Please help me maximize the space in and minimize the ugliness of a tiny, ugly bathroom.
My tiny house has one full bathroom and all four of us use it every day. It is tiny. I am saving to pay an electrician to wire/install a vent & give us another outlet, so I've taken my remaining days of annual leave to tear down wallpaper and acoustic tiles in preparation for that, and I would like to do some other low-budget things to improve it. I put some pictures on flickr
Nothing in the bathroom matches anything else. Pale yellow glossy retro tiles, 80s oak vanity with brass-ish fixtures, aluminum shower doors (which can't come down without ruining the tiles, and I can't afford to go there), nondescript vinyl floor. A chimney (which serves no purpose as it lacks an accompanying furnace or fireplace) that takes up valuable square footage but cannot be removed. The aforementioned acoustic tiles glued to the ceiling
which were a bear to remove and it's still a mess up there.
I would like to build a cabinet w/shelves in the nook just inside the door before the chimney, replace the sink/cabinet w/something with a smaller footprint, replace the mirror/cabinet/light thing with a full-wall mirror and some kind of hanging lights or a light strip above it (but then where will we put all of our bathroom stuff? I figure nothing will be terribly expensive because it's a tiny bathroom (I could replace that vinyl floor with a remnant). But maybe these ideas won't work because of something I'm overlooking? And maybe there are some great ideas I'm not thinking of?
So help! Can I chisel off the plaster over the brick chimney to at least get some visual interest from that? Or is exposed porous brick a big no-no in a mold-prone bathroom? Do I skimcoat the ceiling? Can I do that over multiple surfaces (paint/plaster/glue)? What colors go with pale yellow? I am a bold-color kind of person so the easter-egg yellow is really boring to me. Then again, I really have no sense of style or color or anything.
And any recommendations for a powerful but not too loud fan that I can pick up at my local True Value/Home Depot/Lowe's etc. would be great.