathroom between us, but there’s a part of me that really loves it! Only one bathroom to clean? Yes!
Eventually, as our family expands, we will add more space. But for right now, we are loving our cozy rustic bathroom!
House Tour: Upstairs Bathroom
House Tour: Downstairs Bathroom
Our Cottage Living Room