If french cottage and farmhouse had a baby, it would be my bathroom.
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French Farmhouse Style Bathroom
You may recall from my recent article “Healing with Design” that when my husband and I inherited my dad’s house, we inherited a major fixer-upper project along with it.
My dad just began to remodel the bathroom at the time of his accident. So when we moved into the house, the bathroom was completely gutted (luckily, we had another bathroom that was semi-functional). It took me one year to bring myself to finish what my dad started because finishing his project signified finalizing his death to me.
If you know me, you know I do not make decisions easily. This was the first renovation we did and I wanted it to be perfect, especially since it was my dad’s project. In every remodel project Jeff and I have done, I carefully scrutinize and choose décor I know will be timeless. This project was no different. I searched for one year before I committed to every piece of this design.
To save you all that time, I am providing you with the products I used to get a french farmhouse style bathroom on a budget. I feel confident you will love it as much as I do!
This bathroom serves as the kids’ bathroom as well as the guest bathroom. Thus, it was important that this space was not only kid-friendly and durable but also comfortable and welcoming for guests. I also needed to think of a smart design that would grow with our kids!
My favorite part of designing our rooms in our home is hunting for treasures. There is something thrilling in searching for the perfect piece to compliment the design you imagine and finding parts of yourself in those pieces.
I have a secret for you. This vanity is a repurposed farmhouse table. I stumbled upon the farmhouse table and purchased it at a steal of $10 from a local antique store that was closing. Shop, shop, shop thrift stores, yard sales, and antique stores.
We painted only one coat of Valspar Chalky Finish Paint so the flaws and dark spots of the table could still tell their story. Then, we sealed it with Valspar Chalky Clear Sealing Wax.
We stained the backing with Winwax English Chestnut wood stain. I absolutely love how the antique character of the table remains in tact.
Since this is a space that my son and daughters will share, I needed to make it the ultimate masculine-feminine merger. These vintage style mini cage wall lamp sconces were the perfect fixture to give a raw, masculine punch to this elegant french farmhouse bathroom. Tucker will thank me when he’s 16.
This is my favorite piece in the entire bathroom. Just type, “Wash your hands, Love Mom,” on the computer, print it, frame it, done. Very simple. Yet, this was an important piece for me because as a working mom, I am not home with them the majority of their day. I want them to hear my words even when I am gone.
That flooring though! Be still my heart. I waited an entire year for Lowe’s to put this gray wood look porcelain tile on sale. If you wait it out, Lowes will put it on clearance. It was worth each of the 365 days I waited.
- The metal stand was actually my dad’s night stand next to his bed. I smile every time I look at it.
- Wire baskets are a fun way to store washcloths or other bathroom necessities with limited storage space.
- What is a farmhouse bathroom without an antique washboard? Nothing. It is nothing. I found this washboard a local antique store in my husbands hometown.
- I found this step stool gem at the same local antique store as the washboard. It had me at hello.
- Every night (mostly) I am kneeling for at least 30 minutes giving three little piggies a bath. A memory foam bath mat is a MUST! Also, those same three little piggies like to have splash battles so the Microdry material is another MUST.
- I’m obsessed with clocks. A turquoise twin bell alarm clock. Classic.
Speaking of classic, what would a farmhouse bathroom be without the classical subway tile? I love how the white subway tiles with dark gray grout contrast the dark gray flooring with white grout.
As achy as my back is bent over bathing my children, I never want to forget these moments. Luckily, for canvas wraps, I won’t. P.S. Fiona is 18 months-old and I still have not added her picture to this shelf. Oops. Third child.
Besides the flooring, the shower curtain surprisingly took the longest for me to decide on. The shower is where your eye is naturally drawn to in a bathroom, so I wanted a shower curtain that really emulated a french farmhouse feel for both kids and adults.
During this process, I developed an addiction for apothecary jars. After I put the soap in the jar, I gazed at it in wonder. Why did I ever store soap bars any other way?
Finally, let’s talk beadboard. I. Love. Beadboard. Joanna has shiplap. I have beadboard. In my opinion, beadboard is the epitome of french farmhouse. I have three small mouths to feed, so I need something elegant on the cheap. I honestly don’t think I even have to say anything more. The beadboard speaks for itself.
Actually, I do have one more thing to say. I have lived in homes under construction for six years. So, I am a self-made-kinda expert on remodeling.
What I love most about beadboard, is the lack of drywall dust clouding my house. I was 9 months pregnant with Baby #3 when we designed this bathroom. I didn’t have the energy to clean drywall dust for weeks or time for finishing drywall. Beadboard is quick, sleek and classic.
It is also super easy to clean which is necessary with three children 4-years-old and younger! On multiple occasions, my toddlers have decorated the beadboard with lipstick and crayons. Let me say it one more time, super easy to clean.
Giving our bathroom a facelift was so much fun! It was a refreshing remodel the bathroom and I desperately needed. With each house project, I am inspired to love and live my life as my dad did- simply and beautifully.
There’s much work to be done on my home and on me. So, come and join me on my next healing project as I renovate my dad’s bedroom and turn it into my son’s dream bedroom.
Source List: (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here)
- Beadboard- Lowe’s
- Mirror- Unkel Joe’s Woodshed (Similar one here) (Amazon)
- Bathroom Vanity– Local antique store
- Wood Stain- Minwax Wood Finish Stain (Amazon)
- Chalk Paint- Valspar Chalky Finish Paint (Amazon)
- Light Fixtures- CMYK Retro Vintage Wall Lamp Lights Shade Industrial Edison Metal Mini Wire Cage Wall Sconce (Amazon)
Sink– VCCUCINE Rectangle Porcelain Vessel Sink (Amazon)
- Sink Faucet– GotHobby Brushed Nickel Vessel Sink Faucet (Amazon)
- Hand Painted Mason Jar- Already owned (Similar one here) (Amazon)
- White Scroll Picture Frame- Epic Products Scroll Frame (Amazon)
- Wash Board- Local antique store (Similar one here) (Amazon)
- Shower Curtain- Gee Di Moda Gypsy Ruffled Shower Curtain (Amazon)
- White Metal Stand- my dad’s nightstand
- Alarm Clock- already owned (Similar one here) (Amazon)
- Wire Basket– already owned (Similar one here) (Amazon)
- Apothecary Jar- Home Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids (Set of 3) (Amazon)
- Turquoise Tint Mason Jar- already owned
- Bath Mat- MicroDry Speed Dry Memory Foam
- Towel Rack- Keira Grace Kain Wall Shelf with 5 Pegs P.S. Do not tell Jeff what I paid for this beadboard towel rack. Thank you *Thumbs up*
- Towels- Superior Eco-Friendly 100% Ringspun Cotton 6 piece Towel Set
- Wash Cloths- 100% Natural Cotton Wash Cloths 12 pack
- Canvas Wrap- Walmart
- Flooring- Lowe’s
- Subway Tile- American Olean Starting Line White Gloss Ceramic Wall Tile (Lowe’s)
The best part of this design is I received cash back for decorating my own bathroom through ebates! Also, I am an Amazon Prime member so most of these items were delivered to my front porch for free shipping!
There are so many ways to give your bathroom a budget-friendly makeover, so you can still afford diapers and wipes. If you have any tips you would like to share, please tell me about them in the comment section below!
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