Full bathroom renovation plans with solutions for maximizing space, creating function for kids, and creating a classic luxury style for less.
We are kicking off our first massive room gut and full renovation this spring in partnership with American Standard. Excited is an understatement! And even though this space will also technically be for the kids, it’s feeling more like mommy’s design playground right now.
Of course, Robert and I can never start a project without fully spilling out our big plans to y’all.
Back when we first moved into this house two years ago, the kids’ bathroom looked like this:
And after we gave it a Phase 1 makeover, it now looks like this:
BUT that Phase 1 was really just a means to an end in order to hold us over for the full reno. Painting the walls, the existing 80s shower/tub/countertop, and the old tile grout can only go so far.
The important thing we wanted to remember about this space was making it versatile in looks but kid-friendly in function.
Even though this bathroom will be mostly for Regan and Olivia, we knew guests would be using it on occasion. And in the interest of our house’s potential resale and staying true to the classic design of our colonial home, we’re opting for lots of timeless features.
It’s a little bit retro, a little bit traditional, and a little girly all rolled together.
Classic Kids’ Bathroom Renovation Plans:
Easy Clean Marble-Look Shower Surround
Immediately, when I think of “classic”, I think of marble. So this marble style surround from American Standard’s Passage Collection spurred on this whole huge design plan for replacing the old beige surround with its current makeshift paint job.
I love that it has the look of marble without the high maintenance and risk of staining the real stuff. That way the kids can be as messy as they want with shower crayons and bath bombs; keeping it clean will be easy.
Deep Soaking Bathtub
We’ll be swapping out the dated tub for the American Standard Ovation so that we still get the depth and comfort of a soaking tub without having to sacrifice a lot of space in our narrow bathroom.
This was the tub before our makeshift paint job:
And we’ve never turned on those jets for fear of what might be growing inside of them. Bleck!
For the toilet, we’re replacing the old one with this American Standard VorMax toilet that ACTUALLY CLEANS ITSELF! (You know you’re officially a grown-up when you do spirit fingers about self-cleaning toilets.)
And since this bathroom is SO narrow and has absolutely no room for most regular sized sinks or vanities, we’ll be ripping out the old original vanity from 1960 to replace it with two smaller American Standard Morning vessel sinks sitting on top of an open vanity table.
Open Vanity Table for Extra Room & Step Stools
I’m thinking this console table would be so cute converted into a vanity. It’s just girly enough, is the perfect size, and has great detail with a nod to traditional.
That way, each girl gets her own sink (in preparation for those future sibling sharing spats), and a vanity table makes the space feel more open while leaving room for step stools.
Classic Vintage-Style Tile
For the rest of the space, we’ll be sticking to a simple black and white color scheme by using vintage style hexagon floors. Olivia picked out the flower pattern herself, and I’m totally not surprised by her choice.
And for halfway up the walls, we’ll be installing wavy white subway tiles. I love how it catches the light for a shimmery effect yet still has the look of handmade antique.
Easy Clean Feminine Faucets
To soften the harsh lines of the tile, we’ll be using these curvy, more feminine style sink faucets from the American Standard Quentin line. The brushed nickel will also be easy to keep clean.
Water Saving Features
And the shower/tub will have a brushed nickel American Standard Chatfield trim kit.
What we love most about all of the upgrades is that everything will be WaterSense certified, which saves more water than the standard flow rate. So even though the girls will likely leave the sinks and shower running longer than they should, we’ll be conserving more water and saving on our utility bill.
For the rest of the space, we’ll be adding some girly details like a peachy, blush pink bath mat and shower curtain that will be easy to change out as the girls grow. And we’ll use a pair of feminine looking beaded mirrors with sconces on either side.
I cannot wait to see how this all comes together! I’m so glad that we’ll be making this a space that is functional and will remain beautiful for many, many years to come. This upgrade will surely give us the most bang for our buck.
What do you think so far? Do we have a winner? More details coming hopefully soon!