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Nautical Bathroom Makeover

I am so excited that Cade's nautical bathroom makeover is finally complete! If you saw my shiplap wall, air dry clay fish decor, or my bathroom moodboard, you know we've been working hard on this bathroom and that we wanted a space that was functional and appealing for both kids and guests. This bathroom is in our upstairs hallway right next to the guest bedroom, so although it will mostly be for our son, Cade (and any future siblings!), it also needed to be great for guests!

A nautical bathroom makeover that's perfect for both kids and guests.


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The previous homeowners painted this bathroom blue, and I still can't believe I left it this long! Not that there is anything wrong with blue... but it severely limited our decorating options, and it just made this small space feel so dark and closed in. It also just felt very builder basic. Just in case you forgot what it looked like, here's the before...

A nautical bathroom makeover that's perfect for both kids and guests.

A nautical bathroom makeover that's perfect for both kids and guests.

I can't even look! I'm covering my eyes!!

Ready for the after? Here we go...

A Guest Friendly Kid's Bathroom Makeover

We ripped out the angled medicine cabinets and added shiplap in their place. We framed out the mirror to give it a more finished look.

How to add shiplap above bathroom sink. Nautical bathroom makeover.

Check out that light! It's the Design House Ajax Vanity Light from 1STOPlighting, and I absolutely love it. The galvanized finish and the caged shades make it absolutely perfect for a nautical bathroom.

Get the nautical look in your bathroom with a galvanized light, painted cabinets, and nautical accessories.

We installed a new bronze sink faucet, and added some fun nautical accessories.

Can't find the perfect bath accessories? DIY them! Check out this nautical toothbrush holder.

I made the toothbrush holder and soap dispenser by updating some plain white ceramic ones (tutorial coming soon!)

Can't find the perfect bath accessories? DIY them! Check out this nautical soap dispenser.

Another change that made a huge difference, was painting the vanity navy blue and adding new hardware.

Update your bathroom vanity with chalk paint. Check out this nautical bathroom makeover.

I love how it turned out! I'll be sharing how I painted our bathroom vanity with chalk paint with no fear of the moisture in the air soon!

Nautical hand towel holder and accessories.

This anchor hand towel holder is so cute and so much better than the boring chrome one that was there before! We bought all new navy blue towels too!

I love all of the accessories and decor ideas in this nautical bathroom!

The air dry clay fish decor I made fit right in. I hung a ship wheel towel rack I found at Home Goods on the back of the door after giving it a coat of white paint. I might add some navy blue and do a little distressing. What do you think?

I love all of the accessories and decor ideas in this nautical bathroom!

Isn't that little shark robe adorable? Cade looks so stinkin' cute in it :)

I love all of the accessories and decor ideas in this nautical bathroom!

My husband bought these cute little anchor towel hooks for me last Christmas. That's how long I've been daydreaming about this room!

I love all of the accessories and decor ideas in this nautical bathroom!

We swapped out the chrome shower curtain rod, shower head, tub faucet, and handles for bronze ones. It makes it look so much more modern!

Another favorite change was the shelving. We removed the old molding and reframed it for a cleaner look. We also installed faux shiplap to the back using thin balsa wood. We moved the shelf up higher to accomodate this cool sail boat I found in the Outer Banks last summer (here's a similar boat).

I love all of the accessories and decor ideas in this nautical bathroom makeover!

I really can't believe the difference!!! It looks SO much better!

Before and after nautical bathroom makeover. A combined kids and guest bath.

A big thanks to 1STOPlighting for providing the galvanized light fixture. I think it really pulled the whole space together! It's incredible what an easy lighting upgrade can do for a space.

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Room Source List:

Wall color- SW Modern Gray
Shiplap color- SW Zurich White
Light fixture- 1STOPlighting
Sink faucet- Designers Impressions
Soap dispenser/toothbrush holder- DIY (tutorial coming soon)
Cabinet hardware- Home Depot (pulls | knobs)
Cabinet paint- Americana Decor Chalky Finish in "Honor"
Towels- Target
Hand towel rack- Amazon
Towel rod- Home Depot
Toilet flusher- Home Depot
Decorative ships and frames- Gift shops in OBX, North Carolina
Prints- Etsy (1 | 2 | 3)
Shower curtain- West Elm (Similar one at Wayfair)
Shower faucet- Designers Impressions
Anchor towel hooks- Amazon
Hanging fish decor- DIY tutorial
Ship wheel towel rack- Homegoods
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6 comments

  1. Wow! Nicole! What a fabulous makeover! I love how bright and fresh it is and that light fixture really brings it all together... I'm definitely going to have to check that site out to see if there's something for our main floor powder room. :)

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    1. Thanks, Erin! They have tons of CUTE and affordable fixtures! Def worth checking out! :)

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  2. I LOVE this makeover! The nautical theme is so adorable and perfect for Little C man and and future brothers or sisters, but it's also sophisticated enough for any grown up guests who may use the bathroom, too! You did a wonderful job. It really is a fabulous makeover!

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    1. Thanks, Bre! Nautical seems to work for everyone! Just have to hide all the little kid bath toys when big people come over! Ha! :)

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  3. I love your makeover! 1 comment - I am surprised you didn't get the light in the coffee bronze shade to match your other metal accessories. Was there a reason why?

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Glad you like it! I actually chose the light fixture before anything else! I had my heart set on a galvanized finish, perfect for a nautical space. Unfortunately you can't buy faucets and such in galvanized metal, and since using mixed metals is quite popular in the design world these days, I went with bronze for everything else.

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