When we bought our new house this past summer, there were several areas we wanted to remodel right away, before we moved in, and one of those overhauls was a bathroom renovation for Brenna.
Our new home had enough bedrooms for us to be able to convert one to an on-suite bathroom for Brenna, with the rest of the space becoming a second floor laundry room (and the laundry room that was on the first story became an office space.) It was challenging to completely envision what this major change would look like, but we couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
First day of renovations – knocking down the wall between the two bedrooms
And the space today!
We spend a lot of time in this space, and we feel so fortunate that we were able to incorporate so much of what we had been dreaming about in a bathroom space for our girl.
Welcome to Brenna’s new bathroom!
We went with a light lime green on the walls and lots of white…because white can be cleaned easily with bleach. There is not a lot of stuff in her bathroom either (decor, etc), which makes it easier to keep clean.
The one thing missing is a shower curtain. I have it purchased because I found one I LOVE…but right now, it would just be in the way of our daily baths. So it will go up in a few years 🙂
The highlight of Brenna’s bathroom is our MicroSilk tub. It has changed our bath routine in so many ways, but one of those major ways is that it has basically transformed bath time from a fighting, screaming two-man job, to a playful, enjoyable one-man job. Evan and I are able to trade off bath duty, depending on the day’s obligations, which has been a huge relief for us.
There is a single jet in our tub that releases tiny micro-air bubbles. It makes the water look foggy, instead of bubbly like traditional jets. The way this air bubble technology works is that it is small enough to get into your skin to moisturize it. And in Brenna’s case, it helps the top layers of excess skin exfoliate much easier.
It is also brother-approved.
Another must for Brenna’s bathroom is a heated towel rack! Something simple that makes a world of difference.
With the switch of a button on top, she’s able to cuddle in a nice warm towel after bath time while we scoop skin out of her ears and begin to apply her Aquaphor (which we also keep in a warmer.)
And for the fun stuff: bathroom decor!
The minute that I found this adorable online shop Uh Oh Pasghettio, I knew some of their prints would be going up in our new house. Their prints are so cute, bright, encouraging and positive!
The wonderful people of Uh Oh Pasghettio customized a couple of their existing prints so that they would match Brenna’s bathroom perfectly, and I am absolutely in love with the lime greens and purples they created for us. (the bathroom lighting was hard to work with, so I feel like these pictures don’t do it justice, but the prints are just such a pop of color and are perfect for the space. And I got the white frames from Ikea.)
I love these encouraging words that Brenna will grow up seeing every day.
Our light fixture is from Restoration Hardware, and we actually stole it from my parents’ house when they bought it for a room they didn’t end up using it for 🙂
And last but definitely not least… the cutest and possibly most awesome part of Brenna’s bathroom…
The Tiny Toilet!!
We decided to get a toddler-sized toilet for Brenna, to encourage her independence as she begins to potty-train. She is so short and is still working on motor skills that most kids her age have mastered, so we felt a small toilet would really aid her in going to the bathroom herself. Climbing up onto a standard toilet won’t be a reality for at least several years, and she feels so proud when she’s sitting up on her potty like a big girl. She’s so small that her feet still don’t touch the floor when she’s sitting on it, and she still has trouble getting onto it by herself, so it will be a long time before she outgrows this one. (Of course we’ll get a standard toilet when she’s older and taller.)
We are thrilled that Brenna now has her own personal space, easing some stress on us now, and providing a comfortable, private area for her to complete all of her skin care on her own when she’s older!
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