by Anna Karsten

DIY Bathroom Remodel for Kids

One thing I wanted to remodel pretty much immediately after buying a house was kids’ bathroom upstairs. While it was a perfectly functional bathroom, it lacked a soul.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it, so I dug into DIY bathroom remodel projects. To be clear: I’ve NEVER remodeled a bathroom before, only painted walls once before and couldn’t lift much at the time either. Yet, I’ve managed!

Some Photos from Before:


How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

The cost of bathroom remodeling will really depend on you. I didn’t change a bathtub, sink or floors as I felt it’s still good enough.

Depending on what do you want to and the products you use the cost will vary. To remodel my bathroom I spent about $400.

This included everything starting from brushes and protective floor coverings, tapes, paint thinners and other things you might already have at home. I also admit I got way too much colorful paint – I could have gotten away with $50 less.


Inspiration for Kids Bathroom Remodel

I followed the rule have fun, but don’t get too wild. I didn’t want things to look too busy, left room for trial and error and decorated for the moment.

Who remembers these 90s carpet trends?

I didn’t want to go all crazy, as I still remember my parents were really proud of my childhood room. While my carpet (was indeed cool when I was 4 or even 10, it became slightly embarrassing when I was 14. This is why I concentrated on decor I can change easily later, like paint, towels, cupboards and curtains.

I originally had two designs in mind (below), but quickly realized that I had to adjust my expectations to the type of cupboards I already had. They weren’t flat.

The location of storage spaces, bathtub and utilities was also an important thing to consider.


My Essential Tools and Supplies for a DIY Bathroom Remodel:

  • Safety mask
  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Power drill
  • Bucket
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
  • Utility knife
  • Painters tape
  • Paint protection for floors
  • Hair paint protections
  • Pain thinner
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Brushes
  • White paint (for walls & ceiling)
  • Red, blue, green, yellow paint samples (1 of each color)

Decor I used for this bathroom:


Final Product:

DIY Colorful Kids Bathroom Remodel
DIY Colorful Kids Bathroom Remodel
Fish-themed kids bathroom
Fish-themed kids bathroom

After renovation I also added a learning tower, so my little one can just come in and brush his teeth on his own. If you’re looking for a good learning tower, that’s the one I have.

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