On Primary Election Day last May — as in nine months ago — I started “Phase 2” of our renovation of the upstairs hall bathroom, primarily used by Kate, but also shared by guests who stay with us. (You can check out Phase 1, which included replacing all the big pieces of the room, here.)
Although 90% of what I wanted to accomplish in the room was completed months ago, I never wrote about it because the final touches weren’t complete. (They still aren’t, because we haven’t had an electrician install new light fixtures.) Finally I decided to deem the room “finished,” for all intents and purposes, just after New Year’s when we hung some fun art. It seems so silly now that I waited such a long time to record these updates because of really small changes that weren’t quite done. We’re clearly not a home renovation show, so I don’t know why I thought it needed to be a big reveal!
Here’s the recap: In May, we took down the huge, boring builder mirror over the sinks, the toilet paper holder and the towel ring/rack.
I used my day off for the primary (after voting, of course!) to prep the room and paint it a yellow called Banana Mania by Behr. It looked cheerful but calm on the paint strip. It looks BRIGHT in real life. But with the bathroom primarily used by a preschooler, we’re keeping it 🙂
I chose this fun “paintball floral” shower curtain, rug and hand towels by Kate Spade to break up the yellow walls and straddle the needs of the room between fun for a little girl and not too childish for guests.
I replaced the old towel ring with a new polished chrome version to pick up on the shiny faucets and vanity hardware. We hung a white wood and polished chrome towel peg bar at Kate’s height to encourage her to hang her own towels up. And we replaced the irritating spring-loaded toilet roll holder with an open-ended, slide on version.
I found simple white-framed mirrors at Home Goods that just perfectly fit next to each other to cover the exact same space the previous mirror covered. Since we didn’t re-drywall that area, we had to be sure these gave us full coverage.
And last, but not least, just after Christmas I came across this great Etsy shop called ILovePrintable. The multi-colored lettering art seemed to go perfectly with the colors and style of the shower curtain. So rather than mull it over for weeks/months, I downloaded some inspirational printables and that very weekend framed them out in white gallery frames from Target and hung them on the wall!
We have two new silver and white light fixtures to hang above each sink and we still need window treatments on the small window, but we’re really so close to being done with this room!