Ryan and I moved into the farmhouse on January 7, 2017. When we first started this project, we decided that we were going to finish the entire main floor that winter. Both of our careers are seasonally busy and winter is the slowest for us, so we decided to tackle it all at once. Plus, we wanted the spaces that we used the most to feel like us as soon as possible. The main floor consists of two bedrooms (master bedroom and my office), the living room and dining area (one open space), the kitchen, and this master-guest hybrid bath. Since this is the only bathroom on the main floor, and for a year, was the only updated bathroom in the home, it serves as a guest bath. The awkward part is that it is attached directly to our bedroom which guests have to walk through to access it. So, I call it the hybrid bath and try to keep the floor clear of dirty laundry incase someone needs to walk through there. ;)

I actually don’t have any true “before” photos of where we started with this bathroom. This was the last room that we dug into on the main floor, and by then I had a “let’s just get this done” attitude. So, we had already begun the demo before I stopped to document the progress. The walls were covered half way up in plastic, white tile and trimmed with a black tile piece around the top. The paint was an off-white that gave a yellowed appearance, and the moisture in the room had caused it to peel over the years (at least I’m assuming that’s what made the peeling so significant in this room). There was also a floral carpet that we ripped up to find a tile that had been laid in the past. Below you will see what things looked like after ripping out all the old, and before covering it with the new.


The tile popped off fairly easily, and we were left with the glue beneath (just like in the kitchen). We didn’t have the budget to completely redo the walls, so had plans to just cover it up. As far as the painted part of the wall, I scraped all of the loose paint with a putty knife, filled major imperfections with joint compound, and used a thick nap (3/4”) to roll on a fresh coat of paint (Clark and Kensington Captivation on the walls and Silent White on the ceiling). The bit of texture from the thicker nap was enough to hide most of the imperfections in the texture beneath. In the right light, you can still see where the peeling paint begins and ends, but after working with uneven plaster walls in the rest of the house and no budget for drywall, it isn’t something that keeps me up at night.


The floors were laid with an adhesive, grout-able tile. They were cleaned, primed, and the vinyl tile was laid in a peel and stick fashion then grouted. I’m making it sound easier than it was, but I was not apart of this job…I’m the painter. ;) Ryan and our amazing friend Matt (we owe him forever) tackled this project. I love this product because it was the right price, fairly easy to install (from what I'm told), it looks like actual tile with the grouted spaces, and its warmer than ceramic (this old farmhouse gets COLD).


We replaced any removable accent that we could. This included the towel racks, the toilet paper holder, and the mirror/light fixture. All brought to you by Amazon and Hobby Lobby. We couldn’t find a modern light-heater-fan combo to fit the space and replace the current ceiling fixture. So, we hired an electrician to update the group of switches on the wall and to also add an outlet to the other side. This made everything above the sink look more modern, and we just try not to look up at the old light. haha!


The toilet, tub and sink were already white (YAY!), so I just gave the vanity a new look with a darker shade of taupe, and added new pulls.


Since this was the last room that we had planned to remodel at the time, it was no surprise that we had exceeded our budget. You just never know what you are going to run into when you start digging into a house. So, we were pretty limited when it came to figuring out how to cover the tile glue situation. We decided on barn tin for most of the room, since Ryan was a pro after all of the work in the kitchen (just kidding, he still has tin installation nightmares ha!). But really, he did awesome considering the rusty, crooked pile of “backsplash” that we pulled out of a field--not kidding. It’s rustic, authentic, farm-related, free, and us. However, we needed something waterproof to place around the tub. We called our go-to guy in construction and had him install a product called FRP. It isn’t my favorite by any means as far as the way it looks (it is described as having a golfball texture), BUT it was done right, it's functional, and it was our least expensive option.


Then, onto my favorite part: decorating! I couldn’t find a valance for the window at the time, so I made one out of a grain sack that I found on the farm, and a branch from the woods. Which is hilarious, because I can scroll curtains online for hours and not find anything that I like. But, somehow I made those found items work. I still have ideas to put into action to perfect the decor in this room. I love the soda crate shelf, but I move its accents constantly. And, I keep thinking that the antlers need florals. Ryan and I have this inside joke/mission to always have antlers in each room of our house. Not sure how it even started, but we are obsessed. lol


Incase you are wondering what it looked like while I was taking these photos...here is Copper's "Why are you standing in the bathtub?" face. haha!


One more thing: I referenced the kitchen remodel in this post a few times, so if you want to see that transformation, tap the button below!

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