Being a parent means keeping up with the kids. As our children transition from U10 to teens, their needs in a bathroom have changed as well. The kid’s bathroom used to be functional with a few cabinets, for storage and towel racks.
All of us in our neighborhood built at exactly the same time and most of us have kids of the same age. When you look curbside on trash day the common denominator from home to home are toilets, cabinetry and sinks waiting for pickup!
Why? 10 years is about the lifespan of each and all were just basic builders grade. Rather than continue to replace parts, a complete renovation was in order. As they mature, their needs do too. This is our DIY Kids to Teens Bathroom renovation. It was not a small undertaking, but it’s all done! Let’s take a look at the before and after Bathroom DIY.
DIY Bathroom Renovation from Kids To Teens
Once upon a time, my daughter just needed to store specially scented lotions, and hair tyes. Now, as she is older, her storage space needed to increase to keep up with her makeup, styling tools, facial cleaners, etc.
As for the boys, their cabinetry had to change. My little friends used to store frogs and stones in their cabinets. Where did they get these? On a nature trail that winds around our home as we sit on property that is in the woods!
We are going from that to this……. It can be done!
The shower space truly needed modified. I had a friend up the street that suggested one of those extension pole caddies for shower storage. Here’s what I have to say about listening to someone else, “don’t do it!”
What she did no tell me and I did not think about was the fact that the storage extension caddy would pressure against our ceiling and mess the ceiling up. It looked like hell up there. Storage in the shower/bath has to be practical and not destructive.
Last, I’m not an advocate of shower curtains. It’s just not my thing. Changing the liner is a true pain. Shower liners mold and I don’t care if you spend a dollar or $20 they are all the same. Junk, and I don’t like them.
Time For Change
First things first, the floor. I hate the floor. It’s the same all through our home and not only I am tired of it, it just won’t match the new style of furniture we chose. So, we lifted the floor up, which was a great idea.
We also replaced some baseboard as the old shower/tub was leaking cause mold issues in the bathroom. We literally gutted the WHOLE Bathroom, leaving nothing intact, except for the electrical wiring. Every step of the way we paid due diligence to all electrical and plumbing.
Further, when it came time to deal with the electrical needs, we called in the Electrician. I’ll address this in just a bit.
The more I cleaned the sinks and the sink hardware, the more it rotted. Mold, would not stop coming back. I used everything imaginable to kill the mold. Multiple attempts were made to repair the failing hardware, and then, we just stopped.
It was so time for new sinks and hardware. No more debating if we should or should not. All those little in-between repairs were expensive too. Rather than band-aiding all the issues, we dug in deep!
One of my favorite new pieces in the bathroom are the faucets. I love the necks and the sophisticated look of the Elliston lavatory faucets. Truly one of the best features of the room.
We worked this in gradual steps. Even though we have 3 other bathrooms, we still needed this one to be functional in some way. In fact, we left it as a working bathroom until we got to the sinks.
Starting with the vanity, we changed it from that brown to a KOHLER Poplin 60″ vanity with undermount sinks. I love undermount sinks for cleaning purposes. Then, I chose a Ceramic/Impressions top for 2 bowls.
Last we added Poplin Handles as it gave the vanity more personality. Additionally, when I add in the towel rings and other accessories it contrasts in shape.
I do believe however, the drawers are the game-changers. Not only is there cabinet space but drawers, which we lacked before. Check this out!
Medicine Cabinets What A Change
Before the renovation, we had a large mirror. It spanned 3/4 of the wall. Now, we did not toss it out. Rather, we recycled the mirror, added a frame and put it in our Living Room. Never toss items out that are in great shape and can be used again!
For me, this might have been the most drastic move in the bathroom. Going from a Full mirror to 2 cabinets with 24″ widths, had I done the right thing? Oh yeah! The boys are total freaks about their AXE Products, and they now have storage.
Additionally, under sink storage too. As a bonus, the Verdera Cabinet offers that lower tray which is perfect for their cups when brushing teeth. As far as Kallie goes, she got to use the Verdera cabinet for storage of things like medicines, and facial cleansers, etc.
Last, did you see the sliding round mirror in the cabinet? Truly it is adjustable and magnifying and really great for contacts, and treating blemishes, or so I’ve been told!
Choosing to light the bathroom a bit more was a big deal. We never have had enough light in there, yet how do you achieve this and not overdo it? The bathroom itself was disappointingly smaller than proposed when we built the house so I don’t want a fiasco on lighting.
Our choice, a Forte triple wall sconce set. One to illuminate over each Verdera Cabinet. It turned out perfect and I could not be happier with the lighting results.
Through installing a San Souci touchless toilet, we no longer have to touch a level to FLUSH the toilet. Instead, we wave our hand over the tank sensor and it flushes. Perfect for those that don’t want to transfer germs from the wipe! Boo-Yah to cleaner toilets!
The toilet is one piece, freestanding and offers an elongated bowl, which is perfect for Teens, who have grown beyond the typical toilet! Elongated offers nicer seating for the ‘go’.
Honestly, I am tired of bathtubs in the house, finding them to be more of a hindrance. I wanted to put in a shower stall, but that was met with resistance. Our choice of a tub was the Archer whirlpool/bubblemassage bathtub.
This is a drop-in whirlpool tub. After struggling with this decision, we went with it! I figured, the boys in sports needed a soaking tub and my daughter likes to just enjoy spa time. Truly the tub delivers big!
Included in the tub, are controls and keypads. There are whirlpool jets and a built-in heater that allows water placed in the tub to maintain warmth. This means you don’t have to empty a hot water tank for one to take a bath!
The teens love BubbleMassage. There are 120 airjets that literally push air through the water, it’s like a bubble bath without the bubble gel!
Just for kicks, the teens have a Bluetooth ready Moxie Speaker and Showerhead. Music please, that’s what they love!
To finish the look we added a Prevail bath door. I love the clear, clean look and that there is no longer a shower curtain! Simply shower, and then wipe down the door! Fast. Easy. Beautiful.
Interior Of Tub
Inside the shower, we have storage, yeah! Take a look at the Choreograph Barre of 40″ and the 2- 24″ shelves. Additionally, you can see there is a teakwood tray which is great for storing bars of soap on!
I love that the shelves are sturdy and part of the wall. No more tension bars wrecking my ceiling. Storage looks classic and organized. The kids can see everything and there are even shaver parking spots on the shelves!
Our renovation took time since we both work and only have so many hours in a day. However, the results for us are outstanding. It’s like a wrecking ball came in and got turned bad into perfection.
The unexpected did happen with the tub, we had to increase our electrical, so we called in the electrician. That is the only part we needed to have help with. Michael handled the rest from start to finish.
Our personal thanks to KOHLER for providing all the products to get this project done. We love KOHLER Products as they withstand the test of time, and we have built 2 other bathrooms with KOHLER products. All images, and choices were made by me.