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Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover Reveal

A modern farmhouse bathroom makeover reveal jam packed with ways to give rustic charm to a builder grade bathroom on a budget.

Boom shakalaka! It’s one of my favorite kind of days. Reveal day!Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!I have a tendency to string you guys along through every room makeover it seems. Every single time, it takes longer than I expect to get to the reveal. But it always pays off to take my time.

When we first moved in a little less than two years ago, this bathroom looked like this:

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

This space is technically Olivia’s bathroom, but since it’s also the one our guests use when they visit, I didn’t want to girlify it up too much. Still, it needed something besides the bare minimum we had going on in here.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

My absolute favorite thing to do in most of our makeovers is mix lots of textures to make everything feel more cozy and balance soft, feminine features with the more rough, masculine pieces.

I love how this one came together! My pictures really don’t do this space justice since it’s quite a challenge photographing in a room with no windows.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

A lot of leftovers really ended up in here by accident. I hung up that ruffled shower curtain that I once used a few years ago as a photography backdrop when Olivia was a baby. We had fun photoshoots all the time with it.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

I put together a towel rack using scrap wood pieces from our garage that were leftover from our master bathroom plank wall. Those doorknob hooks make me smile every time I walk in here.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Even our cabinet paint was reused from a leftover quart. Yay!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

I knew I wanted some chunky rustic shelving in here too, so Robert whipped these up in an hour or two from plans I found on Shanty 2 Chic. They’re so great for beginners!

Once they were up, I stained them with a coat of Minwax Walnut, went crazy with the mouse sander to rough them up, and sealed them with a matte polyurethane. I absolutely love how functional they are for keeping all of the guest amenities in plain sight while still looking farmhouse-y.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

And do you want to know a dirty little secret? That brown apothecary bottle is a Halloween decoration I found at Homegoods. It has a “poison” label on the front. I just turned it around and planned to fill it with bath salts. It’s too cute to hide away for winter, spring, and summer anyway, right?

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Lately, I’ve been finding so many great organization containers at Walmart, and I couldn’t resist scooping up that chicken wire basket and glass jar for soaps. I’ve learned I can’t shop for groceries at Walmart. I get too tempted to venture to the home side of the store.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Since we madeover our master bathroom, I’ve realized how much I like storing things in apothecary jars.

1. They make a dollar bag of cotton balls look uber fancy. (How is that possible?) And 2. It helps me keep things out of Olivia’s reach. Several times, she’s made a game out of throwing our Q-tips ALL over our bathroom floor. Yay. Glass jars up on shelves all day every day!

If she Houdinis her way up to this shelf, I’ll be shocked and amazed…and in major mommy freak-out mode.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

One of my favorite finds in here was this bathroom mirror I picked up for $24! You can see all about that in this post. I don’t think I’d be able to frame our existing builder grade one for that!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

I was thrilled to find this vanity light to replace our basic one too for a pretty good price. Those shades set a really pretty ambience in here when it’s on.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Side note:  I pretty much always make it my rule to stick to bright white towels and sheets in our house. White just feels clean to me. I can bleach all of our linens in hot water and keep them smelling fresh. Plus, white towels are better for your skin anyway.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

If you followed along on our Trash to Treasure project this month, I pulled these art pieces out of our thrift pile for a little typography makeover. It was totally free!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

I am still soooooo excited about our faucet in here that Moen provided. I just want to pet it. Is that weird? Don’t answer that.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Another huge change in here was painting these cabinets using the same cabinet paint from our master bathroom. It’s Benjamin Moore Winter Gates in semi-gloss. Also aren’t those spigot knobs darling?

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

These handles I picked up along with the knobs at Hobby Lobby work beautifully with the mirror too.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

There were some things I didn’t stick to in my original bathroom makeover plan like adding subway tile and board and batten in here, but I’m really glad I didn’t make things more complicated with those. It might have been too much if we had gone that route.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover | Bless'er House - So many great ideas to create charm in a builder grade bathroom!

And here’s the entire budget and source break down. Believe it or not, this one cost more than our master bathroom makeover! But we had our lighting and faucet to contend with in here, and that’s always a bigger chunk of the budget. Still, we managed to pack in a big transformation for a fairly small price tag.

