When our two toddlers ripped two towel racks and a bath tissue holder out of the walls, I decided it was time to repaint the bathroom. I wanted to do a toddler theme and always liked an aquatic theme for a bathroom. When my BFF gave me a Finding Nemo step stool and knowing blue is my older son’s favorite color, I decided to go with a Finding Dory theme and we are very happy with the outcome.
First, I looked on Pinterest for ideas and found most of them had similar blue colored walls so, I went over to Sherwin Williams (I like their thick, creamy paint because it covers well and is easier to work with in my opinion) and asked the girl working there what was a good color for my chosen theme. I also needed a good quality paint that would be mold and stain resistant and prevent water streaking and staining because our bathroom does not have a fan unfortunately. I picked “Nautilus” in their Emerald series as she suggested it would be the best suited for our bathroom conditions and a Caribbean water color that has a bit of green in it. The color ended up being perfectly matched to the shower curtain, window curtain and wall decals! It was a great pick…Thank you Sherwin Williams employee!
So, one week in July, I decided to start my project while my older son was in Vacation Bible School all week. I painted the ceiling first and then moved onto the walls. It took a full week because I could only work on it two to 4 hours per day. My neck and back were aching but, I finally got it painted and cleaned up. When I was done, I swore I would never paint again but, then my friend told me how much a professional painter wanted to paint her similar sized bathroom and I was then happy I saved us several hundred dollars and who am I kidding, I like painting!
I just love the blue walls in contrast with the white molding and white window mirrors! Once my Finding Dory Disney shower curtain came in from JC Penney, wall decals and window valance from Amazon.com, I was set to start decorating! I chose to get one large Disney Finding Dory wall decal to use on the larger wall in the bathroom and one package of tropical fish wall decals that I used on the walls mostly near the big potty to compliment the theme. I also found a vibrantly colored tropical fish window valance which, is from a company called “Handmade in the USA,” that matched the wall color, shower curtain and wall decals perfectly. The window valance stands out rather than blending into the walls which is one of the reasons I didn’t pick the Disney Finding Dory curtains. I also didn’t choose them because the curtain ties covered Dory’s face so, what was the point in having curtains if you couldn’t see her face when the curtains are tied back? It is also not a good idea if my boys can reach the curtain panels either hence, I chose the valance instead. I only spent $61 between my Amazon.com and JC Penney.com orders!
In my box of bulk Huggies wipes I get from Costco, I found a Finding Dory wipe dispenser! Perfect! I keep a box of wipes in the bathroom. I also chose brightly colored orange towels from JC Penney online that seemed to be the perfect accent color but, was unhappy with the quality so I sadly returned them. I am on a quest now to find that color again. When I was finished hanging the shower curtain, window valance and carefully applying the decals to the walls, I brought our boys in to see their new bathroom. They were so excited! I talked it up for weeks so, when they saw the finished bathroom, they were elated and thanking mom. I just love making them happy.