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From Fishy to Beachy, the Boys’ Bathroom Reveal

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When I last showed you my boy’s bathroom, it looked like this:

Nemo and Dory would have enjoyed life living in the kids’ bathroom. But, alas, I was serenaded by a beautiful new mirror (actually a new MirrorMate frame.) And so I set to work helping this bathroom grow up.

Here is that beautiful temptress, Ms. Gramercy Martini. Isn’t she lovely.

With curves and details like that, I had to build board and batten moulding that would match her beauty.

And, what bathroom couldn’t use a sweet spot to display some beautiful flowers? I really like this built in shelf, it was really easy to construct it.

The wall color is Blue Slate by Benjamin Moore. And I used the new bath & spa Aura paint which has a matte finish! I have yet to clean it yet, but I’ll let you know how it does.

These two starfish friends are happy to perch on the 3″ deep moulding ledge. Yes, I expect them to make a suicidal dive one day, but my boys haven’t bothered them yet.

Finding just the “right” shower curtain was a little challenging. I would have loved to put in a floral or feminine curtain, but I have to respect that there are two little men that will be using this bathroom 95% of the time.

I am sooo glad I ditched the hollywood strip light for these beauties:

Just a close up view of the battens where they meet the floor. Now wouldn’t that have looked weird if I had left the baseboard tiles there?

Here is a better view of the vanity, new light fixture and the MirrorMate frame.

I have one more project for the empty wall. I took down the old chrome towel bar, but I have a fantastic idea for a new one. You’ll just have to wait and see what I came up with. In the meantime, the hooks on the door work well for hanging towels up.

So, go ahead let me know what you think! Do you miss the Nemo room? Or are you loving the grown up beach retreat? And am I crazy for making this bathroom look this good for my 5 & 7 year old boys? By the way, Pretty Handsome Son #1 tried to convince me that the bathroom would look better with black and pink stripes! I am seriously going to have to paint his closet like that because he has been asking for the same color scheme for 2 years now!

64 replies
  1. Richella @ Imparting Grace
    Richella @ Imparting Grace says:

    Honestly, Brittany, I don’t think it could be any better. Your board and batten treatments looks beautiful–you did an amazing job of combining the different kinds of trim for a truly custom look. And blue color you chose for the walls is just right!

    No, I don’t think you’re crazy for doing this for your 5- and 7- year-olds. This bathroom looks like it’ll be easy to clean, and it has a nice masculine look. But if your son is really pushing for pink and black stripes, I’d say his closet is a good place for them!

  2. Kas3dot0
    Kas3dot0 says:

    Yay the reveal is here. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Although I love Nemo, the new look is even better. 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely use this in my upcoming bathroom makeover.

    Question for ya! If you had a wall that leads to the stairs, would you put B&B on just that wall and that side of the stairs? I was wondering if it would look weird if I only do that wall or if I need to do the entire living room as well.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:


      I’m having a hard time picturing your dilemma. (But that might because I still haven’t had my coffee yet.) Can you send me a quick picture? I’m guessing that there are several ways to handle it.

      Brittany (email: PrettyHandyGirl (at) gmail.com)

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Thanks for the pictures. I think you can do either. If you want to stop it right before the stairs, “cap” off the end with a board that is slightly taller and deeper than the others. Then add some decorative moulding on top. Make it look like a newel post that is built into the wall. Not sure if that makes sense or not. Here is a picture to give you an idea, but not exactly what I was thinking: http://pinterest.com/pin/107531414/

      • Kas3dot0
        Kas3dot0 says:

        Thanks for replying so quickly. I think I know what you are talking about. That might be a good idea too since we are thinking of putting bookcases back on that wall. Then we could start at the bottom of the stairs and up with the b&b.


  3. Laura
    Laura says:

    Fabulous! If I had even a pinky finger’s worth of your talent! Love the colors. Now I’m considering doing the board and batten in our upstairs hallway. You made it look uber simple! Fantastic job!

  4. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    Wow that looks awesome! I have used Aura paint throughout my home. It truly is amazing!! So my master bath looks very similar to yours. Lt blue walls, SAME shower curtain, and lt tan floors. But I wish I had your board and batten!! Beautiful!!

