Kid’s Bathroom Remodel: Before & After Photos

March 16, 2011

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Before Photo!

When we purchased our little home built in 1952, we knew we were going to remodel everything inside and out, from top to bottom, room by room. The first DIY project we tackled was the kid’s teeny-tiny bathroom. The only thing you can’t see in this before photo is the bathtub to the right. And the door just cleared the existing pedestal sink. To say it’s a tight squeeze in there in an understatement. I can’t imagine this being the only bathroom in the original home. We are soooooooooo spoiled these days.

And yes, those Hollywood lights were literally blindingly bright. Not to mention the heat they produced.

This is how the kids’ teeny-tiny bathroom looks now. We gutted the room only leaving the tub. Bye, bye Hollywood lights, pedestal sink, old toilet and linoleum flooring. We attempted to tear down the old, stained Masonite paneling but wow that stuff did not want to come off. We realized that if we tore it out we’d have to replace the Sheetrock in the entire bathroom. So we chose to cover it up with beadboard. Much easier!

If you like anything you see, I’ll share shopping information at the end of this post. We spent less than $1000.00 on this entire room remodel.

Another item we decided to keep was this built-in cabinet. Again, if we tore it out we’d have to replace the Sheetrock. Additionally, it is the only storage in the bathroom. Storage is a premium in a little old house!

My solution to keeping these cabinets was taking off the top cabinet doors and painting everything a bright, clean white. The shelves are now backed with mirrors, creating more light and the illusion of a little more space. To dress up the tiny counter top, I tiled it with frosted glass tiles. These were expensive but it was such a small space, making it worth the splurge.

Some of you might recognize the reflection of MacGyver’s painting in the mirror. In my post about watercolor painting with children, I said I was going to frame it! Well I did and it looks right at home in this beach inspired bathroom.

We had to find a tiny sink for this tiny space. IKEA to the rescue! This small sink perfectly fits in our tight space. And that faucet is by far my favorite item in the new bathroom. It took a nice man at Lowes several days to track down this faucet for me. At that time, they didn’t sell this particular style in the store so he had to work with Price Pfister to locate and order one for me. I’m happy to say they now carry it in store!

When we purchased the home, these 8″x9″ tiles were already in the tub/shower area. And since remodeling is all about compromise, I decided I could work with the neutral color of the tile. Besides the children don’t care what the shower tiles look like. The trick was finding flooring tile that would blend with this existing sandy colored tile.

I found these 1″ x 1″ beach tiles that blend nicely with the existing sandy colored shower tiles. They really are beach tiles, that’s their actual color name! However, the 12″x12″ mesh sheets didn’t include the blue tiles. I randomly inserted these blue tiles myself as we were installing the flooring. Tiling tip: Don’t start at 7 o’clock a night. If you do, you might just be up until 3:00 a.m. in the morning tiling your floor. Trust me, I know from experience!

Have you noticed I have a problem? I’m totally obsessed with the beach!!! My decorating is walking a very fine line between adding beach colors and accents and looking like a tropical disaster gone wrong. I realize I have an addiction but I don’t want to cure it.

I’m including these simple curtains because everyone always ask me where I got them. They’re actually napkins I purchased at the Crate & Barrel outlet store. Napkins . . . Curtains . . . it’s all fabric so what’s the difference? I like a lot of natural light. These little curtains cover up all of the important parts (if you know what I mean) while letting the sun shine in from above.

One last idea for the little kiddos. I added hooks to the towel rod from IKEA. These large hooks make it easier for the kids to reach and hang their own towels. I like the children to be as self-sufficient as possible. Folding and hanging towels is a big challenge for the little ones. So I try to make their life, and in return my life, a little easier.

This bathroom is still a work in progress. I have a water color print to hang and some adorable beach photos of the children to add. Mmmmmm, I wonder where I’ll put everything?  As we finish the rest of the house, some items will leave this bathroom and some new items will be added . . . Welcome to my never ending HGTV episode.

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Shopping Information:

*None of these are paid endorsements. Just sharing links to where I went shopping.

sink: IKEA Hollvenkin, $90.00

faucet: Lowes, Price Pfister, Brushed Nickle WaterSense,  $119.00

lights: Lighting Universe, George Kovacs P5001-056, $70.00

hand towel rail: IKEA, Grundtal towel rail, $9.99

bath towel rail: IKEA, Grundtal rail, $6.99

bath towel hooks: IKEA, Grundtal S hooks, $3.99

toilet roll holder: IKEA, Grundtal toilet roll holder, $4.99

curtains: (napkins / dish towels), Crate & Barrel, napkins / dish towels, $2.95+

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb March 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! It looks fantastic, and evokes a cozy, cottage-y feeling. I really love the beadboard wainscoting and the wooden rail above it. Did you have to rip out a floor to lay the new tile? I desperately want to work on our master, but tile work scares me.

Great job!

Deb March 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Oh, by the way, I got a fantastic book the other day for my kids and thought of you guys – It’s called Apples to Oregon and is a very cute tall tale – seems very much up your alley.

Tara March 17, 2011 at 8:51 am

Everything looks gorgeous! I love, love, love the tile, especially with the blue mixed in. That faucet is great too!

Jeannine March 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Deb thanks for the book recommendation! You know how we love books in these here parts!

Jeannine March 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Deb, we had to pull up layers of old vinyl flooring. I think some linoleum too. It was gross. Underneath it all was just plywood subflooring. We had to cover that with tile backer board. The tiling wasn’t fun but it wasn’t hard. We had never tiled before and we did fine. But again, don’t start too late at night!

Jackie March 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Sweet! Our next project (after we finish the monster basement project) is the kid’s bath. I got quite a few ideas- love the faucet and the hooks on the towel rod. I also love how you took the doors off that cabinet- it totally transformed it having it all open like that. Good job! :)

Anissa March 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Great idea on towel rack with hooks – going to steal that! We are remodeling too so this is inspirational to see a COMPLETED project. Those who are doing the same understand the all caps…LOL! Keep telling myself to have a long term focus but all the dust and mess makes it hard! We are gettting there though!

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