We’re in the process of giving my son’s bathroom a little refresh.
The project came about when we decided it was time to retire the monkey shower curtain he’s had since he was a baby.
Apparently, it’s a bit “little kid” for an almost 9-year-old. How did that happen?
Since we were changing out the shower curtain and a few other juvenile accessories, it seemed like the perfect time to give the entire room an update and to tend to some repairs. We’re going with a nautical theme, per the design client’s request.
Jackson’s bathroom doesn’t need an entire overhaul, but there were definitely some improvements to be made to its aesthetics and function.
My husband and I spent part of a Saturday afternoon recently installing a new curved shower curtain rod and towel bar from Moen and touching up the paint on the walls. (I’ll show you photos of all that during the room reveal post in a week or so!)
We also installed a new showerhead — the Moen Engage™ with Magnetix™ Handheld Shower, available at Lowe’s.
All of these changes fall into the what-took-us-so-long category. Seriously.
The towel bar: My kid has a bad habit of leaving his bath towels on the floor. I can’t really fault him too much for that. Before, we installed the new towel bar, we just had a hook over the bathroom door and it was too hard for him to reach. Now, he has no excuse for leaving towels on the floor. We’re still working on the underwear and other dirty clothes!
The shower curtain rod & touch-up painting: The curved shower curtain rod is also something we should have installed years ago. I bought one for the guest bathroom when we moved into the house, but for some reason, we went with a tension rod in Jackson’s bathroom. It never fell, but it did get jostled quite a bit, and rubbed big chunks of paint off the wall. I can’t believe how much better it looks in his bathroom now that we’ve replaced the shower curtain rod and touched up the paint on the walls.
The shower head: I’m not sure why we never had a hand shower before in Jackson’s bathroom. It would have made hair washing so much easier during those years when Jackson needed help with his bath. Since he still prefers baths to showers, it makes it easy for him to rinse his hair. And because Moen Magnetix™ hand showers have an integrated magnet, instead of a cradle to hold them in place, removing them and putting them back is simple. Jackson can do it, even though he’s not tall enough to reach the shower head.
I can’t wait to show you how these new fixtures look in Jackson’s new nautical themed bathroom.
This sailing ship shower curtain from Anthropologie inspired the entire makeover.
It can be difficult to decorate for kids who are in those in-between ages, like my son. He’s not a little kid anymore, but he’s not a tween either. We didn’t want to go with a theme, like Minecraft or Star Wars, that he might outgrow (at least decoratively!) But he’s still a kid, so a little fun and whimsy are fine.
Once Jackson saw the Anthropologie shower curtain, he wasn’t happy with any other option I showed him. But I wasn’t happy with the $148 price tag.
You’ll have to come back to see how I pulled off the look for less than half that price!
Here are some other items we’re considering for Jackson’s nautical bathroom:
- Rope Denim Indoor Outdoor Rug
- Wheel Magnifying Glass
- Hemp Rope Ball Door Stopper
- Wooden Anchor
- Whale Framed Print
- Wooden Wall Shelf
- Bathroom Light Fixture
Don’t be surprised if I find a way to DIY some of these items. After all, this is a budget room refresh, not a major makeover.