Girls’ Bathroom Refresh Plans and Mood Board


Complete colorful inspiration for a feminine bathroom refresh without ripping out any walls or doing major DIYing. Balancing young & fun with grown-up function, gather great ideas for a colorful, pretty girls’ bathroom makeover that doubles as a guest bathroom, too!

Welcome to the bathroom that triples as our girl’s bathroom, overnight guest bathroom and visiting guest bathroom. Yep, we’re a 2-bathroom home, which means I have to keep the toothpaste cleaned out of the sink and the toilet paper (flushed &) fresh, otherwise my guests might run screaming from my home. (Just kidding, my friends are super sweet and would never say anything, but I’d be super embarrassed.)

I both hate and love that we only have 2 bathrooms. On one hand I can’t hide our dirty mess, yet I only have to keep 2 bathrooms clean. Yay!

Shortly after we moved in 7 years ago, I made a few improvements to the builder-grade, beige-on-beige action going on in there.

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

I hung some sweet Norman Rockwell prints that I inherited from my great-grandmother when she passed. (I just picked them out of a stack of her things because I remembered them hanging in her home.) Then I upgraded all of the hardware and painted the walls Oyster Pearl by Clark + Kensington (Ace Hardware’s brand).

I painted the cabinets Ominous Cloud by Clark+Kensington (Ace Hardware’s brand).

You can see almost all of the updates here in this post.

After that, I framed out the mirror to give it a more custom look, which I still love.

This simple DIY is easy and cheap! LOVE the custom look! | How to Frame a Builder-Grade Mirror |

But after a while I grew tired of the pops of red, which I didn’t really like in the first place. And when you look out of the bathroom from the inside you see the gray cabinets, gray walls and Revere Pewter gray walls in the hallway. It’s just too much of one color.

I am changing the wall color, but you may be surprised that I’m not going to go crazy with color on the walls.

And I decided that it was time to spend some time doing a refresh in here, a little bit more feminine as a nod to my two girls and a more welcoming space for our guests. The toilet paper holder has been broken for a couple years now, which is kind of embarrassing. So, it’s time to give it a new, fresh look!

The Girls’ Bathroom Refresh Mood Board

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the mood board for the room. I always start with a mood board because it helps me see the elements all together. I’ve changed my mind multiple times during the vision board process, because pieces that I thought would look good together didn’t actually look good next to each other.

Girls' Bathroom Refresh Plans and Mood Board

Pink Bath Towel (in Coral Reef) // Pink Bath Mat (in Porcelain Pink) // 3-Light Schoolhouse Fixture // Flush-Mount Schoolhouse Light // Toilet Paper Holder // Hook // Floral Art // Shower Curtain (not available, but similar here and here) // “Just be you” wood sign // Vinyl Floor Tile

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The plans for the Girls’ Bathroom Refresh

1. I am going to patch the hole in the wall where the toilet paper holder fell out and then paint the walls Simply White by Benjamin Moore. This is the same white I used for my kitchen cabinets and the board and batten in my living room. It’s not too cold or too warm, but just the perfect amount of warmth in a white in my opinion.

2. I am going to replace the old “boob” light 😂 and light over the mirror with these schoolhouse-style lights. I have the same single light fixture in the hallway outside the bathroom and I love it! The 3-light fixture will compliment them both and I think it adds some feminine detail to the bathroom.

Floral Canvas Art for the Girls' Bathroom Refresh

3. The Floral Art was the jumping off point for this refresh and it will go on the wall opposite the mirror. I love it so much!

4. The towels and bath mats will be pink!! I’m so in love with them and thankful to be done with the reds. I knew these would be perfect after I found the art. These were my second purchase of this whole makeover/refresh thing.

5. I will replace the current broken toilet paper holder with this toilet paper holder. And I plan to have some hooks on the walls for our girls to actually hang up their towels. #notholdingmybreath

Traditional-Americana Guest Bathroom Update: painted walls, cabinets, new hardware and a punch of color!

6. The shower curtain is staying the same! I bought it years ago from Goodwill still in the package from Target. It had a small red stain on it (looked like a spilled ICEE) that I was able to get out and I’ve been loving it ever since! (It was discontinued a long time ago, but I found some similar dupes for you: Moroccan Tile Motif Shower Curtain | Geometric Print Curtain in Aqua.) I think it looks great with the pink towels and the new art.

Vinyl tile for the Girls' Bathroom Refresh

7. One of the most exciting changes is going to be this vinyl tile that I am going to put over the existing plain beige floor tile! I’ve been wanting to use this in multiple places in my house, so I’m excited to finally try it! There were several contenders for my favorite pattern, but I ultimately chose this Naples tile, because it coordinated well with the existing shower curtain and the colors.

8. The “Just Be You” wooden cut out sign is so pretty and one of the most important messages for my girls to know! I’m excited they will see it every day as they get ready.

9. And flowers, of course, because I love them!

So, that’s the plan! I think I can finish this in a couple of weeks and it will look like a brand new space with just a little DIY and style changes. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

What’s your favorite thing? Is it the art or the tile? Let me know in the comments! Or chime in over on Instagram!

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    1. Thank you, Patty! I’m motivated to paint because I can’t wait to see the floors done! Hoping to get it all done this weekend! xo, Laura

  1. It’s going to gorgeous. We are on the road to a full renovation (gutting two full baths and adding a new master bath) and I live this color pallet for my own daughter. She’s seventeen and will inherit the old master bedroom and bath combo. I think she will love this. Keeping a close eye on this refresh.

    1. Oh I love that you’d use it for your teen daughter as well. I was trying to choose items that would grow with my girls (who are 8 and 4 now), so that is encouraging! I’m so glad you love it, too! xo, Laura

  2. The mood board is absolutely beautiful, and I love that is feminine but not too childish so they can grow with it, it’s so classic and pretty! I adore the vinyl tile!

  3. I love everything you are using in your bathroom refresh. The colors in the artwork are perfect for a girls/guest bathroom. I can’t wait to see the completed project.

    1. Yay! Thank you for the cheer-me-on vote of confidence! I will need it as I tackle the painting portion of the project tomorrow! xo, Laura

  4. Hi Laura. Love your plans for the bathroom update. It will look beautiful! I have two questions for you: (i) do you have a separate post on how you framed the bathroom mirror? If not, would you maybe be willing to write about this in another post? And… (ii) I have your wonderful first “How to Create a Mood Board” e-guide. Should I also purchase your new “Foolproof” guide? Is it an expansion of your “Mood Board” guide? Thanks for your advice. Sincerely, Jane.

  5. I love the floral print! I was sad to see that our Target was out of them. 🙁 Can’t wait to see your reveal.

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