playroom bathroom. redo. playtime.

Project: playroom bathroom. It’s bad. I mean, real bad. We have this bathroom that is attached to our playroom and it has sat looking so white, barren and sad for a year now. My issue? Well, first, it is just so white and blah. Second, you can see it downstairs from the kitchen and it drives me crazy. Literally crazy. I look at it multiple times during the day and just cringe. Couldn’t handle it, so I decided to tackle it. Now? Well, I kind of love it and know the boys do too.

Here’s the down and dirty of that blah bathroom.

playroom bath before

{1} I didn’t want to spend a lot. Not a huge priority for me, but something that just needed a quick overhaul. So, easy on the wallet was a must.

{2} I love “no color”. Yes, I classify that as a color. You might fall asleep in our house, but I love that. I tend to not do anything too colorful or “themey”, so I was trying to think outside the box {and my comfort zone} on this one and do something that was fun and representative of a playroom.

{3} There is a shower that faces the stairs, which you can see from the kitchen, so I needed to somehow cover that up. But, ripping out the shower was not an option. Hmmm.

And, I now introduce you to the new playroom bathroom.

playroom bath after

One of the biggest priorities for me was to not spend a lot. There are way too many other rooms to decorate, so I needed a few decorating tricks that were easy on the wallet.  Some of the ways I save money?


playroom bath art

{1} I found an old gasoline tank insert at a flea market and the boys used one of their Lego cards to spice it up a little. Their idea. Kind of brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that?

(2) I used the ‘Rock em Sock em’ Box to create artwork. I cut up the front and back of the box and then inserted them into frames. I also used the cover of a Lego magazine as another piece of art. To save money, I bought inexpensive frames at Ikea. You can find them here.

{3} I had a ‘S’ laying around and covered it with scrapbook paper. And, I framed a poster {free} from my brother that showcases the movie he produced. Rumor has it, they’re blowing up the internet and were quite a hit at a festival in Austin. I used another inexpensive frame from Ikea which you can find here.

{4} I used a sheet of wrapping paper for the frame to the right of the sink. I got it for $2.50 and I still have some leftover. I love using wrapping paper sheets for decorating. So easy. So cheap.

idea 2 playroom bath

playroom bath shower

{1} To save money, I bought a canvas drop cloth at Lowes  for $10. I then stitched the top to insert a curtain rod and left it extra drapey. I needed it to cover the hideous shower, but wanted to it somewhat distanced from the toilet. I have boys, need I say more?

{2} For the curtain rod, I bought galvanized pipe and a floor flange that hung from one wall to the other. We were only 1/4″ too long, so we had Lowes cut it and re-thread for us. Simple enough. Total cost? $25.

{3} A hook that broke off a coat rack {boo.} and some rope I had in my craft stash were a simple way to keep the curtain snug against the wall.

{4} Lastly, I used wrapping paper which cost me a total of $4 at Home Goods to line the inside of the shower. It still looked awkward peering into the shower, so I came up with a temporary solution. I am not sure if I love it, or even if I will keep it. But, it was super simple and only required some scissors and tape. For now, it’s cute.

idea 3 playroom bath

Yes, it’s true. I shy away from color. Some say you fall asleep in our house. I say you are so relaxed you don’t know what to do with yourself. But, I wanted to do something that was a little out of my comfort zone and was a bit more representative of the playroom space upstairs. My playful trick on paint? A little something others know as {chalkboard} paint.

playroom bath paint

{1} I found the ‘&’ hook at Anthropologie. It is the perfect addition and easy for little hands to return properly to its place.

{2} It’s all about the chalkboard, baby. This place? This is a place where the kids can doodle and write all day and ALL over. Every wall is covered and waiting patiently for the next artist. A mason jar from my cupboards is the perfect place to store chalk and didn’t cost me a dime.

{3} Tintable Chalk. Me the Mr. Big picked out a deep navy for the walls. You can find some for yourself at your neighborhood Lowes. Kind of different. Kind of cute. Who says chalkboard paint has to stay on one wall?

chalk on wall My sis-in-law had a great idea. Purchase a block of gymnastics chalk from a sporting store. It will save you lots of little pieces of chalk and you probably won’t get calloused fingers like me. Um, why didn’t I think of that? You can thank her for that great idea.

idea 4 playroom bath

playroom bath painted floors

playroom floors collage

It is likely you already read about my newly painted striped floors. I love them and it was a quick fix for the time being. But, who knows, maybe they will stay after all. To read how I completed the project look here. Best part of all? The total cost was a whopping $45. Can I get a booya?

Are you kind of smitten with it too? And, it was all done in under $300. Now? A little piece of playful, gorg.

playroom bath total cost

So much better. Instead of cringing each time I look at it, I smile. That makes for one happy girl. I hope you try something out of your comfort zone too. And, remember you don’t have to spend a lot to make over a room. A little shopping around your house or the hardware store just might do the trick.

try. enjoy. share.

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5 Responses to playroom bathroom. redo. playtime.

  1. Misty April 10, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    I love that this was so different from your usually decor. Fun for kiddos, and a new twist on your versatility 🙂 So much fun in one little room! Looks lovely!

    • lulu & linen April 10, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks! Thought it was only fair that the kids got to experience a little color in their rooms 🙂

  2. Misty April 10, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    And another note: Did.not.know Lowes would cut and rethread pipe!!! Good to know.

  3. Emily April 10, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    JESSICA!!! (that’s me shouting) this is amazing!! I’m obsessed with this bathroom. Love, love, love. I bet the kids love it.

  4. michelle April 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    I love this! So fun!!

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