From Fishy to Beachy, the Boys’ Bathroom Reveal

When I last showed you my boy’s bathroom, it looked like this:

Nemo and Dory would have enjoyed life living in the kids’ bathroom. But, alas, I was serenaded by a beautiful new mirror (actually a new MirrorMate frame.) And so I set to work helping this bathroom grow up.

Here is that beautiful temptress, Ms. Gramercy Martini. Isn’t she lovely.

With curves and details like that, I had to build board and batten moulding that would match her beauty.

And, what bathroom couldn’t use a sweet spot to display some beautiful flowers? I really like this built in shelf, it was really easy to construct it.

The wall color is Blue Slate by Benjamin Moore. And I used the new bath & spa Aura paint which has a matte finish! I have yet to clean it yet, but I’ll let you know how it does.

These two starfish friends are happy to perch on the 3″ deep moulding ledge. Yes, I expect them to make a suicidal dive one day, but my boys haven’t bothered them yet.


Finding just the “right” shower curtain was a little challenging. I would have loved to put in a floral or feminine curtain, but I have to respect that there are two little men that will be using this bathroom 95% of the time.

I am sooo glad I ditched the hollywood strip light for these beauties:


Just a close up view of the battens where they meet the floor. Now wouldn’t that have looked weird if I had left the baseboard tiles there?


Here is a better view of the vanity, new light fixture and the MirrorMate frame.

I have one more project for the empty wall. I took down the old chrome towel bar, but I have a fantastic idea for a new one. You’ll just have to wait and see what I came up with. In the meantime, the hooks on the door work well for hanging towels up.

So, go ahead let me know what you think! Do you miss the Nemo room? Or are you loving the grown up beach retreat? And am I crazy for making this bathroom look this good for my 5 & 7 year old boys? By the way, Pretty Handsome Son #1 tried to convince me that the bathroom would look better with black and pink stripes! I am seriously going to have to paint his closet like that because he has been asking for the same color scheme for 2 years now!

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  1. absolutely stunning!
    really lovely space – and so so so much better than the aquarium!!
    cheryl xox.

  2. It really looks pretty – I like all the little touches like the shelf (maybe not-so-little).

  3. Honestly, Brittany, I don’t think it could be any better. Your board and batten treatments looks beautiful–you did an amazing job of combining the different kinds of trim for a truly custom look. And blue color you chose for the walls is just right!

    No, I don’t think you’re crazy for doing this for your 5- and 7- year-olds. This bathroom looks like it’ll be easy to clean, and it has a nice masculine look. But if your son is really pushing for pink and black stripes, I’d say his closet is a good place for them!

  4. Yay the reveal is here. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Although I love Nemo, the new look is even better. :) Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely use this in my upcoming bathroom makeover.

    Question for ya! If you had a wall that leads to the stairs, would you put B&B on just that wall and that side of the stairs? I was wondering if it would look weird if I only do that wall or if I need to do the entire living room as well.

    Thanks! :)

    • Kas3doto,

      I’m having a hard time picturing your dilemma. (But that might because I still haven’t had my coffee yet.) Can you send me a quick picture? I’m guessing that there are several ways to handle it.

      Brittany (email: PrettyHandyGirl (at) gmail.com)

    • Thanks for the pictures. I think you can do either. If you want to stop it right before the stairs, “cap” off the end with a board that is slightly taller and deeper than the others. Then add some decorative moulding on top. Make it look like a newel post that is built into the wall. Not sure if that makes sense or not. Here is a picture to give you an idea, but not exactly what I was thinking: http://pinterest.com/pin/107531414/

      • Thanks for replying so quickly. I think I know what you are talking about. That might be a good idea too since we are thinking of putting bookcases back on that wall. Then we could start at the bottom of the stairs and up with the b&b.

        :)

  5. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Beautiful transformation!

  6. Uvijek sve odradiš do savršenstva. Upravo tvoj perfekcionizam je ono što me oduševljava.

  7. Beautiful makeover! Love the wall color and trim, and the updated mirror and lights. Perfect!

  8. I love it! Your finished projects always look so professional. Great job.

  9. Fabulous! If I had even a pinky finger’s worth of your talent! Love the colors. Now I’m considering doing the board and batten in our upstairs hallway. You made it look uber simple! Fantastic job!

  10. Wow that looks awesome! I have used Aura paint throughout my home. It truly is amazing!! So my master bath looks very similar to yours. Lt blue walls, SAME shower curtain, and lt tan floors. But I wish I had your board and batten!! Beautiful!!

