Okay, I’m a little…

Okay, I'm a little embarrassed by how much they cost, but I love the octopus hooks I bought for the kids' bathroom (Anthropologie). They make me smile every time I look at them. I was going to get just one, but then I decided that was just asking for mayhem when the two of them get bigger. So they each have their own fabulously cool towel hook. Now I have to do that octopus mural...

I'm waffling on floor tile for the kids' bathroom. Two reasonably inexpensive options:

  • a classic Victorian-style small-scale tile pattern, white octogons with cobalt blue accent squares -- nice, not particularly dramatic, period-appropriate -- a little boring? These are 3.75 x 3.75.

  • large tiles in either purple or blue -- I saw those at a local tile store, and really liked the look; could possibly also intercut them with small white tiles, or with each other, as in the middle sample below -- i.e., large purple octogon tiles with small blue square tiles

The fixtures are white (and came with the house) -- toilet, clawfoot bathtub, pedestal sink. I'd planned to paint the octopus in blues and purples on the wall. Although maybe paint the walls in blue? I had a cobalt blue bathroom once, and I loved it; I think kids would like it too. I know a lot of people would think that a bit intense, though. Hmm...maybe blue below a chair rail (contrasting with the white fixtures) and white above? But I don't like painting chair rails white, and brown wood would be weird in this bathroom, I think -- it doesn't have any other wood.

Okay, two options:

  • first tile option (white/blue acents), with cobalt blue walls and a purple octopus
  • large purple octogon tiles with blue or white accents, white walls, blue and purple octopus
Votes? Other brainstorming thoughts welcome too. :-) I want the kids' bath to be cheerful and fun, with maybe a feeling of being underwater and in Nemo's submarine. I don't think there's much point in trying to be too elegant or restrained in here, given that all kids' bath toys seem to be in super-bright colors, and made of plastic or rubber. But I also don't want it too cutesy -- ideally, the tile should be something they can live with until they leave for college. (I'm willing to repaint the walls in ten years if they decide they hate the paint color.)

And while we're on the subject, I need to go and check, but I think two clawfoot bathtubs came with the house. If that's the case, and given that they cost $1500-$2000, I'd planned to use both of them -- one in the kids' bath, and one in the master. But Kevin is worried that the extra height of the clawfoot will make it extra hard on kids getting in and out, and make it more likely that they'll slip getting out of the tub and crack their heads on the tub or the tile. Thoughts? If we do have a clawfoot there currently, do you think it's worth replacing it (keeping in mind that we may not be able to get much if anything for it)?

Obviously, I don't want to stint on the cost of a new tub, if the clawfoot is actually a hazard for small kids, but at the same time, I know how much I would have loved a clawfoot as a kid myself...

4 thoughts on “Okay, I’m a little…”

  1. I’d keep the clawfoot.

    One thing we did, if the outside of the tub looks dingy, you can paint that. My mom painted the tub a bright blue on the outside, did a cheerful floor (white with colors), and it looked clean and cheerful and good for guests, too.

  2. Put a step stool on the outside of the tub (and maybe even one inside. Then hang a sturdy towel bar or even a bar designed for those with mobility issues so they can have a handhold as they climb in and out.

    Personally, I’ve got a clawfoot and don’t love it. People were a lot smaller 80 years ago when my house was built. It’s not deep enough for me to have a relaxing soak where I’m completely covered with water.

  3. How funny, we had a clawfoot when I was a kid and it never occurred to me that it could be unsafe. I loved it, or rather I was appalled when I discovered other kinds of bathtubs.

    I second the suggestion of painting the outside.

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the octopus hangers.

    I’m not sure if it is too late to weigh in on the tile. I often see little tiles and each time, I think how incredibly difficult it is to clean them. Quite beautiful when first purchased/installed, but after time, they just look so dirty. And re-grouting would be a real bitch of a job. If I were a regrouter, I’d charge you way more for the hassle of it all. My 2 cents.

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