A Bathroom Remodel: From Toy Closet to Upstairs Bath by Emily A. Clark

Article Posted By: Emily Clark

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In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

When blogger Emily A. Clark told us she was planning a bathroom remodel, we were excited to see where she would take the space, and how we could help! In Part 1 of this three-part series, Emily walks us through the beginning of her project, showing us how she turned an upstairs closet into a brand new boys’ bathroom.

Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow. And that’s how our toy closet became our new upstairs bath.

Upstairs closet that will be turned into a bathroom

Less than two years ago, we bought our three-bedroom house with three kids. The two girls would share a bedroom and our son would have his own room, with all of the kids sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom.  Perfect.

Fast forward to four months after we moved in. We found out we were having twins. Suddenly, we had to find a way to make our house work for our growing family. Our solution? Convert this upstairs toy closet into a bathroom that will eventually function for two boys and any houseguests.

Inside upstairs closet that will be turned into a bathroom

Since it’ll serve as a shared space, we decided to keep the overall look clean and simple with white subway tile in the shower and a dark gray tile on the floor.

Shower in upstairs bathroom after bathroom remodel

Once this was in place, we all headed to The Home Depot to shop for the other basics we needed. (Now, that’s a fun way to spend a Saturday.)

 Emily Clark and family shopping at The Home Depot for the bathroom remodel

First up, the toilet. I think this is the first time I’d ever had to shop for one, and I never considered the number of possibilities.

Emily Clark and family shopping for toilets at The Home Depot for the bathroom remodel

Luckily, we found a super helpful “Home Depot guy” who had lots of advice for us.

Emily Clark and family shopping for toilets with help from a Home Depot associate

In case you’re wondering, we went with this Delta WaterSense toilet. (The round front saved us a couple of inches in a pretty narrow bathroom.)

Delta WaterSense toilet

Next up: shopping for a vanity. Since it’s a pretty small space, I wanted something with at least some open storage to give it a lighter feel. Once I saw the Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor Vanity, I was sold.

Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor vanity for the bathroom remodel

I love that it has an open bottom shelf for towels or a pretty basket, and still has enough closed storage to hide everything else. I also like the beadboard detailing, especially on the sides.

Side view of the Martha Stewart Living bathroom vanity used in the bathroom remodel

(The price also includes the white sink. We went with this coordinating nickel faucet.)

By the way, you can see photos of the vanity in real customers’ homes in the reviews section of the product page. This was really helpful to me while envisioning the size and style of our bathroom.

Paint swatches for Emily Clark's bathroom remodel

Once the basics were in place, I headed to the Paint Department. Check back for Part 2 to see how I customized our new bathroom with color.

Emily is a wife, mom of five, and author of the blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. She writes about the never-ending adventure of making her house a home, and shares affordable and achievable decorating ideas for real people. Thank you, Emily, for sharing your bathroom remodeling plans with us!

For more bathroom ideas, see our Bathroom Design Ideas and Inspiration board on The Home Depot Pinterest page.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Emily received a Home Depot gift card to assist with her bathroom remodel, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Emily expressed are her own.

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