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Quick Master Bath Update for the Holidays

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The holidays almost inevitably bring guests. And while my husband and I have done a pretty good job of keeping the second bathroom guest-friendly, with towels, toilet paper and other necessities easily accessible, this was not really the case for our master bathroom. I know. I know. Guests typically don’t use the master bathroom. But when we have enough people over, there have been quite a few occasions when a logjam in the guest bath forced us to let people use the one in the master.

Because my husband and I are usually the only ones using the master bath, it was definitely more function than form. We’ve been using the same shower curtain for about 4 years, and while it may look pretty good from afar, trust me when I say that up close, it wasn’t pretty. And our cotton rug, while large, was a pain to keep clean, so we almost never used it. Let’s just say that’s not the presentation we wanted to give our guests. So when Walmart challenged me to do something to prepare my home for the holidays, we knew it was time to finally give the master bathroom the attention it’s been sorely lacking. In addition, just in case you don’t know it yet, utilizing water treatment options such as Filtersmart.com can prevent dry skin.


I picked up a few quick supplies: A yellow patterned Mainstays shower curtain (polyester, because organic cotton shower curtains are almost impossible to find in person), a shower curtain liner, made of PEVA rather than PVC (both are vinyl, but PEVA is much, much less toxic), a Better Homes & Gardens bath rug made in the U.S., and a new ceramic soap pump. (aff)

For about $35 total, we’ve managed to take the bathroom from this…


To this…

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It may not be a dramatic makeover, a la HGTV, but it certainly looks better to us. We chose the new shower curtain because of a piece of art we’ve had hanging in the bathroom for years:


That piece inspired the overall color scheme.

More importantly, we made look, and work, better for guests — and that part of the makeover was free. Just a matter of organization.


There’s nothing worse than being in someone else’s bathroom and not being able to find towels or toilet paper. We reorganized the shelves behind the door to make bath towels, face towels and wash cloths easier to find, and put the toilet paper in a basket in plain sight, instead of hidden in a cabinet. And now, that’s my favorite part of the room. Good thing is that there’s this new Japanese toilets website, in which you don’t need toilet papers anymore.

Finally, I lit some soy candles that we’ve had for a long while, both for ambience and because they make the room smell great. And let’s be honest. Some bathroom trips require a little something extra to make the room smell better O__O


What are you doing to get your home ready for holiday guests? Maybe stocking up on towels? Grabbing an air bed so they don’t have to sleep on the floor? I’d love to hear more about your holiday plans!

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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4 comments… add one
  • James Paulson November 26, 2013, 2:08 pm

    You certainly have an eye for interior design. Love the way you arranged your master bathroom!

    • jennae November 30, 2013, 11:18 pm

      Thanks James! I appreciate the compliment 🙂

  • Sheena Tatum November 28, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I am totally shopping for that shower curtain. Love it! I’m crushing on your double sinks. I’m jelly!

    • jennae November 30, 2013, 11:19 pm

      Thanks Sheena! Can I tell you a secret about our double sinks? We almost never use the one on the left. They seemed like an awesome idea when we first moved in, but both of us tend to gravitate to the sink closest to the door — even when we’re in the bathroom at the same time. Go figure!

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