Light and Bright Kids' Bath

Old houses often have just a single washroom upstairs for the whole family, and it's seldom kid-friendly: The tub's too deep, the sink's too high, and there's never enough bath toy storage. That was the situation at Marcus and Kristin Moomey's 1885 home in St. Louis, Missouri, and why they decided to build a pint-sized bath for their daughter, Ella, now 6. Problem was, they'd have to carve it out of the middle of the unfinished attic, reserving windows at either end of the top floor for bedrooms they'd planned. Plus, they wanted the space to have plenty of vintage charm. All on a budget.

Luckily, the couple, both designers for architectural firms, could put some tricks of the trade to work. "We decided to compensate for the lack of light with touches of bright paint colors, big mirrors, and lots of white," says Kristin. In buying the house, they inherited a corner kitchen sink and a 4-foot pedestal tub, which nailed the period look. The resulting space is bright and cheery, and a pleasure to spend time in. Says Kristin, "Now Ella reminds me when it's time for her bath."

Open cubbies, which repeat the six paint shades of the stripes that ring the room, frame the tub with color and stand in for a linen closet.

Vintage-look tub fittings, including a gooseneck faucet and telephone-style handshower, make it easy to rinse off soapy kids.

Wall-hung mirrors that look like big bubbles tilt down for a child's-eye view. They were also a simple DIY installation. The sink's drainboard serves as an easy-to-clean counter.

A tile border in the floor adds impact for a lot less money than an all-over pattern.

Original article can be found at www.thisoldhouse.com 

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