Ok, so what is it with old houses and hideous bathrooms?? I think they come as part of a checklist included with old houses.
Amazing woodwork: CHECK!
Beautiful hardwood floors: CHECK!
Hideous bathrooms and kitchen: DOUBLE CHECK!
So we have two bathrooms currently in our beautiful old home…but unfortunately the bathrooms are lacking the beauty that this house deserves.
Exhibit A: See below…
Of course this is the small bathroom right off the kitchen that gets used the most. Between four kids and a constant stream of visitors/family, this bathroom gets a lot of use! So naturally I want it to be pretty so people don’t get a misinterpretation of us, right??!
**Take note of the beautiful wallpaper we had in the kitchen as well!
Let’s just say gutting the small bathroom was no easy feat! Underneath all that tile on the wall was a metal mesh that was razor sharp and nailed about every six inches to the wall. My poor husband really had his work cut out for him.
Now anyone that does any kind of remodeling knows that things usually look worse before they get better, and this was definitely the case! We ended up taking the sink out initially and left the toilet in so that it was still somewhat functional. Also thinking that we would get it done right away…guess again! Our kitchen remodel is just about to hit the 6 month mark and it’s still not done! But we will save that for another post.
My husband and I are definitely not professional contractors. We are usually looking for the cheapest and quickest route to get something done and looking pretty. So we decided to piece in the Sheetrock where it was needed and forego the mudding and taping process. You know why?? Because I have something waaaay quicker and prettier up my sleeve!
I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that loves me some shiplap! It can be such an easy and quick fix IF you go the cheap route like we do…
Generally we like to buy sheets of 1/4″ plywood and “rip” them with our table saw into the shiplap style planks that we all know and love. We like ours to be about 7 1/2″ wide to cut down on waste.
And here they are after using our nail gun to install them right over all the ugliness!
The plywood we bought for the size of the bathroom cost us approx. $20.00. We originally priced some tongue and groove chippy finish shiplap from Menards but that was going to cost us onwards of $300.00!!!! So we decided that the cheaper route would be best (as usual).
It’s amazing how a little paint (a lot less foily wallpaper), and some wood planks on the wall can already completely transform a room! You can also see a glimpse of my sweet tile that I can’t wait to install
*insert happy dance here!*
I can’t wait to show you the progress that we’ve made since this point and our ADORABLE vanity that I’m repurposing from an old cabinet that I bought off of an auction.
Let me tell you, it’s going to be amazing when we are done with this sweet little powder room! Stay tuned for more updates!