kids’ bathroom update

kids' bathroom

 i’m finally done!  although this was a fairly minor project, with fairly minor changes, it has taken me forever!

kids bathroom

 this is what our kids’ bathroom used to look like.  it was fine, nothing wrong with it, but just kind of blah.

kids bathroom

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.

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 reproduction sinks, built-ins, and honeycomb tile floor, all in neutral white, were a great base to start with.

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 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?

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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 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!

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 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!

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 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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 ;)

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 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.

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 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!

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 i love having the towel bars on the back of the door, and idea i got from martha years ago.

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 and the biggest jolt of color in here is our french door revamped into a giant picture frame.

how to is here and here.

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 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…



  1. 1

    Very nice! I love all the colors! And I have been wanting that same shower curtain.1

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    GORGEOUS. I just love your style. Great color choices and the door turned frame is AMAZING.

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    So stylish. You are one busy lady my dear!

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    Love it! I’ve been looking for something to do to an empty wall in our kids/guest bath and I think the door/pic frame is it! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    The bathroom looks fabulous. I love the colors and that shower curtain! How did you make the three tier stand? I’d love to have one with that look.

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    Looks absolutely darling! My favorites are the wall color, the honeycomb floor tile, and that anchor towel hook, so fun!!

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    Gosh. I love it! Thank you for sharing your yellow paint resources. I am on the hunt for the perfect shade and you have steered me in the right direction. And shower curtain? I have had the same dilemma. To sew or not to sew. I ended up with a temporary $4 one from a yard sale. Works for now! :)

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    Absolutely adorable!!!

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    absolutely love the colour combination. the shower curtain is my favourite!!

  10. 10

    Looks awesome! Love the colors, it is so cheerful!

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    Love your fresh choices, Lindsey!! Such a happy place with lots of wonderful details. Bet the kids love it. :)

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    love the new look! i especially love the shower curtain, great job!

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    I never would have thought to offset square tiles to mimic a subway look. How ingenious. Also love the 3-tiered stand. I’ve been studying the photo to figure out how you did it!

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    I wondered if you would EVER finish! ;) Totally kidding. This, coming from the girl who’s kitchen peninsula is STILL yellow. Ack.

    It looks awesome! I love both looks, but since it’s a kids bathroom, I like that you went more punchy. I’ve been slowly adding color to my house too (you know this), and it’s a fun adventure! Now to find more time…

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    This is awesome! Love the colors, and i really like the three tiered tray – i’d love to know more details on how you made it!

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    I love the new look! It inspires me to do our bathroom…It’s been blah ever since we moved in a few years ago.

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    I have the same shower curtain it is my most favorite shower curtain ever. West Elm has a Customer for life. I love everything you’ve done in the bathroom. Great job!

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    It looks awesome!!!!! I love the shower curtain! I made some drop cloth curtains that are big stripe like that for our master and LOVE them!!!! The bathroom looks great. That is the perfect shade of yellow. And I love the bead boarding at the bottom. I think we’ll put that in our new house!!!! LOVE YOUR TASTE!

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    gorgeous – well well well done! I love the crisp classic fixtures and finishes alongside the fun pops of color!! Your color combos always inspire me! xo

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    I LOVE it!!! I really, really love it.


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    I know I’ve already told you this but this looks a lot like our master bath we finally finished after almost 2 years. I have the same shower curtain and found aqua towels for the girls at a great price. As far as the window goes, I was always at a loss for what to do too. I don’t want to hide the natural sunlight that comes in,etc… I followed a tutorial on Young House Love for the window film. Did it on the lower half of the window. It works for now but its still not my 1st choice. Privacy must win out though:) You can see ours here for reference:

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    I absolutely love this look! What a wonderful color theme. I would love to wake up to this bathroom every morning.

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    totally beautiful!!

  24. 24

    Looks great! I love the colors!

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    adorable! and inspiring – i need to do some serious painting around here :)

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    WOW, I LOVE this so much!!!! Also lovin that dresser in the bathroom!

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    What a fun and cheery room! Love the color combination. We’re working on a renovation to my childhood home (just bought it from my folks) and will certainly use this as some inspiration!

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    Love this color combination. Toying with the citron version of your shower curtain for my gray and white bathroom. Any suggestions for accent towels that would complement citron?

    (Safety side note: while sharing your images with my husband he noted the electrical outlets by the sink do not appear to be GFI protected.)

  29. 29

    Wow this looks just lovely!! Can you come redo my bathroom :)?

  30. 30

    I Look forward to your ‘What I wore Wednesday’ every week. Is the top from Forever One ( with the allora necklace) a new purchase? Love it.

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    Heather Soencer says:

    Hey, love the towel bars on the door. Did you just use any ol’ towel bar? Do you find it to be pretty sturdy? We have five boys and one girl, and need lots of sturdy places to hang up towels. Thanks!!!

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    Ack! JUST what I want to do in my basement, but couldn’t “pitch” it to my husband correctly. Thanks for the inspiration and “convincing” material! Great job!

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    Looks great! I love the organizers !

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    We built our new house to look like a 1920s Craftsman bungalow, so I love seeing the same in others’ houses. The pops of color are perfect with the white background. My favorite things are the striped shower curtain and the little anchor hook you painted gray. Nice choices!

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    yep, stealing this whole bathroom. :)

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    Where did you get your Rise and Shine poster? I love that!!! I sing that every morning to my two girls and would love that in their bedroom!

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    Hey there! Love your bathroom update! I’m working on an article for featuring bathroom updates from bloggers and I’d love to include yours! I’ll need your permission to use your photos, and of course I’ll link it back to your blog. Unfortunately, I have a super quick turnaround on this and I’ll need to hear from you to today to make it work. If you would like to be featured, please email me ASAP at Thanks!

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    I loooove the look of this bathroom! So cute! The yellow IS the perfect yellow. I once had a yellow bathroom and it was the total aweful shade. Yours looks bright and light and the turquoise touches go perfectly with it. Good job!

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    I love this bathroom; the colors are excellent together. I was just wondering how you open the two top draws in you storage area: does it hit the sink?

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    I know this is an older post, but I would love to know about your countertop that looks like glass. I love that look and have been wanting to do that for years but am not sure how to go about it. Any helpful hints? Thanks!

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      hi! we had that drawer unit built in place in the bathroom, so it had a painted wood counter. obviously that wouldn’t work in the bathroom, so we had a piece of glass cut to fit the top. when we had some glass shower doors made for our master bath, they measured and installed the counter for us as well.

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    scott maccarone says:

    Hi, I love the doors. It is the perfect door for our bathroom. Where did you get this door?

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    Hello – Could you tell me where you got the sink? We have an original sink that looks just like that but the overflow is rusted nearly beyond repair. Thank you

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    Where did you get the planter rack? I love how it looks in your bathroom and I’m looking for something like this.

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