Friday, October 16, 2015

Our Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover (Before & After)

I've missed you! I think this was my longest blogging break to date, and it wasn't by choice. I've been having major computer problems. No fun! I'm glad to be back today and am excited to share pictures from our recent bathroom makeover.



While each of our bathrooms could stand a refresher, our main-level bathroom has been crying out for help the loudest! Recently, when the towel rack got ripped out of the wall at one of our kid's birthday parties, I knew that was the final straw. I could no longer ignore our wallpaper-clad, plaid room. Did I say plaid? I meant VERY plaid.


When we first moved in, almost two years ago, I remember my impression of this room. It went something like this, "Huh. Hmmm. Okay..." Not what I would choose, but we could live with it for awhile. Our home is set up as a horse property and this bathroom had a Ralph Lauren circa 1990s equestrian feel to it. It also looked boyish to me, and since we have three boys... I embraced it for as long as I could.

Tired of my own procrastination, I forced a decision a few weeks ago by impulsively ripping down a piece of the wallpaper. I knew that would motivate me to get after this room!

So my boys and I started ripping down the wallpaper. At first it was kind of fun - even therapeutic. The novelty soon wore off and the boys ran out to play. 

It was just me. Alone in a sea of plaid...


Everywhere I turned, there was more. (Are you dizzy yet?!) So I broke down and rented a steamer from Home Depot. Best $35-a-day rental ever!

However, it was the first time I'd used a steamer. I didn't leave it on each section long enough and although the majority of the paper came down, I was left with lots of tiny little pieces of the wallpaper backing stuck to the wall. So, I had to go back over the room, scraping each of these little pieces off. (Learn from me and leave the steamer on each section until it basically falls off of the wall!)



But finally, I was starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel...



After removing the wallpaper, I painted the walls, ceiling, trim, door, vanity and mirror. I used Benjamin Moore Decorator's White for the walls and Brilliant White for the trim. I really wanted a fresh, crisp and airy room!

Next, we added a natural wood color, shiplap-inspired wall. To keep costs down, we used sheets of 4X8 underlayment (moisture resistant). The nice people at Home Depot cut them down to 8" strips for us. 


We swapped out the dated light fixture with this one from Lowe's. I love it's industrial farmhouse feel and the touch of "shine" it gives the room!


My husband recently gave me this European olive basket for our anniversary...


I would have been happy with a reproduction, but this one is extra special to me, knowing the basket was actually used to gather olives, somewhere in Europe, years ago. This touch of rusty, aged goodness provides some character and contrast in this mostly white, airy room.




And a view of the shower...



So, now a few before and after comparisons:

Before



After



Before



After


Before



After



I would call this bathroom a makeover, not a renovation, since we didn't replace the vanity (someday I'd love to have a stand-alone dresser with sink!), flooring or shower. 

Here's a breakdown of what we spent (not including a few tools):
Wallpaper steamer - $35
Paint - $79
Wood for accent wall - $36 
New light fixture - $150

For the time and minimal ($300) investment, I'm really happy with the changes. The bathroom now has a peaceful, light and updated feel. 




Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Xo

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36 comments:

  1. It is a great after change. The soft clean color makes the room look larger and so inviting. It looks lovely...Millie from:
    http://frugaliciouschick.blogspot.com

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  2. It is adorable. The wall is wonderful. I bet you're happy to get all that plaid wallpaper off. I never want to have to remove wallpaper again. No fun. I found you through Pinterest. I love your blog.

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    1. That is so kind - thank you! And yes, it's like a breath of fresh air in that bathroom. ;)

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  3. Love everything, especially that the huge mirror now pops! Love wood wall panels,they are perfect-we are going to see more of this.

    Great job!

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you Jane! Yes, I already want to add more - though white - to other rooms in our house.

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  4. Your bathroom turned out beautiful. What a huge transformation! I love the accent wall, it adds so much character.

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    1. I appreciate your kind words! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Wonderful makeover! It is so inspiring to see a room completely change with just paint and a few key additions. I have been wanting to redo my half bath, but held off due to the wallpaper removal. I am on my way to Home Depot today to rent a steamer - thanks for the tips and for the inspiration!!!!

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    1. Yay! I love hearing that and hope you'll let me know how it turns out!

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  6. I love your new bathroom make over--you did a wonderful jog-
    smiles, di

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  7. Looks great and I bet your are so happy to out of plaid!

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  8. Beautiful job...love the makeover and love that light fixture!!

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  9. Yes my dear a much needed up-styling to blend with the rest of your home :)
    I bet you love using that bathroom now? And look for reasons to walk into it ? I know I sure would.
    Are you planing to paint the shiplap wood look on your conversation wall?
    You my dear have totally inspired me here, I have been wanting to do ship lap, headboard, or some sort of wood wall treatment. Your wall is a great savings to ship lap and don't be a bit surprised if down the line I steal this idea from you! I am just kicking myself that I didn't think of it first :))

    Love your steal accents, the lighting and the vintage olive bucket.
    This is a bathroom to love, and so affordable for so much change.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. How did you know Dore?! And it's not just me, I've noticed we are all using that bathroom more often - kind of like little retreat - ha! I value your sense of style and so appreciate your kind words. I think you should definitely try some in your home... Adds great texture and character. I plan on leaving the bathroom wood natural but would like to add some wood "shiplap" to other rooms, which I would paint white.

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  10. I love the bathroom remodel! I really like the wooden wall you did. I can see how you were ready to remove that wallpaper. I hate dealing with wallpaper. We hung it in all of our bathrooms about 20 years ago and years later I was ready for it to be gone! I've only used paint on walls ever since.

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    1. Thank you Kelly! I've seen wallpaper beautifully done but it's sure tougher to undo than paint!

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  11. Hi, Amazing what great results one can achieve using elbow grease and paint. The new lights were a great find too.
    I will not be surprised to see you find some interesting use for rhe ship lap wall once you have recovered from plaid relief.
    Great work, thanks for sharing.
    Regards Janine

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  12. It turned out beautifully, Julie!! I can't wait to see it!

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  13. Oh my...I LOVE that light fixture! I will be replacing one soon, so I will be sure to check this one out. The makeover looks outstanding!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. WOW, great makeover! I love the new fixture and the light and bright feeling the room has now.

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  15. Great update...I'm sure you're enjoying the fresh, clean, light change!
    Mary Alice

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  16. Love it so much!!! That olive bucket is gorgeous and I love the greenery you placed inside it!!!

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  17. Wow! Outstanding makeover! I love everything in it! thanks

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  18. The room can breathe again... That is some major transformation. Too much plaid before. In might look nice on an accent wall in the bedroom but certainly not in a small bathroom. And you made it your own with all those beaufitul touches.

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  19. Wow! What a transformation. We had a similar experience to yours when we moved into oar new farmhouse. It had very old wallpaper and an ancient bathtub. We had it all ripped out and a new bathroom suite installed by a local plumbing firm. It takes time for the home to feel truly like yours. Good luck.

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

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  20. Nice job ! Could you post a link for your ship lap so I know the correct product?

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  21. Wonderful! Your bathroom turned out beautiful. I love the tiles and the color. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This gives me real help for the bathroom makeovers in a house that we are downsizing to but renovate before moving in.

    Modern Bathroom Makeovers

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  23. Beautiful.You really did a beautiful job! I love how bright & fresh everything looks. What an improvement. 

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  24. Your site is great source of inspiration for all the people searching for design ideas. thanks for sharing, keep posting

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  25. Your blog is so great.which is informative and knowledgeable. thanks for sharing with us

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  26. Wow! I love the antique feel. Every detail is perfect! Such great designs and textures. Great job!

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