Our guest / kids bathroom remodel is finally finished, and oh what a fun project this was! Mostly because this was not a DIY endeavor, so I got to kick back, relax, focus on the fun stuff and watch the magic happen without really doing any heavy lifting. Praise be! In case you’re not up to speed on our guest/kid bathroom project, head over and check out our guest/kid bathroom inspiration and design plan post.
Kids Bathroom Remodel: Before & After
This bathroom was an especially exciting project to see completed because it was one of the only spaces left in the house that needed to be updated. Nothing like having a baby to really kick the remodel motivation into high gear! Now that this space has been transformed into a super functional, beautiful, happy bathroom we can wholeheartedly say we love (and aren’t embarrassed for guests to use) we feel like this little cottage of ours is pretty complete. Though we are putting a primary bedroom/bathroom/closet addition on the house this winter, which has been delayed and delayed thanks to permitting issues, but the existing house is feeling so whole and we are 100% loving that feeling after pouring our blood, sweat and tears into updating this home over the last seven years.
For this guest bathroom, just like our current primary bathroom, I really wanted to keep it sweet and simple so it remained a timeless, cottage-inspired space that would age well with our family and house, but still make it a little bit of fun. Because it just wouldn’t be a space in our little cottage abode without some fun design and decor elements in the mix, right? If you’ve been around this little blog for a while and know your home, you can probably tell at a glance what my favorite piece of this design puzzle is – that green-grey watercolor tile! And I have to say, the tile turned out even prettier than I imagined, which is in part thanks to a stellar installation job done by our contractor, Lifetime Remodeling. If you’ve ever had tile installed before, you know that not all tile jobs or tile professionals are created equal and a tidy tile job where no detail is missed can make all the difference in bringing a beautiful tile to life in a space, and I’m so happy with how carefully and perfectly they installed the tile in this bathroom. It’s *chef’s kiss*!
That tile is by Adex and is part of their Habitat collection, and this specific color and finish is called “Leaf Glossy” which is a really soft, subtle sage green that also reads slightly grey or even pale blue in certain lights and is surprisingly (and excitingly) affordable. The size we did is the 2”x10” field tile, which is a longer field tile or subway tile and not only do I love the look, but larger tile also means less grout all around, which I’m all for (less to clean). Another really cool thing about this tile is that the individual tiles aren’t uniform in tone and the glaze is a “multi-tone” glaze which put together gives the tile a really beautiful, varied watercolor look with slightly different shades of that pretty soft green color throughout. I found all of our tile at Craftsman Court Ceramics right down the street in Old Town Scottsdale, and if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a deep, deep well of really cool tile choices of all shapes, sizes, styles, colors and materials, I highly recommend them. I had so much fun at my appointment and when I showed the design associate an inspiration pic of what I was hoping to find, she immediately pulled out this perfect, green-grey tile and I loved it instantly.
This guest and kids bathroom remodel was actually finished the day we were in the hospital bringing our baby boy into the world, so we were really excited to come home to a brand spankin’ new, shiny, sparkly bathroom, and the second I stepped foot inside I said to Chris, “It’s exactly what I pictured in my head when we started this.” It was such an awesome feeling to see my vision come to life so beautifully! And of course, we’ve now given Emmet many a bath in his bathroom and also had guests come stay and use the bathroom, and I think it’s gotten two thumbs up all around on both the form and function front.
Alright enough gabbing and onto the details! Though this space turned out to be a relatively simple space in the end, there are so many details included on both the form and function front that I not only thought long and hard about and researched more than anyone should research bathroom items, but that I just plain love, so below is a breakdown of what we did in here with sources to hopefully inspire your own guest/kiddo bathroom design dreams!
Guest and Kids Bathroom Remodel: New Bathroom Decor
I’m just starting with the fun stuff because that’s what we all really care about, right? Right. below are the links to the new decor elements we included in the bathroom. Like I mentioned we kept it simple in here, so there are only a handful of new decor items in the space. All things we love, though!
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New Tile for Tub, Shower Surround & Wall
Originally I had planned to only use tile for the tub surround, but when the tile arrived and we got close to demo on the space, I felt like because the color is so soft and subtle, it would be really pretty it we carried the tile all the way to the opposite wall on one side, running it behind the toilet, vanity and mirror. And I’m so glad we did because it really makes the space, in my opinion! As I mentioned, we also did that marble penny tile in the niche, and I absolutely love that tile, but now that we’ve lived with it, I may have done a more stark white grout color in the niche to make the tile pop, instead of the “Snow White” grout we used for all of the grout. I think that Snow White grout looks really pretty with the green tile, but a little bit too muted with the marble tile. Live and learn! Below are the links to the tile elements we’ll be incorporating so you can see the collections and the brand. The colors of the Adex tile aren’t represented that well on their site, but these links are just for reference so you can see what we’re workin’ with and find a dealer in your area if these inspire you!
