We are about to remodel the kids’ bathroom (FINALLY!!) but before we start, here is the kids’ bathroom design plan and a “before” tour.
When we decided to move three years ago, finding a house that had two full bathrooms was a huge priority. We were coming from a super tiny townhouse that had only one bathroom. As you can imagine, a large family of seven (at the time) sharing one bathroom is not ideal. So when we first moved in, we were so relieved to have two full bathrooms. BUT to our disappointment, we discovered the kids’ bathroom is NOT usable. So as a family of now nine, we are still sharing one bathroom.
We’ve had to put the kids’ bathroom on hold because we have had to address so many other things. Well, now we are finally able to work on the kids’ bathroom!!
There are so many things wrong with this bathroom, where do I even begin! Before I get into our problems, here is a tour of what the bathroom looks like right now.
Kids’ Bathroom “Before” Tour
Our first major issue in the kids’ bathroom is the shower. Pretty much since moving in, we have not been able to use the shower because of leakage. We have had many plumbers come and inspect the bathroom. Their conclusion was that poorly installed tile is the culprit of the leaks.
The shower walls are very uneven and there is really bad lippage between the tiles. There is literally mortar and grout caked all over the tiles. Some tiles are 18″ squares, some 12″ squares, 6×12″ rectangles, and at the very bottom, there are two little 4″ squares. Why are there so many different size tiles?!
The handle is very low. The theory is this used to be a bathtub. To be honest, the lower handle makes it easier for our younger kids to use the shower.
Bathroom Floor Before
The floor is also very uneven. The grout sizes are all different throughout the bathroom. There is bad lippage in several areas as well.
The floor register is missing. And because it’s just open, the kids are always throwing toys and clothes down in it, and mainly, it is very dangerous.
The bathroom vanity is a mess. As you can see, the vinyl coating is peeling off the drawers. The top drawer won’t even close all the way because the plumbing behind it prevents it from doing so. The cabinet has major water damage inside of it and the bottom is completely busted through.
There are a ton of cracks in the caulk along the edge of the sink. Overall, it looks pretty bad.
The mirror is basic. I don’t like the look of frameless mirrors. It’s also crooked. It’s also way too high for the kids to use. Even when they climb up on the sink, they can barely see themselves.
The goal is to try to salvage the beadboard but there are problems. The seams are very visible and there’s a really bad patch behind the toilet.
As of right now, there is no privacy in the kids’ bathroom. The frame around the door is broken and doesn’t shut.
There sums up our problems with the bathroom and what it looks like right now. Now time for the FUN part, here are the design plans for the kids’ bathroom
Kid Bathroom Design Plans
The plan for the kids’ bathroom shower is to go with subway tile. It’s not the most trending tile right now but it is timeless. Subway tile is also versatile and can complement different styles of decor.
We will be installing at least two niches in the wall. This will help keep the shampoo and soap off the floor and we won’t have to add bulky shelves that stick out on the walls.
We’re going with black penny tile for the floor and the niches. I love the look of penny tile and am excited to incorporate it into the shower.
We will be replacing the shower door with one that has clear glass and a modern frame. I am super excited about the shower door because it is so dark in here. The clear shower door will help bring in more light and make it feel more open.
We decided to go with a white distressed wood-looking floor.
Paint and Decor
As I mentioned earlier, we are going to try to salvage the beadboard and will be painting it black. The wall above the beadboard is going to be white.
I want to add a fun wall art gallery to the wall. The plan is to put up art that is bold and colorful. I look forward to when it’s time to put that together and the kids are excited to help.
I am stepping away from my usual minimal style preference. I will be going for a more quirky, eclectic, maximalist style while still having some modern cottage elements.
The goal for the kids’ bathroom is to be a space that is appealing to both older boys and girls while also inviting to the younger kids.
- multidirectional light fixture
- pivot mirror
- brass swan faucet
- Modern Frida Kahlo art
- Snail cat art
- Andy Warhol’s cat art
- Beadboard painted Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty
- White distressed wood plank tile
- bathroom rug
- rain showerhead
- green shampoo + conditioner bottles
- semi-frameless clear glass shower door
- black penny tile
- bright ice subway tile
I’ve been eager to start this bathroom remodel for so long. Our extreme powder room makeover definitely gave us the confidence we needed to start this project. As of right now, we have a couple of things left that we need to order but we start the demo on April 23rd!!