Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

The trick to this particular bathroom makeover was that it was not only for our boys but for our guests, too. That meant it needed to be classy but still fun. Plus, we were working with such a small space that we wanted to make sure things weren’t any bigger than they needed to be. This nautical bathroom makeover is DIYed from top to bottom. Essentially we redid everything except the ceiling and the shower insert. This post is chock full of handmade elements and DIY projects that you can do, too and save yourself hundreds, even thousands, on your next bathroom remodel. Here’s what we were working with before.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

See. Mostly builder grade everything, including wall color. I adored the cute little whale print on the wall and the fun shower curtain seemed like a good idea at the time. The toilet was perfect for the boys but way too small for any average sized adult. And the vanity took up too much space in the room without offering any real benefits. To see more before and during photos, see my  Current State of Affairs: Bathroom Renovation post.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

The thing that started this bathroom makeover ball rolling was this faucet that I received from Moen and showed you how to install, here. Then we turned an old nightstand that we no longer needed into a vanity for this bathroom. You can see how we modified the cabinet to make it work in the Nightstand to Bathroom Vanity post. It offers about the same amount of storage while taking up half the space. If you’re interested in the sink, how I decided on the perfect one and how I wound up buying the same one – TWICE! – you can check out my Sink Saga: The Tale of Three Sinks post.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

The top drawer of the vanity is unusable, to accommodate the plumbing. The second drawer also had to be modified. It works perfectly to house the boys’ toothbrushes and a few other toiletry items. The bottom drawer is a full drawer and we use it to store extra toilet paper, trash bags, toilet wipes, etc.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

The first thing we did for this bathroom, well over a year ago, was this DIY Triple Gooseneck Galvanized Light Fixture. I love the look of this fixture but what I love more is that we saved hundreds doing it ourselves.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

I found a $5 mirror at a thrift store and turned it into a nautical inspired rope mirror. I haven’t decided if I’m done with it yet. I’m living with it for now but thinking I may go back and add a rope for it to “hang” from. {Rope Mirror Tutorial coming soon!}

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Here’s another of my current favorite DIY projects. This one costs you about $3 for each shelf! See my tutorial on DIY Floating Shelves – no building required. Also, I’m in love with this driftwood fish photo holder – 9.99 at TJ Maxx. {Yes, I realize there are no photos in it yet. What can I say, I got a new photo printer and the beast got the best of me!}. Anyway, it inspired the finish for my next project.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Like I said, a kid’s bath has to be fun no matter what! We had one of those rectangular-just-above-your-shower kind of windows like everyone else. And rather than squander an opportunity for fun, I decided to create a porthole window cover {tutorial coming soon}!

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Since I decided on two shower curtains, instead of one, to frame out our shower and tub I felt like there needed to be a fun focal point.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

These boards were free, taken from a pallet I already had on hand. I added some screws around the cutouts to give it a riveted look. I painted it in layers to match the fish photo frame. {A video tutorial for the Restoration Hardware inspired finish coming soon!}

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Initially I was worried placing anything over the window would cut out too much of the natural light. A good thing during the hot summer months maybe but not so much for the darker winter months. In the end, it doesn’t block out as much light as I was worried it would. But just in case we added a arm-hinge that allows us to prop it open if we like – just like opening a real porthole!

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

What’s a nautical makeover without oars? I show you how I created these Pottery Barn Knock off Oar Decorations here.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Instead of going with a standard towel bar, I decided to add hooks on the wall. This way we can hang towels and clothes at the same time.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

We got a new grown up toilet, the kind with flush buttons for no 1 and no 2! And I am obsessed with these tiles on the floor.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

And those shelves above the toilet aren’t just beautiful they’re functional, too. They provide us with extra storage but since they float on the wall they don’t feel like they take up too much room. Giving a very small bathroom an open and airy feel.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Can we talk about these thick stripe shower curtains for a minute? I’ve been drooling over them for many, many months now and while at $39 ea they aren’t astronomical, I couldn’t justify spending $80 just so I could have a pretty “frame” for our tub insert. Because, truth be told, it’s the only part of the bathroom we didn’t change but I would’ve loved to! I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks to creating your own West Elm Knock off Shower Curtains soon.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

Back in 2007, when my great aunt and uncle passed away, I was out in their old shed one day when I spied this old stool. Of course, it wasn’t painted like this when I found it. It was crude at best but it wears this black paint and stripes very well. Plus, I love having it in my home to remind me of them and that it’s such an adorable focal point to boot.

Southern Revivals | Nautical Guest Friendly Boys Bathroom Reveal

I am thrilled with how it turned out. It’s still fun enough for our boys but classy enough for our guests. It’s nautical style without being too ‘in your face’ and I can’t believe how much we saved doing it ourselves and using things we already had on hand. I’ll admit, pulling out that old toilet and ripping up the linoleum that was in here before seemed daunting at first but I cannot begin to tell you how worth it it was!

Paint Colors:

Top Wall – Valspar’s Bay Waves

Bottom Wall – Valspar’s Fresh Cotton

Supplies:

Tile – Home Depot

Toilet – Home Depot

Sink – Overstock.com

Tutorials:

Triple Gooseneck Galvanized Light Fixture

Pottery Barn Oar Decor Knock-offs

Installing a Faucet

Turning Our Nightstand into a Sink Vanity

DIY Floating Shelves

Painted Shower Curtains West Elm Knock-offs – COMING SOON

DIY Rope Mirror – COMING SOON

Porthole Window Cover – COMING SOON

Placemat Rug – COMING SOON

This Project is part of my Revival House Series. To see more of my projects during the updating of our former foreclosure home, click here.

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