The first project we tackled after buying our house was completely gutting the linoleum encrusted caverns formerly known as bathrooms. This was our first experience with home renovation and boy were we in for a big surprise. This was a huge project and it took way longer than we had anticipated. So needless to say, after months of caffeine-infused nights and a lot of work, we finally produced a functional bathroom. Yes just one, we still have two more to go. Anyways I won’t keep you waiting any longer to see the before and afters of this bathroom transformation. Enjoy!
The first issue we had to address was the layout because there was no way it was staying this way. Isn’t that tiny toilet cave in the corner creepy? First of all, I think I probably would have hit my head on the ceiling all the time. Second, How do you even clean back there? Third, That looks like the perfect place for icky spiders to live. Ummm no, thank you! I’m cringing just looking at these pictures again.
Not only was this tiny little vanity pretty much falling out of the wall but it was such a waste of space in this little bathroom. It felt so good to completely gut this whole room and have a blank canvas to work with.
Since this will be our kids’ bathroom we reframed the back wall to fit a tub. Which actually made this room feel so much bigger. These little hexagon tiles may be beautiful but they are a perfectionist’s worst nightmare! Hopefully, by the time we get around to finishing our master bathroom, I won’t have completely forgotten the horrors of installing this floor. I might just fall into the “Awe, their so cute” trap again!
I just love the ceiling angles in this room and they look even better with shiplap and subway tile on them. Of course, I had to add shiplap to the walls. What kind of Fixer Upper fan would I be if I didn’t? I would put it on every wall in my house if my Hubby would let me. I’m really glad I decided to do the whole shower surround and ceiling in subway tiles. It really draws your eye up and makes the ceilings look higher, which is an advantage with these low angled ceilings.
So the day we were supposed to be out of our rental and moved into our house was also the day the bathroom wasn’t done yet. Panic! We still hadn’t installed the toilet and because this was the last thing we needed to do of course it wouldn’t fit. What else should we have expected to happen? My poor hubby spent the whole day tearing apart the plumbing and trying to move the flange to get this toilet to fit. Thankfully he did get it installed by the end of the night. It seems like a no-brainer that the toilet should have always been there instead of in the toilet cave.
I built this shaker style panel to go on the front of our tub. It was one of my favorite projects from this bathroom makeover. Not only was it is easy to build but it gave our tub the look of a designer built-in.
I found this ruffle shower curtain on Amazon. Its a little more shimmery than I was hoping for so I will probably replace it eventually with something else.
The basket on the back of my toilet to store toilet paper came from Hobby Lobby.
Check out what my vanity used to look like. I laugh every time I see this picture, super cute right? I’m mad I didn’t take a picture before I cut the feet off. I don’t even know how to explain them they were like a weird claw foot but pointy. This dresser started out ugly but it was the perfect size for my bathroom. So I took a gamble that I could transform it and I love how it turned out.
I love these cute cast iron ring pulls I found on eBay. They were the perfect finishing touch to take this dresser from modern to vintage.
I knew I wanted a bowl sink instead of a drop in sink. Which meant we had to modify the dresser drawer to fit around the plumbing so we could still have a functioning drawer which is nice. I love the sink and faucet I picked out I think they really add to the farmhouse style in this bathroom.
I had a really hard time trying to figure out what size mirror to put on this wall. The light switch is in a terrible place and there was no way to move it. So I thought I was going to be stuck with a dinky little mirror. Until I stumbled upon mirrored light switch plates and that gave me the option to do this big full-length mirror.
My vanity light is actually an exterior light fixture, I bought it at Home Depot while it was on a sale for like $15.00. Outdoor lighting is so much cheaper than indoor and there are a lot of cute options.
I found all this cuteness at Hobby Lobby.
I actually made this light fixture from a brooder light for baby chicks. You can find that tutorial here.
Thanks for stopping by to take a little tour of our farmhouse style bathroom. I’m so glad we finally have one room in our house completely finished. It has become my little sanctuary, I walk in here when I need a reminder that it is possible to remove all of the ugly from our house and make it beautiful. Looking back on the before pictures again felt especially good I had forgotten how bad it was. I hope you enjoyed the tour.