Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge (Week 6): Builder Grade Farmhouse Bathroom Reveal

Hello everyone!  The day has come at last and we have finally arrived at the finish line for the One Room Challenge.

This awesome challenge is hosted twice a year by Linda over at Calling It Home.  Designers have just SIX short weeks to transform an entire room. Although the deadline is tough to meet, it is absolutely wonderful to have the encouragement from fellow bloggers and to know that you aren't alone in this crazy challenge! 

If you missed any of the progress posts along the way you can catch them all here:

(Week 1): The Plans!
(Week 2): A Slow Start
(Week 3): The Halfway Point!
(Week 4): New Floors and a Tray Debacle
(Week 5): Cleaning Frenzy and DIY Central

Ok. So to truly appreciate how far this room has come I like to look back at what our builder grade bathroom looked like when we first purchased our home 3 years ago. 

Classic 90's builder edition--oak vanity, white laminate counter, huge wall mirror, chrome finishes and old vinyl flooring.
I painted the vanity a dark espresso, refinished the countertop with Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations, painted the walls, framed the builder grade mirror and replaced the finishes which brought us to what it looked like 6 weeks ago.

It was a nice step up from how it was, but my style has changed over the last 3 years and I was really craving a bright and cheerful farmhouse style bathroom. 

After 6 weeks of late nights, hard work and loads of paint this is our new farmhouse master bathroom!


As much as I would have loved to do a total demo and replace everything, I also wanted to spend as little as possible.  So I made do with what we had and got creative!

The first thing that I did was paint the existing vanity white using some leftover semi gloss paint that I had.  The color is called Polar Bear by Behr and it's a really warm and bright white.

I even ripped off the cheap vinyl strip along the base of the vanity and replaced it with some 1x4 MDF.  It looks so crisp and clean now! 

I also added some shiplap to create some architectural interest and to achieve a farmhouse feel.

The last major thing that I did was update the flooring.  I just used some peel and stick vinyl planks that look like wood and the whole bathroom cost me a whopping 35 bucks.  Pretty crazy, right?

I shared a tutorial on this flooring when I installed it in the boys' bathroom that you can read here but I took a ton more pictures this time around so I will be adding an updated one soon with more details--so stay tuned for that!  (***updated tutorial can now be found here***)

When it came to accessorizing I wanted to make things functional since we use this space on a daily basis. I added wire baskets on the wall to store extra towels and replaced the towel bar with some industrial hooks on a wood board.

The vintage soap & water sign above the towels is hands down my favorite item in the entire room.  Which is surprising because I actually didn't plan on putting anything in that spot initially.

I started to realize that it looked kind of empty up there.  After shopping around and not finding anything that really clicked for me I decided to make this myself and I love it!

I also wanted to keep the vanity functional so I added this awesome tray to corral our daily use items. 

I even added  a cute little cement trinket dish to hold my jewelry that used to be scattered all over the counter.

This pretty cement planter is perfect for holding washcloths.

The glass canisters were well worth the splurge because when the light hits them they sparkle like crystals.  I couldn't capture this in photos since it was a cloudy day, so you'll just have to take my word for it! 

I replaced the hand towel holder with this DIY pipe one (tutorial soon to come!) and the hubby appreciates that it adds a little bit of masculinity to balance out the ruffled shower curtain haha.


The stone soap and lotion pumps are the coolest and were a last minute order but I am so glad that they made it in time for the reveal.

The linen closet got a little makeover too and I love that I can actually find what I need in here now.


(I am loving the white towels but don't dare wash my face with them since I wear dark eye makeup so I keep a dark towel hung up in here for my face!)

I got really ambitious and even spray painted our shower caddy that had rusted and filled it with cool looking bottles that I found at TJMaxx. 

 Just a sidenote--this coconut stuff is ahhh-mazing! It makes my hair so clean and soft.

I  am so happy with how this room looks now that I may even try to keep it this clean...

Since we are in this space on a daily basis it didn't really feel like it had changed that much. Until I did a side by side with the before photos--then I was amazed.

This room has come so far over the last six weeks! It's almost not recognizable from the original bathroom!

Okay, time for the numbers.  I had mentioned that my budget was $300.  I may have gone just a little bit over that numer.  I actually came in around $500. However I decided to splurge on the new linen closet baskets, fancy glass canisters and new towels after my initial planning.  So if you take those items out I am at $319. So not too bad!

Be sure to check out the 200+ room reveals here.  I can't wait to get over there to check them all out myself!  But first--a bubble bath in my new retreat!

(who am I kidding I am a full time working mom--nobody got time for that!! haha ...)

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  1. Wow Angela this is an amazing transformation. And I can't believe that floor only cost you $35. Your pretty details are very inspiring and I'm sure you are loving your new bathroom.

    1. Thank you Lisa! Yes I am still so proud of my cheap floors and am amazed that it took me this long to discover them!

  2. this room looks great! i love those wire baskets! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

    1. Thanks Jillian! The baskets were originally just going to be for function but I decided to pretty them up to double as decor and I am so glad that I did :)

  3. You have done an amazing job transforming this bathroom! :) Those floors are beautiful and you ties everything together very well.

    Love your blog and your new blog header is very pretty!

    Enjoy your new bathroom! :D

    Julie (fellow Coloradan) ;)

    1. Thank you so much Julie I really appreciate that! So glad to see another Coloradian--I'm headed over to your blog now :)

  4. Wow you've definitely achieved the farmhouse look in your space - and I like the "masculine" towel bar for your Husband haha!

    1. Thank you Nicole! Yes he is VERY satisfied with his towel bar haha!

  5. Well done!!! Your bathroom is gorgeous!Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style.

    1. Thank you so much Pam, that really means a lot to me! :)

  6. Love it! We are working on our master bathroom. I can't wait to get to the decor phase. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing.

    1. Thank you Theresa! The decor phase is certainly the best part :)

  7. WOW! What a difference for a small amount of money! I love the floor and the price and all the glass canisters too.

    1. Thanks Mary! I'm glad I splurged on the glass canisters they really do add such a nice touch!

  8. I absolutely love all of the little details!!!! Great greta job!!!
    I have featured your new room on a round up of my favorite ORC bathroom makeovers!


    1. Thank you so much Leslie, I appreciate that and feel so honored!

  9. This bathroom certainly doesn't look like it was done on a budget. That floor is something. All in all, very nice!

    1. Thanks Brenda, it's amazing what some simple and changes can really achieve!

  10. This is really informative for me. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing your interesting and amazing knowledge.


I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)