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The Guest Bathroom: A Quick Fix

I should start by saying that our guest (/primary) bathroom wasn’t bad before but I’ve been wanting to do something to make it a little more user-friendly. We live in a 3 bedroom 2 (soon to be 2 1/2) bath house that was built new when we moved into it in 2009. We love our house but we’re finally starting to turn it from a house into a home. We started by painting and adding a chalkboard backsplash in the kitchen and are making progress in other rooms in the house (we’ll be finishing our basement in November). All that said, our “guest” bathroom (which is the one used most often in this house both by our family and by friends and family who visit) is pretty small and I wanted to utilize what little wall space I have better. Take a look:

Here’s what it looked like before…

Please excuse the cookies on the toilet we’re trying to introduce potty training to our toddler (I’ll post a blog about that down the road).

What I wanted to do was put up a couple of baskets on the wall above the toilet to hold extra bathroom tissue and guest towels in addition to introducing a little more color in the room. I tend to be a little nervous when it comes to putting things on the wall and so I wanted to be careful to find a way to hang baskets without damaging the area. I came across some great little Command damage free hanging hooks at the store that were (I think) a good price.

I got a set of 6 hooks for just under $9.00 and already had the baskets on hand. The set of towels and bath mat was about $22 total so this entire project was pretty cost efficient for me.

The hooks fit in really nicely on the back of the baskets and, even though it’s probably a ‘no no’, I went ahead and attached them onto the basket before putting the hooks on the wall because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to afterwards.

The instructions said to wait an hour before use and so I took that time to give the bathroom a deep clean (which, as it turns out, was much-needed). I hung up the new towels and placed the new bath mat.

Here’s the end result:

7 thoughts on “The Guest Bathroom: A Quick Fix”

  1. I like, I like, I like!! Never in a million years would I have thought of using baskets like that!! I don’t know if we should do it here in the place we’re renting, but I’m definitely going to keep it in mind for our house when my husband gets out of the Army…and I’m going to tell my SIL about it…5 kids (3 of them female teenagers)…this would be a terrific idea for them!!

  2. I love this! It’s a great idea for rentals, because those Command hooks really do work as advertised–I’ve tested them–and every rental home I’ve ever lived in lacked bathroom storage.

  3. hello, i just moved in an apartment and found this lovely post that i think i might follow. but i have a question, how exactly did you put the command hook on the basket? i looked it up and they are hooks but i see a flat clear surface in your picture so i’m not sure how you did it.do you mind elaborate more please. thank you i appreciate it!

    1. Hi there! The baskets that I used were fairly flexible and so I was able to move some of the weaving in the basket to fit the command hook through the basket to hang it. I’ve seen some hooks that they’re making now that are very thin so you could easily use that instead for a basket that doesn’t have as much give. 🙂

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