This week I’m sharing the updates that we’ve made to Jack’s bathroom since moving into our home. This room is not totally finished because I plan to paint or wallpaper the bathroom sometime soon, but even at 75% completion it’s a drastic improvement from the builder grade features we started with. I did all of the updates on my own, from plumbing to electrical and everything in between. Jack is 7 years old and loves his bathroom now, and I most certainly do too!
Boys Bathroom Update
I don’t have any great photos of this bathroom from when we moved in, and I’m really kicking myself for not planning ahead! Here are a few photos that show what the bathroom fixtures looked like before though:
Original cabinet pull is on the left, update is on the right:
Here is the original towel bar. It was mounted at 5′ high, which at 7 years old Jack couldn’t even reach. I lowered it to about 37″ so that it sits just below the light switch.
This is a different bathroom, but below is what the original toilet paper holder looked like:
and this is a different bathroom but here is what the original light fixture looked like before replacing:
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The countertops are Sea Pearl Quartzite, which is a natural stone. We have this stone all through the house and I think it’s so pretty. It’s very durable too!
The first update I made was installing the bamboo top down bottom up blinds. With two windows in a small space Jack definitely needed some privacy! I photographed them with the blinds up but we typically have the two pulled down to let in sunlight and the lower portion of the window is covered for privacy. We have these throughout our entire house and they are fantastic. The color we have is Rustic Oak, and they really are a breeze to install as long as you measured properly prior to ordering. Next, I swapped out the faucet. It came with a boring brushed nickel faucet and I opted to switch the polished nickel for all of the finishes. This Kingston Brass faucet is so pretty and classic. I love the H and C labels because they look like something you’d find in a beautiful old hotel. The faucet can swivel too, which is a feature I’ve never seen before on a bathroom sink. If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful faucet I’d highly recommend Kingston Brass. This one was under $100 when I bought it and it’s currently on sale for $85.80. Their faucets are really high quality and they are significantly less expensive than nice Delta faucets that have a similar look.
I asked our builders to not install mirrors because I knew I’d hang my own once we moved in. I love the warmth that this wooden mirror brings to the room. It’s only $130 and I actually bought it as part of a campaign with Lowe’s last year. It’s a great size and the shape is unique!
The original light fixture over the sink was a scroll-y ugly brushed nickel one. I took that down and installed this polished nickel sconce from Ballard. This light is available in single light, double light, and triple light options. I installed the double light in Jack’s bathroom and used the triple light option in our guest bathroom.
I swapped out the drawer pulls, towel bar, and toilet paper holders and now they’re fresh looking with more timeless designs. I love this toilet paper holder because you just lift the lever up to change out the rolls. Super easy, especially for a little kid. The towel bar is from Ballard, although I just checked and it’s only available in oil rubbed bronze now. There was no towel ring, so I added a polished nickel one to hold Jack’s hand towels. I found all of the towels and his soap dispenser at Homegoods.
I’ve owned all of the artwork for ages and the little ship painting was an antique mall find. The large stand up paddle boarding poster was from a race that I watched when I lived in Hawaii in 2011.
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Looks great! Question because this is something I am on the edge about off and on for absolutely no reason other than, well, Army. *facepalm* Have you or anybody else experienced a mind block when it comes to purchasing Naval scenes or anything Naval related? The only landlocked area we’ve lived in was in Arizona… Gosh I feel stupid for even asking this question!
That’s too funny! No it honestly doesn’t phase me. Nautical stuff has always been prettier than anything related to the Army lol. I do occasionally get made fun of and am told I joined the wrong service, but as far as decor and clothing-wise I think naval related things are timeless and pretty. I say go for it 🙂
Ha, too true! It is prettier! You’d think I’d be more sympathetic since my Dad is a Marine, Grandfather was a sailor but alas I married the “enemy” and here we are. Hook, line, and Sink Navy. 😉 I’ll have to give it a shot. A small one. Maybe start with a USS Constitution related item first to see how it feels! 😂
Although I must say I have a soft spot for mules. No joke, they’re amazing animals! (See Rinker Buck’s love letter to mules in “The Oregon Trail”) I have begun collecting trench art (mainly WWI) and re-purpose it as candle holders or flower vases (with insert). We do have a 105/120mm tank shell, not entirely sure on its provenance as my FIL was an Armor Officer/FAO, that we use as an umbrella/walking stick stand but other than that you’re right, somehow I just can’t make that Green Girl work!