Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

As my boys get older, we’ve been considering redoing their bathroom. They currently shower regularly in our master bath, and you will see why:



See that cool, funky, yet kind of totally nonfunctional tub? It’s a square tub, which was kind of lovely when they were little and were bathing; the extra large ledges provided play space and it was easy to bathe them.

But you’ll notice that there’s no shower curtain. Or doors. Nothing to enclose the tub for a shower. And no easy way to accomplish this feat.

The other problem with this tub is that it’s peeling. Badly. See?


When we moved in 8 years ago, we had that tub refinished since it was peeling at that time, too. Holy hell, I’ve never smelled anything that pungent or powerful before or since. Even after three days of open windows, fans, and wishful thinking, that smell was nearly unbearable. So I’m not sure that we want to go through that again.

However, I do kind of like this tub, its uniqueness, and it fits perfectly in there. Now I’m discovering that it’s a period thing, that, depending on the source, anywhere from the 1930s to the postwar period saw a flourishing business in these “Cinderella tubs.”

How can you get rid of a Cinderella tub? Even if you do have boys?

Do you all have any ideas? We could probably solve the shower curtain issue, if only with a rather labor-intensive solution. But the deglazing. Should we suck it up and hope that the second reglazing will last until they leave the house? I’m stumped.

But in the meantime, I’m putting together an inspiration board for things I’d like to change up in there. If we’re doing something with the bathtub, might as well fix it up so it better suits what will eventually be teenage boys, right?


  1. Washroom Typography, Etsy: I find this sentiment both hilarious and useful. I’d maybe want it without the “love, Mom.”
  2. The Bowie Wall Sconce, BarnLight Electric. I just discovered this company and I am in love.
  3. Marimekko Rasymatto Towels, Finn Style. Marimekko, ’nuff said.
  4. Peyton Shower Curtain, PBTeen. Love this pattern.
  5. V & B Central Line Double Vanity Unit, Villeroy & Boch. Two sinks would be awesome if we have the space. And I like how it attaches to the wall and leaves space beneath, so that right now we can put stools there since the 6 year old still needs one to reach, and later we could use it to store extra toilet paper or whatever.
  6. Alphabet Hook, Anthropologie. Hooks seem so much more appropriate than towel bars. Space saving, they each get their own, they don’t have to fold a towel.
  7. Cirrus Grey Bath Rug, CB2. This rug looks so plush and squishy.
  8. License Plate Surfboard Custom Art, Etsy. I absolutely love this piece.

So, what do you think? Any suggestions? And what to do with that crazy Cinderella tub. (I almost called it a Princess tub.)



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  • August 14, 2013, 8:55 am Eva

    The birthplace of the naked polka!!!

    If you switch to a handheld shower fixture, you don’t need to reposition the space or get doors or a curtain. You can just rip out the tub and slope the floor into a drain. It’s pretty common in Europe to see open showers like that.

    I love them. They’re easier to clean and make the bathroom seem bigger.

    • August 16, 2013, 12:10 pm Beth

      Yeah, the only problem with that is resale… we’d probably need a bathtub in the kids’ bathroom. I still kind of love the tub, too. :-)

  • August 15, 2013, 10:38 am BWBecky

    So funny. I have that nubby bath rug, and yes it feels great on your feet. I got three of them in aqua from Home Goods–check there. I also have a vanity stool covered in the same pattern as the shower curtain(only in beige) from Ballard Design. As for the tub, my first thought was to pull out and replace with tile, shower door, etc. Now I think, if you ever decide to sell, you would be limiting potential buyers by not having a tub in a kids bathroom. I would just shower door enclose it. A glass company that does shower doors would be able to manufacture one. They use super strong adhesive or hinges to connect pieces together and to the wall. Of course this would mean reliving the tub redo. Have it done on a long weekend where you can be out of the house. I have an odd shaped shower similar to the shape of your bath.

    • August 16, 2013, 12:12 pm Beth

      I think you’re right, Becky. The one problem I see with glass doors is for the future, when we sell the house, I think the doors would be a hindrance to anyone wanting to use the tub for a baby or kid. It would make sense to put the door on that diagonal side, but it’s pretty small and would be really hard for a parent to bathe a kid with that small opening.

  • December 10, 2016, 11:52 pm Glenda

    I would like to know where you purchased the corner tub that’s pictured. We need a tub similar to that since we only have a 51 x 51 inch space for a tub shower combo. Also what is the dimensions of the tub you purchased? Thank you so much.