I am very excited to share our latest room remodel! It’s been a long time coming, but today I am so happy to reveal our Tween Girl’s Bathroom!!!
We moved into our home last June and had most of the rooms painted
prior to moving anything into the house. The color choices of the family who lived in the home before us were questionable at best, with the exception of my daughter’s bedroom and her bathroom (kind of). My daughter fell in love with the turquoise and brown combo in the room that would become hers, so we made it work.
Her bathroom would have been fine except for the fact that the people who moved out took the medicine cabinet with them and left massive holes in the wall in their place.
We did our best to patch and paint, but the paint they left behind was old and didn’t match very well once applied. Hence our before shot:
Let’s also take into account the size of the bathroom. Small. I mean, this sucker is tiny. There is virtually no storage space to speak of, so the counter ended up cluttered most of the time.
And, as ashamed as I am to show you this, underneath the sink ended up looking like a tornado hit it. (Not my finest organization moment, I know…)
I kept saying I would organize it and make it pretty “once I got around to it”. You know how that goes, right? Well, I finally got around to it.
Before I could get started, I had to figure out exactly what I was trying to accomplish. There were several issues that needed to be addressed:
- The walls. The color was dark, the paint job was messy, and it just wasn’t a good fit for a tween girl.
- Storage. HUGE issue. Small countertop, small area under the sink, no shelving, etc. The towel bars that were there were hung so low you couldn’t hang a towel on them without having them fall into the sink or toilet – gross.
- Function. You should be able to reach your towel when you get out of the shower – not have it draped over the back of the toilet or hanging behind the door. You should also be able to use your toothbrush without having to dig through hair bows, toiletries, and other crazy stuff first.
- Cuteness. Yes, it’s a bathroom, but it’s a tween girl’s bathroom, so it has to be cute, right?! I wanted her bathroom to be an extension of her bedroom, so style definitely had to be considered.
Knowing my goals, I made a plan. I started with the mess under the sink.
After sorting everything, I trashed quite a bit of useless crap that had made it’s way to the far corners of the under-the-sink abyss. I also filled up two (count ’em TWO) gallon Ziploc bags full of hair bows and ribbons. My child has not worn bows in about…oh…five years or so. Out the door those went to a sweet tiny little Lydia. 🙂 I organized the remainder of the bathroom items into a couple of containers I found at Wal-mart, and one pink crate I had in the garage.
I love the clear containers. They are perfect for under the sink because they hold a lot and the drawers slide out, so you don’t have to move them at all to get to the back of the drawers.
So much better, see:
Fabulous, yes, I know.
Moving on…color and style. I mentioned that my daughter’s bedroom is a turquoise and brown combination. I didn’t want to bring the brown into the bathroom because I was trying to lighten the room. The turquoise in her bedroom is almost too bright, so I went to Home Depot and found this fabulous blue.
Behr Stain-blocking Paint & Primer in Embellished Blue:
A lot brighter and cheerier than what she had in there before, don’t you think? I love it! I love it so much, I may use the same color in my office (if I can ever get around to painting that room…).
With a few shelves from Home Depot and some craftiness on my part, we added shelving to maximize storage space and add some flair. Along with a few new additions, like the shower curtain from Wal-mart and the bar and pink cups from IKEA, her bathroom is super cute and perfect for any tween girl!
Now feast on the eye candy. I’ll share some DIY goodness from this room with you next week!
YAY!! It’s such a happy little space now! Now more dingy boring bland messy bathroom. Just a gorgeous space perfect for my sweet 11-year-old daughter!
I’ll be sharing a few of the DIY projects from this bathroom next week, so stick around!
Now it’s your turn: What room in your house needs some TLC?
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Super cute! Love the colors. All of mine need organization 😉 I feel like my kids are hoarders. I can throw crap away like its nobody’s business. Ha! Come organize my house 😉
So many cute touches. I love the plug covers. Believe it or not, I have your the same shower curtain as your before. I bought it last summer but still haven’t put it up.
LOVE the new look Kirsten!! It turned out perfect!
Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!
That looks fantastic! My daughter would love this…if she didn’t have to share a bathroom with her tween brother something like this could happen in our house. With two tweens it’s a little emotional at times, check out my blog if you have time!
Thanks Bethany! Marley loves it 🙂
LOL! My daughter is a hoarder, too, so I take full advantage of the times when she is at her dad’s house. I’ll pick a drawer or cabinet and clean it out. Usually she doesn’t even miss the things I get rid of!
Hey Allison! I love the shower curtain we had in there before, but it wasn’t really my daughter’s taste. I’m hanging onto it, though – might come up with another use for it somewhere 🙂
Thanks Christine! Glad you stopped over 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! I wonder…could you do a bright blue and incorporate some cute gender-neutral shelving and allow them to each have one or two knick knacks of their own in there? Photos of them with their friends…that sort of thing? Could be cool!