kids’ bath inspiration

for the most part, i love my kids’ bathroom. i’d probably love it more if they spent more time in here, rather than mine, though ;)

i still love all the fixtures and finishes in here (its only been 5 years since we built), but the decor is a little blah to me and i’m thinking a little change can make a big impact!

i still love:

the beadboard, the tile, the flooring, the light fixtures, the sinks…

basically everything that would be really expensive to change stays!

i do wish i had done a grey grout, at least on the floor, but its obviously too late for that!



here’s a little inspiration board i put together – just a few colors and some accessories.
i really don’t want to be too trendy with the yellow and grey, but i think the turquoise towels and the green details already in the bath will help balance it out.
the towels will stay – i love the color.  even though they are about 5 years old they are hardly ever used since the kids always use our shower (did i already mention that?), so they are in good condition.
the towel bars were from kmart years ago when martha stewart had a collection there.
i repurposed a french door and that will also stay.  but the wall color will change.  the current color is called christopher robin’s swing, by the disney collection from home depot.  its a sweet, soft color – actually, its in our playroom as well.
i am leaning towards a bolder color.  there is so much white in this room that i think it can handle a lot of color.
this dresser is in my entryway, painted french pale gold by behr.  i *love* this color!  it is bold and bright, but works so well with so many other colors!
i’m not sure if this is the exact color i’ll use in the bathroom, but it will be close.
i’ve had this terry cloth shower curtain since before i was married and it has lived in 6 different bathrooms – a life well lived!  i want to incorporate a dark grey into the bathroom to mellow out the other punchy colors, and i planned to just add a solid grey fabric (probably a sheet from walmart – they have a good grey there) as striped right on the curtain.
but when searching for inspirational photos, i stumbled upon this beauty from west elm.  and its on sale right now for $31 – not bad!  the amount of time cutting and ironing and sewing may be worth about $31 so i might just buy it instead of making it…
i need to replace the cute soap sign between the sinks – i still like it, but its too soft for what i’m going for.  not sure what to replace it with still.
i already have these hooks in my house in a couple spots, but they might just work.
there is actually quite a bit of floor space in front of the sinks and the tub.  the bath mats have been washed so many times that they are a really pale blue now, so they need replacing.  i’m thinking of getting 4 bath mats and stitching them together for one big mat.  i’d love to have something with a big bold print on it, but i have yet to find what i have in my mind.
but i also really love these recycled jersey bath mats from west elm.  they would stitch together fairly seamlessly since they are so fluffy.  not sure if i’d go for the white or grey?
this mirror, another remnant from my bachelorette days, was placed here the day we moved in and never moved.  i have visions of this mirror, but its waaaay out of my price range.
i’d love to have a tilting mirror so my kids could see easier since they are still vertically challenged ;)
but for now, i think i’ll revamp the mirror.  i’ll attach new molding to smooth out the rough surface of the wood.  and then i want to paint it a high gloss grey.
where the cute vintage print hangs i also want to hang this print i already got from jones design company.
i love the rainbow of colors and i think it will help pull the whole room together.

the poster above the potty was a gift and i love it! it will stay, maybe with a different color frame.

so thats what i’ve got so far!


  1. 1

    Looks exciting! Very cute. Love the tile and bones of the bathroom. This change will be fun. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to before and afters…

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    I made bathmats for our bathroom using Old Towels and Flannel fabric I had on hand. You could add some color and fun that way. They wash beautifully and if you have four or five you can throw them in the wash as often as you need without worrying about not having one.

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    Buy instead of make! Who are you and what have you done with our Lindsey? Just kidding – so totally worth it if it means spending more time with the kids!

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    Your kids bathroom is beautiful! I can’t wait to see the updates, maybe they will use it more after they see it all done up for them. Good luck!

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    That’s a beautiful bathroom! I love how clean and crisp everything looks. I also think that last sign is the best. What a great way to start the day – by seeing that!

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    I am so inspired by your projected bathroom update. The Mr and I are in our “starter” home right now as we are newly weds. As soon as I finish school it is on like donkey kong…I have so many ideas for our “dream home” its ricidulous!!!! Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your whimsy!

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    Love all of your ideas. Aqua Mix has grout colorant that you can paint on…how do I know this? Experience. We put way to light grout in our bath and darkened it. We already knew that it was too light so when we put the shower in we used the darker grout and colored the floor grout to match…you can’t tell the difference. It is tedious though.

