ORC Farmhouse Bathroom Design Details

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I’m baaaaaaack! Did you miss me? 😉

After our intense seven-week One Room Challenge project I decided that this lady needed a bit of a break… So, we took our family to the beach house for a weekend, I went to Disneyland with my mom, sister, grandma and aunts, and then took my time decorating the house for Christmas. It’s been a month full of relaxing (and sickness… I had strep throat for two weeks and then a two-week head cold! No fun!) and now I’m ready to get back into sharing my DIY and design adventures with you.

In our master bathroom reveal post last month, I promised I would spend some time talking through the process of that room’s design more in-depth. The project was super busy for us, since we were trying to finish the whole thing in our nights and weekends on top of our jobs and raising kids, so I didn’t feel like I had time to get into the details of the project in our weekly upates. In this post, I’m going to take you through each step of the design process so you can see how one of our room makeovers actually comes together!

As a reminder, here is how our makeover turned out:

INSPIRATION

The first (and maybe most important in my opinion) step to any design project is finding inspiration. Whether it’s for myself or a client, I always spend a good amount of time looking through pictures of all different rooms to determine the style and design preferences before I piece together the overall concept. For me, I knew a few things from the get-go that would influence my room’s design. First, we were going to be keeping the tub and shower, which are almond in color. I also already had the vintage green buffet for the vanity. Third, I had fallen in love with cement patterened tile and knew I wanted to do some sort of flooring like that. And finally, there had to be shiplap. 😉 Using these as a starting point, I searched Pinterest for things like “modern farmhouse bathroom” or “white shiplap bathroom” or “cement tile floor bathroom”. One thing I do a lot of when looking for inspiration on Pinterest is when I find a picture I like, not only do I pin it, but I also scroll down and look at all the “More Like This” pictures. Pinterest is smart enough to recommend other pictures in a similar style and you’re likely to love some of them too.

In the end, the following pictures are what led to my final design concept.

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The Door

I love the way this black door pops against the white walls and patterned flooring. I had been toying with the idea of painting all our interior doors black and this was the perfect room to try it out on! I’m still leaning towards doing all the rest of them that way too. Lucky for me, one of my friends had just given me a quart of Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore paint so this part didn’t cost me any money!


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The Shiplap

If you know me at all, you know I love shiplap. Thus, it was inevitable that we would install shiplap on all the non-tiled walls. For weeks I went back and forth between the idea of painting the shiplap white or the same linen color as our bedroom. In the end, white won because I wanted it to feel bright and the white shiplap in this picture looked so clean and crisp! (Some people have asked for a faux shiplap installation tutorial – so I’ll be sharing one soon!) I also decided to paint the interior window trim black like this pictures shows.


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The Tub Cubby

I had a really hard time finding any pictures of tiled tub cubbies like ours, and when I spotted this one by BrePurposed I knew I wanted to install and decorate a shelf above the tile section on the back wall!


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The Floating Shelves

My intial idea for the built-in floating shelves came from this photo. I liked the idea of the shelves being inside the walls, rather than just hanging somewhere. (I also love the black towel hook and shower doors in this one too..)

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Then when I saw these shiplap-wrapped floating shelves from Chris Love Julia, I knew we could easily install small walls on either side framing in the shelves with shiplap. And doesn’t it look fabulous?

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The Shower Doors

Every picture I saw with patterned floors and black paned shower doors had me swooning… Plus, I knew I had to do something to get rid of the unsightly brass doors and we didn’t have a huge budget for new ones.

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Then I came across the following tutorial by Bless’er House where she actually spray paints and adds trim to her builder-grade shower doors to make them look like their paned! Easy enough and definitely within our budget. (My own DIY Tutorial to come soon!)


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The Floors

Like I mentioned earlier, there was something about the black and white cement tile floors that I was giddy about… Every picture of a bathroom with them had me saying, “I want my bathroom to look like that!” My husband was a bit unsure about that part of the design, but he let me move forward with it anyway and is truly pleased now that it’s done. The cost of these tiles is way above our budget (like $15/sq ft) so I knew we couldn’t afford to rip out and replace with true cement tile. But, I had seen a few DIY Tutorials on Pinterest showing how to paint your EXISTING tile to look like they’re cement! Why not give it a shot, right? 😉 (I have a tutorial for this coming soon too!)


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The Vanity, Sink and Faucet

I’m a huge fan of Jenna Sue’s designs, and her guest bathroom was one of the rooms I gleaned a lot from. I got the idea of using my buffet for the vanity from this bathroom and also chose to do a vessel sink with in-wall faucet because I liked the look of this one so much. Her painted shiplap was one that had me considering painting mine something other than white too!


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MOOD BOARD

After figuring out all the design elements I wanted in the room, I put together a mood board to show all of them together. Mood boards are a good thing to try if you aren’t sure about whether the design elements you’re choosing will look match or be as cohesive as you think. It’s a visual representation of the room to come!

My mood board for this project is here:

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You’ll notice that the chandelier we ended up with was different that the one I originally picked, and the shelf I had planned to hang above the toilet was just too much for the space so we didn’t use it at all. We also went with a wood mirror, rather than black.

Making changes to your design as things come together is normal and natural, and I’d encourage you to make changes if you feel called to during the process!

RELATED: WOODEN BATHTUB TRAY DIY TUTORIAL

While the design for this room didn’t change a whole lot from conception to completion, that’s definitely not how all of our projects go. As a general rule, we typically live with a space for months before we actually do the makeover so we have an idea of how the room could function better, along with how we primarily use the space. We also tend to jump into projects on a whim and so decide on a lot of the design as we go! I’ll be honest, this was the first mood board I’ve done for our home… The rest of our projects have been designed on the fly! Of course, I had done the inspiration research and had an idea of the “mood board” in my head, but never down on paper. Having it all planned out this time made it much more streamlined because we new exactly what materials we were going to need, we were able to plan out a project schedule so we knew who’s parts were being done when, etc.

Be sure to check out the building process for it in our weekly posts here:

WEEK 1 / WEEK 2 / WEEK 3 / WEEK 4 / WEEK 5 / WEEK 6 / WEEK 7

Like I mentioned earlier, I have a few DIY tutorials coming for the faux shiplap, the painted floor, and the paned shower doors. I’m also working on a few holiday preparation posts for this week too! Oh, and starting this Friday I’m going to do a weekly series called “5 Friday Favorites!” It’ll be a quick read with five things I’ve found to love that week.

Happy Monday!

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