kids’ bathroom

28 Jun
Since we’re pushing a month since said I so profoundly said, “I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that tomorrow will be a before and after day”, I thought it was time for an update. I fully intended on spending June working away on the house, crossing things off the to do list, making it so I had nothing to do in the fall except watch football and eat nachos, but as it so often does, “stuff” got in the way. I’ve actually spent the last two weeks painting the outside of a house (sadly, not my own) in this ridiculously hot Georgia weather. It blows my mind that the thermometer says 98, but “real feel” is 108. It’s nuts! It really makes outside work miserable. But I had the kids to keep me company, so it wasn’t all bad.

Anyway, the bathroom is 98% done. But since I’m all about the “so it’s not perfect”, I’m going to show it anyway. I didn’t even clean it before I took pictures (even though I wanted to really, really bad!) because I’m trying to live by this new mantra.

I don’t have a true “before”, just imagine the ugliest bathroom you’ve ever seen. Now add green and yellow plaid wallpaper, a yellow counter and matching pea green sink. That’s my before. The after is MUCH better. I’m pretty happy with how it came out though, even though technically it’s not done. We still have the floor and ceiling trim to do, but it’s fully functional and looks pretty darn good.

Originally we thought that this would be the “guest bathroom”, but 1. we don’t have many guests, and 2., we have two kids who really wanted their own bathroom. So now we call it the kids’ bathroom. If it was a guest bathroom, I would’ve fancied it up with some flowers or something, but for the kids, it’s just not practical at all. The kids really couldn’t agree on anything, so I suggested painting the walls white and using black accents, and they loved that idea. So we went for it.

These two pictures were painted by each of the kids.We got them at their school’s art show this spring. I thought hanging these in the bathroom was a great way for them to be able to really be a part of the decor, plus they’re colorful, fun and are a great contrast to the white walls and whitewashed floor.

We hung the medicine cabinet over the toilet. The extra mirror really opens up the whole room, which is no easy task in a window-less bathroom. My daughter uses the baskets underneath to store all those girly things that used to clutter up the bathroom (brushes, elastics, lotions, soaps, etc.). This used to hang over the sink, and Hubs and I really liked it there, but my daughter’s number one complaint was that she couldn’t see herself in the mirror over the sink.

We addressed her complaint by hanging a larger mirror and making it low enough to work for her. This mirror was one of the first things I bought after moving here, and I love it. I had envisioned using it in the living room, but it really looks great in the bathroom, so I don’t mind giving it up.

I really love how it looks like it belongs with the vanity and sink.

For once I picked the cheapest fixture! We got this fixture at Home Depot, I think it was $20 or something like that. I think it’s so retro and cool.

It’s a really, REALLY small bathroom, so I tried to keep it light, and of course I tried to keep the kids in mind when decorating it. The wall color is Valspar Ultra White, and the floor is the same vinyl planks that I used to cover the walls, which of course what led to this whole renovation!

Overall, I’m really happy with how it came out. It was A LOT of work, so much more than we thought it would be. But it was worth it, the kids are thrilled and I’m thrilled not to have four people sharing a bathroom anymore!

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2 Responses to “kids’ bathroom”

  1. Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing June 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi Merrit,Thanks for the comment on my blog. And yes, I do make custom slipcovers. I see you're in Georgia. I have to have access to the sofa though. To make them custom, I do a lot of fitting and re-fitting. The other sofa I have is soooooo long! And heavy! I don't ever reupholster, but I had to get it ready to get out of here.It's so retro and cool though. I love that piece, but have no where to put it. I have another one almost like it in the garage that I have to do something with too!I read about your pipe problems. OMGosh we have a stopped up kitchen sink right now. I hope ours doesn't turn out the same. One of our plumbers is a woman too. LOL.Well, let me know.My email is dejavuf5@yahoo.comTTYLKelly

  2. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards July 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    I adore this! Love the kids' photos and I think the faucet is great.

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