Friday, March 9, 2018

Neutral Kids Bathroom Makeover

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I'm so excited for today's post because I FINALLY get to share something that I've been working on for weeks. We're talking since January, you guys!

It all started with a simple shower curtain.  Yes, just a simple shower curtain that I'm sure most people can probably switch out and be pretty content at stopping with.  Not this girl. That happens a lot around here actually. I'll replace one small thing and bam--before I know it I find myself  completely redecorating an entire space. It's ok though, I've come to accept this about myself!

Before I dive into the details on the new and improved bathroom, let me give you a little back story on the journey that this room has been on over the last 4 years.  Here's what it looked like when we first bought the house...

It was your basic 90's builder edition complete with oak vanity cabinets and a laminate countertop. I did a little bit of updating when we first moved in by painting the cabinets espresso and using Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations to update the vanity. I also added a few accessories that we brought with us from our apartment.

However it ended up feeling really dull and I wasn't totally happy with it.

So after a couple of years I accumulated several ideas that I wanted to incorporate to brighten it up and make it a little more me.

We had a nearly non-existent budget since I was on maternity leave so using just $150 I gave it a mini makeover to bring it to this!

Looking much better, right? You can read all of the details and budget breakdown in this post. The biggest  changes were definitely the floating shelves that we built, the shiplap that I added and the $20 peel and stick faux wood flooring that I installed. 

But back to the shower curtain.  I started getting tired of how bright and busy it felt and I was really craving something more neutral. So when I spotted this beautiful gray striped one I instantly knew that it would be perfect.

But then more changes started to trickle down from there.  I first realized that I had to replace the green candle in the lantern with a white one.

No biggie. But then of course I had to get rid of the teal scrapbook paper art that I had on the wall next to the sink and replace it with this cute sign that I had my eye on for awhile...

And since I was already on the Pottery Barn Kids website purchasing the sign I might as well get them some fun new accessories for the sink, right?

Then the color of our existing towels was just all wrong so I needed to find some new ones to match the shower curtain. 

Which by the way was not easy to do!  I searched high and low before finally finding the perfect shades of gray to match.  There really are fifty shades of gray, who knew?

Let's just say I went through what felt like every store in the city and had to make several returns before finally finding the perfect ones.
The last piece that I updated was the step stool.

It was painted white so I painted it gray but then I decided that it looked too boring. So I took my electric sander to it to sand it back down to the wood so that I could stain it.  Buuuuut as soon as I got started I noticed that it actually looked pretty cool like this so I left it!

And that's how this mini bathroom makeover came to be!

I'm pretty obsessed with the new towels.  They are from Lauren Conrad's line at Kohl's and are super soft.  We're actually really jealous and have decided that we need to get some for our own bathroom in white ASAP!

I'm still admiring the photos of the boys' first baths that I have framed on this wall. Some guests have mentioned that it looks like Lucas is giving them a stink face while they're sitting on the pot which is pretty hilarious in my opinion!

Some of you have asked me how well these faucet knobs hold the towels and honestly it does take a couple of extra seconds to get the towel to stay put, but they're so adorable that I think it's totally worth it.

We also lowered the hand towel a bit, not sure why we placed it so high originally. 


The wood chalkboard bin was added not too long ago and it's come in super handy to store things we use daily like vitamins, toothpaste and hair brushes.

So even though nothing major changed in here, it still feels really different and I love it! Such a nice refresh.

I mentioned that I've been working on this since January and that's because I  went through a whole series of setbacks. First I had the wrong color shower curtain shipped to me. Then I had to wait until Pottery Barn restocked the sign. And then there was the gray towel debacle. But alas it finally all pulled together!

It's just enough whimsy for the boys and just enough farmhouse to keep mama happy! I think I can safely say that I love every little thing in this least for now (wink, wink...)

Source and Budget Breakdown:

(Affiliate links may be provided for convenience.  For more info, see my full disclosure here.) 
Shower Curtain: $32 (purchased while on sale and used a 20% coupon but similar less expensive one can be found here)
Towels: $46 for 4 bath towels and a hand towel while on sale using a 20% coupon
Rug: $14 while on sale using a 20% coupon
Wall Art: $30 (on sale, similar less expensive one can be found here)

TOTAL: $161

The other items in the room I already owned and picked up at places like Ross and Homegoods, and you all know how hard it is to track those items down online!

However I did find some similar items and have linked them below and hope that helps if you're looking for something similar.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

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  1. I love how neutral and bright your makeover came out. It's amazing how it's even the same bathroom!

    Kate | The Organized Dream

  2. Really great Thank you for bringing this to everyone to see it. It is very good.


  3. I love the new neutral bathroom. Looks beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feature :)

  4. Your bathroom looks totally fab!! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things, we are so happy you joined us !

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  6. Thanks Angela for sharing such a good post on Bathing items and bathing furniture specially for kids. I have several customers need kids furniture occasionally and I found this post and tips for my business very useful. Thanks


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