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Renovation Diary: Finishes for a Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom
Brick, tile and barnwood are the key materials to pulling off the look.
In this week’s blog we have finished up the demolition upstairs and construction is underway! To get the vintage farmhouse bathroom vibe, I chose a combination of brick, shiplap, subway tile and hex tile. The brick and shiplap add the weathered patina that recalls the old farmhouse feel while the two tiles styles and timeless... Keep Scrolling
Written by Betsy Glass

In this week’s blog we have finished up the demolition upstairs and construction is underway! To get the vintage farmhouse bathroom vibe, I chose a combination of brick, shiplap, subway tile and hex tile. The brick and shiplap add the weathered patina that recalls the old farmhouse feel while the two tiles styles and timeless and nostalgic. I chose to install the subway tile in a herringbone pattern in the guest bath for just a little modern twist. I really wanted to make this guest bath accommodating for all V’s future guests since this would be the main upstairs bathroom other than the master bath.  It was decided at the outset of the project that all tubs in the house would be removed and showers put in their place.  After showing V a couple layout options, she really liked the design with a large walk-in shower, custom-made shelving and a floating vanity that shows off the beautiful tile floor design.

The tile floors and herringbone-pattern wall subway tile will be featured in the upstairs guest bathroom, shown here.
The amazing tile floors for the guest bath are in and the team is working on the herringbone-pattern subway tile for the walls.

Once we had both bathroom layouts confirmed for the upstairs, we started the fun part of picking out paint colors, finishes, tile etc. V wanted the ultimate show-stopping master bedroom and bath, her very own special retreat. The theme of her master needed to fit the theme of the entire vintage farmhouse.

To give the master its very own vintage look, I went with Benjamin Moore Simply White paint for the walls, doors and trim and added a barn wood stained shiplap accent wall.  In the master bath I matched the white paint color for the shiplap walls and added a brick accent wall to really give us that industrial flair.  Tile selection was a black octagon floor throughout with white subway tile on the walls with black grout.  To finish off the charm, I used a free standing 2 faucet black and white vintage Brockway sink.  I also changed out all hinges and door hardware to black to really give the master that rustic charm.

A brick accent wall was added to the master bath to give the room's farmhouse look an industrial flair.
The brick façade is looking awesome in the shower surround.

For the guest bathroom upstairs, I went with a crisp clean modern vibe.  So, when deciding paint colors, I went with Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore for the top half of the walls.  To accent the lower half of walls I matched the shower tile in a herringbone style to really throwback the space and gain some character. I also wanted to give the farmhouse bathroom some zing, all the finishes were a brushed nickel, so I added a fun swing arm light in brushed brass above the floating vanity which really finished off the space.

A stained barn wood shiplap accent wall was added to the master bathroom to create a vintage look.
The shiplap walls will get stained in a barn wood finish.

Paint for the two guest bedroom walls, I used Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore.  For the hallway walls into the stairwell I chose Owl gray. I finished off the upstairs by accenting the ceiling, trim, and doors in Simply White paint and changed out all door hardware to black.

I really feel sometimes little details make a huge difference. While removing the stair treads I talked V into changing the stairway hand rails.  I really wanted to give her something unique for a railing.  The budget was getting a little stretched, so I came up with the inexpensive idea to buy black steel pipe and spray paint with black truck bed liner.  The truck bed liner also gives you a course non-slip feel and went well with the rustic farmhouse style.  When V saw the railing being built she was so excited and loved the uniqueness that we ended making toilet paper holders and towel bars for the master bath and the downstairs bath, too.  The cost to make the railing and bathroom essentials was well under $200 which really helped the budget. Next week we will tear into the downstairs.

The black floor tile in the master bathroom perfectly complements the white shiplap accent wall.
The black hex tile in the master bath looks great next to the shiplap.

To get caught up on the Victory Farms project, click here and here! For more on Betsy Glass and her Flippin’ Designer business, click here.

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