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.
The goal I had in mind was three-fold:
- Complement the rest of the home
- Be light, bright, and cheery for my children
- 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:
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).
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.
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. Remember, you’re not limited to the selection at your local hardware store when searching for just the right option. My Bathrooms has a great selection of bathroom hardware if you need something special. They have a variety of options for all styles and budgets.
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.
And I hope you saw last week the tutorial for the “sunbleached” frame that I hung above the toilet.
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.
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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