I hardly remembered what this bathroom looked like the day we began this renovation so looking back at the photos is surreal for me! We bought this old house and spent the entire summer and fall renovating. We’d stay with family throughout the week and sleep in our RV on the weekend. The first jobs to get done as quickly as possible were the bathroom and the kitchen….both needed to be completely gutted down to studs, re-insulated, re-wired and re-plumbed. It was a massive job!
For the bathroom, we stuck with it’s original size and layout because we didn’t have any space to expand which meant we had to make the most of a small bathroom. Our previous house had 4 bathrooms…so the idea of downsizing to one small bathroom was honestly a little terrifying.
I was nervous about lack of storage. Since we were also losing a linen closet in this house our bathroom had to be able to hold extra linens, all my hair tools, products, towels…EVERYTHING. We also needed a sink and counter space large enough to accommodate a family of 4!
Most of all I needed this bathroom to be built for real life with boys. With two little boys in and out of the house and tracking in mud and sand from the farm this bathroom renovation couldn’t be fussy. I didn’t want anything that would be ruined if it got scratched; I needed it to work with me and not against me!
So, we got to work and ripped everything out so we could start from scratch. Here’s what the bathroom looked like on the day we went to see the house for the first time…
Another view (before the previous owners move out):
Here’s what it looked like once I went at it with a can of spray paint so that my husband knew what to rip out.
Here we are midway through. The sink, toilet and tub came out later that day but the plumber was busy putting in new lines so I didn’t grab a picture of it completely empty. We ended up closing up this window above the tub becuase it looked out into our sunroom.
And here we are today!
New planked pine walls and ceiling painted a soft creamy white, slate floors and tub surround, a new tub, toilet, cabinets, faucets, counter, crown molding and trim.
For storage we purchased a tall Ikea cabinet (on the left) this holds our towels and all my girly stuff. We made our counter base from the same Ikea cabinets we used in our kitchen so the look would be consistent throughout the house. They also gave us much more storage compared to what you would find in a typical bathroom vanity. The counters are Ikea’s oak butcher block (same as our kitchen).
One thing I didn’t keep consistent was the hardware. There’s a mix of brass, black and even chrome! Somehow it works and gives that eclectic, charming look that you often find in an old farmhouse. I don’t think you can go wrong by just going with what you love.
For some extra storage and a place to display flowers and washcloths I went to the barn and picked out two pieces of barnboard to make open bracketed shelves. I used 4 of Ikea’s “Ekby Hensvik” shelf brackets and simply screwed the barnboard into them from the top.
I’m so pleased with how our bathroom turned out. There are days when I miss soaking in my big corner jacuzzi in my old master bathroom and my children having their very own bathroom but I don’t mind only having to clean ONE bathroom now! And with all the lights on dimmers, this bathroom can instantly become a calming retreat when necessary ;)
Thanks for sticking with me through the process of renovating this bathroom! I share a lot of renovation snippits on instagram so come join me over there if you’re not already. Are you working on any bathroom renos right now?