Our three daughters share one bathroom. I absolutely love the layout of our home. Our primary ensuite is downstairs, while four rooms are upstairs surrounding a loft. Each kid gets their own bedroom. However, there are two bathrooms upstairs.
Mike grew up with three sisters and he insisted that Jack should have his own bathroom. Since one of the rooms was set next to its own bathroom, Jack got that room. The girls’ three rooms all surrounded one larger bathroom.
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Unfortunately, four+ years ago, when we bought the house, all of the bathrooms had various levels of neglect/disrepair. A couple years ago we tackled our primary bathroom. We knew the girls bathroom would be the next major bathroom renovation.
One Room Challenge and Girls Bathroom Falling Apart
Around the 2021 Fall One Room Challenge, Mike and I decided that it was time to give the girls an upgrade. It was right around the time the toilet broke and the cabinet doors started falling apart. You ever get to the point in a bathroom where no amount of cleaning can make it look clean? We had reached that point.
The girls existing bathroom had a two sink vanity with poor storage, a very deep and useless linen cabinet, a shower bath combo and a broken toilet. The actual layout wasn’t bad. However, for three girls I wanted to make it just a little more functional.
Three sinks was going to be the life changing function we needed
I had a hard time finding any inspiration photos of three sinks in one shared bathroom. But I knew that three girls would all need their own space to get ready every morning without me yelling at them to hurry and losing my mind. So, I had to render it. When I saw it on screen, I knew it would be good.
We also added a shelf behind the sinks for a curling iron or makeup landing spot while getting ready. We framed in three custom medicine cabinets that I built in the shop and Mike added electrical to. Then I hid them behind three Anthropology Cecilia dupe mirrors that I hacked from an Ikea mirror.
After: The Girls Shared Bathroom with Three Pedestal Sinks
Can you believe that those three medicine cabinets alone replaced all the dysfunctional under sink and broken drawer storage we had before?
The linen cabinet used to be one deep 24″ cabinet. It was impossible to keep it organized or use anything in the back. I replaced it with three drawers (each girl gets their own) and a shallower, 18″ deep cabinet for towels and other shared bathroom essentials (hair dryer, toilet paper, soap etc).
We refaced all the walls with shiplap and painted them Benjamin Moore Simply White. I also trimmed the arch leading into the shower/toilet area to match the new door trim.
In lieu of a towel bar I installed these inexpensive hooks from target.
Design considerations for a shared girls bathroom
I have a rule: if you ever take the time to re-tile your bathroom shower wall you might as well take the tile all the way to the ceiling. Another new rule: shower ledges are easier to add in that a niche and provide way more storage.
Mike installed the shower valve at the entrance. I love this, now no one gets wet when they start the shower and wait for the water to warm up.
We put a solid surface quartz surround to trim the windows and on the shower curb. I found all the quartz we needed from someone on Facebook Marketplace for $100. Mike and I cut it and installed it ourselves and saved a ton by doing it this way. Whenever I start a project I always check Facebook marketplace for anything I might need.
Epoxy grout is a must in a heavily used bathroom
The penny tile is a faux marble that matches the subway tile in the shower. We installed it with a unique epoxy mortar that also acted as grout. If you’ve ever installed penny tile you may know how hard it is to keep the mortar from the grout area. Because it acted as both the mortar and grout we didn’t have to stress when it squished out between the tiles. It is also stain proof and won’t shrink or crack.
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