Hello again! Jillian here, and I’m back with the rest of the children’s bathroom renovation details. Click here to see last week’s post. Bathrooms might seem like they are simple rooms to renovate, but boy are there a lot of decision to make!
One thing we wanted to do was to make more space in this bathroom, as often during bath time our entire family of five squeezes into this narrow room. My older son thankfully just got a separate new bathroom in this renovation, so he mostly showers in there now instead of doing a tub. But the problem with this pre-reno bathroom was that we had an oversized jetted tub which was eating up some major real estate in this narrow room. So we decided to get rid of the giant tub and planned to reposition a smaller tub to make room for more storage space. Here is a before photo (look at the tub area reflected in the mirror) and the after photo.
In the before picture above you can sort of see that the door couldn’t even fully open because it was hitting the tub wall. Moving the tub and shower area down to the far wall and buying a normal-sized tub was a giant step in the right direction.
Let’s move on to problem number two, shall we? There was a closet with a door in the bathroom immediately to the right of the bathroom entrance, so the two doors were always hitting each other because, as previously mentioned, everyone was in here with the door open, and then trying to get things out of the closet. It was a hassle! Perhaps at another stage of my life this would not have been as big of an issue, but the doors banging into each other just drove me crazy. The closet was also super deep, making it not really that functional, as it was hard to reach to the back. We decided to remove the closet door and replace it with open shelving. The door now can fully open, and look how pretty these shelves are! I realize that when the kids are teenagers we will not be having a tub party all together (nor will these shelves remain this neat!), but for our life now, I am very happy with the change!
The vanity is all solid wood, has a lot of storage, and was custom for the space, so I wanted to try to keep it. This also would help to keep costs down in this children’s bathroom renovation. I also thought it was silly to get rid of it if I was just going to get another similar-sized vanity. So I decided it could be spruced up with some paint and new hardware. Check out how cool it looks now!
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I really hemmed and hawed over the vanity paint color, but I am thrilled with my choice. Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams is the perfect shade of charcoal–dark, but not too severe. I wasn’t in love with the original cream-colored vanity top, which I decided to keep, but now I think it looks good with the gray vanity! The vanity top was also in good shape and durable, so that is why I decided to keep it. This way I won’t worry about the kids trashing it, and then I can replace it when they are older! These gorgeous little knobs help to glam up the vanity and give it more of a furniture-like feel.
For the shower space I went with oversized white tile to keep it simple and to help to reduce grout lines for easier cleaning (important for a children’s bathroom). I also liked how the white tile looked with the white background of the wallpaper. The shower curtain was another area I thought I would use to bring in color, but instead I opted for the texture of this gray tassel shower curtain. The pivot mirrors are perfect, as for now they can be adjusted to tilt downwards for little ones, and then in the future tilt upwards for older and taller kids. I also wanted something simple, so as to not distract from or compete with the wallpaper.
I did mix fixture finishes, as I don’t feel like bathrooms have to be overly matchy matchy with the hardware. I used the warmer golden brass color on the wallpaper to warm up the walls. The cream-colored vanity was already a warm color, so I went with brushed nickel faucets because they looked best with the sinks. In the shower I went simple as well with a brushed nickel shower head and bath faucet.
I hope this bathroom renovation post was helpful and you enjoyed seeing my spotted children’s bathroom. Here are few tips to keep in mind for your next bathroom renovation:
- Let one or two design elements be the star of the show (here it was the wallpaper and the floors).
- Remember that bathrooms are usually small spaces, so keep proportions and function in mind.
- Don’t worry about being overly matchy matchy.
- Paint is your friend, and so is tile!
- Small changes in the design can make a huge difference in functionality.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post today! May your bathroom renovations be joyous!
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