Half Bathroom Makeover

Rustic flower holder


We have a tiny little half bath downstairs that tucks under our staircase. It was all builder grade finishes when we moved in. I attempted years ago to begin a half bathroom makeover in here. We upgraded the original light fixture to the one shown below. I painted the walls blue to cover up the original off-white color and I painted the oak cabinets white. We also replaced the linoleum floors with tile. Here is what it looked like at that point.

builder bath before


Still pretty sad looking. I never liked the cabinets white, only because the sink is off-white and it highlighted that fact. My husband wasn’t interested in removing the vanity so it stayed that way for a long time while I debated what to do. One day last year when I was in Home Goods, I found the perfect mirror, just like this one shown below.




It was a steal for under $30 so I grabbed it. When I got it home I knew it would be perfect in the bathroom. I had always wanted to remove that medicine cabinet and replace it with something nicer. My husband definitely was not thrilled with this idea, he is not an enthusiastic DIYer! So it sat in my family room for months. Finally, last spring (as in 2014) my husband agreed to remove the medicine cabinet and hang the mirror. We also realized that the light fixture would  have to be switched out to accommodate the height of the rope hanger on the mirror.

medicine cabinet


It is so hard to get decent pictures in this room because there aren’t any windows. I ended up purchasing galvanized metal sconces online, that are actually meant to be outdoor lights. You can use outdoor lights indoors, they are often much less expensive.

replacing medicine cabinet



bathroom light fixture



After the mirror and lighting were installed, it sat this way for another year before I convinced my husband to add plank board. Fortunately, one day a few months ago something happened to our toilet and it had to be removed to be repaired. My husband decided that since it had to come off anyway, that would be a good time to do that planking.

3/4 plankboard walls


I’m not going to write a step by step on how to plank board because there are plenty online to choose from and it’s actually not that hard. I painted my planks in a dull white so the off white sink wouldn’t stand out as much.

We also switched out the faucet fixture. That turned out to be the most difficult part of all. We kept the vanity because (1) my husband wasn’t about to change it and (2) I really didn’t want to lose all of the storage space under there. I couldn’t leave the cabinets white so I decided to try a distressed, stained barn wood look to match the mirror.

sink bath



plank board walls


The cabinets look darker in the pictures above than they actually are. This picture  better represents how they really look. I will write a post on how I got that finish soon.

distressed stained cabinets



rustic mirror



One thing I couldn’t find online was a how-to on finishing off the plank board when only doing a 3/4 wall. We decided to just go with quarter round molding.

plank board trim


By Using the quarter round, it gave a nice little ledge around the bathroom where we can display things if we choose.

molding ledge



My wooden whale and the rustic box that holds the hydrangea’s both came from my favorite annual flea market. The whale was one of this year’s finds, the rustic box was last year.

farmhouse bathroom


I plan to change up the display in the box with the seasons. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture I posted for the Fourth of July.

red white and blue bathroom



One final touch I’d like to add in my half bathroom makeover is a Kilim rug. That may be an upcoming DIY project because the room is so small I cannot find one that fits. You can read how I got the barn-wood, distressed look on the cabinets here.


Update: See my DIY Kilim Rug here


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  1. Your powder room came out really well, loved the planking that really added such a nice touch,
    and gave some texture……loved your frame with just the 2 starfish, very clever, and the whale is so
    cute too. Very nice job…………..
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thanks, Nellie! So sweet of you to say!

  2. You and hubby did a wonderful job. I so love the plank wall! Over from Amaze Me Monday. Have a great week! Linda

    1. Thanks, Linda! I love my plank walls too, what a difference!

  3. You’ve come a long way from the little girl who couldn’t keep her room neat. Lol


    1. Thanks, Mom…maybe there’s hope for Julia too. lol

  4. And plank walls save another space!!! It looks awesome Roxanne! What thickness wood did you guys use for the planks?

    1. Thanks, Emily! The planks are 1″ in width.

  5. Love this makeover! That mirror is great and the planks definitely give this bathroom character! Great job 🙂

  6. This turned out great! I love your attention to detail and the planked walls is gorg!

  7. The bathroom looks great. I can’t wait for you to post how you got that finish on the cabinets.

  8. LOVE the plank wall! I may just have to copy that in my bathroom!

  9. I love the bathroom!! That wooden whale is cool!!

  10. This turned out Gorgeous Roxanne! Just love it!

  11. I love it… so small and cozy looking and very pretty! :o) The finish you did on the vanity looks really cool too… adds to the beachy feel!


  12. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    It came together soo beautifully, Roxanne! I love the planked wall and the faucet just dresses up that countertop perfectly! It really is a beautiful makeover! (Would love it if you stopped by our party on my blog and share it if you get a chance please 🙂 Enjoy your day!

  13. Your bathroom turned out beautifully! I love the choices you made! The room actually looks bigger too, so bright and fresh! I would like to invite you to share this project as well as your other work at my furniture get together this evening beginning at 6:00pm (MST). I think you do amazing things here on your blog!



  14. I love this makeover Roxanne! Thanks for sharing at the Talented Tuesday party! The plank wall looks amazing. You have to get yourself some power tools if the husband won’t do it! lol. I’m working on learning to use tools for that very reason 😉 The kilim rug will be a big project too! Can’t wait to see it if you do DIY it!

  15. Thank you so much for joining in on my party! I am excited you came :0)!
    Have a great weekend!

  16. Wow, what a difference that made! Great buy on that mirror from Home Goods. I’d have snagged it too, and I LOVE the planking. Definitely looking for your tutorial on that one! 🙂

  17. I love the finish on the cabinet and the bathroom turned out fantastic:)

  18. Very clever! Perfect for our Rivah house:) Thank you!

  19. What an incredible transformation, it doesn’t look brand builder new, it looks fantastic. I love each and every bit of it! Great job.

  20. Wow, this turned out great! I love that mirror and the planked wall. Your accessories are really fun, too! (found you at Metamorphosis Monday)

  21. Fantastic makeover, Roxanne! I love the planked walls, and the round mirror is just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Talented Tuesdays!

  22. Super cute!! Love it!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love partying with you!! Pinned!

  23. I love this bathroom makeover! I love the mirror, the plank wall, the cabinet finish, and the sconces. Uhm…. I like the whole room. Nice job!!!

  24. Hi Roxanne! First time on your blog and I love it! Beautiful makeover! Love the mirror and plank wall! Great job!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Vesna- Home Chic Club

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