KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- WEEK 2 PROGRESS - Dimples and Tangles

KIDS' JACK AND JILL BATHROOM MAKEOVER- WEEK 2 PROGRESS


Work in the kids' Jack and Jill bathroom is moving along well!  It's been nice that we're kind of doing this at our own pace, plugging along as we're able and don't have to work furiously to meet a  deadline like I have on several of our other makeovers.  That being said, a deadline does help me get it done, so I'm trying to stay on it and not let this drag on and on.  I've been finalizing lots of selections and still shopping for a few things, but here's where we are so far.  (*This post contains affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)


First of all, tile demo happened! 


No turning back now!  :)


Simultaneously, I've been sampling paint.  The walls are are getting fresh white paint.  The lighting is bad here but these are two slightly different whites- Behr White on top and Behr Frost on bottom.  They are both virtually the same, I'd say that White is just a tad bit warmer, but still a true white with no noticeable undertones.  It's actually the same color that I used in our Office, so I'll probably go with it just to keep things easy logistically (easy to remember they're all the same white!).


I'm partnering with D Lawless Hardware for the cabinet hardware in the bathroom, but am also replacing the door hinges that had been painted over through the years.  Here's your fun fact for the day...  when ordering hinges online there a so many sizes and different kinds.  I found the correct size I needed and was confident they were the right ones, except for the part of the description that said '5/8" radius.'  I had no idea what that meant but knew I better find out, so I googled it.  Come to find out, it was talking about the corners!  Door hinge corners might be squared off or rounded.  If they're rounded, it is either a small curve (1/4" radius) or a larger curve (5/8" radius).  To determine easily, a dime would fit in the curve if it's 1/4", and a quarter fits in a 5/8" radius curve.  So, I did the coin test and I had the right ones with a 5/8" radius!  Probably more than you wanted to know about hinges but maybe you learned something today!  ;)


Moving on to tile...  I wanted a straightforward, oversized subway tile.  After shopping I was  considering either 4x8" or 4x10".  I cut some samples out of paper and taped them up (I'm a visual person!).  Honestly, I didn't think there was a huge difference between the two, but the 4x10" was actually a bit less expensive, and bigger pieces would mean slightly less material and quicker installation. 


At the same time, I was finalizing my floor tile selection.  I had originally planned on getting a smaller scale black and white vintage styled hex tile (like penny tile size), but I had also admired images using the slightly larger scale hex tiles as well.  While shopping, the larger scale was significantly less expensive so I decided to bring some home and see what it looked like laid out.  The only thing was that I had to buy plain white sheets and some plain black sheets and pop out some of the white ones to make our own design with the black. (The smaller scale came with the black/white mix already done, we had to design our own pattern with the larger... fine by me!)


I always had the black and white pattern in mind, but when I threw the plain white sheets on the ground it threw me for a loop for a minute, I really liked it!  So I laid out some of both and pondered for a day or two. 


And even though the all white floor tempted me, I bet you can guess what I decided on!  Here are the final selections- 4x10" tile and black and white 2" hex tile.


Here's a sample of the vanity color- Behr Mondrian Blue.  It looks darker in here than it does outside or in the rest of the house where there is more natural light.  I wanted a cobalt color, not navy, so I chose a pretty bright blue knowing it would read darker in this room.  And there you can see a little hint of what it will look like with the new floor!


On Labor Day I labored and got the drawers and cabinets all prepped for paint.  Painting tip: I was only painting the drawer fronts rather than the entire drawer.  To quickly protect the rest of the drawer from overspray, I used a big garbage bag, slipped the drawer part down into it, and taped the opening closed all the way around the back of the drawer front.




Since the bathroom was torn up I decided to go ahead and spray the base cabinet as well.  I love my Homeright sprayer but have never used it indoors- figured I didn't have to worry too much about any overspray so I taped off all of the doorways and went for it. I did also end up covering the floor- a self leveler had been laid and it was already prepped for the new tile. My installer said that the paint overspray might cause bonding issues, so I didn't want to take chances there.  Still working on finishing that up so you'll have to wait until later to see how it turned out.  (Spoiler alert- I love the color!!)


Finally today, you saw a peek of the shower curtain fabric in the top photo.  I backed out here so you can get a feel for the large scale- I absolutely love it!  I want to do a cornice or some kind of treatment across the top, and remembered  that I had these old check curtain panels that I might be able to reuse the fabric from.  Love the idea of the large scale gingham, I'm just not sure this color is quite right.  If you look closely you can see a faint water/ripple pattern in the fabric, it's more of a gray/tan.  That's what I'm trying to match a bit better so I ordered a few samples of another fabric to test a few other colorways.  I thought a neutral color here would help give a bit of a masculine touch since it is still technically a boy's and girl's shared bath, and I might pull a bit of whatever fabric I end up using into Caleb's room when we freshen it up.  I can't promise there won't be a brightly colored trim in the mix too, though!  ;)


The fabric is "Lake Agawam" from the Madcap Cottage collection for Robert Allen.  I found an amazing deal on it here, but there's a limited amount left so if it's sold out it's also available at a reasonable price here and here.  It comes in some different colorways, too.  I really loved the "Palm" colorway, it has some pink in it, but this "Ocean" colorway fit the color scheme for my project best.