  5. Diane@InMyOwnStyle
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    Brittany – you are the master of board and batten – the bathroom looks incredible – love blue against the white and the little touches you added, too. Had to laugh at your son’s request. My oldest daughter wanted fluorescent green and orange in her room when she was a teenager. I know I am going to have to tackle undoing that someday soon.

    My best- Diane

  6. Kristina
    Kristina says:

    I love it!! I love fish ocean scenes and all that, but if they are growing up, their space should too. I think if you show that they have a nice space, hopefully they will feel very grown up and take slightly better care of it. Great job Brittany!


  7. nanci
    nanci says:

    Nothing is worse in a bathroom than that hollywood strip lighting and a plain mirror (I know because we had that too!). You’re transformation is so nicely done and adds value to the bathroom. I really like it…much more grown up for the boys. You are so so “handy”. The only thing I was wondering, is if you’d thought of changing the color of the vanity?

  8. SheilaG
    SheilaG says:

    This looks greeaaat! I love the paint color- I need to check out a swatch to see if it would work for me, always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ blue.

  9. Stacy
    Stacy says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! I was SO happy when my kids got tired of the baby bathroom, too, and I could make it into a true guest bath. Although it’s sad too. I just look at them growing up as a chance to redecorate!

  10. Tati
    Tati says:

    Awesome, Brittany – gorgeous! I love all the details that you added to the B&B. I also like the striped shower curtain – it adds to the beachy feel. I absolutely can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing for the towel bar! I don’t know if the pictures I sent you of my bathroom show it, but I have the ugly builder’s towel bar and toilet paper holder – the ceramic kind that will leave a big ugly hole when removed?! I want so badly to replace it but I’m not yet up to tackling that; maybe you will once again inspire me… 😉

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Tati, oh I was thinking, geez I can’t believe she didn’t change out her towel bar! LOL! No, I didn’t even notice. I just looked again. I think they look fine. If you wanted to replace them you’d end up ripping up the wall and having to patch it. Not that you can’t do that. But, I think they look great and much more durable than the screw in kind.


      • Tati
        Tati says:

        Exactly! They’re definitely in there and durable, but eventually I will replace them because they are ugly – at least the towel bar is above my B&B so no fixing up will have to be done to the B&B. The hesitation is in matching the current paint – we inherited it with the house, so matching it is next to impossible. I’ll probably wait to do the towel bar until I’m ready to repaint a new color!

  11. ColleenwithMurals&More
    ColleenwithMurals&More says:

    Love it! Perfect balance between soft and . . . um, just right for little men 😉 But, yes, mine would’ve tried boomeranging the starfish (probably at each other) and the lovely soap on the sink would’ve made it about a day. Maybe. But then, I had 3 and I was a new-to-the-game stepmother.

    Dying to know how the matte finish washes. I’ve always disliked high gloss walls in bathrooms. Too much shine!

    Gorgeous, Brittany!

  12. Alice
    Alice says:

    I love the new look. You always do a great job and make it look so easy to do it yourself. I absolutely love your beach theme.

  13. Bernadette
    Bernadette says:

    Hi Brittany! I have run across you a few times on Pinterest, and finally had the time tonight to check out your blog. Love what you did in this bathroom. I just posted a bathroom project on my blog this week. Check it out if you get time. diysisters.com. I’m enjoying looking at all your fun projects!

  14. Julie
    Julie says:

    I’m really surprised that you didn’t replace the outdated sink and cabinet. I was looking forward to seeing a beautiful blue colored sink and countertop with white or dark wood. Maybe you did, but I don’t see it in the pictures. Don’t get me wrong-yours is in GREAT condition, but I think it doesn’t match the updated serene look of the rest of the bathroom. Your theme is exactly what I’m considering in the bathroom that my sophomore son uses. It will coordinate with the bedrooms on that floor of blue and gray with a calming feeling of being at the lake. Living here in the midwest far from any major bodies of water is something we dream of.

  15. Sarah Curtis
    Sarah Curtis says:

    Is there any chance you remember what color white you used? I am stumped on the white we should use in our new master with the Slate Blue.

  16. Lindsey
    Lindsey says:

    This is great! I’ve been doing a little research on board and batten with furring strips, as I am about to complete this little project for my “mudroom” Your blog will be of help, so thank you!


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