One of the main questions that we’re asked when people find out that we’re full-time traveling in a van is “Where do you all go to the bathroom at?” Granted, there are plenty people that are living the #vanlife dream that don’t have bathrooms and that’s totally fine for them. There are people that would rather have gym memberships, use coin operated showers, or use shovels & the Earth for their restroom needs, but having a bathroom was something I didn’t personally want to skimp out on. With having children (one that’s currently potty training) it was imperative that we had a practical restroom with us.
Even though our van is small (it’s a standard low-top van), the original builder of our van conversion figured out a way to add a bathroom in here which is pretty incredible. The van came equipped with 2 shower options (an electric OOKLEE Portable Camping Shower and a solar camping shower), several water containers, a cassette toilet, and deodorizer for the toilet.
This is how the bathroom looked when I purchased the van:
When I went to check the van out, I knew it was the one although it didn’t have my particular style. Although I love dark colors (I’d love to have black cabinets with rose gold hardware and a marble surface one day) the dark brown wood all over wasn’t working for me. Nonetheless, just like the shows on HGTV, I saw beyond the original layout and color of our project and knew it had promise. I wanted to get rid of the dark cabin feeling and add some industrial chic decor style to our #vanlife home. So the first thing I did after purchasing the van was purchasing white paint.
While we were in the Bahamas, my lovely neighbor Katie offered to paint everything white and I’m so thankful she did!
Once I started to think of ways where I could repurpose and reuse things I already had on hand, the vision started to come alive. I knew that I didn’t want to keep everything all white either so I went to my favorite store: Target to grab some pretty decor. I kept everything in the van simple and minimalistic, but still chic. I found some gorgeous brick Devine wallpaper which I used to case around the exterior of the bathroom and a “Powder Room” sign from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection from Target. Those simple decor changes were so small, but made the appearance of the bathroom area look so much better than what it did when I purchased the van. At the end of the day, I simply wanted a minimalistic and chic yet practical van for our family.