At long last, our kid's bathroom renovation is complete!   

Just to refresh your memory (since it's been 4 months, but I'm not going there…) or if you're a new visitor, here are a couple of before's.



A small, shared bathroom with a lot of wasted space off of the hallway.



Kids Bathroom Floorplan

floor plan designed  by architect Max Crome

Kids bathroom sketch

sketch by me

And the afters!


One change during construction was the medicine cabinet.  Our contractor assumed we only wanted a mirror based on my sketch. He told us he has seen a drop in medicine cabinets and hasn't installed a built-in for years.  I suppose the availability of the store bought, wall mount variety is to blame.  He also said more people are opting for just a mirror.  I can't imagine not having a medicine cabinet!  Where do all the little bottles and tubes go?

A built-in medicine cabinet is behind the middle mirrored panel.  This was a change to my original sketch (see below), but when the cabinets went in, I thought the space would feel bigger if the mirror went the whole width of the vanity.  


In our previous house we put pedestal sinks in the kids' bathroom.  Not a good idea! I found them to be very impractical for kids. The sides are often not big enough for them to set things on, and inevitably spills occur and toothpaste caps would fall on the floor or down the drain.  Also, in a small bathroom (these are about 5 1/2' x 8''), under the sink is prime real estate.  I also prefer to hide the waste basket, cleaning supplies, etc.  


The tall cabinet serves as a linen closet (and extra storage).  Since our house is only about 2,800 sq. ft, and we lost a large linen closet in the renovation, we needed to make the most of every inch.


Instead of tile or a plain wall, we went with wood paneling. Painted in Atrium White by Benjamin Moore.  The cabinets are Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore.


For my son's bathroom I used oil rubbed bronze knobs and pulls on the cabinetry.  They're the Asbury from Restoration Hardware.

The faucets in both bathrooms are Kohler Purist in polished chrome.  


The 3" x 6" white subway tile is Rittenhouse Square by Daltile.  I confess it's all I have ever used, because I just love it. Great price, great product. In these bathrooms, we used a bull nosed trim rather than the bull nose edged tile and we also went all the way to the ceiling for a clean look.

A 1" x 1" sq carrera marble tile was used on the shower floor.  


Another handy teen feature – no towel bars!  I wish I could say I have trained my kids to neatly hang their wet towels on a bar, but sadly I cannot.  In fact, my son, who has been using our guest room during this project has broken the towel bar off of the wall several times due to trying to stuff in a wadded up towel.  The solution – hooks!  The one above is from Restoration Hardware and is part of the Spritz collection which is the same as the lighting in both bathrooms.  I thought they added a little modern touch to the mostly traditional look and also went with the faucets.



My daughter's bathroom is almost a mirror image, except that she has a bathtub and I used different knobs and pulls. 


Lily and I had fun going shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  She picked out the white towels with hot pink and gray accents and the vanity accessories.  All by DKNY.  I was thinking pale pink and gray, but she fell in love with these and once I saw them in the bathroom, I agree they are perfect for a pre-teen girl.



The knobs and pulls are from Restoration Hardware.  The look changes dramatically from the oil rubbed bronze in my son's room! 


Another 'anti-clutter' feature – a hidden drawer behind a big drawer front.  I thought the shallow top drawer would be perfect for her to store her hair bands, brushes, etc.  The bottom part of the drawer has an electrical outlet in the back, so that she doesn't have to rest a hair dryer near the sink. It's not only safer, but it keeps all those things out of sight.  



So happy to have them done!   I'm really happy with the way they turned out and made the most of unused space.  

Here is a quick -look list of all the sources:

Paint on walls and panelling – Benjamin Moore Atrium White

Paint on cabinetry – Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray

Faucets/Fixtures – Kohler Purist in polished crome (there are MANY styles under the same category as we found out the hard way, so make sure to spec out on the website EXACTLY which Kohler Purist you want).

Tile – 3"x6" Rittenhouse Square by Daltile

Knobs/pulls – Boy – Asbury by Restoration Hardware in oil-rubbed bronze, Girl- Traditional Glass by Restoration Hardware.

Light Fixture – Three light Spritz by Restoration Hardware

Marble – Carrera used throughout.  

I might be forgetting something, but I'm typing as fast as I can at a coffee shop in Northern VA – the Sweetleaf in McLean to be exact and they are about to close!  I'm here visiting my grandparents then head to nyc on tues for 4 days with girlfriends from Seattle. yippee!  I took the photos about 5 mins before I left home :0  

Happy week to you!


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