Confession time. I have the hardest time finishing things. I know I’m not alone, but that doesn’t make it any easier! Most rooms in our home are 75-80% done but, for various reasons, I just can’t seem to finish them and call them good. Drives my husband NUTS. Seriously, if this marriage thing doesn’t work out, I’m pretty sure my inability to finish projects would be cited in the divorce papers. So, this year, I’ll be challenging myself to finish things. Hopefully this will lead to getting the House Tour
more than 25% done.
When tackling a new challenge, I like to start small, in a non-overwhelming fashion. So I picked the smallest room in the house to start (and finish) decorating: the kids shared bath. It should be noted that this really only includes the bathtub/shower and toilet that they share. I didn’t even include their sink areas in this particular challenge.
With a 5-year old girl and a 2-year old boy, I knew that the space had to be both gender neutral and FUN. Neither one of them is a huge fan of bath time, so, selfishly, I was hopeful that a fresh space might make it a little less painful. The palette I settled on was mint, orange, light grey and dark grey and I am pretty pleased with how it came together.
Since the space was so small, I had to be bold with the color palette. The shower curtain was the obvious choice to make a statement in the room. After shopping around, I decided my best bet was to customize and DIY the Confetti Party curtain I’d seen at Land of Nod. You can check out that tutorial here
I kept the paint color pretty simple. The walls were already painted white, so I just added some accents in mint. I decided to do the diagonal stripes to stick with the whimsical style of the room. I’m still trying to decide if I should add a fourth stripe higher up on the wall…but, for now, I’m calling it done (see, I have issues…).
I’ve had these monogrammed towel hooks sitting in the kids’ bathroom for about 2 1/2 years. I bought them from World Market (they still actually sell them
). This seemed like the perfect opportunity to put them to use. I found two old black frames in the basement and made them new again with bright orange paint. Then I printed off and mod-podged black and white pics of the kids onto foam poster board and attached them to the frame.
I picked up this cute “splash” bathmat at TJ Maxx, and the orange bath toy organizer at Buy Buy Baby.
The picture below is one that I’d picked up for Ryan’s room, before I decided on a different color palette. Since the colors are right, and since bath time is usually right before bed, I think it works in this room.
The “Hot Showers” sign I DIY’d (will do a quickie blog post showing the how-to).
To be honest, I like it but don’t love it, so I’ll be on the lookout for something better, but it fills the space nicely for now. (See, there I go again, prolonging the project).
And, just for fun, a shot of the kids’ favorite bath toy.