Farmhouse Bathroom Reveal

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This bathroom in our 1906 farmhouse was actually completed a while back, but I recently realized I never showed it to you.

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Two aspects make me especially proud of this little room.  One, the befores and afters are a stark contrast and two, 99% of this farmhouse bathroom renovation is either second hand or DIY.

The other 1% are those Vera Wang towels I bought, BUT I did get them discounted a TJ Maxx!

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This little bathroom is actually my favorite room in the house, but it wasn’t always that way.   I called it the “scary bathroom” and never once took a shower in it for the five previous years we lived in the house.

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Besides being really old and low budget, the walls had holes in them from when we re-wired the house.  I had this fear that a raccoon or something WORSE would be peering down on me if I used that bathroom.

Talk about freaky!

This is a shot in the midst of the renovation.  As you can see, things get worse before they get better.

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Once we started, it took us a year to complete.  During that time, we crammed all five of us into the upstairs bathroom.

But, looking back, I think the fact that we took so long on this room is one the factors that made it turn out so well.  We really poured over every square inch until it was just right.

Bathroom Remodel Checklist

  • Rebuild the window frame
  • Replumb the shower and sink
  • Rewire for sconces and ceiling fan
  • Sheetrock
  • Wallpaper
  • New wood flooring
  • Crown molding, baseboard, corner trim
  • Paint
  • New toilet, shower head
  • Upcycle Craigslist dresser to create a sink vanity
  • Find vintage door and glass knob
  • Paint shower door
  • Find all the pretty details

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Whenever I show the bathroom to people, they want to touch the wallpaper.  It is 3-D beadboard wallpaper!!  Once it is painted you cannot tell that it is wallpaper.

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We found the late 1800’s marble topped Eastlake dresser on Craigslist.  It came with a matching mirror and we managed to find the sink for $30 on Craigslist, as well.

Note: the sink pictured below ended up being to large and was used in the upstairs bathroom remodel.

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Incidentally, this is my favorite look on my husband. Haha, this is the “I’m trying to figure out how to finish this project for my wife” look!

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I was constantly hanging fabrics and setting up little decor pieces to try out while we worked.

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The shower door I wanted was $800!!

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 That would have blown a significant portion of our budget, so we took the cheap route and spray painted it with a bronze spray paint.

It came out looking a little too dark, so on a windy day, I made my husband take the door out into our gravel driveway and spray gold spray paint into the wind.  The overspray created a tiny gold flecking over the dark bronze color.


He is probably rolling his eyes right now as he reads this.

But, you know, decorating is an artform and the details matter!

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  1. Brenda
    November 19, 2017 / 6:33 AM

    This bathroom is absolutely lovely.

    It is so evident that you take each and every detail of a room very seriously. It is in the details!

    Of course, the dresser was a win and set the stage for the classic styling. But I do especially love the little bamboo tray table. It is a wonderful piece that could be used in so many places and was quite a find.

    I love rooms where my eyes feast on the details and curated collection within the room. Even this bathroom offers such a feast. Job well done!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 10:54 AM

      Thank you, Brenda, this bathroom was such a rewarding project. And that bamboo table I found for $2 at a garage sale!

  2. November 19, 2017 / 1:04 PM

    Haha. I never would have used that bathroom either. Those same thoughts of a raccoon peering down on me kind of freaks me out. Or worse, a snake!

    But in all seriousness, it turned out to be a beautiful bathroom! I love that old dresser!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 10:55 AM

      Oh yikes! A snake!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet words. xoxo

  3. kari
    November 21, 2017 / 9:00 AM

    Looks beautiful. Well worth the wait.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:00 AM

      Oh, thank you, Kari. I agree, if I would have had my way and done the bathrooms right when we moved in they wouldn’t have been half as good as they are today. God knows what we need.;)

  4. Mary
    November 21, 2017 / 10:53 AM

    The dresser converted to a vanity is over the moon BEAUTIFUL!!! I love, love, love the way it looks…. wish I could have found one similar when I was working on my bathroom. Yours is incredible!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:02 AM

