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It’s no secret that I’ve hated our bathroom since day 1. Dingy beige tile that’s falling apart and missing in places, a broken medicine cabinet, and a generic laminate vanity… It doesn’t exactly have the farmhouse charm that this old house deserves.
I’d love to do a full gut remodel in the future featuring a claw foot tub, a beautiful tile floor, and beadboard that matches the original stuff in our kitchen, but that’s likely years away. We finally decided we couldn’t live with this ugly little room anymore and set aside a weekend for a quick makeover to transform it into a light, bright farmhouse style bathroom.
Here’s what we started with:
Our #1 priority is getting rid of the dingy square tiles on the walls. I believe it dates to the 60s or 70s, and I feel a tad guilty getting rid of something that’s been part of our house for that long, but man… it’s bad. Tiles are missing or broken in places, and previous owners already removed them from the other side of the room. (Now if they were 1950s pink tiles, that would be another story entirely. You better believe I’d be keeping those!).
The laminate vanity was in good shape, but the printed-on wood grain looked pretty bad in person. Nothing a bit of paint can’t fix! We had also been having issues with our old faucet for a while, so I jumped at the chance to try out Moen’s new Hamden faucet. Finally, we wanted to replace the medicine cabinet and add some vintage style decor to the space.
Here’s what that dingy old bathroom looks like after just two days!
Faucet: Hamden Spot Resist Brushed Nickel Two-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet
Vanity color: Benjamin Moore Opal Essence | Wall color: Sherwin Williams Pearly White
Decor: Rope Wall Mirror | Enamel Soap Dish | Vintage Comb Basket (available on Etsy & eBay)
Vintage Gold Frame (local find) | Soap Dispenser (from Target, no longer available)
How to Complete a Farmhouse Style
Bathroom Makeover in One Weekend
Luckily, there isn’t much we needed to do with the tub, so this farmhouse style bathroom makeover mainly consisted of just a few parts: giving the old vanity a makeover, replacing the tile, upgrading the hardware, and adding vintage style decor.
Step 1: Revive an old laminate vanity
We began by removing the vanity so it could be painted. Painting laminate sounds tricky, but really all you need is a good primer. I cleaned the vanity with TSP substitute and then applied two coats of Zinsser primer. I love this primer because you don’t need to sand first, and it covers nearly any kind of surface (including slick laminate!).
Here’s a quick progress shot after I applied the first coat of primer (and before we installed our pretty new faucet):
After two coats of Zinsser primer, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Opal Essence. A $6 sample can was more than enough for this project. I’m absolutely smitten with this adorable shade of mint! It’s a bit more saturated in real life than it came out in the photos, and I love it so much that I’m planning to use it in a few other places in our home.
We also replaced the metal knob with a leftover glass knob we had on hand from another project.
Step 2: Refresh the walls with DIY shiplap
There are already dozens of helpful and thorough shiplap tutorials out there, but here’s the gist of this super easy DIY:
- Purchase 4×8 sheets of 1/4 inch plywood and rip them down into 6 inch wide strips. Tip: Save time on sanding by making sure the face of the plywood is already pretty smooth. We messed up here and had to sand the boards to get rid of all the rough spots.
- Prime and paint your boards. In a moist environment like a bathroom, it’s a good idea to prime both sides of your boards. Some people paint their boards after installation, but we painted ours prior to attaching them to the wall. We ended up applying two coats of primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams Pearly White.
- Apply your boards to the wall. Start at the top and work your way down. Because our walls are uneven, my husband measured and cut each individual board before installing them to the wall. We used nickels between the boards to ensure even spacing. Using a nail gun to attach the boards to the studs is the recommended method, but we simply used a few tubes of heavy duty liquid nails. My handy husband was pretty confident in this method, so time will tell if we experience any issues.
- Finish off with trim pieces. We used a coved corner piece to hide the gaps where the walls met and a vinyl trim piece where the shiplap meets the shower. You can’t see this piece in the photos, but it will help protect the ends of the boards from any overspray from the shower.
The other side of the room is a wall to wall storage cabinet, so we were able to shiplap this room with just two 4×8 sheets of plywood. The total cost for this DIY shiplap project (including primer, paint, liquid nails, and trim pieces) was about $105.
Step 3: Add beautiful & functional hardware
This beautiful faucet is Moen’s new Hamden Spot Resist Brushed Nickel Two-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet. We had been having problems with our old faucet, so I was really excited when Moen asked me to try out this new model. I honestly just thought it would be a pretty but average faucet, but I’ve actually been super impressed with this little beauty!
My absolute favorite thing about this faucet? The spot resist finish! Our old faucet was spotty again just hours after cleaning it, but this finish stays blemish free. It’s like freaking magic.
Another reason it’s a million times easier to keep clean than our old faucet? No lift rod in the back! That rod made it so hard to clean behind our old faucet, and how often do you actually use it anyway? Instead of pulling up on a lift rod to engage the stopper, all you have to do is push down on the stopper itself. Whoever invented that feature is an absolute genius. I love our new faucet and can’t recommend it enough.
Step 4: Add vintage style decor
Nothing adds character and charm to a room like vintage style decor. I love unique items that tell a story or could have even been in our home 100 years ago. I found this vintage barber shop ad on eBay and paired it with a vintage frame from a local antique shop. The antique comb basket was an Etsy find, but I saw quite a few on eBay as well. It holds small jars we use to store small items like cotton balls and cotton swabs.
The enamel soap dish and green wall pocket both came from Craft House Designs. You can’t beat beautiful decor that also serves a functional purpose! Even if you’re not a big user of bar soap, one of these soap dishes could hold some of your everyday makeup or a contact lens case. We’ll use the green wall pocket to hold everyday items like toothpaste, hair products, and makeup.
Finding a budget mirror was no easy task, but I finally stumbled on this beautiful rope mirror from Kirkland’s for a steal! It adds the perfect amount of modern to the space. We ended up shortening the rope and hanging it from picture wire for extra support. We anchored 3/4 inch plywood into the wall cavity left behind by the medicine cabinet, so this baby is extra secure!
Overall, I’m thrilled with how easy this room was to do, and I’m so happy I don’t have to look at dingy, falling apart tile anymore! *happy dance*
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