Kids’ Bathroom Projects

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The two rooms I wasn’t planning to tackle this year, that I’m now going to tackle this year. The kids’ bathroom projects. Izzy and Sam both have their own bathrooms. Sam’s has some water damage around the baseboards from water splashing out of the shower that I need to address. Since I’ll be removing baseboards and the shiplap to fix it I figured I might as well move forward with an update. And if I’m going to be updating one, I might as well update them both. So here we are! In true Crazy Wonderful fashion, I’m going to be keeping a lot of the major items the same and swap out minor items to give them an updated look without breaking the bank.

Izzy’s Bathroom Before

The first and last time I touched Izzy’s bathroom (aside from different shower curtains) was nine years ago when I added DIY shiplap and trimmed out her builder’s grade mirror. You can see that reveal post here. The horizontal shiplap feels tired and dated. The mirror’s glass has started to age after 10 and is spotty. The countertops have yellowed. Her vanity badly needs to be repainted, and the finish has been peeling off her cabinet knobs.

Izzy's bathroom before

Izzy’s Bathroom Design Plan

Here’s what I’m thinking for her bathroom. She is beyond excited.

Izzy's Bathroom Design Plan

Bathroom Background Inspo Pic from Ashley @the_cornellranch

  1. Walls – Remove shiplap, add beadboard and fun floral wallpaper to bring in some pattern to play off her of bedroom wallpaper.
  2. Vanity – Stays but gets a fresh coat of paint in a warm taupey gray.
  3. Countertops – New stone countertops with ledge backsplash
  4. Faucet – Upgrading from chrome centerset to a warmer polished nickel widespread
  5. Mirror – Replacing builder grade mirror with new gold trimmed mirror
  6. Light – Placement stays the same to save on cost, but bringing in a new aged brass fixture
  7. Shower – Bring in more brass with shower rod and replace curtain with a neutral linen look
  8. Accessories – New art (bunny & painting are so her), towel ring, and vintage rug

Sam’s Bathroom Before

Sam’s Bathroom Design Plan

You’ll see some repeated elements in both their bathrooms, but to me they feel very different. He took one look and said I love everything but one part.

Me: “Whatever you want to change is fine by me. What do you not like?”

Sam: Grabbing the mouse and reworking the design board “The towel isn’t in the right spot. It needs to go over juuuuust a little bit.”

Me: “That’s it?”

Sam: “Yep! Perfect!”

Sam's Bathroom Design Plan

Bathroom Vanity Inspo Pic from Duet Design Studio

  1. Walls – Remove DIY horizontal shiplap, add vertical shiplap panels and potentially this stripe wallpaper for some pattern. I know, removing one shiplap for another. But remember some of the old has been damaged from water and needs to be removed anyway. The vertical placement feels more updated and I’m using large MDF panels this time that won’t allow water to get behind the individual boards.
  2. Vanity – Stays but gets a fresh coat of paint in a warm taupey gray with new cabinet hardware
  3. Countertops – New stone countertops with ledge backsplash. I think a dark counter would be nice for him.
  4. Faucet – Switching from chrome centerset to a warmer polished nickel widespread
  5. Mirror – Replacing builder grade mirror with new black trimmed mirror
  6. Light – Just like in Izzy’s, placement stays the same to save on cost, but bringing in a new aged brass fixture
  7. Shower – Bring in more brass with shower rod and replace curtain with a neutral linen look
  8. Accessories – New art (like this vintage Porsche and graphic text), brass towel ring, and accessories

Where I’m at in the Process

A number of items have already been ordered and arrived. I just had a countertop company come in to measure both of their bathrooms and I was honestly a little shocked at the quote. I’m going into the showroom this weekend to see if I can find a cheaper alternative. Once I have that nailed now and have an install date for the counters I will get to work on ripping out the old shiplap and current counters. I want to get the new wall panels up before the new counters go in.

So, what do we think of the plans?

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  1. Nancy Avatar
    Nancy

    We bought remnants for our bathroom and laundry room counters. I got exactly what I wanted too. The showrooms don’t have them. Go to the fabricator shops. They’re happy to move their leftovers on. They have quartz marble all the things. I’m not absolutely certain how much we saved but at least 2k.

  2. Pamela Avatar
    Pamela

    Loving this change for both. And they are really more different now. The stripe paper will definitely change up that bath and the brass lights will look way better. And I can’t say enough about a black counter top. Good placement on the towel holder.😄
    I like the darker paint for both their vanities. Those mirrors will be better with the thinner frame. You know me I’m in love with her wallpaper. Can’t wait to see them.
    Good move on the counter tops as well. Anywhere you can save and get the same effect…doit.

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