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.

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    Rosy Outlook

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

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    Shine On

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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