Sunday, March 17, 2013

Red, Black & White Kids' Bathroom

Black White and Red Small Bathroom Makeover

  
When we bought our house there were a few things that were on my "must change" list. The kids' bathroom was near the top of that list. I wanted to change the paint color from the too- close- to- margarine shade of yellow, replace the worn vinyl floor, add board and batten trim, upgrade the oak vanity and top, and change the fixtures. Keeping in mind that we are a military family and whatever I did, another family would end up enjoying (or hating), I compromised a bit to keep the cost from skyrocketing.

It's a tiny space so I wanted to make it bright, fun, and try something that might not work in a larger room. I knew I wanted the walls to be red and loved the look of black and white tiles for the floor. We found black and white vinyl sheet flooring in a diagonal pattern that looks as sharp as tile, cost much less, and requires little more than a damp mop to keep squeaky clean. I'm not sure how I could ever put grouted tile in a kids' bathroom after having it! The wall color is Ralph Lauren Stadium Red. In some light it looks almost maroon and at other times, a bright fire engine red.
  
Kids Bathroom Makeover

I searched for months to find the cross handle faucets that I was after but seemed to cost way too much everywhere I looked. I also shopped around quite a bit before choosing the three light schoolhouse vanity fixture. 



 


A key factor in the DIY process around here is that whatever I dream up, my husband finds a way to create. He used a large sheet of mdf cut into four inch wide pieces and created what I think is an amazing board and batten look and painted it Acadia White by Benjamin Moore. He refinished the oak builder grade vanity in the same smooth white and framed the existing mirror to tie in with the rest of the trim. I can't say enough good things about Acadia White for trim.  It's just a beautiful white that reminds me of cream.

The above photo of the bathroom under construction doesn't come close to showing how unattractive the shade of yellow on the walls was before they were red. It was a stubborn, horrible yellow that didn't want to be covered- even by a dark red paint. Notice in the photo below how the yellow shows through!

The before shot of the oak vanity was taken with my cell phone when we were looking at the house. My hand was probably shaking because the yellow paint was causing me stress. Changing the vanity top and sink out with a black granite top made for such a great contrast with all of the creamy white. We haven't added any hardware to the drawers mainly because I can't make up my mind about bin pulls. I like the sleek look of it the way it is.



I thought about adding some photos of the baby splashing in the tub but since we knew we were going to be showing the house in the near future, I didn't want to hang too many personal photos and instead went with bold black accents on the wall.


Overall, I'm so happy with the way the remodel turned out. It's a unique look and makes a huge impact in such a tiny space. I will miss this little room when we have to leave. Sigh.


Checkerboard Style Vinyl Flooring in Red and White Bathroom Makeover



47 comments:

  1. Love how this turned out! The color combo is just great, and love the finishing touches. I just bought a kitchen faucet last week and had ticket shock too! I need to do my bathroom over as it is really in need of it. I have been putting it off too long. Thanks for spurring me on!

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  2. Newest follower here! I found you though the blog hop. You have a wonderful blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  3. SO ADORABLE!! I love how it turned out! I pinned it for inspiration! I hope you have a great day! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  4. I just Love Love Love your new bathroom. You did a wonderful job. This is my first time here thanks for sharing. Angelia @ http://dixielandcountry.com

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  5. Great bathroom - you had me at "red , white and black"!! Love the floor. Do the boys always keep it this clean?? :-)

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    1. So far- but he's too little to really get it dirty. We'll see!

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  6. Very nice! love the black and white floor. and I usually am not a fan of red walls, but it really works well in here :)

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    1. Thanks! I am trying to figure out how I can put that floor in another room because I love it so much ;)

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  7. This DIY makeover looks outstanding...so full of charm. Come by and share it at my linky party...hope to see ya there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda! I just joined your Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party at Coastal Charm. Love your beautiful site.

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  8. Love the red, white and black bathroom. Too cute. Featuring it at Wow Us Wednesdays tonight. Welcome to blogging, too.

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    1. Kim, that is fantastic news! Thank you so much. I'm loving the party at Savvy Southern Style.

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  9. Really impressive makeover! I love your colors! I would love to have you share it at the Rock N Share!

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  10. just beautiful! I love the red ! It all goes wonderfully together!

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  11. Great job, I love the red walls and the check floor is perfect. Great bathroom. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I love that! Red is my FAVE! Congrats on the Savvy Southern Style feature. that is a biggy!

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  13. What manufacturer makes that floor? I just have to have for my boys' bathroom. Love it! You made it look so expensive.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! The flooring is Armstrong Cushionstep Vinyl.

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  14. Hi Kate- What a fun kid's bathroom! I'm a big b/w fan and adding in the red really made the room pop. Hope you get to enjoy it for a while before you get transfer orders. I'm sure that must be difficult to have to leave your handiwork. Thanks for stopping by to visit from WOW. :-) Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue! We don't have as long as I would like but the next house will bring another canvas to paint ;)

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  15. Wow so much fun! I love all the retro touches ;) Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  16. Wow, Kate! What a transformation! I really love the bold red with black and white and your attention to detail. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! ;)

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  17. Kate, your bathroom looks amazing! The red paint with the black and white tile looks SO good. I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

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    1. Thanks so much! Love your site Jena!

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  18. Love love love this bathroom!! Saw you featured over at Brenda's...your newest follower:) Stop on by when you have a chance.

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  19. LOVE the light fixture over the sink! Where did you find such a beautiful fixture?

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    1. Thanks Leah! I got it from Amazon.com. There is a link to it on my sidebar or just search schoolhouse vanity light on Amazon and take a look. There were a few I considered but the quality of this one is super. I also got a great deal on it. Thanks for stopping by,
      Kate

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  20. What a great job. It looks amazing!

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  21. how much was all the mdf? i looove the board and batten look

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    1. Carissa,
      The sheet of mdf was about 30$ at Lowes and we had them cut it for us. Score!

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  22. Love the red!!! Such a stylish transformation!

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  23. Love the color....Red rocks! :)

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  24. It is a good way to make an impact in a tiny space. Home decor is what you make it and you've done well by combining strong elements. The red will help to hide hand prints and dirt. I think that other warm shades would have worked well too. Contrasted well with the tile.

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  25. tremendous display of creativity. You couldn't have done it better. I am going to try similar concept for my kids bathroom. Nice color contrast. Plus like halle rose said dark color will help hide stains and dirt. Loving it !

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    1. Thank you so much! Share pictures of your bath when you get finished and have fun!

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