Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Delta. As always all words and opinions are honest and my own.
Last summer, I gave the boy’s bathroom a refresh. It wasn’t a total overhaul, but simple, inexpensive changes that made a huge difference! While I would love to do a custom-built tile surround, install a deeper tub, and a few other things, that isn’t where we want to put our decorating dollars. Given that my middle school boys don’t really care about the state of their bathroom, I wanted to make high-impact changes that we could do ourselves.
As a reminder, here is how the bathroom looked before…
And here is how it looks now…
…on a good day!
We already changed out the crusted builder-grade fixtures with Delta Cassidy™ Bath
Faucets and they might be my favorite part of the room. I always admire the soft curves and cross handle accents when I clean their sinks.
Since I posted the room makeover this summer, we replaced the toilet and, more recently, changed out the tub fixtures and added a Delta H2Okinetic ® In2ition ® 5-Setting Two-in-One Shower to add a sense of luxury without having to do any major plumbing work.
Here is how the tub fixtures looked before we replaced them…
Oh my gosh, what a difference, right?!?
We replaced the tub spout with the Dryden™ Tub Spout (with Diverter) and the Ashlyn ® Monitor ® Series Tub Trim. I like how they feel substantial and a bit more masculine with the angular lines. We decided to have these professionally installed to correct the plumbing mistake made when this house was built. Every single faucet in this house, with the exception of the kitchen and laundry room, was installed backwards. Meaning the handles of the faucets don’t turn the right way. And, in all of the showers, the hot is cold and the cold is hot. We’ve gotten used to it as we’ve lived in the house, but I always felt like it was dangerous (a scald hazard) in a kid’s bathroom. So, while we were switching to new faucets from Delta, it was a good time to take care of that.
It wasn’t very expensive, because it was a pretty quick and easy job for people who knew what they were doing. One of the plumbers mentioned that we were installing a nice upgrade with the hardware swap. Delta brand fixtures are what they prefer to use and install. It’s always nice to hear that sort of thing from a pro.
The H2Okinetic® In2ition® Shower Head didn’t need professional installation. I was able to unscrew the old one and install this one in about 10 minutes. It was super simple and is so much better than what we had. After installing it, I took the time to clean up the old escutcheon that had paint all over it and was dull and dirty. I had no idea it would clean up so well! It looks brand new, too.
The H2Okinetic® In2ition® Shower has all sorts of options and upgrades. I’ve never had a fancier shower head and I’m tempted to “borrow” it from the boy’s bathroom to install in ours!
Here are some of the features…
- It has five settings – full body, fast massage, full spray with massage, slow massage, and pause.
- The pause feature is so you can reduce water to a trickle to conserve water. This is handy when you’re soaping up, shaving, etc.
- The rubber spray holes make it easy to clean build-up just with the touch of a finger.
- The diverter lever can be adjusted to three different options – shower head & hand shower, shower head only, and hand shower only.
- H2Okinetic® PowerDrench ® Spray sculpts water into a unique wave pattern, forming a powerful drench spray. It makes you feel like there is more water coming out than there is!
One lever and the “pause button” are located on the front of the shower and the diverter lever is on back, right of the shower.
I know my boys will appreciate it as they get older. They already do appreciate that everything works correctly and isn’t crusted with hard water build-up, so the water flows freely. (We installed a water softener a couple of years ago to protect our faucets and appliances.)
And, since what I do mostly in this bathroom is clean it, I really appreciate having a quality hand shower with a 60″ hose. Those extra inches make a big difference. I can give the tub a good scrub and easily rinse it out every corner of it. If the boys were still little, it would be helpful to rinse their hair, etc.
Is cleaning a tub a balancing act for anyone else?
Do you spot the curious kitty? She loves “watching” water. Toilets flushing, showers, faucets…just about any time water is running, she’s there to check it out!
I love that the boy’s bathroom feels like a fresh, new space thanks to simple, strategic changes, like the new Delta fixtures that were a huge part of upgrading the room’s look and functionality.