DIY Bathroom Additions

Recently I decided I had suffered long enough without proper bathroom storage and counter space. I also decided that school was slowly killing my soul, so I needed a creative outlet. Enter completely reorganizing my bathroom during the busiest part of my semester, cause I’m smart like that.

Now that school is over, I thought I’d share some pictures of the before and afters. It may not seem like much, but the results have literally changed my entire bathroom experience, which is pretty important since bathrooms are kind of essential in every day life.

6First, you should know that my bathroom is small. Like really small.  On top of that, I have a pedestal sink (they’re cute, but entirely impractical. ENTIRELY.), which means my storage and counter space is actually zero. Dumb. So my first quest was for something small enough to fit between my sink and toilet, but large enough to actually be useful for both cabinetry and counter space. I searched far and wide in stores and over the internet, and the only reasonably priced thing that fit the dimensions I needed was this old cabinet I found in my mom’s bedroom. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? Thankfully, she let me repurpose it with paint, burlap (don’t worry, the flowers are still there in case she ever uses it for something else), and new nobs. This, of course, cost me way less than if I had bought something, and honestly, it looks way better than any of that cheap perforated wood stuff you can get for cheap. So it was a win-win.

2Next was organizing the storage I do have. The shelves may look big, but they’re way deeper than my arms can reach, so really I can only use the front 1/3 or so for immediate, daily usage. With the new cabinet in place, I was able to put all of the things I use on a daily basis (hair products, make up, etc.) in there, freeing up my storage space to actually be storage space. And organized storage space at that. I also threw out entire trash bags of junk, so that probably helped too.

4Then, even though I decluttered everything so my brain wouldn’t explode, I decided to make a curtain to cover up my storage space because 1) Even neat storage spaces can look cluttery when left for the world to see. 2) I am not going to deny the fact that my storage space will inevitably fluctuate between neat and cluttered, so having a curtain to close off my disorganized life is a must. I also made an earring holder so that I can actually see all my earrings and wear them instead of wearing the same pair every single day because I’m too lazy to search for others.

d3Here’s a close up of the bottom of the curtain. I sort of just bought fabric and hoped something good would come of it, and I thought it turned out quite cute.

g2And a close up of the earring holder. Literally bought a 3 dollar frame from TJ Maxx that was missing the glass, found some chicken wire in the barn, offset two pieces and stapled them to the back, and covered it with leftover burlap from my cabinet. I’m in to easy and cheap, if you couldn’t tell already.

3Next was continuing the battle against limited counter space (and by limited I mean literally the back of my toilet was my counter space. That was it.) by installing shelves above my toilet. This was another long, fruitless search for something both cute and affordable, so I ended up going to a local boutique-type place, picking up an old, wet piece of wood from behind their building, and asking if I could buy it. I think they sort of thought I was crazy, but they let me, so yay for that. Then honestly all I did was saw it in half, order some cute iron brackets off the internet, and hung them. So easy, so cute, SO MUCH COUNTER SPACE (for me, anyway).  I also went a little crazy and bought way too many jars (not all pictured here) to store my cotton balls, q-tips, hair pins, and the like. Getting organized is way too much fun, especially when you do it on the cheap.

5And that about covers it! As you can see, with the cabinet and shelves I actually have room to put candles and q-tips and all sorts of things one normally has on bathroom counters. It’s like I’ve finally entered the world of getting ready without having to do gymnastics to reach a cotton ball. And maybe it’s just me, but I find that pretty exciting. Almost as exciting as having adequate storage space that is organized and convenient. Can I get a squee?

Anna Beth

Pennsylvania Adventures

Took a lovely little road trip to PA this past weekend. Here are some pictures and video of what I got up to!

Since I didn’t bother explaining much in the video, here’s a short recap so you know what all of those beautiful places were:)

The first day was spent driving– actually the first two days were spent driving. Actually, we drove a lot every day because apparently nothing is close to anything. But I guess it wasn’t too bad since the scenery was A++.

The second day consisted of (more driving to) Grove City College, where my best friend is finishing up her undergrad in history something or other. Come to think of it, I’m not actually sure what her degree is called, which maybe makes me a horrible friend. Oops. Anyway, I’ve heard how lovely the campus is practically since I was born since both of her parents went there, so I was excited to finally see it first hand. It only took me four years of my bff being up there to finally make it.


For instance, here is a really beautiful, old stain glass thing. Window. Whatever. The important part is that it is beautiful and represents all of the beautifulness of Grove City. So you’re welcome.

Basically, we spent the day running around the campus like my puppy Levi when he sees the laser pointer and trying to catch all of the events Chelsea (yep, that’s the bestie) was in– a dance production, Greek sing, etc. etc. etc. It was great to see her in her natural college habitat.


Yay it’s us. (Except for Chels who was at dance rehearsal. Oops. Sorry Chels.)

The third day we had planned on going into Pittsburg, but when we found out the Pittsburg marathon was going on, as well as several sporting events, we decided to skip the traffic chaos and go in the opposite direction towards Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. It was a lovely day of driving through the PA countryside and stopping whenever we felt like it at little country stores and local bakeries.







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The next day we finally made it into the ‘Burg, took a ride up the incline to view the city, ate lunch at the famous Primanti Brother’s in the Strip District, walked the streets of P-town, and ended with a refreshing tour through Phipps Conservatory. Mom was especially excited for that because she’s a hardcore garden nerd.

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As if you needed evidence that it disappeared quickly.
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After that there was just a lot more driving and admiring scenery, but I figure you’ve gotten the picture by now. We had quite a lovely time and I wouldn’t mind going back and exploring more of the city sometime. I found it rather appealing in a steel mining, rustic type of way. Maybe I’ll drag my brother up there on our roadtrip next summer. We shall see.

Happy Travels,

Anna Beth