Source List:  (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

  • Wall Paint –  Sherwin Williams Sea Salt color mixed into Valspar Signature satin paint $29 (after a $5 off rebate)
  • Cabinet Paint- Benjamin Moore Winter Gates color mixed into Valspar Signature semi-gloss paint $37.50 for all supplies  (DIY tutorial here)
  • Cabinet Hardware- $18 for all knobs and handles together (On sale at 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
  • Sink Faucet- Moen Vestige Centerset Faucet $216 normally (Provided by Moen)
  • Light Fixture- Allen + Roth Hainsbrook Vanity Light $70 (Bought on sale at Lowe’s)
  • Typography Art- Free! (Tutorial here)
  • Shelves- Built for $15 and stained with Minwax Walnut (Using these plans I found on Shanty2Chic)
  • Spray painted shower fixtures- $35 (DIY tutorial here)
  • Bath mat- $8 (Bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby)
  • Towel Rack- $44 (DIY tutorial here)
  • Mirror- Distressed White Driftwood Mirror $24 (Bought with a coupon at Kirkland’s)
  • Shower curtain- already owned (Similar one here)
  • Boxwood plants- $6 each – clearance aisle of HomeGoods
  • Towels- Walmart 4 for $16
  • Washcloths- Walmart 8 for $4
  • Apothecary jars- Homegoods $12 and $10  (Similar ones here)
  • Brown glass jar- Homegoods $4
  • TP chickenwire basket- $7.50 Walmart
  • Glass soap jar- $12 Walmart
  • Wire basket – already owned
  • Galvanized watering can – already owned (Similar one here)
    Total:  $584

If I forgot anything in that long list, let me know and I’ll add it in. Hopefully, that covered it.

What do you think?! That’s a big ol’ check off the to-do list! If you want to see any of the other makeovers we’ve done, you can find all of our room reveals here.

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  1. This is beautiful! Did you redo the countertop at all? It looks super white in the reveal picture and yellowish in the before pictures. Thanks!

  2. Love the transformation Lauren!! Really beautiful! I love your vanity lighting. Just wondering if they give off enough light? I don’t think you have a window in there, but maybe you do. I have a windowless bathroom with a ceiling light/fan but I need to get a vanity light and I love the farmhouse look, but want to be sure it gives off enough light. I went on Lowes website and the reviews for the light that you have say that it doesn’t give alot of light. Any information would be helpful! And great job!

    1. Thanks, Kim! It is not a super bright light but it is still plenty bright enough for our space. Maybe for a really big bathroom it wouldn’t be good though, but for one our size, it’s perfect.

  3. LOVE this whole bathroom!! Very nice job!! I have a funny question..where did you get the soap on the sink and the shelf..they add so much character to the whole look.

  4. Was the flooring already in the bathroom before the renovation? It looks similar to the before pictures, but also appears to be a different color.

    1. Hi, Jessica! Yes, the flooring didn’t change at all. It’s the same vinyl tile, but the change in lighting and paint colors makes it appear more gray than beige now, which I LOVE!

  5. I have an entirely OCD question! May I ask what color/finish is on your vanities hinges? I plan to paint my drab builder grade vanity, which currently has awful gold hinges and handles. They’ll obviously need to be replaced! Any suggestions?

    1. Not OCD at all! Our cabinets actually have hidden hinges, so it wasn’t something I had to be concerned about. If ours were visible, I know I would have had to choose different hardware in oil rubbed bronze and painted the hinges that color too so it would all match on the vanity.

  6. I just found your blog site and love what you did in the guest bathroom. It’s very much my style too. You are very talented!

  7. I absolutely adore this bathroom! And we just bought a builder grade home too, I am so excited to have a blog to go to when I start decorating it. Currently we are just building our basement bath and I will be trying to replicate most things from this bathroom cause i just love it! I read that you created your own rustic shelves and towel racks but is there any similar ones that you have come across that i could buy?

    Thanks so much for amazing ideas and detailed info on where to buy stuff from ?

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Reema! Thank you so much! You can try checking Etsy.com for the shelves and towel rack. There are usually a lot of DIY items you can buy ready-made.

  8. Oh its just absolutely lovely Lauren!! Love everything you’ve done. Do you possibly have a direct link to the glass soap jar?? Im not seeing it on the walmart website. Thanks! xo

    1. Thanks, Wendy! I looked on Walmart’s site and couldn’t find it for some reason. I bought mine at my local store, but I haven’t seen any since. 🙁

  9. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL…You have totally inspired me. I know have built the shelves and the towel rack. Thank you for the help!!!

