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How to make a small master bathroom feel larger with nautical decor

Do you remember our guest bathroom remodel? The guest bathroom I demanded have an ombre accent wall even though neither one of us knew how to ombre a wall, and was doomed from the start because we were trying to ombre burnt orange into yellow?

Live and learn.From pink to chic, how we turned our small, pink master bathroom into an open nautical themed bathroomFor our master bathroom remodel; however, we had our poop in a group. We knew that we wanted to repurpose the nautical decor items from Michael’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party, and that the anchor bookends I bought on clearance even though I had NO need for them would be easy to turn into a nautical themed shelf. (Scroll down for the tutorial.)Grey tile shower for a nautical bathroom designChrome shower caddy in a nautical bathroom

During the initial planning process, Michael was set on using a drop-in shower because they are easy. And he absolutely did NOT want to expand the shower to utilize the dead space behind the pipes. Yanno, because that meant he had to move the pipes, and plumbing makes him curl up and rock in the corner.

As you can see from the gorgeous grey tile, I won that battle.

And he loves it.

Please note: If your wifey brings this doorless shower idea to you, you should know, we do have a shower curtain to contain the spray. The shower is one of those ‘have your cake and eat it too situations’ because it makes you feel like the master bathroom is bigger when the curtain is open, and keeps the water in the shower when it’s being used. I’m a genius.Nautical themed decor for a small master bathroom

I might have come up with the brilliant shower idea, but he is responsible for 99.9% of the shelf design. All I asked was that he make a shelf for over the toilet out of the anchor bookends.


Supplies needed for an inexpensive shelf in a nautical bathroom

Supplies needed:

  • Bookends
  • 22” 2×8
  • Miter saw
  • Wood filler
  • Nailgun
  • Casing (We used 2 1/4.)
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hooks
  • Paint (We chose to use the same semi-gloss as the trim so everything looked the same.)
  • (Optional for the accents.) Silver paint
  • (Optional tool used to remove the anchor.) Screwdriver

How to use anchor bookends to create a shelf for a nautical bathroomChanging the color of the anchors to match our nautical bathroom

  • Remove the screws holding the anchor in place and paint it with your accent color.

How to attach casing to a piece of wood to create an inexpensive shelf for a nautical bathroomUse a nail gun to secure the casing to the anchor shelf

  • Using a miter saw, cut the casing upright at a 45 degree angle.
  • After all of the casing is cut, apply a thin layer of construction adhesive behind each piece before tacking it in. Starting with the middle piece first.

Fill in the holes and gaps before painting the anchor shelfPainting the anchor shelf for a nautical bathroom

  • Fill the nail holes and any gaps with a wood filler, and apply a coat of paint to both sides

Attaching the anchor bookends to the shelf for a nautical bathroom

  • When the paint is dry, reattach the anchors to the bookends, flip the shelf upside down, and attach the bookends to the shelf with construction adhesive.
  • Then, install a hook to the outside corner of each bookend.


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Was that not the easiest tutorial ever? Now, I’m not saying go out and buy all of the clearance bookends you see, but they sure did come in handy… a year later…

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Michael also came up with the idea for upcycling the old bathroom mirror.

And then decided it wouldn’t work.

And then agreed to do it because I told him I had to for this project, but said he planned on taking it down right after I took my pictures.

And never took it down because he… gasp… likes it.


Supplies needed to revamp an old bathroom mirror for a nautical bathroom

Supplies needed:

  • Old bathroom mirror
  • Casing (We used 2 1/4.)
  • Melamine board
  • Heavy duty mirror adhesive
  • Heavy duty mirror hooks
  • Nailgun
  • Miter saw
  • Wall anchors
  • White paint (We used the same white semi-gloss mentioned above.)

Attach the mirror to the board with a heavy duty adhesive

  • Using the miter saw, cut the casing flat at a 45 degree angle.
  • Cut piece a piece of melamine to the size of the mirror plus 2 ¼ on every side (to account for the casing).
  • Center the mirror on the melamine and trace the outline.
  • Flip mirror over and apply a generous amount of construction adhesive to the back, avoiding about 2 inches from the edge of the mirror to make sure the glue does not squeeze out.

How to attach casing to a DIY mirrorSecuring the frame of the mirror for a nautical bathroom

  • Flip mirror back over and use the outline to center the mirror on the board.
  • Using construction adhesive, attach the casing to the exposed melamine board, and tack the corners together with the nail gun.

Before letting the DIY mirror cure overnight, make sure all of the edges align

  • Using a wood filler, fill in the nail holes and any gaps where the corners of the trim meet.
  • Tape off the edges of the mirror and paint the casing.
  • Per the instructions for your adhesive, all the mirror to cure before moving it. (Ours was 48 hours.)
  • Once cured, flip mirror over and attach the heavy duty hooks on the back of the mirror behind the vertical casing. (I went down about 4 inches on each side.)


How to turn your old bathroom mirror into something beautiful for your nautical bathroom remodel

Again, not that difficult and SUPER budget-friendly. I love how it turned out!

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And then I decorated!

Shopping at Walmart for Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch (9 Mega Rolls)

It’s not my fault if I go to the store for Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® and walk out with towels, accessories, a shower rod, curtain, and the softest mat I have ever had the pleasure of brushing my teeth on. I’m pretty sure I put a trash can in my cart, but I don’t need to go into detail about how my shopping list doubles triples the moment I walk into the store.

I like to think of it as keeping our home fully stocked and organized so we’re always ready for guests. We don’t want the paper toilet to be out when you sit down to go. Just doing my duty as household manager…

Since the best bathroom experiences are the ones you don’t remember, do you have a system in place to prevent empties?


Easy decor ideas and inexpensive tutorials for a nautical themed master bathroom remodel

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