We updated our boy’s bathroom with a fresh coat of navy blue paint on the vanity, added character to the oversized mirror by framing it with decorative trim, painted the shower fixtures to match the new sink faucet, and added in some fun beach theme decor to tie it all together.
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I’m sure by now you’re like, “What’s with you and this navy blue?”
I know. I know.
Or maybe I don’t know.
What I do know is I like navy. A lot.
I find all blues to be soothing, but I really like how strong and bold navy is. I think of it almost as a neutral when decorating with it. It really can go with almost any other color.
And yes, I know many of you don’t like navy, especially when it comes to furniture being painted, and that’s ok, too. If we all liked the same things, then the world would be a pretty boring place.
Anyhoo, I’m going to share some of the before pictures with you so maybe you can appreciate the changes made over the last two years.
This is what the Jack and Jill bath looked like on moving day.
The house was over 20 years old when we bought it two years ago and all the bathrooms were original. Although the tile and cabinetry wouldn’t be my first choice, I have to admit it’s in fantastic shape. The builder did an excellent job with the finishing materials throughout the house and the previous owners took great care of it.
And really, it’s all cosmetic issues. We looked at brand new houses and the tile and cabinets were not to my liking either, so it’s really just par for the course.
The original wall color was an off white and all fixtures were brass. We painted Reid’s room first and you can read more about that here. The new wall color is Expedition Khaki from Behr. Since the Jack and Jill bath connects to his room, we carried the same paint color and surf theme into the bathroom.
Stew thought it would be a fun idea to write Reid’s name in paint and leave it for him to find when he came home from school.
Never, ever do this! It’s extremely hard to cover unless you use primer!!! Reid did love it though so I couldn’t get too upset about it.
We changed the door knobs, hinges, and sink faucets to oil rubbed bronze. There are three normal size doors and one smaller linen closet door in these two bathrooms. I hate, hate, hate painting doors. They’re evil and it takes forever to finish just one side of them and then I had to do the other side. They do look much cleaner and fresher when all was said and done so it was worth the hassle of doing them, but I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon!
The oversized 1990s mirror got a makeover of its own and you can read more about that here.
Doesn’t that frame around the mirror make the biggest difference ever?
At this point we happily left the bathroom alone for a while and moved on to several more projects in the house; however, all of that changed last week.
Stew decided it was time to install sliding shower doors in hopes of keeping the water in the shower where it belongs. With approximately 100 million reminders, the boys still fail to close the shower curtain properly and we were worried about damage happening to the ceiling below.
So new shower doors were installed…
Since we still had some brass fixtures hiding in the shower, Stew used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to paint the fixtures to match the rest of the bathroom. It was an easy and inexpensive fix.
The new shower doors really opened up the room and made it feel bigger. The natural light from the skylight was no longer being lost behind the shower curtain and that side of the room looked bright and fresh; however, the old brown and beige vanity no longer seemed to fit in. I thought this was the perfect time to fix that issue.
Honestly, I’ve been tired of the brown and beige vanity combo for a long time now. We have the same exact combination in every bathroom throughout the house. It didn’t help that all the rooms in the house were beige or taupe (with BEIGE trim!!!!) and the carpet was beige.
We were living in a sea of brown and beige. You really don’t know how much you miss the bright white trim until you no longer have it. I could handle beige walls but beige walls with a different color of beige trim was killing me! We have slowly eradicated the brown walls and beige trim and now I’m on a war path to get rid of the brown cabinets.
Yes, I can hear you now. “How can you paint over those cabinets?!?!?”
The short answer would be the cabinets are worn and need to be refinished or painted and I chose the latter.
Because I need color in my life.
I used my favorite paint from General Finishes called Coastal Blue. Isn’t it an awesome color for a boy’s bathroom vanity?
It’s crisp and clean looking with a touch of elegance.
We removed doors, drawers, and hardware and then I lightly sanded everything including the base of the cabinet. I used a 50:50 mixture of denatured alcohol and water to clean the cabinets and I wiped everything down with a tack cloth before starting to paint.
Tip: I always vacuum my work area prior to painting to ensure all the dust and dog hair won’t be floating around while I paint. There’s nothing worse than finishing a project and finding dog hair glued in the paint.
For the large flat areas (raised panels on the doors and the side of the vanity) I used a foam roller. For other areas I used a Purdy brush. I kept my brush strokes light and even. I brushed in the same direction as the wood grain and the final pass with my paint brush would be one long stroke.
For example, I would use shorter strokes when applying the paint to a section. Then I would go back over that section with one long stroke (minimal pressure on the brush) so that I wouldn’t have “stop and go” brush marks. After that, I would move onto a new section and start the process all over again. That’s very important when using dark paint colors like navy or black because brush lines can easily be seen once the paint is dry and you don’t want that to happen.
General Finishes is a self-sealing paint, but since this was in a kid’s bathroom I decided to use Varathane Matte Finish sealer to help protect the paint. The matte finish has a little bit of a sheen, but not as much as a satin finish would have. I have to order it online, but your local big box store may carry it.
I made a cool hand painted stencil SURF sign to go along with our beach theme. I used woven letter trays as the canvas for each letter. You can find the tutorial and free stencil printable here. This would be a really cute sign using a child’s name or making an “EAT” sign for the kitchen.
A beachy towel rack was hung underneath for convenience. No more towels left on the floor…we hope!
A handmade driftwood sailboat from the Philippines was added.
I love the natural wood and the blue stripes!
My grandfather’s old red oil lamp, a wood box belonging to my dad, and a hand carved turtle from the boy’s long ago babysitter were added for a touch of whimsey.
And a few seashells….
Check out the framed mirror in this room. It adds so much more warmth to the decor. It was such an easy fix and it made such a difference to the room.
And another shot of the mirror…
Yes, we need a bigger mat! We’re on spring break this week and I refused to go shopping to get a second one. I think two mats side by side will work just fine.
So what do you think? I’m thinking he’s a lucky little boy to have such a cool bathroom.
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