New Bathroom Hardware & Trim
I wanted to keep it really simple and classic by using chrome hardware & fixtures throughout, which also matches the style of hardware in the other bathroom on this end of the house (our current primary bath). For max functionality in this bathroom, the shower/bath valves and trim were actually a really important piece of the remodel puzzle for me, which is why I’m SO in love with the Delta Cassidy Traditional 2-Handle TempAssure® 17T Series Valve Trim With 6-Setting Integrated Diverter. I know I know, it’s a mouthful and shower valves and trim may not seem exciting, but trust me when I say that this thing is really cool! The shower diverter consolidates all of your shower handles in one place, eliminating the need for an additional diverter valve so everything is in one place with one hole on your shower wall (so tidy!). You can also control volume and water temperature independently with two separate handles for more refined control of your shower experience. Even better is that in addition to being able to run your hand shower, shower head and tub faucet independently, there are three combinations of functions you can run at the same time, like your shower head and hand shower, or your tub faucet and shower head, etc. which I LOVE! I think it’s so disappointing when you can’t run two functions at the same time in a shower. Now we can easily do baby baths, toddler baths, dog washes, relaxing tub soaks and regular old showers in this bathroom, which is a huge upgrade.
Here’s what’s included in our chrome bathroom lineup:
5 Chrome Towel Hooks (for max hanging and storage capabilities)
Chrome Pfister 4″ Faucet (this was our old faucet that we reused because we love it)
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The bathtub we chose for this guest and kids bathroom remodel is the Kohler Underscore Alcove Bathtub with a Chrome overflow drain (you have to buy the overflow drain separately and you can choose from a variety of finishes). This was one of the elements of the remodel that my mom and I researched at length, reading review after review of all of the tubs that looked like they might fit the bill, and overall the Kohler tub got great reviews and had the largest water capacity, which will make for a nice, deep soak should anyone ever feel the urge. It’s also just a great looking tub, with a simple, clean, transitional shape and a nice, flat lip all around to set things on, which are all things that I think will help the tub age well. And since this will be the only tub in our home, we wanted to go big on this element of the bathroom and I’m so happy we did. It’s beautiful and so functional!
We kept the flooring we had in here, which is the same flooring we have throughout our home. It’s Nucore waterproof LVP from Floor & Decor in Driftwood Oak finish and we still love it so much. It’s done so well in this bathroom, too. Our contractor had to add a couple pieces of flooring once they moved the wall and before they brought in the new vanity, but that was easy enough. And I love that because it’s waterproof we can get the wood look in a bathroom!
Larger Bathroom Vanity & More Storage
One of the bigger undertakings in this guest and kids bathroom remodel was the vanity space. Our contractor blew out one of our walls in the bathroom to give us about one more foot of space that we used for a larger vanity with more storage. That space was taken from our hall closet, which really wasn’t that affected by the change (the shelves are slightly more shallow on one small side of it, which is fine). To fit our needs we had a simple 36″ shaker vanity made that sits flush to the wall on the left side and our countertop fabricator JDM countertops fabricated a beautiful quartz countertop for the vanity with Carrara marble-like greige veining to coordinate with our marble penny tile in the niche in the shower. The vanity includes a large cabinet storage space on the right with two doors, three drawers on the left and a dummy drawer across the top. I should also mention that we’ve now used quartz countertops that have greige (grey/beige/brown) veining and a Cararra marble look in three spaces in our home, and I just love them. They look like marble, but are durable, clean like a dream and have hints of warmth that I just adore. Also, JDM fabricated and installed our bathroom countertop in ONE DAY after choosing the material… which completely blew my mind. Best countertop guys in the biz, which is why we’ve used them over and over again!
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New Bathroom Mirror
Originally I thought we’d do another big mirror in here that filled the entire wall. That was the plan. But upon contemplation, it just felt like it was unnecessary in a bathroom this size and for this purpose (guests and kiddos). Then I thought I might do a chrome tilt/pivot mirror to coordinate with the rest of the chrome hardware and fixtures, but it started to feel like the space was getting a little too sterile with not enough warmth. I’ve always loved this Target mirror (it comes in and out of stock so if you love it, just sign up for email alerts for when it’s back in stock, or use their site’s feature where you can search for it in-store at a store in your area) and have almost used it in a couple of different spaces over the last year or so, never pulling the trigger. So when I felt like I needed a mirror that was both a little bit more interesting and warmer for this space, this immediately popped in my head and it happens to be a perfect fit for our needs.
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New Bathroom Light Fixture
This is one of those parts of your bathroom design plan where you can have a lot of fun, or just keep it really simple and classic. After considering about 1,000 choices and lighting design ideas, I decided that simple and classic would be more suited to the rest of the design and decor choices I made in the space, so I went with this really sweet, delightfully affordable two-light chrome sconce, and I’m so happy with it now that I see it in the space! This definitely isn’t the only light fixture that would work in the space, though so below are a ton of other similar choices that I think would be really cool in here or in any of your spaces!
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This was yet another element of this guest and kids bathroom remodel that I researched extensively because a good toilet is worth its weight in gold, am I right? I read review after review and ultimately decided that the American Standard Homestead VorMax White Elongated Chair Height 2-Piece WaterSense Toilet 12-in Rough-In Size. Wondering what your rough-in size is? Yeah, so did I. Toilet Tip: A toilet’s rough-in measurement is the space between the wall behind the toilet and the center of the waste pipe. So I measured our rough-in size before researching toilet options, hoping that our old home didn’t have an outdated 10” rough-in size since that limits the options, and much to my surprise and delight we had a 12” rough-in size. Hooray! Oh the things that bring us joy during a remodel.
So that’s it! I hope you guys love this guest and kids bathroom remodel as much as I do, but if you don’t just lie to me because it’s bringing me a lot of joy to have this bathroom finished right now.