Have you ever wanted to pee by the sea? Brush your teeth among the dolphins? Take a shower with the fishes? Have a seahorse stare at you while you’re naked? Well then, you should come visit my bathroom!
The second of two rooms in my apartment that are ‘themed,’ (the other being my butterfly filled kitchen, which you can check out here) the mood for this room is “Toilet Under the Sea.” Or, “Bathing By the Beach?” Whatever the case, I promise there’s no sand even if the floor tiles are evocative of the shoreline. I didn’t put the tiles down however, they were here when I got here. A happy coincidence!
I’ve never planned out a theme ahead of time. They just sort of happen. My sea themed items started gravitating toward the bathroom (or maybe they swam there) and then eventually I had an ocean bathroom. I guess it’s the best place for it.
I also have a black and white color scheme running alongside, from my bath rug to shower curtain and bathtub mat. That was the original intention for the bathroom, flat black and white, but I’m a more colorful person than that so it didn’t last long. Soon the ocean came crashing in and I added blues and greens. I included an ocean-blue shower caddy, which you can see peeking around the shower curtain there. I’m not a stickler for keeping every single item in a room to the theme, either. I don’t have time in my life to be that uptight.
My schedule is way too filled with being uptight about other, even more useless things.
Like my kitchen, my bathroom isn’t huge or luxurious, but it’s functional and even kind of cute. Decorating a bathroom is always a challenge, though. One must take into account bathrooms see a lot of moisture and so you have to eliminate items that might get warped or degraded. Also, make sure items can be easily and thoroughly cleaned as the bathroom is a germy place. I always ask myself these important questions: is it non-porous, and can it be wiped down with a Clorox wipe?
Apart from the decor, I have a useful little item on the wall near my sink. It’s a touch light! It cost a few bucks and runs on batteries. It’s useful if you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. No need to turn on the light and go instantly blind, or spend the entire experience wincing and squinting. It’s also useful during power outages, so you don’t have to pee in the dark, or if you don’t feel that using the bathroom by candlelight is all that romantic.
By the way, the cabinet over the toilet? I put that together myself. And I’ll have you know, it’s never collapsed! I’m very proud of myself. It wobbles a bit but has never outright fallen over, and I consider that a win. I can’t say it was much fun to put together, but hey, I needed a cabinet and it was cheaper to buy it pre-assembled.
It’s always cheaper to buy items you have to put together over fully-built ones. However, your level of ingenuity (and patience) may require you to obtain help. Since this blog is about doing things the cheap way, I’m just offering that bit of advice. You may, of course, find the less-hassle route worth the cost or even necessary due to physical limitations.
I must confess, inside this cabinet hides one of my not-so-cheap hobbies. I’m a fiend for cute, homemade, artisan soaps. I love to buy fancy, pretty soaps from small soap makers, many of which I’ve found through Instagram. It doesn’t fit the whole ‘cheap’ theme of this blog. Though, I’m sure, if you don’t buy as MANY as I have, it’s cheaper. I’ve thought about trying my hand at soap making, but…I guess I haven’t gotten the guts to do it yet. Maybe someday!
Here’s a few awesome crafters I buy soaps from:
Items Featured In Pictures
All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.
I apologize, as many of the items in my bathroom have been gifted to me and I can’t provide accurate retailers/prices for them!
- Shower curtain – Target ~$15
- Bath rug – Dollar General ~$8
- Bathtub mat – Amazon ~$15
- Over-toilet cabinet – Amazon ~$50
- Dolphin and seahorse statuettes (and the little fish) – Gifts
- Seahorse knob dangler – Dollar General ~$1
- Vase – I’ve had it for so long I don’t remember where I got it now!
- Seahorse wall art – Seventh Avenue ~$30 for set
- Ocean themed wall art – Marc’s ~$8
- Sun mirror – Gift
- Seahorse wind chime – Gift
- Seahorse pitcher (on floor) – Marc’s ~$10
- Soaps – See above