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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. Alice
    Alice says:

    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.

  2. ColleenwithMurals&More
    ColleenwithMurals&More says:

    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!

  3. Tati
    Tati says:

    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… 😉

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      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.


      • Tati
        Tati says:

        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!

  4. Stacy
    Stacy says:

    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!

  5. SheilaG
    SheilaG says:

    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.

  6. nanci
    nanci says:

    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?

  7. Kristina
    Kristina says:

    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!



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