I rarely share our bathrooms on the blog for a couple of reasons. First of all, they can be tricky to photograph and second of all, I’ve never really been that proud of them, or felt they’re that inspiring to share. Don’t get me wrong, I love both our master bath and small kids’ bath, they each have a repurposed vanity and some of that ‘old world’ traditional charm that I love. We’ve kept them both very simple and designed them on a small budget when we built our home. I’ve shared our master bathroom a couple of times before – see the latest post here – where, by the way, I have an AMAZING refresh coming to the blog this Fall, and I can’t wait to share it (let’s just say a new vanity is on the way!) It’s a beautiful room, but just never what I’ve really wanted. Make sure you stay tuned this Fall! Today I’m sharing a quick post with you about how I’m updating our small bath for less than $500. Scroll to see what it looks like right now, and to see what I’m planning!Small bathroom with black vanity and gold vintage bamboo mirror.Above is the original paint color we used to have in here, with a faux bamboo mirror that’s now in our bedroom. It’s a very small bathroom and since there is no storage, everything is kept in the linen closet right across the hall. Even the kids’ tooth brushes! Yes, the perks of small space living. This bathroom is also the main bathroom in the whole house, so when guests come over, this is what they use. Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.I’ve had a small update on the brain for years, and I’ve gone back and forth between a vibrant, patterned wallpaper and a grasscloth paper. I finally decided on the latter and I know it will be perfect. Right now we have a light blue wall color (the same as in our master bedroom) and a different gold mirror that I’ve had forever. Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.This being our main bath, it’s important to me to keep the look a little more elegant and less about kids. Our children are getting bigger and they may outgrow this space soon! The overall feeling and look of the space won’t change drastically, the grasscloth is also light blue and the main pieces are staying for now.
Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.Our vanity is my old childhood desk that we painted black and dropped a sink into – we used it in our previous home as well, and brought it with us when we moved here.Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.For now it will stay, but eventually I think a piece with storage will be necessary. Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.I’ll always love it though, so one day it will be used elsewhere if we do end up changing it.Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.I like to use my blue and white pieces in here, as I do all over our home. They make great soap dishes :)Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.This shower curtain is nice and when the walls were grey, it went very nicely in here, but I’ve always known this will be going to. The new one is a beautiful, classic blue and white stripe, which will elevate the look and bring some more sophistication to this space. It’s also 8 feet long rather than the standard 6 feet, so having a full length curtain will make a huge difference in here.Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.I designed these typography prints to echo the black vanity and door, and also provide some contrast.I haven’t decided yet if I’ll change them for something else or not…what do you think?Upgrading your floor vents from builder basic to something decorative makes big impact in your home.By the way, I have these vent covers throughout our home – something we chose to update from the basic ones the builder provided and while it’s a small investment to change them all, it is VERY worth it. Small details make all the difference in your home and elevate the level of sophistication. I’ve shared this tip before in an older post, My Top Ten Style Tips – read all about them here.Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.I’m so excited to update this bathroom and even though the change won’t be a drastic one, it will add the touches I’m looking for.Small bathroom with white wainscotting, light blue walls, black vanity and gold accents.Scroll through below to see everything that’s on it’s way! Click the bottom of the thumbnails to shop them as well. I can’t wait to share the finished product in the coming month or two, so stay tuned! xo


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  1. Denise cricksman
    July 27, 2017 at 8:55 AM (4 years ago)

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!! We just did a Reno on ours too. So worth it!!

  2. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 9:09 AM (4 years ago)

    Thanks Denise!! It’s amazing how small details can make such a big difference and take it from pretty to pretty amazing!! xox

  3. Lisa
    July 27, 2017 at 9:50 AM (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love that grass cloth wall paper! It looks like denim chambray. I love your typographic artwork, especially framed in the gold…it adds a little elegance to the whimsy of the words! You’re so talented Tamara, it’s fun to see your personality in your home! Can’t wait to see see the reveal as you progress along! It’s always a visual treat!

  4. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 9:52 AM (4 years ago)

    Lisa thank you so much, I can’t tell you how touched I am by your words!! I’m so excited for the grasscloth, I think it will take this space to a whole new level! Thank you for your kind words!! xoxo

  5. Denise
    July 27, 2017 at 10:38 AM (4 years ago)

    Once again you inspire me, and the room hasn’t even been updated. Your designs are such a breath of fresh air in a time that rustic/farmhouse has taken over. I see wallpaper has made a comeback, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Mostly because I’ve had to remove so much of it over the years. I look forward to seeing how you incorporate it into your powder room.

  6. Christine Vening
    July 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM (4 years ago)

    I like the idea of redoing the bathroom with very little money to invest.
    It is amazing how you can change up your home with a few simple tricks.
    I enjoy your blog and it has helped me improve my home and for that I am grateful…thank you!

  7. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 11:15 AM (4 years ago)

    Christine thank you SO much! What a lovely note…I can’t tell you how much that means to me! I love to find new ways to improve our home without spending a lot of money and it inspires me to know that I’m inspiring you! Thank you so much! xo

  8. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 11:17 AM (4 years ago)

    Denise thank you for such a wonderful compliment!! I do like farmhouse touches but it’s not entirely for me! But I can definitely appreciate it in other homes! I’m SO SO excited about this paper and I can’t wait to see it either!! Thank you for taking the time to read my post xoxo

  9. Tracey
    July 27, 2017 at 11:32 AM (4 years ago)

    If you told me your bathroom is the new update right now, I’d believe it…it’s stunning the way it is.
    The blue changes and lights will make it that much more stunning. I can not wait to see it…so excited xoxo

  10. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 11:41 AM (4 years ago)

    Trace thank you! You know I’ve been searching for wallpaper for years and I couldn’t be happier about that grasscloth!! So happy I finally took the plunge!!! xoxo

  11. Mysha
    July 27, 2017 at 2:23 PM (4 years ago)

    excellent post Tamara. love the typography art

  12. tamaraanka
    July 27, 2017 at 2:26 PM (4 years ago)

    Mysha thanks so much – I’m so happy you like it! Thanks for stopping by :) xo

  13. Bree
    July 27, 2017 at 9:01 PM (4 years ago)

    Tam I cannot wait to see this space when you’re done!! Although it’s lovely now ?

  14. tamaraanka
    July 28, 2017 at 12:23 PM (4 years ago)

    Bree you are always so supportive – thank you my friend!! Even though the changes are subtle it will make a huge difference!! Love you! xo

  15. Karen
    August 1, 2017 at 6:52 PM (4 years ago)

    The wallpaper looks fabulous. Years ago I put up a faux grasscloth and most everyone thought it was “real” until they touched it. I’m sure they’re much better quality now, so I say if the color/look is right, go for it!! (Plus I think with the steam and all, it’s probably better!)

  16. tamaraanka
    August 3, 2017 at 10:43 PM (4 years ago)

    Karen thank you for you input! It’s growing on me and think I’m taking the plunge! Can’t wait to get this space finished!!

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