      Mary, I so appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm! I looked for months and months for that dresser, sometimes Craigslist can be a LOOONG route. But, I bet your bathroom is lovely, too. xoxo

  5. November 21, 2017 / 11:01 AM

    Oh my – you did a gorgeous job making over your bathroom. It’s beautiful AND so inviting now!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:02 AM

      Thank you, Sara, that means a lot to me coming from someone as talented as you! xoxo

  6. November 21, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    WOW! This looks amazing! I love how it turned out!! Congrats on a stunning reveal!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:03 AM

      Jen, you are always so good to me! Thank you so much for your encouragement and enthusiasm!

  7. Sue Malizia
    November 21, 2017 / 5:16 PM

    Your bathroom turned out beautifully…love the idea of the bead board wallpaper. 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:04 AM

      Sue, we were so nervous at first. Would it peel off from the steamy shower? What it hold up to kids? But, it has done more than fine! Such a great product and so economical!

  8. Arrington
    November 21, 2017 / 7:43 PM

    Love this bathroom. We are in the process of a remodel too. Love the idea of the wallpaper!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:05 AM

      Oh good, I hope you get a chance to try it! We just love this wallpaper!

  9. Laura Patty
    November 21, 2017 / 8:54 PM

    Love it!!!!!! I want that wall paper!!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:05 AM

      Haha, Laura, thanks for entering the drawing!

  10. Brietta
    November 21, 2017 / 9:26 PM

    We have a horrible, not-functioning bathroom in an old 1850s farmhouse that we plan to start renovating this coming spring. Would love to use your leftover wallpaper!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:06 AM

      Oh wow!! 1850’s! What a find. Enjoy the journey, a new bathroom is such a treat. xoxo

  11. DJ
    November 21, 2017 / 9:28 PM

    That “coat” hook — so cute!
    Had no idea that kind of wallpaper was 3D. Would indeed be interested in it. Think I’d try it on the ceiling of the once-scary bathroom of our old farmhouse. I ship lapped the walls (and that was 20 years ago, long before it became a trend). But then babies started arriving and I never figured out anything clever for the ceiling. It’s still just sheet rock! Is that terrible to admit? 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:07 AM

      DJ, I can’t even remember where I found that hook, I was from about 20 years ago! You are a trendsetter with you ship lap! Not terrible about the sheetrock, you were doing something more important.;) xoxo

  12. Debbie
    November 21, 2017 / 9:33 PM

    I love the complete redo! You have impeccable taste and decorating skill!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:09 AM

      Debbie, Congratualtions on winning the wallpaper, it’s on it way! And thank you for such wonderful compliments. They mean so much!

  13. Joanna
    November 21, 2017 / 10:42 PM

    It’s perfectly done. Love the wallpaper and dresser-turned-sink. Dreamy ?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:09 AM

      Joanna, you are so sweet, thank you stopping by and commenting. xoxo

  14. Pat (Patricia) Johnston
    November 22, 2017 / 1:50 AM

    I am so glad to have discovered your Instagram, Sarah❣️ I am a silver haired sole parent raising my daughter who has rehabbed from necessity and restored out of divinely inspired creativity. The innate character of a house inspires the true-to-its-roots enhancement through returning to simplicity of surfaces, salvaging, and celebrating the idiosyncrasies of a historical home. I have passionately pursued restoration for many years before I saw any repurposing as we can see today. I had a lot more energy and focus then before having my health falter.
    I have numerous repair and maintenance needs now with my disability income as my only source of help. I have been puzzling about what will happen and how can I treat it when the existing wallpaper is removed. I have wall need in my bathroom and in my kitchen.
    The beadboard wallpaper is brilliant, Sarah!
    I would love to be able to use the beadboard wallpaper in my home so that the visual integrity is restored to my home.

