The Little Girls’ Bathroom Phase 1 Plans!

September 21, 2020

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The little girls’ bathroom was not on our radar this year. Not because it didn’t need attention, but because it’s honestly the perfect size for our little girls (6 and 3) with an extra short countertop and toilet–even our 3 year old can reach the faucet! We knew, given our height and the height of our 10 year old (she’s already 5’2″!), a renovation of this bathroom would be best a few years down the line when they’ve outgrown all of the petite features.

And then, during the exterior renovation, we needed to replace the window and made it larger and changed the location (so it would be centered from the exterior) which threw us a little curveball in here. It required moving lighting and removing the mirror, but we figured those were 2 easy things that we could adapt with and would be worth doing now to get the new window in. So a quick phase 1 makeover was born.


For this phase 1, we aren’t making any major or structural changes at all. And we are working with the cabinet, sinks and countertop (although we have plans to epoxy those!) while just adding a few elements to make this bathroom usable and cute until a full renovation in a few years to make everything standard height.

We definitely don’t need another project right now–even a phase 1, but the funny thing is Chris and I are ALSO using this as our main bathroom right now so it got bumped up the priority list since it has become such a hub. We need some mirrors–stat! hahaha

Here’s the phase 1 plan:

Valance Curtains
Arched Mirror
Vinyl Tile
Cabinet Pull
Cabinet Knob

We’ll be adding beadboard, that already exists on the surrounding walls, onto the two walls the mirrors used to be on. I think we’ll keep the walls and beadboard and cabinets white and bring in this fun rusty colored peel and stick tile for the floors. Swap out the hardware, add some mirrors and sconces and hang a sweet cafe curtain on the window.

We’re starting TODAY, just as soon as I hit publish on this and I think it should be a quick little makeover to tide us over for a couple years. You can follow along in stories on Instagram for real time updates!

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  1. Liza Maslow Gildark says:

    Looks great! Could you please talk more about the peel and stick tiles? I have similar (12×12) ceramic tiles (I can’t tell if yours are ceramic too) in my bathroom that I just assumed I would need to paint if I wanted a change. You’ve used peel and stick on ceramic before? What’s the prep for that?

  2. Brooke says:

    Love this! Can you please share the epoxy for the counters that was on your stories yesterday? You’ve inspired me to spruce up my home this weekend.

  3. Shayna Varnedoe says:

    I have a question/post suggestion. Can you do a post all about painting trim and doors, options, problems? My house has orange oak trim and doors. I am thinking of painting it with contrast trim like a post you did recently BUT the previous homeowner replaced the windows, and MATCHED the orange oak. I can’t paint the vinyl windows. so now what? What would you suggest? Even in this bathroom it looks like you still need to paint the door and trim. Will you match the rest of the house? have one side of the door one color and the other another? Please help!

  4. Carly says:

    Happy to see this! I am so inspired by the spirit of “phase one” makeovers. I’d love if you ever featured readers’ phase one projects.

  5. Amy says:

    I absolutely love the quirks of the off set window and quaintly odd sinks together! It feels like a true English cottage. Also, thank you for doing phase one updates. You have a wide range of readers and phase one may be all some folks can afford! You inspire me to get creative with what I’ve got.

  6. Gretchen says:

    I was really into in the bathroom plan until I saw your shoes in the last picture. Details, please! I love them.

  7. Amber says:

    Excited to watch y’all change out the faucets. I’ve been wanting to do that but it seems daunting.

  8. Candace says:

    Love the phase 1 plan, but…. WHAT IS WITH THOSE SINK LOCATIONS?! Did the previous designers think “butt to butt” was the best plan for sibling harmony?!

  9. Christina says:

    What a sweet little makeover! I love that photo of them in robes/towels. I already have a question – which I’m sure you’ll address as you go: How does the peel & stick work with tiles that have deeper, wider grout? I’m just envisioning a little chasm they have to bridge to meet up.

  10. Wendy says:

    It’s gonna be so cute! I am laughing at the image of all 6ft of you and Chris using those petite sinks and toilet ????. Reminds me of Buddy the Elf when he leaves the Elves home at North Pole and comments on how ginormous the toilets are in NYC.

  11. Kamber says:

    Love the mood board! I found the exact same hardware on Etsy to use in my kitchen a little while back! I’m excited to see you using it as well! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  12. Shelley says:

    I love this plan! Yay for phase one updates. I can’t wait to see this come together.

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