Today’s the day! WAHOO! Yes, I’m excited and yes, I can show you the final product of all our work in our one and only bathroom.
Now, for those of you just stopping in, I’d like to take a minute to catch you up to speed. My family and I are remodeling our house (again) and our latest project was our master bedroom, and sort of at the same time our soon-to-be farmhouse bathroom over the last year (while also having babies and a grand ol’ time).
When we bought our home in 2003, this is what the bathroom looked like. In case you’re wondering, this is a scanned and uploaded photo, so you could get the full effect. Now I am really dating myself. ahem.
Cast iron green bathtub with matching green commode, glass shower doors, 3″ creamy white square tiles on the bottom and 1″ white with gold square tiles on top. Berber carpet on the floor, clear corrugated plexiglass type drop ceiling, an indoor/outdoor light complete with outlet attached, and a single mirrored medicine cabinet. Oh yeah, total room for improvement.
First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors.
Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile. (another uber old scanned picture)
It wasn’t until a couple years later I painted the upper tile a soft green and changed up the decor. This picture shows after we already tore down the ceiling and getting into gutting it from top to bottom.
Third times a charm, right? tsk.
Well, this time was for good because we needed to replace that window and we wanted a clean start, a GIGANTIC do over. All the details about the start of our project, including how we got a massively heavy tub in there are here, and the latest upgrades are all here. Take a minute and catch up…it’s a good read.
Are you ready? We are!!
A big gigantic shout-out to my hubby who is key to this happening, our kids who were patient as we worked, and my Lord for giving us the ability to take this project on to completion.
Welcome to our new bathroom…
For the sake of understanding how this all came together, let me explain all the pieces to this fantastic puzzle.
Let’s start with the top. The ceiling was replaced with one sheet of wood beadboard and then set in a coffered setting with pine boards and trim. I could just sit and look at it forever. So much better than that corrugated plastic drop ceiling.
Now for our vanity…after a year or so of searching for the perfect fitting dresser, I found this treasure on Craigslist while taking a brain break during my stay in the NICU with our daughter. God has a sense of humor.
It fits like a glove in the tiny space we had allotted, and it came out just as I had envisioned it. You’d have to see the before to really appreciate it. Don’t worry, I have a plan for the old vanity. Nothing goes to waste around here!
Below the dresser is the freezer basket I showed you in my last post, that came from when our chest freezer died (also while in the NICU). I just buzzed the handles off with my Dremel and voila!
I sanded down the dresser top and then stained with one of my favorite stains by Varathane, Early American. We’ve used it on our bedroom faux beams and on our Pottery Barn knock-0ff as well. To finish it off with a die-hard topcoat, I used my new-found love, Waterlox in satin, that I mentioned in my previous post as well. Boy does this stuff work like a dream!
*affiliate links to my favorite products are included in this post so you can find them too! And many thanks for the product provided for our project from Hickory Hardware and eFaucets.
Our dresser did not have that backsplash prior to our retro-fit, but we felt it necessary to add it because our baseboard kept the vanity from fitting snugly against the wall, which caused it to set about a half-inch out. That would mean water spray going down there and possibly other goodies – with 6 kids you just never know.
The cabinet I painted in a “seconds” paint from Home Depot, but it’s a nice charcoal/dark chocolate semi-gloss that really sets this piece apart from the rest of the room. I kept the pulls in their original aged state – gorgeous!
We were able to add drawer slides to the drawers from Hickory Hardware that not only made the drawers easier to open (most antique dresser drawers can be pretty rough), but also gave extra support we needed.
And who doesn’t love pink peonies in an antique blue ball jar…swoon… These beauties were closed when I brought them in a little bit ago, but the warmth of our home caused them to open up so beautifully.
The mirror I kept from a custom order for a dresser-turned-media-console for a client and I love its dark color. Above it is my old farmhouse light fixture scored for a $1 at a garage sale and painted in a Antique Nickel spray paint by Rust-Oleum. Don’t you just love the frosted embossed globes? The before is in my previous bathroom post.
Beside the mirror is a recently thrifted vintage soap advertisement that perfectly suits the decor.
And on the other side was what my mom would call a “God wink”. I needed to purchase a toilet paper holder and refused to pay $20 for a single fixture. tsk – not when my kids could bust it in a day! I went in to Goodwill to try to find something else I needed, and there was a brushed nickel TP stand and a basket planter, perfect as a trash can. All for about $5.
Now for the shower and tub. Gotta love the classic feel of white subway tile with gray grout. It’s so refreshing and crisp. Both the wall and floor tiles, and grout came from Home Depot. The paint is called Classic Gray by Glidden.
The tub fixture came from eFaucets through eBay as well. Isn’t that cross pattern handle perfect? For added fun, I just had to create a tub tray with a board of my barn wood and some old, rusty window sash handles from a set of curbside windows. Now all I need is the time for a good soak.
Up above is a new addition also from eFaucets, which they graciously provided for our remodel when they heard I was looking for something to compliment our other choices. Our old one was my absolute favorite shower head, but it just would not go in our new bathroom with its olive green color. Not only does this new shower head and accessories look better, but I’m happy to say that it does a wonderful job – this coming from someone who has returned several shower heads in previous years because their spray was weak.
Now for the other side of the room. With 8 of us, we needed plenty of space to hang our towels. Thanks again to Hickory Hardware for providing us not only the hooks for the wall, but also an extra one for the back of our door for extras.
This is my favorite collection of memories in here. My broken ladder found with my pallet treasure, old bottles found for pennies, a tin cup, railroad spikes, and other thrifted and found objects.
Beside the ladder it is the cut-out from our dresser top that I painted to look like an old bath sign. (You can make one using my tutorial too) And above it is an old wooden rake with a couple of small thrifted prints and dried botanticals.
On the opposite wall is my rack made from weathered pallet wood and the drawers taken off the antique treadle sewing machine makeover I just completed.
There were only 3 drawers, but 4 brackets, and the last bracket was a perfect fit as a hand towel and wash cloth holder. I love it!
Last is the floor…another favorite feature. All our other floors had been vinyl tile or carpet, but this time I wanted something to add dimension and something I could SCRUB. My husband did an excellent job for his first time, don’t you think?
It’s bright, clean, and ready for our large family.
Funny how a tiny bathroom can take a whole post to tour, but all sorts of effort was put into this remodel. My husband gets my applause for his wonderful work and my children for all their help preparing a meal, helping with chores and being patient as we worked. I am so thankful.
With all the supplies, parts, fixtures, decor, and all, our final dollar amount was less than $1,100. All the accents were either handmade, thrifted or found curbside. We can’t create our own tile, but you know we would if we could. (wink, wink)
I hope you enjoyed our final tour and thank you for allowing us to share. We’d love it if you would share our hard work with others too!
Until next time, here’s more DIY goodness for you: