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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

House Tour: Kids' Bathroom

I started my blog by showing you changes we've made to our house over the years.
So far,  I've done posts on the changes to the:
Our Entry Way....HERE.
My Daughter's Room....HERE.
The Baby Nursery....HERE.
My Boys' Room...HERE.

Today, I'm going to show you the changes we've made to the kids' bathroom.
This was the bathroom before:
It had hand painted black flowers & swirls...
It was a bit overwhelming when you walked in & of course the cabinets were a light oak color.

Since we have boys & girls that share the bathroom, we needed a more neutral theme.
So we started by painting it a light blue color.
 We chose the paint that already had primer in it & it covered the black flowers really well.
Surprisingly, it only took 2 coats. 

 Then we lightly sanded the cabinets,
Painted them white, wiped on a few coats of  Poly and added new hardware.
I love the cabinets really brightened the whole bathroom.  
They have really held up well far no chipping & it's been a few years since we did it!

Here is the after:
My kids wanted a "beachy" bathroom.
We added a few star fish & shells...
Can you guess what was above the toilet before?  A hand painted black flower with swirls!
We found the oar at TJ Maxx...
My kids love this jar because it's filled with sea shells  & rocks they actually collected from the beach themselves.   It brings back fun memories from our trip to California.!
Here is another favorite...the fish!  
Now everyone is happy with the bathroom, although my little boy asked me to paint white clouds on the wall. Not sure if I'll ever get around to that! ;)

One more time:
I'm sharing with these blogs:

The 36th Avenue
ThriftyThurs Thrifty Thursday Week 57

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Home Stories A2Z

TDC Before and After


  1. I love it!! I have a "nautical" themed bathroom too -- I find it to be a very calming but common theme among bathrooms. Looks great and I L.O.V.E. that OAR!

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  2. I like the before, hand painted black flowers and swirls, but the after is much much better. Lovely and very soothing color. You did great.

  3. The Starfish theme is really awesome. Kuddos for kids...

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  4. Great job! I'm excited to follow you back;)Talk to you soon!

  5. This bathroom is so cute. It's just what a bathroom should look like. Good job.

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  7. You're a brave mom to let them pick! I let my boys pick colors for their rooms, and my youngest picked orange... So we painted it orange! Hahaha! Well, I painted orange on the bottom 2/3 and a light blue on the top, because he picked THE brightest tangerine color he could find. But it's cute and it suits his personality! Can't get any better than that, right?

  8. The bathroom looks great! It has such a nice beachy feel to it. Awesome job!

  9. Hi!! I am a new follower from a blog. I hope that you can follow me too. Thanks, Erin

  10. Very cool. Love the new color scheme! So fresh! Great job!
    PS Can you come share this off at my place on Wednesday? You could win a $5 Starbucks card!

  11. Oh, I love it! So peaceful and lovely!

  12. That looks fantastic! Love all the details! Thanks for linking up to my party!

  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

    I really liked the bathroom 'before' but... LOVE LOVE LOVE it after! Nice work :)

    Look forward to reading more!

  14. Oh gosh, it's just gorgeous. I love all of the details. I'm a new follower, drop by for a visit when you can.

  15. I like that you recycled what you could and of course adding elbow grease always keeps costs down. Two great ways to get big impact without having to sell your youngest child. It looks bright and happy just like the beach!


  16. Gorgeous! Love the transformation and what a cool yet gender neutral theme.

  17. Hi, Sally! I love the blue and beachy theme you used! It's my favorite!!! Thank you so much for stopping in at Bella Nest. You are always welcome!

  18. Beautiful bathroom transformation. I love beach themes!

  19. Thanks for stopping off at my blog! I'm still in the process of making it into something interesting/fun! I LOVE LOVE all the chances you've made to your house!!!

  20. Love the coastal theme! I had touches of the coastal flair in one of our previous homes too. It is so calming and peaceful. Thanx for stopping by earlier! I am now following along.

  21. I love both rooms, the flowers are so unique but I love the feel of the blue bathroom and it's fun for the kids! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  22. Love the shade of blue you chose.

  23. That is so nice and refreshing! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my "May House Par-tay" at!

  24. Love it! that blue color on the walls is very pretty!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered!