Monday, May 21, 2012

Industrial Chic Guest Bath Idea

Have you ever been a guest in someone's home and been less than enchanted with the bathroom accommodations? Have you ever made your guests step over your dirty laundry after they shower to grab a damp, used towel and then remind you that you're out of toilet paper? Not acceptable!

Now I certainly don't claim to be a perfect neat freak. Hello! I'm an artist. Messes come with the territory.  Creativity is messy...I have projects scattered around the house half finished and my black lab leaves what we call "black tumbleweeds" dancing around under the furniture. I hate hanging up my clothes and putting away laundry. I will admit to hiding stuff in the closet before guests come. I wish so bad that I was like some of you neat freaks out there!

To make up for my shortcomings in the "scrubbing the baseboards with a toothbrush" department, I enjoy finding ways to give my overnight guests a little "hotel" treatment.
You can show your guests a little love by taking the time to spruce up the guest bathroom with common amenities. It need not cost much at all. Cleaning is free, and most of these items can be found at the dollar store. I just try to imagine what would make me feel comfortable away from home. 
This weekend we have some out of town guests coming. Now it's *only* my parents...(haha, just kidding Mom) but hey. They had to deal with my teenage "explosion of hair and beauty products" bathroom for years. I owe them some pampering.

I bought this industrial bread factory baking pan at a thrift store last summer. They are great for organizing (like in desk drawers). This time I thought it would be fun to put common toiletries in each compartment. 

My guest bath "sprucing" routine usually always consists of these elements:

1. Provide a stack of white fluffy nice towels. A bath towel, hand towel and washcloth or two. I only buy white because they can be bleached. They look chic with any decor or colors too!

2. A fresh fragrant floral. This sounds fancy but I always do it free and easy. It is the main reason I grow mint and rosemary. They are easy to grow and cheap, they are a few steps away and they make the bathroom smell purdy. Gotta love all natural deodorizers! 

3. A candle is a nice touch.

There you have it. My simple, inexpensive guest bathroom provisions. 

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p.s. If anybody has any great cleaning tips or shortcuts please share! Especially related to mopping and baseboards. :) I found this one on Pinterest...

Dust mopping

via Pinterest


Stacey Stuwe said...

Love it!! Such a cute idea and i love anything industrial!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That was a great use for that pan! Worked perfectly!
Blessings, Lorraine

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

OMG, I have the same pan that I found at Paris Market in Atlanta. I have mine on dining room table filled with vintage bottles and flowers.

I really like your idea for the bathroom! So cute!

chateau chic said...

Love your idea with the bread pans. Great ideas to welcome guests!
Mary Alice

Pamela said...

You are too funny Linsey! I won't stress when you come over to my ouse then!;) All of our laundry is done but in piles separated on the floor in the laundry room. I really need to get it folded and put away but just so much going on lately.

Stephanie said...

I love using bread pans for storage! I have one hanging in the garage and it holds my paint brushes. Cute idea!

Claudine from said...

I love your ideas!!!
I NEVER imagined to add a mason jar with mint in the bathroom, and I have BOTH at home!
Your container also is beautiful and unique!
y mom is also coming and is bringing a friend, in June!

Cristina Garay said...

I love the industrial feel of it! It adds a lot of charm to the bath!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful vignette Linsey and great use for that pan!!

Unknown said...

Great idea! Love the way you have everything displayed. Your bath has everything they'll need!

Keeping It Cozy said...

What a fabulous idea! I love those baking pans. Happy to be following you along...

Designing Domesticity said...

Love it all, but especially the jar of mint. I am sure it smells divine. Great idea that I'll be borrowing. Thanks for sharing, liz

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your well stocked breadpan is a nice touch for the "guests". I must have been watching a marathon of hoarders, because I took a break from blogging and organized my poor excuse for a basement storage room. Now back to the important things like catching up on blogs. :@

Karena said...

Wow I am impressed; such great ideas!!

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The Farmers Daughter said...

What great ideas! I can use them in my bath. They fit right in. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

love the idea of using the baking pan for the bath items.

Rose Garden Malevik said...

Hi Linsey
Lovley Post :)
and do not miss.....




it is FUN :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

Shandy said...

Simple and beautiful! I'm now following you via GFC. Have a great day!

Shandy @ Aprons 'n Pearls

Angela Faustina said...

I love this idea! Very elegant.


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