If you have any teenage boys in your life, you can appreciate the need for easy-to-keep-clean, low maintenance spaces. My son’s bathroom hadn’t had any decor changes since we moved into our home 12 years ago – It was definitely time for this teen boy bathroom makeover!
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Let’s jump right into the before pictures! I’m not sure how I let this happen, but my poor 13 year old son was using a bathroom with zoo animals on the walls.
Teenage Boy Bathroom Before:
He couldn’t care less about “home decor”, so he hadn’t even bothered to complain about it. His bathroom just stayed on the back burner.
We have a two-story home and his bathroom is upstairs. Although the room is small, his ceilings are VERY high. That made me keep procrastinating painting them because I was afraid the tall walls would be a nightmare to paint.
But, a dear friend let me borrow her paint extension pole which made the job pretty easy. Seriously, it was no big deal at all!
Look at those tall ceilings!
This leads me to my paint color selection. True confession: the paint color I used was a mixture of about 4 different shades of gray that I had left over from previous painting projects in my home. Requisite gray, Dorian Gray, and Mindful Gray. I’m not sure if I ended up putting Revere Pewter into the mix, but it’s possible!
I don’t know that I would recommend mixing all sorts of paint together as who knows what you’ll end up with! BUT, I have done this several times and haven’t been disappointed. My thought is, if I don’t like it after I get going, then I’ll just run out and get new paint!
While I was painting, I had my son look for stock photos online to replace the zoo prints. I took the old frames apart, painted the frame mat to match the images he selected, then inserted the new image. Easy!
As I mentioned, one of the main focuses I had for this project was to make it as easy as possible to keep clean and stay organized. My son doesn’t have a care in the world about drawer organizers, BUT if I put systems into place that make it easy for him to find his things, he’s more likely to put things back.
Simple plastic bins from Target were used to keep like items together. Nothing fancy, but he keeps everything off of the counters now (most of the time!).
Prior to this makeover, he was using an over-the-toilet shelving unit for his towels. The space was so small that it always felt cluttered and messy. So, now all of the towels go under the sink.
I am not naive to think that they will always be nicely folded, but at least they will behind closed doors! Note, the floor mat. He LOVES memory foam, so that was all it took to make him happy.
Our mat is from Walmart. I couldn’t get a link for the exact one we got, but here is a similar mat from Target.
Teen Boy Bathroom Makeover AFTER pics:
The biggest update is that it’s actually clean! Seriously though, it is so much better. He is really liking the more masculine, grown up color schemes.
As I mentioned, the update is nothing fancy, but it made SUCH a difference.
If you love a good before and after, take a look at these:
- Tween Bedroom Makeover, A Before and After
- Painted Furniture / A Before and After
- Painted Furniture Part 2 / A Before and After