Alright, that's it for this week!  Now I'm working to get fresh paint on the linen cabinet, doors and trim, and hopefully to get a good start on the wall paint.  The plumber is coming on Friday to install the shower fixtures and put the toilet back (the tile is done but you'll have to check back next week to see it!).  I need to start thinking about accessories, I have no idea what I'm going to do for artwork in here! Next week we'll talk countertops and fixtures, and I'll give you tile updates of how it's looking.

I'll leave you with a reminder of the direction for this makeover and a question... what do you all do for bathroom rugs?  Just use regular bath mats?  I'm looking for a rug to go in front of the sink vanity- I'd like one long one but might have to do two smaller.  Even the smallest runners I've seen are still too long and wide.  I really liked the look of this green one that I used in my design board,  but the size won't work.  And I've never seen a rug similar to that in a small bath sized rug.  I'd love any suggestions you might have of where to look for colorful smaller bath sized rugs, preferably more like an area rug instead of a bath mat!




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16 comments

  1. How did you prep before paint? I assume that the cabinet isn't real wood?

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    1. Yes it is wood. I cleaned well, lightly sanded where needed, and used paint with primer already in it. Sometimes I do a separate primer first, but this time I used the combo paint.

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  2. Love all of it!

    I recently started doing small vintage rugs in front of my vanities with a neutral, low pile complementary rug in front of shower/bath. The low pile of the vintage rugs is great with doorways, etc and the vintage rugs are very durable. Whereas the traditional bathmat works well with shower. Just a thought! Can't wait to see this new bath!

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  3. I just finished my Jack and Jill bathroom and I had previously used two bath rugs in front of the sinks but this time put a 7 foot runner on the floor. I really like the change. Amazon, erugs and other sites have runners starting at 6 feet so you might search online. Hope this helps.

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    1. Thank you Monica! I’ll check those out. Part of the problem also is I need it to only be about 18-20” wide if I do a runner. I’ll look!

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  4. Jennifer, I can't wait to see the finished space! It looks so awesome already! I love the color of the vanity and the fabric you chose! So gorgeous! Have a blessed week! <3

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  5. OMG it's going to look beeeutiful!!

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  6. Bravo!! You kept your Eljer (now a part of American Standard) cast iron bathtub!! They are so comfortable to lay in. Get a really good toilet! (TOTO) �� I’m a plumbing nerd ��

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    1. Yes! Didn’t see the need to replace the tub, just clean it up!!

      Ok, maybe you have another suggestion.... I’m shopping and stumped! Were replacing the old whirlpool tub in our Master. We’re still keeping a drop in tub there (don’t want freestanding), and I’m not opposed to another whirlpool, I think we’d use it. So clueless... brand? Other considerations? Don’t want super expensive, just good enough! ;) Or should we just do a regular soaking tub? Would love your input.

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  7. Yummy design board! How about painting one or two of your abstract art pieces? Hint, hint! Your Jack & Jill suite mirrors my master bath layout, except mine is wider and the side door placement (walk-in closet) is nearer the narrow wall entrance. My original ugly beige tub was recently replaced with a walk-in shower, using 4x12 white tile floor to ceiling. There is a putty pencil trim at eye-level, for a subtle contrast. The shower floor is white basket weave. (A frameless glass door is coming.) The large tile flooring remains, due to budget constraints. I used 3x5 navy/beige/cream low pile oriental rugs (from At Home store) in front of the double vanity and the single vanity/tall cabinetry in the shower room. You inspire me to paint my double vanity cabinetry medium to dark blue. So excited to see your big reveal!

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    1. Everything you've done sounds lovely! I'm headed to At Home next week and planned to check out their rugs. Hope I can find something! Thanks Dian. :)

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  8. Loving the choices and color scheme! We did similar for my sons bathroom and I love it!

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  9. I love the bright colors but you always make great choices. I used a small area rug in front of my vanity. I just like the look of actual rug over that of a bath mat rug. Mine is probably a 3x5 but your vanity looks longer than that. My DIL is a sales rep for Shaw and they have come out with some beautiful carpet tiles called the watercolor collection. It was a varied look as if you were looking at the ocean or beautiful lake and they make a special tape that will join the tiles in order to make an area rug. I’m going to use them as an area rug under my dining table. They have some beautiful bright colors.

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  10. I really liked your bathroom after makeover, I am also thinking to give a makeover to my bathroom and kitchen, thank you so much for sharing some ideas.

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