Tuesday, November 3, 2015

An "Under the Sea" Kid's Bathroom Reveal

Shortly after we moved into our house, we redecorated our guest bathroom. Here's what it looked like upon move-in:

Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have.  Let's just say everything was builder's grade and beige!
To complete the redo, we painted the walls and ceiling, installed board and batten, framed the mirror, built and installed two pallet wood floating shelves, replaced the faucet and light fixture, installed crown molding, and refinished the vanity.  A full description of everything that went into the reveal may be found at the following link.

This bathroom is located right outside the nursery, and with our baby girl arriving in December, I wanted to turn the bathroom into something a little more special for her.  After all, she'll be the one primarily using the bathroom in the years to come!  While designing Audrey's dinosaur-themed nursery, I had wondered how cool it would be to have an "under the sea" nursery.  So, why not use that for the bathroom?  And that's exactly what we did.

To give the board and batten, baseboards, and crown molding a new life, I painted them ultra white in a semi-gloss finish.  Semi-gloss is great to use in bathrooms, as it handles moisture well and is also durable.  Then, I painted the walls a deep, bright blue -- appropriately, Olympic's "King Triton," also in a semi-gloss finish.

After the base coat was completed, I went online and Googled images for coral and sea animal silhouettes.  The idea was to make this bathroom as whimsical as possible, so I chose a variety of coral species and familiar animals, such as a sea turtle, Caribbean reef shark, jellyfish, fish, and manta ray.  Once all of the items were chosen, I traced them directly onto overhead transparencies with a Sharpie.  You could also print them out onto printable transparencies, too.

Then, using a school overhead projector (which we bought off of eBay for $15), I projected the images onto the wall to figure out where they should go.

I traced the items directly onto the wall using a piece of chalk.  I wanted the coral to overlap in some places, so I traced them one at a time, painted the coral with a large-sized paint brush, and then traced the other coral over top.

I continued throughout the bathroom, tracing the coral and animals wherever they seemed to fit best.  Being six month pregnant at the time, Evan had to outline the taller ones for me!  The idea was to keep a coral reef on one side of the bathroom and deep sea on the other.

All of the sea life was painted in a variety of Olympic colors (the Lowe's paint people thought I was nuts).  If you're doing murals like these, it's helpful to buy sample sizes of these paint colors -- I made the mistake of buying quart-sized amounts of each and have a ton leftover.  The sample sizes would've been perfect!  The colors included: 

Olympic's "Purple Surf"
Olympic's "Purple Statice"
Olympic's "Pink Flambe"
Olympic's "Forsythia Blossom"
Olympic's "Weeping Willow"
We upgraded a few bathroom features by installing a brushed nickel curved shower curtain rod, installing a new shower head, replacing my spray painted electric outlet covers with actual brushed nickel ones, installing various hooks throughout the board and batten, and installing a GFI electric outlet next to the sink as a child safety feature.  I also bought a new shower curtain, rugs, toilet seat cover, and hand towels from Bed Bath and Beyond.  To finish the room, I shopped around the house for random beach or sea-inspired tsotchkes.  

Remember the before?

Here's the after!

This is a pretty small bathroom, so the mural only took us two days to do.  Painting it was an absolute blast.  A part of me wishes it was socially acceptable to have animal-themed murals in every room, not just for kids' rooms!  

What I also love about this bathroom is how the original renovations from our first makeover tied so perfectly into it.  The refinished vanity, which I had stripped and stained a light gray several years ago, ties in perfectly with the nautical theme.  The pallet wood floating shelves, too, look almost like driftwood.

My framed shark teeth project also works perfectly now, too!

Here's a few details:

Found this octopus hook at Home Depot!

The room is now bright, whimsical, and perfect for our little girl.  I hope it'll fuel her imagination and inspire creativity in the years to come.  Hope you love it as much as we do!

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