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Thursday, November 3, 2011

farmhouse tour: bathroom

here is chapter one of the 1829 farmhouse tour:
the bathroom
recently finished after a year of renovation
yes, you read that right, one.whole.year. and some.
(good thing we have two washrooms)
the entire renovation was done on a very low budget,
re-using, reclaiming or buying on the cheap.

 the pictures are counterclockwise around the room
to give you some perspective.

the vanity was created by using the wood pulled
from the wall during renovation (wall behind the vanity was rebuilt). 
diy lights made from vintage porcelain ceiling fixtures,
vintage metal shades, electrical conduit pieces, and new wiring.
the cost: under $10 each.
sink was a craigslist find that was originally listed for $25,
upon arrival she wouldn't take any $ for it!
faucets were purchased on ebay, they are vintage but in
better condition than what i had on our other sink.
drawer knobs are retrofitted porcelain faucet handles that were
in a box lot of porcelain goodness purchased on ebay for $15-$20
cost: less than $2 each
this was my first real design project and
i am so pleased with how it came out.
 original toilet with updated pipes & fittings.
the new window was yet another craigslist find for $50
i {heart} craigslist.
 vintage medicine cabinet with mirror door removed found years ago at a garage sale
needlepoint picture is a family treasure and now has a weathered frame
(see pic above this one)
this was a frame i had on hand that was
updated with real sea shells from various beach vacations.

the simplicity of it all speaks volumes
 wood paneling was reclaimed, originally from our master bedroom
and had been sitting in our garage attic waiting for a repurpose.
most of the wood in the renovation was
reclaimed or re-used from the original bathroom
probably about 90% of it.

numbered hooks were a gift certificate purchase
from pottery barn
the vintage tub was another craigslist find a few years ago.
purchased for a mere $40, the feet were sandblasted and waxed.
the fixtures were purchased online from signature hardware
rainshower head was purchased from tuesday morning
for around $35
the shower control was a three part retrofit.
the escutcheon was found at a salvage yard in sarasota, fl. for $20
the knob was part of my stash and the piece between the two
is a porcelain screw ring used on vintage light fixtures.
bottom line- we made it work!
 the exterior wall light was purchased for $10
years ago from a discount hardware store
the patina on it closely resembles aged copper.
it hangs at one end of the tub for some ambiance lighting.
custom made barn door by darrin using more reclaimed wood
transom window was originally from our cellar
and implemented to add light to the hallway.
original hinges were left intact for authenticity

the ikea light hangs from metal roofing that was applied to the ceiling
to reflect more light into the small footprint of a room.
barn door rollers were found in a relative's barn
after hunting high and low for months for them and were FREE!
mr. 1829 sandblasted & waxed them
 aren't they gorgeous?!
 we added vintage casters as door stops
for some character & functionality
the wood flooring in bathroom & hall is leftover reclaimed barnwood
that was purchased on craigslist to fill in missing wood on our kitchen floor.
exterior handle was found at our local
habitat for humanity store
i bought a large box lot of goodies for $10
so this handle was probably less than a $1
it is handforged wrought iron!

paint colors
benjamin moore cream froth on wood walls
pittsburg paints eiffel tower on sink base(whitewash)
and exterior of tub
benjamin moore palladian blue on upper walls

sorry for the
at least its not as long as the renovation took.

i will be working on a before post 
with some not so pretty pictures
here's a peek at what we uncovered
when the demolition began.
rotted floor boards due to a leaking toilet

until next time,
linking to the following parties:


shabby creek cottage

Beyond The Picket Fence

Stuff and Nonsense


Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special



  1. Amazing...simply amazing! You are really so talented! Very impressive. My fav is that rolling barn door hardware...kudos to you and your husband on all that DIY work!
    Can hardly wait for chapter 2!

  2. Wow, this is the coziest bathroom I've ever seen! I love it!

  3. Wow! You did an amazing job! It's just beautiful!

  4. What a fantastic job of a "one of a kind room". You can be very proud of it!

  5. Wow, what a fabulous bathroom. I love everything about it. You did such an amazing job with all of your finishes, accessories and fixtures. Gorgeous. Hugs, marty

  6. YAY! so fun a house tour! love the knobs, and that countertop is amazing!!! gorgeous!

  7. what a perfectly pretty
    country bathroom

    well done
    and thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  8. Awesome! I love all the retrofitting and repurposing! The barn door rollers are just FABULOUS! One of my pending projects is making a barn door and my husband's uncle knew this. He recently replaced an old barn door and gave me the track and rollers. But they're sure not as cool as yours!! Curious what wax your husband used on them? ~Rachel

  9. Looks great. I especially love the lights by the mirror (can't believe how you made them!) and the rolling barn door!

  10. thank you everyone for your sweet comments!

    the paste wax we use is howard's citrus-shield. it is all natural and easy to use. smells good too!


  11. Ohmy Judi, it is fantastic! I love it so much. All your hard work paid off, love the wax finish, the paper towel in the pitcher, simple genius, the needlepoint and all of the thrifty finds too numerous, going back to look some more, lady!

