Monday, November 16, 2009

Kids Bathroom Redo

When we moved into our home (just over 3 years ago) I didn't want the hall bathroom - the one the kids use - to be a "kid" bathroom.
I love those kid bathrooms - but only when they are actually dedicated kid spaces.

Mine was a hall bathroom - the bathroom guests would be using.  I felt like it needed to be "adult" in it's decor.

Fast forward to now - things have changed. I no longer work outside the home, my life revolves around my kids.  And I no longer care if my (childless adult) guests giggle a little at my hall bathroom.  Two children use it every day and I want it to be bright and happy for them - not the boring neutral that it's been for way too long.


Model Home-ish, wouldn't you say? Except a Model Home would have had something nice hanging above the toilet. I always meant to hang something there, but never could find anything I liked.

To start, I decided to install beadboard.
I've had a beadboard obsession for longer than I can remember - yet I've NEVER installed it in a room.  The bathroom is small, so I figured it was a perfect place to start - nice and easy :)
Once I knew beadboard was going in, I chose a paint color.  I wanted something bright, and lately I'm having a thing for green.  I chose a Behr color called Grape Leaves.

Here are the After picture -

I purchased this adorable shower curtain at Target.

I already had a stack of brightly colored towels that matched the colors in the curtain perfectly.  I sewed little ribbon loops onto them to hang them on the new towel hook I installed to replace the old towel bar with.

The shutter is actually an interior shutter that I found for CHEAP on (our local - better traveled -version of Craigslist.)  I painted it with an oops paint in the most gorgeous shade of turquoise and distressed it.

The sign hanging on the front is made from a scrap of beadboard and hand painted by me.  I'm not sure I LOVE it.  It might be replaced in the future.  We'll see.

The shelf is another project that I'll share in the future.  The accessories on it I already had.

I framed out the mirror with molding and corner pieces.  Love the way it turned out!

The whole re-do was SO cheap!
I bought a gallon of paint for $25 (only used half)
2 sheets of beadboard for $33 (I got one for 50% off because it was damaged at one end)
The molding, liquid nails and silicon for less than $30
The shower curtain was $20
The new towel hook was $3
The shutter was $1.25
The shelf was about $4
Total was about $100!

The counter top flower arrangement thing is made from stuff I already had.  I'm not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Is it good, bad or ugly?

Linking up to The Room a Month party at Shades of Pink
and to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
and to It's So Very Cheri's It's So Very Creative party!


Maria said...

I LOVE this bathroom! Great ideas and I think you should keep the shelf, the flowers and the hot bath sign - A-D-orable! And I love the shower curtain, beadboard and paint color on the walls! KUDOS!!!

Celynd said...

If you wouldn't have labeled it a 'kid' room I wouldn't have thought it was one. [Except for maybe the rubber duckies. But who doesn't love those?] It's young and fun and colorful, but certainly not childish. The green color and the beadboard are wonderful. I think you a great job!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Love the Green! What a beautiful color!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That bathroom says "Good morning, let's start the day!" I have to tell you that it works for adults, too. How could you not be in a good mood on a Monday morning getting ready in that bathroom! Very bright, "happy" and a pleasure to look at all the details you put into it.

Heather@PixieDust said...

kiddie bathroom or not - it looks fantastic. I think your guests, no matter what age and child status, will love it!! to me a kiddie bathroom has a tub full of toys (without a curtain drawn closed) and character toothpaste on the counter - yours is just plain cute!

And the bead board looks amazing - is the dining room next?

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the shower curtain, wall color and the shutter color--very cute. I would love to have you post to my Mon party Its So Very Cheri

Lucrecia said...

Wonderful change! Love the idea of the ribbon on the towels, I will be using that idea soon! I was just frustrated this morning with the stupid over the toilet towel holder in my kids bathroom. How are kids supposed to reach that?

On the flowers, I think the idea and colors are great, but maybe a bit tall?

Summer Rae said...

Super cute! I love the way the beadboard brightened up the green. Who cares if your adult/childless guests don't like it. I think it's perfect. A great way to brighten up a morning before school!

Anonymous said...

Very bright, fun room - pretty much not anything I don't like about it! Love the color against the white beadboard, and that fun shower curtain, and the turquoise shutter and the sign you made and...
pk @ Room Remix

Anonymous said...

I hopped over from Kim's Dare to DIY Party links and started skimming and knew I had to tell you I LOVE your bathroom! The sign you painted is SO cute and it looks so professional, like something you could find at a home decor store (I could never paint anything that cute).

I definately vote to keep the painting and the flower arrangement too.
Great job!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love this bathroom. The colors together are awesome, and I have a total soft spot for bead board. You go girl.

Kelly said...

That's one cute bathroom! I love all the different colors. I'm a lover of beadboard and the color green too! Great job!

Ashley said...

I love your bathroom! I am in LOVE with the shower curtain and I think I am going to see if I can find one too! Also, LOVE the ribbon to hang the towels and am seriously contemplating attaching a ribbon loop to every towel in my house! Great job!

Sherri S said...

Perfect makeover. I love it ALL! From the color, to beadboard (I just used in my kitchen makeover) to the shutter, colors, flowers...all of it. I think you did an AMAZINGLY fantastic job with every special touch of it.

Jill said...

What a cute shower curtain!

Jess and Brandon said...

I love it!! Love the color green, love the beadboard, love the whole room. Great job!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

What a dramatic transformation!! I LOVE all of it!! INCLUDING those flowers---don't change anything!! wonderful

Sparta Savings said...

I love this bathroom! I have the same issue and finally put up a shower curtain I love - what a difference. You inspired me with the towels - we have 4 kids and no storage in this bathroom! That would take up so little room to have hooks all along the one wall instead of the puny towel rack I have! Thanks for sharing!

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

What a transformation!! Great work! So perky fresh and fun! Thanks for sharing!
Mama Holli

beth said...

That looks great! And I think it's perfect for kids and adults! Great job! :)

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

This is an awesome makeover! I love the idea for sewing the ribbon loops on the towels. I will use that idea! Thanks for sharing.

rtgaffney said...

I think you did a great job. I love the colors--it all looks wonderful!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Oh, it's TOTALLY fabulous! I love the bright kelly green and I am a HUGE fan of beadboard. I've been wanting to put it in our master and guest bath for years. I hope I do as good of a job as you did!

Denise said...

You have a great eye for putting things together. The bathroom is just beautiful. I happen to love almost all shades of green and my previous kitchen was painted in a bright lime green color. It still remains one of my most favorite rooms of all times. Enjoy that fun bathroom!

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