Combo: Kids’ and Overnight Guests’ Bath

In the interest of time my sanity, I thought I’d take a break from renovation and projects for a bit and just share another stop on our home tour.  Though every room in Maison de Pax is rather arriving than arrived, I’m pretty content with this room for now.  This is our second full upstairs bathroom (we also have our master bath upstairs), and it is thus both the kids’ bath and the one for overnight guests.  Our powder room downstairs serves for other visitors.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

The goal I had in mind was three-fold:

  1. Complement the rest of the home
  2. Be light, bright, and cheery for my children
  3. Be sophisticated enough for overnight guests to feel comfortable and pampered

I like to think we accomplished that.  This is what it looked like before:

boys bath before

Thankfully, the tile (which is a ceramic with a white and gray marble look, complementing the real marble in our master bath) is in pretty good shape, and the fixtures weren’t bad either, but it obviously needed a serious cosmetic makeover. I started with fresh paint (Silvermist by SW, the same as in the adjoining boys’ room).

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

I chose chrome accents to match the traditional look of our 1940 colonial (and to cut cost – did you know chrome is often cheaper than other options?).  The towel bars are actually polished nickel instead because I found them on clearance, but the difference doesn’t bother me.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

The tough part was finding the right mirror.  Because of the location of the light switch and the proximity of the sink to the door, oval was my best option.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

Once I had my fixtures in place, I opted to make the space kid-friendly with my toddler-sized towel hooks.  They add just the touch of whimsy (and the opportunity to train my kids to clean up after themselves!) I was looking for in this kids/guest bath.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

And I hope you saw last week the tutorial for the “sunbleached” frame that I hung above the toilet.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

Finally, no kids’ bathroom would be complete without some hand-washing help!  Plus, in a room with very little counter space, the extra surface is so helpful.  When I realized how well the milk painted stool I recently did with my son matched the red accents on the towel hooks, I couldn’t resist adding it to the space.

Tour a beautiful, classic bathroom that is versatile enough for both kids and guests!

And that’s it.  No one every accused 1940 homes of devoting too much square footage as bathroom space. 😉  But the room works for us, and I enjoy it.

Do your guests have to share a bathroom with your kids?  How did you balance the function of the shared space?

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  1. The pops of red make the space! And we have the same Elmo towel :)

  2. What a beautiful space! I love the wall color, fixtures and initials. You did a great job!

  3. Can’t tell you how much I LOVE the colors and the look of your bathroom! I ADORE the pop of red and how crisp the bathroom looks after the change of paints! :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Maggie!! You are so sweet. We have loved the bathroom, and I think the pop of red gives is just the character it needs. I’m so glad you like it! :)

  4. Rachel, it looks so lovely & fresh in here! You did a gorgeous job!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks so much, Brandi! It’s a fun challenge not to let two little boys dictate your home design. 😉

  5. What a beautiful transformation! I love the room color and the red that you added. It is so pretty.

  6. Oh I love it, what a fabulous transformation. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. Great job..awesome transformation…love love the red! Please come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party and share your post with us. Centerpiece Wednesday is live tonight

  8. this is really tasteful, i love it.
    (especially the monster towells, ha)


  9. Wow, I’m normally not into red so much but LOVE how you used it in this bathroom! What a beautiful transformation! I’d love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now,

    Hope to see you there!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Katie! I think the pop of red brings life into the space. :) So glad you like it!!

  10. OH MY goodness! I love the bathroom! It’s just lovely!

  11. Love that arch! Great job.

    I’d love for you to link up at Link’n Blogs, if you haven’t already. :)

    Put A Bird On It

  12. Rachel, as always, you’ve turned it into quite the space! Love the white and the red. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. WOW it looks great! :)

  14. LOVE it Rachel!! What an improvement- the hits of red are so pretty.

  15. Lovely… the splashes of red!

  16. I just love this, Rachel! I recently gave my kid/guest bath a makeover and I’m already itching to change a few things. LOL Pinning this as some lovely inspiration!! :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! That’s the beauty of home decor, though, right? It’s always a process and the process is fun!! 😉

  17. Love the bathroom! The colors are amazing! What color did you paint the walls? I love the shade. Also, I love the shower curtain. Do you remember where you got it? I noticed it stayed the same. Great choice. I’m redoing my master bath in gray & white with pink and red accents, but haven’t picked the wall color yet. Again, awesome job!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Lori! The walls are Silvermist by SW – one of my all-time favorite colors. :) And the shower curtain was from Bed Bath and Beyond 10 years ago (when we got married)… I have no idea if they still have anything similar, but it’s one of my favorite things we registered for! Good luck on your makeover, and thanks again for your sweet comment!

  18. sonya tartt says:

    Where is the stool from? Thanks!


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