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A Kids Bathroom Refresh

Jan 5

Our kids bathroom is in desperate need of a little love and attention. So with a now 3 and 5 year old who are getting more independent by the day, it’s time to get to work on it! With an awkward layout, an unsightly bulkhead, wasted space single vanities, and no bathtub, we’ll eventually need to give it a full makeover. But for now, a handful of cosmetic updates I can do myself will make this a beautiful, more functional, and inspiring space for the kids to start and end their days.

Here are the action items I have on my checklist:

The Before

The Checklist


The trim/walls/inside of door in Farrow and Ball Light Blue to coordinate with the grey of the shower tiles and the blue in the floor tiles, the hallway facing side of the door in Farrow and Ball Hague Blue, and the vanity in Benjamin Moore Raphael (which I also have in our Laundry Room)

Something to note, I had Ace Hardware color match Farrow and Ball Hague Blue which worked well but definitely test it out beforehand! Since the sample for Farrow and Ball Light Blue was noticeably different so I ordered it directly from them online here (it was super fast and easy!)

Matching Hardware

I’m keeping the polished chrome faucets so I ordered hardware that pairs nicely – these towel rings, cabinet knobs, toilet paper holder, and double towel hooks.

Upgraded Shower Head

I prefer a handheld option with the kids so I grabbed this one and am going to give it a go changing it myself (fingers crossed!)

Wood Toilet Seat

A wood toilet seat adds so much charm! This one is soft close and the dark walnut colorway coordinates with the wood trim in the windows.

Stain The Mirrors Darker

I added these wavy mirrors (which are also a callback to the wavy mirror in our mudroom) last year but will stain them a darker tone to coordinate with the toilet seat cover and the window trim.

Towel Upgrade

I bought this towel set over Black Friday for our spare bathroom and Penelope loved them so much she requested them for the kids bathroom too! I also have the solid navy blue color in our primary bathroom.

Cafe Curtains

I have this inside mount cafe rod in my closet but wanted to go with an outside mount rod for this bathroom. I’ll also use this fabric leftover from the bench cushion I made for Penelope’s bedroom (a splurge but I sewed it myself from a Create Academy Course which saved a ton). The colors are perfect and I always love a good callback to another part of the house.

Folding Kids Stools

Game Changer And they have a taller height for Waylon and a shorter for Penelope.

Wall Art

Not sure exactly what yet but my go-to’s tend to be Target (I have this in my bedroom) and Artfully Walls (I have this in my bathroom) to get started.

Ribbon Trim

I added a ticking stripe grossgrain ribbon under the crown moulding in our mudroom and I absolutely love how it turned out. I think the bathroom is screaming for an adorable (and inexpensive!) detail like this, I’m thinking in a thin, solid navy that ties in the hallway doors and the towels.

Swap Out The “Boob Light” Exhaust Fan

A more traditional (and quieter!) fan like this one is more my style.

Elevated Essentials

Toothbrush holder, drawer organization, toilet brush, etc.

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