I have been (embarrassingly) working on redecorating our shared kids bathroom for months, y’all. Months! We live in a five year old home, so I didn’t want to go to the extremes of retiling, ripping out the vanity and knocking out the bathtub. Everything was in perfect condition. But sadly, the entire room was just builder’s beige, and we know that wasn’t going to be okay with me.
I’m so excited to announce that the bathroom is FINISHED! And I completely transformed this room with nothing other than paint, fabric and really cool styling.
The transformation started easy enough. I painted the walls in Glidden’s Capitol Blue and the ceilings in Lindsay White. I also framed out the mirror with a Mirror Mate frame to make it look a little less builder’s grade, and I replaced the knobs on the vanity to make them a little more fun.
Easy, right? But folks, this is the point where I lost my ever-loving mind.
Because I couldn’t find a shower curtain that I liked, I decided to make one myself. You’d think that would be a fairly simple endeavor when a shower curtain is basically a giant rectangle. But, when you decide to hand cut and piece over 500 cotton triangles and essentially make a giant quilt out of them, you know you’ve fallen off the deep end. I will certainly put together a future post explaining how I put this shower curtain together. Even though it took me tons of time sitting at my sewing machine to make this happen, I’m so glad that I did. It totally makes the room and is completely custom to our space.
One of the big improvements I made in the room was simply raising the shower curtain rod. By raising the curtain, I was able to give the shower space more visual height, so that the eye didn’t wander to the expanse of ceiling space above our really tall walls. I think most every bathtub/shower combo can benefit from a high-as-possible shower curtain. I got rid of the plastic builder’s grade rod and installed one made of EMT piping and floor flanges from the plumbing section of Home Depot (there’s a great tutorial here).
I liked the rod so much that I installed another one for a hand towel next to the sink.
I didn’t have enough room for a rod like that on the opposite side of the sink, so I found a galvanized gate handle at Home Depot and used that instead. I pretty much think I’m a genius for that – it looks so cool!
With the shower curtain and fixtures being so amazing, I knew that I had to do some really neat things in the styling department. I found this piece of pallet art from Salty Bison and thought I would literally cry myself to sleep if I didn’t own it.
Right? I mean, it’s awesome. I hung it over the commode, and it’s so fun next to the shower curtain.
On the opposite wall, I hung the DIY towel rack I made at the beginning of the summer. I still love that, too.
I also upgraded the terrible builder’s grade light fixtures in the bathroom. The light fixture over the shower held a single 60-watt bulb, so it felt like you were showering in a cave. I replaced it with a 3-light track fixture from Lowe’s, and it has made a world of difference. Two of the lights shine on the deer artwork/towel rack on either wall. The middle light points directly into the shower, and you can actually see to bathe. Remarkable!
The only other original fixture was the vanity lighting over the mirror, and it was just plain ugly. So, I replaced the vanity fixture with a cool one I found on Amazon (affiliate link). I have a hatred of most vanity lighting, and I thought this one was so funky and old school looking. And for $25? Score!
I still wanted more light in the room, so Tom pulled some wire through the ceiling so that I could install this industrial looking light. It doesn’t give off tons of light, so it’s perfect for that small bathroom.
Once all the big pieces were finished, I couldn’t wait to get to the styling. I wanted to do something with a fun feel for the kids, but I wanted it to be grown-up and well put together (this is also our guest bathroom). So, I found some things I had around the house, huffed a little spray paint (Not really! Simmer down.) and created a vignette on a little ledge between the shower and vanity and one on the vanity itself.
Yes! Right? And also please note that my Goodwill salvaged black velvet painting has finally made an appearance in my home. I knew I could make it awesome! I cleaned it up, reduced its size and gave it a bright frame. And now the little thing is so chic that I can barely stand it. I am so in love with every. single. thing. about this bathroom.
It’s pretty hard to pick a favorite, although the shower curtain is probably at the top of the list. The hot pink moose makes my heart happy, too.
Let me know if you have any questions about how I put together this room. Thanks so much for taking a peek!