For weeks, I’ve been hemming and hawing about whether or not we could participate in this fall’s One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. With both boys attending private school, and a tight budget, we thought we wouldn’t be able to handle an entire room. Lucky for us, I think we can do it! Time to finally tackle this neglected half bath and turn it into a Vintage Farmhouse Powder Room.
This past weekend, we were straightening the garage and I stumbled upon materials leftover from previous projects and inspiration struck. I think we are going to be able to swing making over our half bath, but it will have to be under $500! Lemme show you our starting point behind this door.
This is my Vintage Inspired Laundry Room that we made over for last fall’s ORC. Have you ever noticed that when I show a pic of this room that the bathroom door is ALWAYS closed? That’s because we haven’t touched the space until now!
Here is what is behind that door.
Those ugly floors and peach sink base and trim! OY!
I removed the wallpaper and painted the walls with leftover paint since taking this picture, but that’s about all that has been touched in this room. We have a box of luxury vinyl tiles left over from our Kitchen floor install. First, we will install the floors using those materials to cover the last of the ugly linoleum.
These next pictures are from when we first moved in – I had to use these because….those towels! I mean, come on!
Next, we plan to fashion new countertops out of wood and replace the faucet. Working on limited funds means that I will reusing as much as I can. The sink basin is in great shape, but that countertop has to go. My plan is to paint the base of the cabinet the same gray color as the top cabinets of my laundry room for continuity.
Also, we will add a beadboard half wall to match the laundry room and Farmhouse Kitchen, since all these rooms are connected. We found some beadboard panel remnants hiding behind some drywall during our garage cleanup, so we only need to purchase one more panel and some trim to cap it off.
The toilet desperately needs replacing. Constantly getting stuck after flushing, we remove the lid at least 3 times a week to manually drop the plunger. Not only that, this toilet is unusually short. In my house of tall people, everyone comments that they feel like their hugging their knees. My budget for this is about $100.
Over the toilet, I plan to DIY some wood shelving with brackets.
This was the light that was in the awkward half bath that we converted into a second closet this past spring for the ORC. I love the vintage frosted shade. I think it will work great with the Vintage Farmhouse Powder Room theme, so we hope to reuse this fixture in this room.
Finally, we have this antique medicine cabinet that came from my husband’s family. Our plan is to hang this over the sink. We simply need to add a new dowel for the missing towel rack.
Hopefully I can find either some peel and stick wallpaper or some affordable fabric to create a wall treatment over the half wall. I’m hesitant to reapply wallpaper again. Since removing the old wallpaper was so tedious, I’d like it to be temporary if possible.
Vintage Farmhouse Powder Room Plan
Using Supplies we already have:
- Replace Flooring using leftover from Kitchen and Laundry Room
- Paint existing cabinet using paint on hand
- Paint beadboard with white oil on hand
- Hang Vintage Medicine Cabinet
- Replace light fixture with previously used one from another room
- Reuse Sink basin
Purchases to Make:
- Replace Toilet – $100
- Install BeadBoard and Trim – $50
- Replace Faucet – $50
- Build Wood Countertop – $100
- DIY Fabric Wallpaper with starch or peel and stick wallpaper – ?
- Decor Purchases – $100
Is our goal too lofty? Maybe, but I think we can make this happen. Fortunately, we have Fall break coming up, so that will free up some days for us to get in attack mode! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I will be sharing sneak peeks of the progress as we move along.
I can’t wait to see who is participating this season. One thing I love most about this challenge is getting to know other bloggers. I find a support community helps us tackle each room! To see which rooms the other bloggers are doing, click here to head over to Calling It Home’s link up.