i’m finally done! although this was a fairly minor project, with fairly minor changes, it has taken me forever!
this is what our kids’ bathroom used to look like. it was fine, nothing wrong with it, but just kind of blah.
it was very neutral and soft, and since building our house almost 6 years ago, my taste has changed to be more colorful than it was in the past.
thankfully, i still love all of our fixtures. we tried our best to do a somewhat modernized version of what a house built in the 1920’s may have had.
reproduction sinks, built-ins, and honeycomb tile floor, all in neutral white, were a great base to start with.
the original wall color is called christopher robin’s swing by the disney collection at home depot. we still have it on the walls in our playroom, but this room was calling for something, uh… louder?
this was my little inspiration board i made up as a jumping off point. the main focus was on adding color, but not making it too crazy or matchy-matchy. adding the rise and shine print from jones design co. would help to tie all the colors together.
so here it is! the kids’ bathroom is also the guest bathroom, just off the kitchen, by silas’ room. there is a teeny little “hallway”, the only one in the house, where we also have hung our family rules.
yes, thats yellow. egg yolk yellow to be exact (from martha stewart for home depot). getting the yellow right was really hard. so hard in fact that i tried 3 different shades of yellow before finding one i loved! i didn’t want a soft yellow, but i started out nearly neon, then went too mustardy, then landed on this. its bright and sunny.
the framed poster was already in the bathroom above the potty and i still love it there.
that little stool next to the potty usually holds wet wipes for the kids and a towel before a bath. it was made by my grandfather and i used to stack a few of these stools up on a wagon as a kid and ride around their neighborhood like i was some sort of queen on parade!
our shower is tiles in simple square tiles, but are off set so they are in a more subway type pattern without having the cost of subway tiles. the tiny hex tile border ties in the the floor. my favorite detail of the shower it the nooks we had built for shampoo, etc. i love being able to tuck everything away and still have it accessible. there’s also a little step below the nooks for drying out bath toys and for shaving your legs, not that any of my kids are at that age, but sheesh, i guess they’ll be there someday – yikes!
while i debated making a shower curtain, i found the one i was going to copy at west elm on sale. even though i had to wait on it since it was backordered, it was worth the wait and worth not making it myself!
the stool we got years ago from target and is the perfect sturdy stool for teeth brushing for my littlest.
i did buy new rugs and hand towels, too, all from target. i had been looking at so many different rug options but besides being way too pricey, they just weren’t logical. something too light would be filthy in this kid bathroom and whatever i bought needed to be washable.
the towel were just a few dollars each and the rugs were $10 each. i figured if someday i found the perfect rug, i wasn’t out too much money already. what i’m hoping to find is something big, instead of 2 small rugs, one large rug with a lot of pattern and color.
this is the only window in this bathroom and its uncovered. for now, privacy is not an issue for my kids, but since this is a guest bathroom as well, i need to do a little something to give a bit of privacy here.
i don’t really want to cover the whole window, since this is our only natural light in here, but i am loving this contact paper solution that i may do on the bottom 1/3 of the window.
i replaced the pale pink towel hook with this simple anchor hook that i bought at joann’s on clearance for about $4. it was a rusty bronze color and i sprayed it a glossy grey.
the enamel bucket we’ve had in various places around our house and just works so well in here as a trash can.
and there’s that pretty print from jones design co! all of her work is clean, crisp and beautiful, but this one with a pop of color is my favorite!
the medicine cabinets were either from lowe’s or home depot and were maybe $75 when we got them 6 years ago? i actually think they still carry them. i really wanted reproduction inset medicine cabinets, but most were about $600, so my $75 ones looked like a pretty good alternative!
all of the cabinetry in our house was custom built because we had so many funky sized spaces. this one houses so much that i think it will continue to work even for the girls once they are in their teens and spend more and more time in the bathroom. it holds extra towels and toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and all the kids grooming necessities. and face paint ;)
this mirror is actually the same as the original one that i got before we were married, maybe 15 years ago? i bought some moulding and my parents helped me to give the mirror a little facelift, along with the help of more high gloss grey spray paint. and after almost 6 years, we finally hung the mirror as well, rather than just leaning it against the wall.
the turquoise dish was a gift from my mom and the bowl from my sister-in-law – the dish is the perfect bit of color to tie in the towels and rugs.
my parents helped me make the 3 tiered stand out of thrifted round baking pans!
i love having the towel bars on the back of the door, and idea i got from martha years ago.
and the biggest jolt of color in here is our french door revamped into a giant picture frame.
i pulled this hand-me-down wire shelf from the porch (holding magazines and a plant) into the bathroom to corral towels and tp.
so there you have it – i’m done! minus the big hole in the ceiling that i cropped out of all the pictures that we have yet to patch (we had a roof leak in the process of this project). it never ends…