Half bath Farmhouse renovation

From dark to airy

When we first bought our house, every room was a different color. While the colors were not bad, I like a more neutral and airy palette by bringing in warm wood tones and pops of colors with my decor rather than the walls. I decided to give my traditional half bath a farmhouse style renovation. It’s not completed yet, but it’s coming along.

The wall color in our half bath was a dark aubergine with a very traditional ornately carved gold mirror above the pedestal sink.


The Oil Rubbed Bronze fixtures weren’t bad, so I saved money by keeping them. I wanted the wall color to be very light. I had several gallons of leftover paint, because I tend to either buy too warm or too gray, so I decided to mix my own color greige color by mixing Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan and Benjamin Moore Whisper White.

So off we went to paint. Yes…I let my 3 year old paint the walls.


and painting and painting and more painting.


It was close to midnight and I was determined to finish the painting. With a 3 year old, a cat, an 8 month old husky puppy and a business to run, I rarely have free time.

Finally, I finished the painting! It feels so much more open and bigger.


Now Time to Decorate…Farmhouse style!

The traditional white shelf that was previously above the toilet wasn’t working for me. To get more of a modern farmhouse look, I bought 4 simple shelf brackets from Hobby Lobby half off (paid $18 for 4) and 2 pre-cut wood planks 1″ x 8″ x 24″ ($16). I stained them with walnut and driftwood stains, then put 2 coats of poly on it. I still need to add some ORB paint to the screws on the brackets to give it a more finished look.


After I finished the shelves, I added a few decorations that were scattered throughout my house. The wire metal basket was purchased from Hobby Lobby half off, too. Those tiny frames are the Venetian Antique Glass Ornaments from Restoration Hardware.

The metal industrial letter “A” came from Home Goods and the glass bottles were from an antique store downtown Augusta.

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The new mirror was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. I loved that it was real wood and the glass was aged. I think having an aged mirror works in here, only because it’s not a bathroom that I get ready in, so I don’t have to have a pristine mirror.

That’s all I’ve done so far. There will be more to come like painting the ceiling and more decorations.



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