We held off on doing anything in our kids' bathroom until we found out if we were having a boy or girl the second time around. Once we found out I was having a boy I knew it would need to be something gender neutral, but I still wanted it to be fun and playful without being overly thematic. It turns out that was harder than it sounds. Everything I came across was either way too girly or just kind of boring. So when I saw this flamingo stencil from Royal Design Studio I knew it was the inspiration I was looking for. Obviously flamingos don't scream masculine, but I knew that if I kept them white (vs. pink) that I could get away with it in a shared space. First let's start with the before pictures. There was nothing wrong with the room, but it was lacking personality. It was just a basic builder's grade bathroom.
This was after removing the large mirror and replacing the light fixtures.
Here are some of the things I wanted to accomplish. Paint the vanity to update it and make it brighter and more fun. Stencil the walls. That was a doozy but so worth it in the end. After stenciling the nursery I think I'm done with stenciling for a while! Update the lighting, replace the builder grade mirror, add a small stool to help when bathing the kids, and replace the shower curtain. I also wanted to replace the towel bar with hooks and add in a few new accessories.
Here's the plan I came up with.
Of course we strayed a little from the original design plan, but overall we stuck pretty close to it. I'll be sharing the completed room tomorrow so check back for the after!
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