Creating a Beautiful BathroomIf you're blessed with a bathroom/dressing room with enough space for full-scale crafting, thank your lucky stars and set up a workspace to be proud of. Look for clever cubbies and other handy storage to keep supplies organized and ready for use.
Don't have a lot of space to work with? Any bathroom has enough room for a sketchbook to capture those random inspirations, plus a few favorite craft magazines and books to get the creative juices flowing. Try tacking sketches, magazine clippings and other jump-starters on a bathroom bulletin board to peruse during your morning routine.
Crafts also make a great basis for decor, whether you arrange a bowl of colorful yarn balls on the countertop or create a bouquet of knitting needles.
Here are some ideas for using the smallest room in the house to show off your creativity.
Bathroom Craft GalleryPaint: If you want to try your hand at a faux finish or other decorative paint effect, but don't want to commit to a full wall in the bedroom or living areas, try your techniques out in the bathroom. Try an ethereal sponged effect, bold stripes or even marbling for a Greco-Roman spa look.
Mirror, Mirror: Reflect your creativity with customized mirrors. If the mirror is small enough to take down and lay flat, use stencils and etching chemicals to create a permanent design. Or, go 3-D by gluing and grouting stones or tiles for a one-of-a-kind mosaic mirror; make sure the wall and mounting hardware can handle the heavier mirror before rehanging.
Pulls With Panache: The best bathrooms are loaded with storage for everything from towels and linens to makeup and hairbrushes. The ultimate crafter's bathroom gives all that storage a creative touch with fun drawer and cabinet hardware. Wrap handle-style drawer pulls with wire and glass beads, and glue glass gems or giant beads on knob-style pulls.
Showcase Your Creative SideYummy Yarns: Knitters and crocheters who are short on time (or who have a few half-skeins of great yarn going to waste) can show off their skills with bathroom projects. Whip out a stack of washcloths that gently exfoliate and give the bath a touch of class. Follow up with a handy back scrubber that goes through the wash. Ambitious textile mavens can even craft a rag-rug bath mat.
Hang It Up: A small embroidery piece that would be lost on a large wall can be the perfect scale for a bathroom display. Display favorite pieces of stitchery, orphaned scrapbook pages and small sculptures in your bathroom mini-gallery.