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    Can’t wait to see how it pulls together. I love that Behr mustard color and want to paint a piece of furniture now! I’ve been looking at your tile work for inspiration on our laundry/powder room. I am having a hard time deciding where to stop and start the subway tile on the wall and how much to add. Yours is gorgeous!!! We did the hex floor tile with dark grey grout. Glad we did! I’ll be back to see how your room transforms.


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    Sounds like it’s going to look amazing! I love the idea of all those colors. I can’t wait to see the After.

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    Fantastic! I love those penny tiles too. They are just timeless. You know, there is grout paint that is supposed to be fab if you really want grey.

    What about the mirror in a gun metal grey?

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    I absolutely love that Good Housekeeping print…SO cute!

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    Can’t wait to see the finished product! I love that shower curtain too! Wondering if you could sew up a striped rug using both colors?!?

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    I love that “Rise and Shine” sign!! Love it!!

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    Love your ideas! Thought I would let you know that I recently returned the recycled jersey bathmat from West Elm because it would NOT dry (even tried hanging it up on a drying rack)- started smelling a bit after a couple of uses. So cute, but I wouldn’t recommend it!

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    Love your inspiration board – that room can totally handle something really bold and punchy! It’s a kids bathroom, right? Have fun and good luck!

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    Its going to look fab!!!!
    I have grey grout with that kind of floor and am not sure what i think of it some days. It gives the floor a dirty feel (of course, I didn’t know it was grey when we moved in. i bought grout cleaner and when that didn’t work, a neighbor informed me that it was supposed to be that color. whoops).

    What about using your artistic flair to repurpose that Soap sign…paint over it and create something more whimsical?

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    Can’t wait to see the after pictures! So creative. I LOVE LOVE the french door picture frame. So gorgeous!

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    As someone who has white bath mats, pick grey! Mine look like they need to be washed every other day. I hate it!

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    We just got our master bathroom (almost) finished this past weekend. Considering that we’ve been working on it for well over a year, this is big news(and considering the fire we just had two weeks ago). I think it lit something under us to get some stuff done around here(blessings in disguise perhaps?)
    I went with Stonewall Jackson gray on the walls, white subway tile and kept the OLD(1860) original beadboard just painted a fresh white. For the shower curtain, I got the gray ruffled one from Urban Outfitters and LOVE the look! We replaced the sink with a pedestal and are planning to repaint the floors in a creative way since we cant tile in there.
    You’ve got great bones to work with in this space. It’ll be fun to see it all come together.:)

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    When we moved into our current home almost 4 years ago, we knew the boys bathroom was going to need an overhaul. We did the white beadboard and trim, white medicine cabinet and white pedestal sink. We told our oldest son he could pick out the color since his brother got to pick the color of their room. He picked orange. Not what I would’ve gone with at all but it’s not too bad with all the white. So I say, go bold!
    And I love that print! I think I need that on those orange walls! :)

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    Oh my gosh! How adorable is that photo in the frame above the toilet! I am obsessed with it! Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love your blog by the way and am glad I stumbled across it. Excited to follow you & learn more !

    XO. Britt
    The Magnolia Pair


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    You could always make your own recycled jersey bathmats in whatever color scheme you wanted. Recently Crazy Mom Quilts posted a tutorial on how she made hers.
    Good luck, you have a beautiful home!

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    ooooh! I love the goodies you have picked out! That shower curtain is super duper cute!!

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    If you are getting rid of the soap sign- I want it :)

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    All those ideas are so great and would really make a big impact in a space that already has amazing bones. One bit of advice on that rug – get the lighter color. I have the same rug in a chocolate brown (although not from west elm, but same exact type) and the dark color attracts every single bit of hair and dust, and because of the texture of the rug, it’s almost impossible to wash/vacuum up enough to ever look truly clean.

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    Very excited for your kids’ bathroom! We recently redecorated our teeny master bathroom ( It was a challenge because, like you, we already liked the flooring/fixtures/tile, and it doesn’t seem like there’s much else to a bathroom. Until you start shopping, that is.

    Best of luck!

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    that is the shower curtain i ordered for our new bathroom!!! :)
    great minds…..

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    I just love seeing photos of your house…even if it’s the bathroom, ha! I’ve pinned several photos from your house on my boards for future inspiration. I love your floors and doors the most! Just wanted to say I like all of the changes you are planning to make and I have the “Rise and Shine” print hanging in my boys’ bathroom. We sing that song in the morning when we wake up.

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    i gotta say i’m loving that french door idea!!

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    You have one of my most favorite homes on the entire internet! I just love everything you do!

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    Any idea where the Good House Keeping print came from. I know you said it was a gift but, I LOVE it and want one.

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