the kids’ bath needs some style

Our upstairs bath looks like this:

Basic builder-grade everything.

This is considered the kids’ bathroom, but since we moved our master bedroom upstairs last fall and made our downstairs bedroom into a media room {great use of the space but I do miss our own bathroom!} we now all share this bath.

It is a good size, with lots of counter and storage space. But what it offers in function, it completely lacks in style.

Like this terrible formica that looks like a cross between quinoa and fish eggs to me … not a good look for the bathroom counter.

I have been wanting to do a little redo on this space – probably not a full renovation {as much as I’d like to} but something to make it more us.

While walking through Target the other day I saw these adorable cups:

For some reason, they just said kids’ bathroom to me. I bought one for the boys and one for the girl. I would love to somehow use these cups as the inspiration for the bathroom.

Then I clicked around pinterest for a bit and found these fabulous bathrooms to further inspire the space:







So I’m thinking white, blues, woven baskets, new lighting & mirrors, hardware on the cabinets, maybe wood planked walls {my fave} and a built-in between the sinks.

Totally doable.

We’ll see when I get to it …

21 Responses to the kids’ bath needs some style

  1. Kelly May 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Would love to see what you do with it!

  2. erin May 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    If you go blue on the cabinet, I say a bright eye-catching peacock blue!! And if not, then fire engine red :) Looks like a great space to work on!

  3. Lindsay A May 10, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Emily – I will be so eager to see how this space comes together! We recently updated our builder-grade bathroom and the mirror was the hardest part for us. Since they are so expensive and the one we had was so large, we went with a frame around it like Kristina mentions. We bought ours pre-made from Mirror Mate and admire it every day. I don’t work for them, I promise!

  4. Tami C May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Love all your ideas, keep that b/w rug though, so cute!

  5. Diane | An Extraordinary Day May 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Love your ideas. It’s also great that you have a wonderful clean slate to start from. Did you see the bathroom re-do that Melissa at The Inspired Room did? She used light fixtures similar to the one in your first bathroom photo. I love those vintage looking lights…I’ve been eyeing them at Lowe’s for some time. Can’t wait to see your transformation!

  6. Julie Carter May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Cannot wait to see what you do to this space! How about traditional, paneling, white, with pops of bright colors. (you have a lot of grey of tans already) I feel like bathrooms are a place that you can LET LOOSE. (Maybe thats just me…) :) P.S. where did you get that bw striped rug by chance??

  7. Kari May 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I just stumbled on this overlay product last week, and your cabinets look like they’d be a great canvas. Just thought I’d pass this along to add to your inspiration.

  8. Kristina May 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    You could save a ton on the mirrors in your bathroom, I found this blog that used the existing mirror, and she used chair rail and base board to make a frame around it and it looked amazing! You should check it out. Good luck I am sure it will look amazing!

  9. Molly May 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I love the one with the dark blue cabinets and gray striped shower curtain and the matching light blue mirror and cabinets. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  10. Carrie May 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    The room with blue cabinetry and grey striped shower curtain is my favorite!

  11. Brain Injury Attorneys May 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the new renditions! I need an idea for my daughter’s bathroom!

  12. Amy @ a new old house May 9, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Love your inspiration photos- can’t wait to see your spin on the bathroom!

  13. Natalie May 9, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Totally doable! And fun!! I’m working on 2 baths for clients right now and finding that it’s not too hard to spruce up a simple builder bath. Here’s the link to my pinterest bath inspiration board if you want to take a look for more ideas!! Good luck! http://pinterest.com/natalier/bathroom-inspiration/


  14. Gabbi May 9, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  15. Kirsti May 9, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    This will be a fun projects, there is so much you can do to change the look without much money and time. Paint the cabinets, new counter tops and backdpalsh (or just paint the counter tops, I have seen tutorials on pinterest!) you can re-use our fabulous mirror by making it extraordinary by adding trim around the mirror. We did that in our bathroom, it made a huge difference!!!! It Also saved money since we already had the mirror! Can’t wait to see after photos of what you have done!!!

  16. Merry May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    If you are sure you will be changing the counter top, read on. IF NOT, STOP RIGHT NOW! lol…I saw that counter and that is the EXACT same formica on the public stall doors of one of the movie theaters here! I thought it looked like when we were little and in, like first grade, and we did art with a pencil eraser dipped in paint!! Ooohh, fish eggs–ruined those stall doors for me! If you did read this far, press on with your new inspired project! It’ll be gorgeous, I’m certain!

  17. Maury @ Life on Mars May 9, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I dont know if you like Sarah Richardson or not, but one of her epidsodes used that exact countertop (in a kitchen) and made it awesome. I remembered it, so I found the episode: http://www.hgtv.ca/sarah101/episodes.aspx?sectionid=432&categoryid=4976351129275603882&postid=195858 Click on the one calls “Big Box Kitchen”

  18. Lindsay May 9, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I can’t wait to see the finished product, Emily! You are so talented, so I know it will be beautiful. These inspiration images are AMAZING! Loving the colors you choose, the galvanized lighting from that first image, and the stripe curtains. So many great ideas :)

  19. Shelley May 9, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Your inspiration photos are great! Can’t wait to see what you do. Our guest bath needs rescuing from builder’s grade sadness as well :)

  20. Andrea May 9, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    I love your ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. The bathroom with the blue vanity is my boys’. You should see what it looked like before! http://oakridgerevival.blogspot.com/2011/02/small-changes-big-impact.html

  21. Kelly May 9, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Love to see what you do with this. Your layout is identical to my mom’s bathroom, and it would be helpful if I could show her a redo (even if it is a kids’). I love the last photo with the baskets on the floor and the towel bars right on the cabinet and the great shelving on the counter.
    Good luck with your project! A kids’ space is always fun to me.

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