Get ideas on how you can update your Finding Nemo themed bathroom into Finding Dory with these simple cheap DIY tips.
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. LOL
I always liked an aquatic themed kids’ bathroom. When my BFF gave me a Finding Nemo step stool, toothbrush holder, soap dish and dispenser, knowing blue is my older son’s favorite color, I decided to go with a Finding Dory theme.
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I painted the bathroom blue and then added accessories:
- tropical fish wall decals
- Finding Dory wall decal (pictured below)
- a tropical fish valance
- Finding Dory night light
- Finding Dory shower curtain
- orange Tommy Hilfiger towels I got for a steal at Macy’s online
I’ll walk you through what I did. It came out beautiful and four years later, I’m still impressed with it and it’s holding up well even with my son’s long showers. He’s such a big boy now at 7 yrs. old.
The old yellow color:
It looks like mustard but, it’s that popular yellow from years ago before neutrals became popular.
DIY Disney Finding Dory Themed Bathroom
First, I looked on Pinterest for ideas and found most of them had similar blue colored walls so, I went over to Sherwin Williams because I like their thick, creamy paint. You need a good quality paint that is mold and stain resistant for your bathroom. It can help prevent water streaking and staining, especially if you don’t have a fan in there like ours.
I asked the girl working there what was a good color for my aquatic theme. I picked “Nautilus” in their Emerald series as she suggested it would be the best suited for our bathroom conditions.
It’s 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 2-4 hours per day. My neck and back were aching. Ugh.
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 ($800!) I was happy I saved us several hundred dollars!
Choosing the Bathroom Decor
You don’t have to choose everything in the Finding Dory theme to have Finding Dory bathroom. The Finding Dory shower curtain makes it very clear, that it is a Finding Dory bathroom. Adding the color-matched tropical fish decor brings it all together and for cheaper. Win!
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. Both decals were reasonably priced.
I also found a handmade 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.
I also did not want our little boys to be able to reach the curtain panels either hence, I chose the valance instead. $61 is all I spent between my Amazon.com and JCPenney.com orders!
The following year, I bought orange bath towels and wash cloths from Macy’s for cheap!
Adding Finding Dory Accessories
I chose brightly colored orange bath, hand and wash cloths from JC Penney online that seemed to be the perfect accent. I also found two Finding Dory hooded bath towels on clearance at Target for only $4.58 each! Perfect! I added a $1.50 Finding Dory night light from Five Below store.
Bath accessories can be pricey. I just don’t like spending $20+ on a toothbrush holder and Disney brands are even higher priced. Toothbrush holders aren’t even big enough to hold the handles sometimes as shown below.
I don’t purchase them unless they are on a good sale or clearance. Luckily, my friend gave me hers.
NOTE: You MUST wait for the paint to cure for at least two weeks before adding the wall decals. In humid climates, it may take longer especially in the summer.
They were so excited! I talked it up for weeks so, when they saw the finished bathroom, they were elated and thanking mom. Accolades always help.
This cute DIY Finding Dory Bathroom with Tropical Fish saved us hundreds of dollars by painting it myself. Using a mix of themed accessories with tropical fish valance accessories saved us more money. Our boys love their Finding Dory Bathroom. It still looks great 3 1/2 years later.