FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER SMALL SPACE BATHROOM

How To Easily Remodel Your Farmhouse Bathroom

When we first moved into our first home in New Jersey we desperately needed to tackle our tiny master bathroom space immediately. It was time for a Modern Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover.

In this post we will go through all the steps to show you how we made this amazing DIY transformation into a Modern Farmhouse Style Bathroom.

Some major issues can be seen right off the bat:

  • The shower head is aimed towards the floor with no curtain or feasible option to get in and out of the shower without soaking the whole floor.
  • Storage – Where is it? Completely lacking and non-existent
  • Pedestal sink and medicine cabinet – really? no comment.
  • Lighting – not the ambiance we were looking for.

This space is completely non-functional! We need a DIY miracle to make this bathroom a WOW FACTOR!

bathroom before picture

It’s time to start some demo!

Everything is hard before it is easy - Goethe

Fist we removed the sink, medicine cabinet and the toilet.

After that we pulled up all of the tile only to find very old hideous pink mosaic tiles underneath… Oh boy this is going to be a tough job to pull up.

“What can we do to make this job easier?”

Setting new, farmhouse style tiles over existing ones has amazingly become a snap with the introduction of Mapei’s innovative Eco Prim Grip. It’s a bond-advancing primer that makes your existing tile or stone surface prepped to take on a new layer of tile

This stuff is absolutely amazing. It can be painted with a roller in just one coat. A surface coated with this stuff is ready for new tile installation within 30 minutes.

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eco prim one coat on the tile

We then applied one coat to the existing pink tile flooring. Within about a half hour it was dry. It is really cool stuff. It feel like rough sandpaper or concrete.

bathroom with eco prim coat on floor

Next, we decided to go with this beautiful fifties style ceramic floor tile. It is by SomerTile and you can buy it here. It was a perfect choice to add a modern farmhouse look in our bathroom.

SomerTile FRC8TWCL SomerTile Fifties Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile, Classic, 7.75″ x 7.75″, White/Grey

SomerTile FRC8TWCL SomerTile Fifties Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile, Classic, 7.75" x 7.75", White/Grey

After seeing how well the eco prim application went on the ugly pink floor tile we decided to add it to the tile on the existing shower stall as well.

For our shower floor tile we decided to choose the Vogue Matte Black shower floor penny round tiles. It creates such an amazing look and so easy to install!

bathroom eco prim shower tile
bathroom shower tile

We then decided for the shower wall to go with classic white subway tiles (3″ x 6″). This was the part of the project that took a long time because we thought we would save money by getting single tiles instead of the tile sheets. Depending on your budget the single tiles are way cheaper, around .70 cents a piece. Not too bad!

All of those tiles were installed one by one and adding spacers in between….that was tough but so worth the work!

shower plumbing

We wanted to relocate the shower head and upgrade the shower fixtures to add a sprayer and rain shower head. So we removed the drywall behind the shower wall to gain access. I used 1/2″ pex pipe and shark bite fittings to plumb in the new shower diverter and hardware.

This is the shower system we decided to install. It went together pretty easy after installing the plumbing.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Shower System, Wall Mounted Shower Faucet Set for Bathroom with High Pressure 8" Rain Shower head and Hand Shower Spray

Oil Rubbed Bronze Shower System, Wall Mounted Shower Faucet Set for Bathroom with High Pressure 8″ Rain Shower head and Hand Shower Spray

Next, we decided to add a very modern farmhouse look for our sink. We liked this faucet that comes straight out of the wall instead of a typical faucet mounted to the sink.

This is the black faucet we decided to go with. It has such a cool look to it.


VIGO VG05001MB Olus Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet In Matte Black Single-Handle Wall-Mount 2-Hole WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet

In order to install this really cool faucet, we had to plumb the wall. We had to kind of home hack the plumbing to make the process a bit easier. We ran flex tubing and some pex with shark bite fittings to run the hot and cold water lines and also added a wood pieces to mount the valve.

After plumbing in the sink faucet we covered up the walls with white ship lap. This really made the bathroom farmhouse style come together.

The oval mirror and black hardware give this sink space a farmhouse charm!

This is the mirror we bought:

Delta Faucet 134442 Providence Oval Mirror

shiplap faucet mirror

Because this space was a very specific size and small it was too difficult to find the right size vanity to purchase. So we decided to build out own and stain it! We used Varathane Wood Stain called Early American and I also mixed it with some Varathane Ebony to give it a darker brown appearance. The natural wood look really pulled this bathroom together.

As you can see from the image above we decided to go with a glass shower door with black hardware. Installation was actually easy as long as you have the right tools, like a drill and bit for masonry as well as a level and clear silicone caulk.

This shower door system really pulled the whole bathroom together.
DreamLine Unidoor Plus 58-58 1/2 in. W x 72 in. H Frameless Hinged Shower Door in Satin Black

One last piece of the this project was adding storage shelving above the toilet. We decided to tie in the wood look and add 2″ x 10″ shelves stained (with same stain we used with the vanity base) with gas pipe brackets.

bathroom storage shelves

We finally got everything installed, painted, and decorated….Now time for the fun part!

HERE IS THE FINAL REVEAL…..

Master bathroom reveal
Master bathroom reveal
Master bathroom reveal

THIS PROJECT REALLY TURNED OUT AMAZING. WE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN HAPPIER WITH THE FINAL RESULTS.

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