We love seeing what you’ve done, inspired by and following our tutorials. (Submit your brag posts here!) Karen from The Weekend Country Girl (whose work we love, see more here) shared this bathroom that she redid using several ideas from Remodelaholic, and she added so much character in this rustic bathroom makeover… we just had to share with you! Check it out below, and pop over to Karen’s blog to see more great DIYs, like this eclectic dresser and her pallet buffet table.
An Inspired Rustic Bathroom Makeover
by Karen from The Weekend Country Girl
Hello! My name is Karen from The Weekend Country Girl. I am so excited to be here on Remodelaholic. First of all, I really am a weekend country girl. My husband and I have a small near the lake house on Lake Livingston in sweet little Coldspring, Texas (population 796) where we spend our weekends, and a suburban home north of Houston where we work and live during the week. I am a mom of two great kids who are both married to awesome spouses. We are blessed. On the weekends we enjoy repurposing furniture, living on the lake, and turning our little bitty house we have named Star Hill into the home we love, during the week I am a high school principal and live in a master planned community. I love rescuing furniture from the side of the road and turning it into something wonderful. My personal style is pretty eclectic with a definite rustic vibe at both homes.
A little over a year ago we moved from a large city near Houston to the suburbs. We love our house. It has a great layout and we live on a cul de sac with wonderful neighbors. What I did not love about our house was our master bathroom. I was excited that it was roomy when we looked at the home for purchase. The space is huge. What I did not notice at the time was how poorly designed the space was. The bathroom vanity was not tall enough, we both felt like we were doing toe touches to use the sinks,and the four drawers were less than six inches wide. How did I miss that when we bought the home? The lighting in the bathroom was poor, there was one of those builder basic light bars over a big mirror That was blinding and no light over the bathtub so taking a bath or shower at night was totally in the shadows, there was no storage other than the vanity in the bath, and there wasn’t even a place to hang a towel. ( Once again, how did I not notice that there was nothing to hang a towel on in the bathroom?)
After moving in and staring at the bathroom for about a week, I did what I always do when I am stuck, I started searching the blogs I follow and Pinterest for inspiration. I felt like the room fell into place when I saw the exact chandelier I had purchased, on clearance, featured on Remodelaholic. Woo Hoo! Thank you, Life on Virginia Street for figuring out what I needed to do with this great shaped but unfortunately colored chandelier!
I now can say I am crazy about this light over my tub. I am forever in your debt.
I had pinned Remodelaholic’s Board and Batten wall tutorial and knew this would be the place to add some character in our builder basic home. Using our tub tile surround as the height, we put in board and batten that makes the room feel like it has been around a little while. My brilliant and very talented husband figured out a way to do the board and batten and navigate those rounded corners that are so popular in new homes.
Of course wanted the vanity to be taller, and to have better storage. Oh, I also wanted it to be unique. A dresser would be the perfect fit. Dressers are taller, have more usable storage, and are not something that everyone has.
We found just what we were looking for on Craig’s List. We used the directions from Oregon Cottage, featured on Remodelaholic ( Thank you Oregon Cottage!) to figure out the whole putting plumbing around dresser drawers thing. We had to do that process twice in order to get two sinks in, but it is so worth the effort.
We removed the middle drawer from the center section of the dresser. That allows us to have tall items stored. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to look and it more than doubled our useful storage.
I really wanted the weathered oak finish like seen on Restoration Hardware furniture. A little experimenting with Minwax Weathered Oak stain, White Wash Pickling, and Jacobean stain I was able to get exactly the look I wanted. (Tutorial here on Remodelaholic.) The huge mirror came down and two dresser mirrors I picked up at Goodwill got the same treatment as the dresser. Doesn’t this vanity look so much better than what was there?
The mirrors were $14.00 for the pair at my local Goodwill. They got the same makeover as the vanity and look like they were bought together.
I added a shelf to the wall behind the tub that I am pretty proud of it was my design and I built it by myself, including the math which is a big deal for me. This shelf unit was a section of fencing that my mom picked up for me on the side of the road. (Tutorial here on Remodelaholic.)
To solve the towel bar problem, I used a section of an old door left over from another project to hold three hooks. I gave the wood a zinc look with Rustoleum Soft Iron spray paint and silver glaze.
The final addition was an old vanity that once was headed for a burn pile that serves as my makeup station. The added bonus of the vanity is additional storage for towels in the drawers.
All in all the room has a well-worn, collected over time look that is anything but builder basic.
Thanks for taking the time to look at our bathroom. It makes me smile every morning when I flip on the light and walk in.
Thanks so much for sharing, Karen! We love what you do and we are so pleased that you are able to find so much inspiration on Remodelaholic!
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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.