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DIY Ideas for Tween Baths

As tots turn into teens, time in the bath is as important as time on the phone. A few simple touches can help transform everyday bathrooms into something special.

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    • Green Groove

      This bath takes little-girl pastels and deepens them for a more sophisticated look. Soft lime walls set the stage, and coordinating accessories add punch.

    • Rosy Outlook

      Recessed panels on these birch cabinet doors look garden fresh with a coat of paint somewhere between deep rose and hot pink.

    • Shine On

      Shiny chrome accents such as these towel hooks give the room pop and bring out the gray tones of the floor tile.

    • Adorable Art

      The delicate butterfly was created by tracing an image from a coloring book onto the wall. Fill it in using artist's brushes and crafts paint and you've got your own custom artwork.

    • Store It

      While an industrial-strength metal storage unit boosts this bath's practicality, a sheath fashioned from sheer cotton batiste fabric adds softness. Cotton batiste is not as slick as other sheers, and therefore is easy to work with.

    • Sunny Delight

      Sun-kissed yellow walls painted with cheery daisies set the mood in this bright bath. Blue and white accents keep the look fresh.

    • Razzle Tassel

      In small spaces, such as a bathroom, window treatments can be simple. Here a triangular valance makes the point with a blue tassel tip.

    • Cabinet Cache

      Many bathrooms use crisp white cabinetry and fixtures to keep the look clean and bright. But that doesn't mean you can't add a little color with easy-to-change painted knobs. Purchase them at any home center or paint your own with acrylic paint. Use a coat of sealer to close the deal.

    • Paint Pointer

      Paint white daisies with blue centers freehand using crafts paint and a foam brush; a design this simple is easy to mimic. Or, for a more polished look, use a large stencil from a crafts store or home center and follow the package instructions.

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      Pink Perfection

      This bathroom is vintage with a fresh twist. Some of the patterns are cottage-style prints you might see in your favorite vintage shop, but the colors are all young: pool blue, hot pink, and grass green. The shower curtain is made from bedsheets that coordinate with the room's color scheme.

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      Ring-a-Ding

      Jazz up plain metal shower curtain rings with funky fridge magnets. Or let your daughter add magnets to her favorite costume jewelry with a glue gun, then pop them onto the rings.

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      Button Up

      Make a one-of-a-kind statement with squares of fabric topstitched onto a plain terry towel. Add a decorative button in the middle of each patch.

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