09 August 2010

Kids Bathroom Update

Along with my bathroom, I've updated the kids' as well.  A while back I saw this post on Anna's blog.  I loved what she did, and was inspired to do something along the same lines.  I'd already updated the shower curtain here



I found a couple cute shaped frames at a local thrift store...($1 each!) and spray painted them to match the floating shelf.  I framed some of the fabric I had chosen inside.



I also added the "clean" message on my wall.  I painted it like I did my hallway wall, using this tutorial to transfer the lettering to the wall, and then I hand-painted over the graphite with a coordinating green.  It's a not so subtle reminder to my children of what a bathroom is for, and should stay! 


The fabric buckets were made following this tutorial from Ric-Rac.  The shorter buckets are perfect for holding t.p., the taller one keeps my girls' combs and brushes from over-running the bathroom. I found the fabric at my local fabric store.  It's kind of a dive, but I find lots of treasures there!


I made bias tape of the stripey fabric and made towel holders for the kids towels.  We had a double towel rack in the bathroom previously, but the silly "provided" wall anchors would not hold it.  So my husband had the idea of just using hooks screwed into the wall studs...no more dry wall issues.  However, it was hard for the kids to get their towels to stay...problem solved.  I zigzag stitched the tags on tight, and then followed with a box stitch for extra staying power.

Finally, I updated the towels.  I could not afford to replace towels, but we needed a "big girl" towel for Baby.  I had a set of two ivory bath towels, with matching hand towels that we received as a wedding gift (a long time ago...)  They became the girly towels with new initials appliqued for each girl.   Here's a girl and boy towel for comparison. 



 The hand towels needed a facelift also, so I did this:


I've posted a little tutorial HERE to show you how to embellish your own towels. 
I love the primary colors in my bathroom.  It's perfect for my children.

Linking to Sew Can DoSugar Bee, and Tea Rose Home, and Someday Crafts.

14 happy thoughts:

jeana said...

looks great, love the fabric!

Nancy said...

It looks fantastic! The fabric buckets are really cute. I like your fabric choices. I also like the tabs for the towels.

Kim said...

That's really cute! Very inspiring.

Kari said...

You have been a busy lady at home making over all your spaces. I love the primary colors for the kids' bathroom. Very cute.

Jess said...

awesome! love the towel tabs, the clean word on the wall, the frames, the fabric baskets-everything! If only I could get my act together and do our bathroom(s)! hehe. nice job Chris!

Design Esquire said...

They look great, and should keep everyone organized!

christi @ grey umbrella said...

this bathroom looks great and so kid friendly!

Kathryn said...

So clean and fresh, I love it! I would want to keep it clean if I was a kid. Your fabric choices are perfect! Great job!

Jodie said...

The whole thing looks so fresh !

Elisabeth said...

I like your colors. Bright, fun and cheerful. The handtowel turned out lovely and what a great idea you had for holding up the towels. It would be nice to see your monogrammed towels, too.

Elisabeth

http://homeschoolblogger.com/timbuck2mom/

Elisabeth said...

Those monograms look great. I think I might could do that. Maaaybe... :)

Elisabeth

http://homeschoolblogger.com/timbuck2mom/

Wendy said...

I am doing the same thing, bathroom update on a budget. Painting all the fixtures from stainless-esque to red. Updating towels. Making a bow holder from an old frame. Adding your buckets to my list. Love it!

Cheryl said...

It looks really put together & colorful! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Country Mouse said...

Oh wow...what a cute bathroom update!!! Thanks for sharing!

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