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I wasn’t looking for the vintage bathroom feel for our farmhouse bathroom. With a little one I just wanted something functional and safe! Plus as much as I loved those freestanding tubs we just couldn’t afford one with our renovation. But I still found ways to make the bathroom beautiful!
*Keep in mind we are just moving in so I haven’t had a chance to decorate yet! I will update with more pictures when we’ve been able to do that.
We started by reinforcing the ceiling and straightening it as much as we could before putting the new sheet rock on the walls. We also re-framed the linen closet while leaving one side of it open to the new plumbing that went to the tub so we now have access. We also insulated the other wall in the bathroom (the window wall was done).
Brand new tub and shower surround! In this picture you can also see that we removed the window to replace it. As careful as we were the window still crumbled and broke as we took it out. It was very much time for it to be replaced, especially since it was on the north facing wall in the house!
Brand new ceiling…no more plaster! We discovered they actually make a mold resistant sheet rock now so that’s why it’s purple in this room. Being in a more humid area we want as much protection from mold as possible.
For the bathroom I chose a beige/tan color (Behr: Raffia Cream) for the walls and we used a slightly off white color (Behr: Cotton Fluff) for the trim and ceiling. We originally thought the bathroom was an addition to the house (we have records that there was an addition in the 30’s), but everything matched the original house. Of course this room would not have been a bathroom originally since they had no indoor plumbing and an outhouse so I would guess that it was probably a very small bedroom. From the family info we discovered on this home I would guess that this was the parent’s bedroom. They had too many children for this to be an effective kid’s room!
We also replaced all the plumbing in the entire home. The pipes were very old, cast iron, and leaking. Now everything is fresh and new and works wonderfully!
We replaced the toilet and sink. The sink is just a simple vanity but I love the feet so it stands up a little higher instead of feeling large and blocky.
I’m not sure why, but a square or rectangular mirror just didn’t fit and didn’t add the character I was looking for. I found this fun round mirror at Ikea for only $15!
The tub and shower isn’t anything exciting but very functional. Next to the tub we re-created the linen closet to store our towels, rags, and toiletries. I made the bottom shelf a little higher to fit a laundry basket in here so I wouldn’t have to constantly haul our laundry down from the upstairs bedrooms. (Since the laundry room is on the main level)
We originally planned to put vinyl flooring in the bathroom since the floor seemed impossible to renovate (if you checked out the before pictures you know why!) but my husband took extra time to rip up the old glue on the flooring and find the original hardwood floors underneath! The floor doesn’t look perfect thanks to years of being abused but it sure adds character. Hubby also created custom crown molding and trim around the floors, doors, and windows!
We didn’t have room in the bathroom to hang towel rods but I had this hook from the camper so I put that over the door for towels. We could not save the original doors in the house (for doors anyways, I’m going to re-purpose them!) so I picked out these doors instead. I love them!
This is the window that we replaced. Much better now! (And yes, it’s raining/snowing/hailing here today so it’s very gloomy outside, if it wasn’t you would be able to see my garden that runs along the entire back of the house.)
Believe it or not the bathroom was one of the easier parts of the house to demo and renovation (minus the plumbing which was a bit of a pain since there isn’t a basement under the whole house so getting to pipes was a challenge). We are only just getting started….
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