  11. LOVE it. I think that is the color I am going with in my master bathroom! Great minds ;-)

  12. I LOVE it! The blue paint makes the white look so clean and beautiful! Great work!

  13. Looks great! Definitely a more grown-up room. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for the towel bar (even though I’m a hook person myself)

  14. So grown up! Love all the hooks on the door, too.

  15. Brittany – you are the master of board and batten – the bathroom looks incredible – love blue against the white and the little touches you added, too. Had to laugh at your son’s request. My oldest daughter wanted fluorescent green and orange in her room when she was a teenager. I know I am going to have to tackle undoing that someday soon.

    My best- Diane

  16. I love it!! I love fish ocean scenes and all that, but if they are growing up, their space should too. I think if you show that they have a nice space, hopefully they will feel very grown up and take slightly better care of it. Great job Brittany!

    xoox
    Kristina
    @PearlGateway

  17. It looks fantastic! I’m so glad to see it finished up! You are truly inspiring!

    Becky B.
    http://www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

  18. Nothing is worse in a bathroom than that hollywood strip lighting and a plain mirror (I know because we had that too!). You’re transformation is so nicely done and adds value to the bathroom. I really like it…much more grown up for the boys. You are so so “handy”. The only thing I was wondering, is if you’d thought of changing the color of the vanity?

  19. LOVE the way it turned out!

  20. This looks greeaaat! I love the paint color- I need to check out a swatch to see if it would work for me, always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ blue.

  21. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I was SO happy when my kids got tired of the baby bathroom, too, and I could make it into a true guest bath. Although it’s sad too. I just look at them growing up as a chance to redecorate!
    Stacy

  22. Awesome, Brittany – gorgeous! I love all the details that you added to the B&B. I also like the striped shower curtain – it adds to the beachy feel. I absolutely can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing for the towel bar! I don’t know if the pictures I sent you of my bathroom show it, but I have the ugly builder’s towel bar and toilet paper holder – the ceramic kind that will leave a big ugly hole when removed?! I want so badly to replace it but I’m not yet up to tackling that; maybe you will once again inspire me… ;-)

    • Tati, oh I was thinking, geez I can’t believe she didn’t change out her towel bar! LOL! No, I didn’t even notice. I just looked again. I think they look fine. If you wanted to replace them you’d end up ripping up the wall and having to patch it. Not that you can’t do that. But, I think they look great and much more durable than the screw in kind.

      Brittany

      • Exactly! They’re definitely in there and durable, but eventually I will replace them because they are ugly – at least the towel bar is above my B&B so no fixing up will have to be done to the B&B. The hesitation is in matching the current paint – we inherited it with the house, so matching it is next to impossible. I’ll probably wait to do the towel bar until I’m ready to repaint a new color!

  23. Love it! Perfect balance between soft and . . . um, just right for little men ;) But, yes, mine would’ve tried boomeranging the starfish (probably at each other) and the lovely soap on the sink would’ve made it about a day. Maybe. But then, I had 3 and I was a new-to-the-game stepmother.

    Dying to know how the matte finish washes. I’ve always disliked high gloss walls in bathrooms. Too much shine!

    Gorgeous, Brittany!

  24. I’m so impressed! It’s amazing!

  25. Your bathroom looks incredible. It’s amazing what a new look does for your home.

  26. I really love the change Brittany! I think the striped shower curtain looks great in there. I have 3 boys and I would love to throw some bright flowers in mine but you do what you gotta do! Luckily I like stripes too!

  27. I love the new look. You always do a great job and make it look so easy to do it yourself. I absolutely love your beach theme.

  28. Your detail is stunning!

  29. Wow! Gorgeous bathroom! The curtain, the mirror, and the sconce made it elegant. I felt bad for the fishes though ;) Great job!

  30. did you glue the coat/towel hanger on the back on the door?

  31. Can you tell me where you got the shower curtain or what the name of it is?

  32. Can you tell me where you got the blue stripe shower curtain or what the name of it is?

  33. Hi Brittany! I have run across you a few times on Pinterest, and finally had the time tonight to check out your blog. Love what you did in this bathroom. I just posted a bathroom project on my blog this week. Check it out if you get time. diysisters.com. I’m enjoying looking at all your fun projects!

  34. Beautiful……but the cabinets need to be loved….what are you planning?

  35. beautiful…but the cabinets in the bathroom need some attention…what do you have in mind?

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