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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{mini bathroom makeover}

When we first moved into our house two years ago, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the kids' bathroom. I loved the tile, but since it had such a distinct pattern, I was somewhat limited with other patterns and even colors. So, I threw up a white curtain and white towels, and called it good. Over the past month, I have been working on it--adding in a dark chocolate brown through towels and a shower curtain, vinyl for the walls, and a new wall hanging.

Here's what I did:


Because of the prominent vinyl lettering already on this large wall, I knew I couldn't do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made the twine wreath using a styrofoam wreath and about 3/4 roll of jute, then hung it with a thick polka dot ribbon.

Sometimes you'll have a frame that has a really slick surface, and you may not be sure how to refinish it. Well, it's definitely still possible, and you don't have to sand it to death, either! If it's going to be hanging out of the way, you don't need to worry about priming it. Just spray it according to can directions, let dry, and hang. It might have a slightly more shiny look to it, so I would suggest a flat paint if you want a more matte look. If it is going to be on an easel, or somewhere that little hands can reach it, I would suggest using a primer specifically made for laminate surfaces. I like the one by Kilz, or by Bullseye 1-2-3.
If you want the distressed look, this will only work if the original color is the color you want peeking through. After it's painted and dried, take a piece of sandpaper and carefully remove the paint where you want it to be distressed. It won't be like normal sanding--you're basically just peeling away the paint, since the original surface was too slick to let the paint adhere to it.

This would be darling in a million different places...over a master bed, in a dining room or family room...the sky's the limit!


Hooks are a must for me in a kids' bathroom. It's just so much easier for them to hang up their towel, and I like the way it looks. We already had done the hooks, but I designated a specific hook for each child. Hopefully now I'll know whose towel is on the floor. :) A friend gave me the idea of using a different colored towel for each child, and I love that, too. I just had this vinyl sitting around, and it ended up being perfect!


These are the candlesticks I made a few months ago, and they're perfect here! Click HERE for the link.

I didn't have to do a lot to change the look completely, and I love how it turned out!



Blogger Ashley said...

I LOVE the hooks, the names, and the frame w/wreath! I might just have to steal this idea! :)

June 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Randi said...

I love the hooks and the names ... I agree, kids should ONLY have hooks. That's on my project list. And the framed wreath is great!

June 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Really cute! Love it!

June 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Could that be any cuter?! I think not! LOVE it!!

June 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Super cute!! I love the frame above the hooks/names. Perfect :)

June 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Love the hook/name look... must copy this in the future! Thanks for sharing! :)

June 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Looking good----wonderful ideas.


June 30, 2010 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger **Amy** said...

Love it! I really like the big towel rack with their names. I am needing ideas for my girls bathroom. I think I might just do this.

June 30, 2010 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Hi-D said...

What a cute idea! Like everyone else, I love the towl idea with the names! Darliing!

June 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Camille said...

I LOVE the Colors you used. I have a TEENY 1/2 bath on my first floor. No windows, Nothing. It literally has nothing decorative in it at all. I have NO idea what to do with it!!

March 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

Really cute! I LOVE the hooks:)

over door towel rack

April 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM  

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