  12. Gorgeous--that year was worth it!


  13. Wow... you've done a fabulous job!!! Love how cozy it looks and all of your repurposing! LOL on the post not being as long as the reno!

  14. Judi,
    That is the bestest! The barn door rollers a beautiful. I have been looking for a set. Not so lucky as yet. It is really to whole package. Just love it. You and Mr.'s hard work really paid off in spades!
    Smiles, alice

  15. Hi Judi,
    I am so impressed! What a an amazing transformation, your vision is wonderful and your creativity is too!
    Thanks for sharing...added on as a new follower too!

  16. Hi Judi!
    I just read your feature in the home section of today's newspaper and was so happy for you. The feature is wonderful, I knew as soon as I saw the cover photo that it was you.
    Congrats! Your house is beautiful.

  17. What a Lovley Bathroom :)
    and do not miss..




    It is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  18. AMAZING, Judi!! WOW! I love how you repurposed so many things and were so frugal! Great job! It's beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

  19. I love this bathroom! I love that it was done inexpensively with things that you found or purchased inexpensively. I love all of the old and repurposed things... Love the door, the tub.. Great job!

  20. Amazing! This is so gorgeous Judi! The sink, the door, the everything! AHH!!!

    Featured you on FB and pinned. :)


  21. I saw Donna's post on FB and I had to hop over and take a look at your bathroom she recommended....LOVE IT! Mel's Designs from the Cabin

  22. Incredible makeover. Very impressive. I love it all. Found you through Donna's FB post and I'm now a happy new follower. Looking forward to more of your projects.

  23. "Sorry" for the long post? You made my morning! I love everything about that room. :)

  24. What an absolutely lovely bathroom, love the barn door.

  25. Wow, Judi! It's all fantastic. Love everything you have done. I know it had to be a long hard job, but what an accomplishment.

  26. Judi, one word - amazing!! Ok, now more words :) I love it all. This will be a post I will come back to over and over for inspiration. Thanks for sharing this wonderful renovation. It proves to me once again.. anything is possible if we believe (and use lotsa elbow grease and creativity). -Tammy

  27. Fantastic job, turned out Beautiful!

  28. This is amazing, gorgeous, charming, original...all those good things! Great work.

  29. Your bathroom is beyond adorable! I love all the details. I have 2 clawfoot tubs myself and your bathroom has given me some new inspiration. Thanks for sharing this!

  30. Amazing!! It all just looks incredible. I LOVE the free sink especially, and the handmade lighting!

  31. This is just beautiful, many wonderful, interesting touches make for a personal space!

  32. Wow, that is a fabulous farmhouse bathroom. I want to put a sliding barn door somewhere in my house! Well done!!! It's gorgeous!!!!!

  33. How charming! I love how you used the faucet handles as drawer knobs! Visiting from Coastal Charm.

  34. I love the look of farmhouse, with a touch of industrial and coastal. Repurposing the faucet handles was a great idea.

  35. What a transformation and I am really impressed how you repurposed things for that perfect vintage feel.

    I am still wiping the drool off of my chin over the barn door hardware. That is absolutely stunning and free... okay now I am wiping my eyes.

    Fabulous job.

    Hugs, Deb

  36. So many neat elements I can't possibly comment on them all! A wonderful look!

  37. Judi! It's complete and utter perfection! I love everything in this bathroom! I really love how you used vintage and reclaimed things and just made it work. For a first design project, you hit it out of the park! Well done!

  38. this bathroom is beyond wonderful. I'm seriously is the perfect blend of vintage, farmhouse goodness! Hmmmm how I want a clawfoot tub!

  39. I love your choice of paint....will you share the color? The whole room looks beautiful!

  40. again, thank you so much for the kuddos.
    you all are the bestest!

    i added the paint colors i used into the post but i will also add them here.
    benjamin moore palladian blue & cream froth on walls. pittsburg paints eiffel tower on vanity base & tub exterior.

  41. OMG at this bathroom! Just found this by way of Charm of Home blog features today. What wonderful eye for all the details in here. Love the barn door, the ceiling, the lighting, the wood walls, I love it all. I do wish you would join my wow us Wednesdays party. This is truly a Wow!!

  42. Hi Judi, I'm almost holding my breath reading your blog and what you have done with your bathroom. It's one amazing feature after another. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  43. Every single detail is just magnificent, just magnificent. Love love love it all and what a big job that was!! I just know you are thrilled. Thanks for sharing.

  44. Very clever light fixture you DIY'd. You really find good stuff.

  45. Absolutely amazing...this is the best bathroom redo I have seen! You have an eye for seeing things that maybe do not look so good to others and transforming them into something awesome!! The lights beside the vanity are pure genius! Thank you so much for sharing...I am now your newest follower!


  46. This has to be one of the most amazing renovations I've ever seen ... and trust me, I've seen A LOT! It's literally leaves me speechless. Your style and vision and execution are well worth that year long wait!



    WOW. I have to pin ...

  47. What an awesome bathroom! Worth the wait! Enjoy it :)

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  49. Judi, just popped over from your comment on my blog. I love your tub, sink, and the door! How amazing that you found the door rollers for free! Yahho, that's the best way! You guys did such a good job!


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