    • Pat (Patricia) Johnston
      November 22, 2017 / 1:51 AM


      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        December 7, 2017 / 11:12 AM

        xoxo, Shalom!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:12 AM

      I feel that same way about restoring an old house, a lot of times I am just the spectator. The house is “telling” me what to do. I know you know what I mean. The wallpaper does sound like the perfect solution for your decorating!

  15. Gail Goins
    November 22, 2017 / 2:55 AM

    I love the peaceful feel your style brings. Each room is unique yet tells a story. Beautiful work. I am taking elements of your design and adding them to my home when I can. I would love to incorporate your leftover wallpaper. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:14 AM

      Thank you, Gail! I so desire that my home be peaceful, so much of life is not peaceful. To be able to create a space for my family, friends and self that brings rest and safety is such a high calling in my mind. I would love to see pictures of your home!

  16. rosanna
    November 22, 2017 / 8:58 AM

    I already am a follower on instagram n your blog..I love your style n attention to details! ! For example the shower door…little things REALLY do matter! I would absolutely love to win the wallpaper! We used it in our bathroom remodel as well, n I would love to be able to use it someplace else!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:14 AM

      Haha, that shower door! Yes, thank you for understanding, it probably would have bothered me this whole time!

  17. Rebekah
    November 22, 2017 / 6:09 PM

    Love the bead board wallpaper!! Didn’t know such a thing existed.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:15 AM

      Yes, isn’t it genius! Whoever thought of it needs a song written about them! LOL

  18. Shelley
    November 23, 2017 / 12:18 AM

    The wallpaper would look amazing in the House we are building!!!! Count me in!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:16 AM

      Thanks, Shelley, so glad you love the idea of beadboard wallpaper!

  19. Linda
    November 23, 2017 / 6:03 AM

    Love the “new” bathroom! What was the process for painting the shower door frame? Did you tape off glass and spray or brush? Love the way it turned out! What paint did you use?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:18 AM

      we took it completely out of the shower and sprayed it in our gravel driveway with those two cans of spray paint. We must have leaned it up against something, too. I don’t remember that part. haha. And, yes, we taped/papered off the glass first. The paints we used are linked in the post. xoxo

  20. Cassandra Egan
    November 23, 2017 / 8:02 AM

    Lovely, wonderful reveal. It’s so inspiring to see you and your husband working together.
    Have a delightful Thanksgiving dear Sarah!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:18 AM

      Aww, thank you, my dear. He is such a gift to me!

  21. November 23, 2017 / 9:05 AM

    I love your bathroom! I have thought about that wallpaper too! My husband ‘s health keeps us from having the real deal, and I think I can wallpaper myself. Would love To Try It!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:19 AM

      Yes, you could!! Wallpaper is so doable!

  22. Candy
    November 24, 2017 / 8:09 AM

    Love how your bathroom turned out great job! Thinking of using breadboard in our up coming bath reno the wallpaper would be much easier. Thanks

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:25 AM

      Oh good, I ‘m glad you feel like you know how to proceed, you will love this product!

  23. November 27, 2017 / 3:46 PM

    Having been through several renovations myself, I know all about the blood, sweat and tears that goes into them. However seeing the end result makes it all worth it in the end. Absolutely love it! So charming and inviting. The vintage dresser, faucet and wall sconces are my favorite. Great job!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:46 AM

      Oh, I totally agree. I can’t decide if I love this process or hate it! haha.

  24. November 28, 2017 / 10:55 AM

    It turned out lovely! The dresser/sink steals the show and is a fabulous find.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:46 AM

      Thank you, Elana!!

  25. Jeanna
    January 17, 2018 / 10:21 AM

    Sweet lady. I just found your blog thru Cedar Hill farmhouse scoop. The look on your husbands face is one mine is wearing daily as we are building our dream house with the realities, that our dreams come at a price and we have to think outside the box. You have to love a man with all your heart that wants to give you the world, if he can only figure out how. Your bathroom is perfect! and a testament great things can happen on a budget and with time.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 24, 2018 / 7:09 PM

      Haha, that’s so funny that you recognized the same look, I’m glad you do!

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