Part II: [katie’s] bathroom make-over

We’ve been on hiatus since Katie’s bedroom make-over [Part I]. Not that we haven’t been busy…there’s always plenty chores to be tackled on the farm [especially with the changing of the season]!! Around our house, there’s a seemingly never-ending To-Do list that is continuously re-prioritized! The need to winterize the barn took us by surprise. It’s much too cold much too soon! BLAH!!

…and every year, Christmas seems to arrive more quickly than expected! It feels like I just made Thanksgiving dinner after all!!!

Katie  will be arriving has arrived home from college for the holidays ~ much much ~ sooner than later! Looking at the calendar, I had a narrow window of opportunity to re-do Katie’s bathroom. Nothing major: a thorough deep-cleaning, freshly painted walls and new bath accessories.

It’s the Part II of ‘Katie goes off to college transition!’ She has taken occupancy of one (of the two second floor) bathrooms ever since she has been capable of maintaining/cleaning it! That was the #1 condition!

Without further ado, here’s a few in-process photos:





Her former color inspiration… where are my sunglasses???

green apple

YIKES!! I recall The Hubs telling me (way back when)…it’s only paint. We can always re-paint it! Finally… LOL.





In keeping with her bedroom make-over, a much more subdued ‘gray’ paint color choice for the walls!! Phew!!

We’re off to do a little shopping for new bath towels, rugs, shower curtain, etc. Otherwise, the bathroom is back-in-service! YAY!

Katie likes [of course] this horse shower curtain from Anthropologie.


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I like this one too! [She was looking at ‘Duck Dynasty’ possibilities!!??]


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Once we’re completely done/decided with the make-over, I’ll be sure to post final photos!

Happy Friday!

What I did over Christmas vacation…

…besides EAT and visit family and more EATING!

WE ‘finished’ our powder room (aka bathroom) make-over! YEAH!

Much to my hubby’s chagrin, our bathroom re-do began back in July, 2011. We rarely tackle house projects during summer. There’s just too many ‘chores’ to attend to outdoors around the farm. Home improvements are normally relegated to winter. While the re-do appears cosmetic ~ the wallpaper had to go ~ it was driven by actual structural damage that began with too many years of dripping condensation from the toilet tank!!! Yes, condensation from the cold water supply on the tank (during the hot, humid summer), dripping onto the floor which eventually migrated beneath the floor, subfloor and finally dripping into the basement!!! HELLO!!!

Basically, we reused/recycled many of the original fixtures minimizing expenses.  The exceptions were a new vanity purchased locally from Home Depot and new sheet linoleum flooring. 

Patching and most of the structural repairs occurred over Thanksgiving weekend. Christmas break allowed us to complete the project.

Today, it looks like this… (the lighting makes it difficult to get a good pic).

The wallpaper is gone and we opted for a neutral satin enamel paint color… Winter Wheat from our local Ace Hardware. I like the narrow profile of the new Home Depot vanity too, since my bathroom is only roughly 5-1/2 feet X 4-1/2 feet.

I ‘re-painted’ the existing fixtures, including the wall strip-mounted  light fixture, Shaker-style mirror, toilet paper holder, towel bar, etc with ‘black’ acrylic paint.

We used/recycled beadboard (from our dining room make-over) on the ceiling… and hubby made me the ‘medicine cabinet’ to hang over the toilet.

Before… medicine cabinet in-process.

Side view…

And after my paint job…

I painted it with a light grey flat enamel and black trim accent, stained with walnut and then applied a tinted wax finish. We also used the same left-over beadboard for the cabinet’s interior.

And added a touch of whimsy…

…a hand-made ceramic sheepy door-knob. 🙂

A few finishing decorating touches…

Various salt-glazed pottery for toilet brush storage & waste basket.

I re-purposed a wrought iron plant hanger for a make-do towel bar and fastened it to the side of the vanity.

…and use an old wood tote for x-tra toilet paper storage… oops, needs re-filling!

Finally, a few more sheepy decor items…

A few more sheepy decor items… the stoneware bowl holds home-made potpourri.

I love my new old bathroom. Lesson learned: Don’t ignore the simple house maintenance chores ’til they become major fix-up projects! Right, hee hee!

P.S. Hubby made me a second ‘medicine cabinet’ to sell in my shop (I still have to paint it) to recoup some expenses. The vintage door I purchased didn’t work out, so I’m still on the lookout for an old farmhouse-style door. Always an adventure!

Happy New Year!


No, not a demo-nstration. Rather, a demo-lition!! YIKES!! My powder room (ie half-bath) has been DEMOLISHED! Completely and totally out-of-commission. It was supposed to be an ‘over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend’ project! Ya, right!?!

The extreme condensation ‘leakage’ from the toilet tank (cold well-water temp meets warm summer temp) over the past 22-years have finally taken its toll! A little more PM would-of, could-of possibly curtailed a major bathroom re-do!

ALL the fixtures had to be removed in order to replace the rotted wood floor. On the bright side, as I write this, I’m happy to report that the toilet has been replaced… and it is functional. WOOT WOOT! So much for being a pioneer-woman!??? I l.i.k.e. my modern conveniences!

I also have new sheet linoleum flooring. The bathroom vanity still has to be replaced/installed. It’s been sitting in a box in the garage for a couple of months. I removed the former wallpaper, etc. We plan to re-paint the walls and place bead-board on the ceiling too.

I’ll keep you ‘posted’. It’s likely to take a while…in the grand scheme of things!