While Nathan tackled putting in a garbage disposal, I felt the downstairs bathroom was among the first things that needed to be dealt with. For the first four or five days we lived here I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was using the bathroom of some strangers, and it wasn't a good feeling. I didn't feel clean after showering. No matter how many times I cleaned the toilet it didn't seem clean enough.
Well, I took off the old toilet seat and put on a new one. That improved things significantly, psychologically if not in any absolute sense.
(If I were a person of quality, no doubt I would have removed the toilet plunger before taking this photo.)
Then I found a shower curtain I absolutely loved, and used a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond to buy it. I love the pattern and the colors (my friend Beki suggested a turquoise/brown color combination and I'm really grateful for her decor help), while the cream colored background keeps things light enough to use it in a small bathroom like ours. It also works well with the current teal wall color, but will still work when we mostly likely re-paint the room something more neutral.
The shelving unit was left here, and after a thorough cleaning I'm finding it quite useful, and a good fit for a small bathroom.
Finally, here's the other side of the room:
The bathroom finally feels like our own, and while I'd like to make more changes in the future, I am pretty happy with it in its current incarnation.