  10. Hi Lauren, I too love your bathroom. Our bathrooms are almost identical and I need to give it some Wow just like yours. I love your accessories and your black fixtures. I think if my fixtures were black it would really help to make the bathroom look decorated. I have some framed silhouettes that my mother gave me a long time ago, they have black painted frames. Hanging those pictures would go a long way as well. I love the colour you painted your walls. I love blue-grey. Your bathroom is picture perfect. Your lovely bathroom has given my inspiration for mine. Thank you.

    Kim

    1. I’m so glad it could give you a little bit of inspiration, Kim! I agree. The dark fixtures really can make a bathroom look more expensive. That’s my take anyway. Paint is magical like that. 🙂 Good luck with your own makeover!

  11. This turned out really well! It’s hard to tell from the pictures- is the paint a shade of blue, shade of grey, or an even blend? It looks really nice regardless. I also can’t tell if the cupboards are purple or gray? Ridiculous questions, I know. Really awesome space!

    1. Thanks! The wall paint changes a lot with the light. It’s a very muted pale blue/green and looks a lot like some seaglass I’ve seen. And the cabinets are a light gray.

  12. Hi Lauren!
    You have no idea how much I love your blog! I’m obsessed with it! We have the same décor style and I’m seriously drooling over all the spaces in your home! I am going to re-create my version of this bathroom, and some things will be the same , some will be different, but I do need your help with the PAINT! paint is something so particular, that one shade over can totally ruin a project.
    I know you name the paints you used, for the cabinets and for the walls, but you said you mixed vaspar into them!?!? Do you know how much of each? I would like to get as close as possible to the colors you have because I love them…and paint colors here at my house are a hit-or-miss kind of thing.

    Thank you!!!!
    ps: IM COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS FOR YOUR KITCHEN MAKEOVER! SO EXCITED FOR THAT!

    1. Oh my goodness, Tish! You just made my day! Thank you! So about the paint, I’ll probably write a separate post about this one day because a lot of people don’t know this. You can go to pretty much any hardware store and ask them to put a color from any brand into whatever brand of paint you choose. They have an entire database for pretty much all of the paint colors that exist. So for instance, if you really like Glidden paint but you have your heart set on a Sherwin Williams color, you can just go to Home Depot and ask them for say Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in a gallon of Glidden Duo Matte paint. It’s often cheaper that way. 🙂 Believe me, I’m SO READY to get my hands on our kitchen. I’m glad we didn’t do it this fall because it’s rained nonstop and that’s not good for cabinet painting. Fingers crossed for Spring 2016.

  13. Hi,
    Beautiful makeover!
    I was wondering what this means Sherwin Williams Sea Salt color mixed into Valspar Signature satin paint $29?
    Does that mean you used Valspar paint and the Sherwin Williams color? Or if you did mix, how did you mix the two paints?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks so much! To make the paint cheaper, I just went to Lowe’s and asked them for Valspar Signature satin paint with a Sherwin Williams color. They can typically give you any brand’s color in whatever paint you want because all of the colors for all of the brands out there are listed in a database. It’s a good little trick if you have a specific brand you prefer to paint with but have a particular color you want from a different brand.

  14. I absolutely LOVE this makeover – you did an amazing job!
    Question – did you paint the shower? If so, can you tell me how you did it. It’s such a beautiful clean white, I’d like mine to look like that 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kim! I didn’t paint the shower, just the shower fixtures. The lighting probably just makes it look more yellow in the before shot.

    1. It’s the same floor just different lighting and looks different because of the paint color on the walls and cabinet. 🙂

  15. Beautiful, simple makeover! I love the farmhouse feel of it all. I also love all the white, but I must not do something right with white towels. They get very dingy very fast in my house, no matter how much I bleach and wash in hot water. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, so I’ll just enjoy them through other people’s blogs.

    1. Hmm…maybe it’s the brand of towels you have? Or something in your water? I just wash them on the white cycle in hot water with 1/2 cup of bleach and the Tide detergent with Febreeze in it. I just buy the cheaper Walmart towels because we use and abuse ours. They’ve lasted 3-4 years but if I have to throw them in the rag pile and buy more, I don’t feel so bad about it.

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