Let me show you some simple and inexpensive things I did to get my farmhouse style bathroom without breaking the bank. Renovating a bathroom doesn’t have to be the MOST TERRIBLE project ever. I did most of this within a weekend, let’s get started!
When my hubby and I bought our home, we knew the bathrooms would all need an update. They were the original style built in the 1980s. One of the things we disliked the most was the height of the countertops. My hubby is 6′ tall, but I am only 5’2″ BUT we still wanted counter height vanities.
So what to do with this short little vanity?
Let’s start with me telling you all about the room. It is the half bath that all of our guests use, so of course, we want it to look AMAZING!
However, I need all the storage I can get in this small home so I wanted to have a nice size cabinet.
The floors downstairs are hardwood and I was afraid if I ripped out the cabinet the new cabinet wouldn’t cover the spot on the floor properly or worse I would destroy the hardwood floors.
After some thought on the matter, I decided I would keep the existing cabinet, BUT would raise the height of it by 6″.
Here is the cabinet BEFORE. Nothing fancy but that was ok. It met my storage needs and the best part was I owned it.
Next step, how can I make this taller?
After taking the old countertop off I got to work adding a wooden box to create the height we wanted.
I used 1″ x 6″ boards and built a box. I used my Kreg tool to pilot the holes to make the box sturdy and to hide the screws. Also, I drilled pilot holes on the bottom to attach the box to the original wooden vanity.
So far so good.
Once I had the large box on I just didn’t love the way the two came together, so I decided I would add an additional smaller piece of wood at the seam.
I like the way it adds just a little more detail to the vanity.
Up next, the new countertop. Now let me just say I went back and forth on what I was going to do for a countertop. Should I build a wood top with a raised bowl, should I buy a new premade top?
Ultimately the decision was made for me when I stumbled upon this white quartz top at a local salvage shop for only $50! I couldn’t pass up the deal so it came home with me.
Once we fit the new top we got started on the new faucet. I got this one from Home Depot for only $79. I loved the style and it was in my price range. Here is a similar one.
Once the faucet was installed I gave the entire vanity a fresh coat of black paint. If you would like to learn more about painted your own furniture pop back over to my post on updating and painting nighstands.
I updated the knobs to solid black. I picked those up on a 50% off sale from Hobby Lobby.
My adorable light fixture came from Home Depot also. There were so many to choose from it was a tough decision, but ultimately I went with this one. It is no longer available, but this one is similar.
The new mirror was upcycled barn wood. I actually used an old mirror and glued the barn wood to it. SIMPLE AND DONE!
The only other “big-ticket item” was the white toilet. The original one was cream and it had to go.
Putting in a new toilet is not fun, but it is something everyone can do on their own. And WOW it makes such a difference.
I didn’t want a traditional toilet paper holder so I grabbed this egg basket and filled it with toilet paper. Its cute and practical.
Adding all of the decor items is the final step and always the most fun. When I redo a room I always “shop my home” first. I am a huge collector of vintage goodies so finding things to go in a new space is never a problem. I love switching stuff around to give spaces a new look.
Here are just a few things I brought into this space. The Red Bone Puppies sign always gets lots of compliments.
I hope this gave you all some inspiration and ideas of how you can make changes and stay on a budget. We spent less than $500 and I totally think it was worth every penny.
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