DIY Ideas for Tween Baths

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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