The Almost-Final Master Bathroom Semi-Makeover


This past weekend, we set to work finalizing the decor in our master bath.  It’s about damned time.

One annoying aspect of this crazy renovation of ours is that rooms and things get, maybe, 88% completed, and then we are so exhausted that we take a break and excuse ourselves with the proverbial “It’s finished enough”.  ‘Finished enough’ is pretty much the theme of our entire renovation.  ‘Finished enough’ means it is functional, clean, and what’s left can suck it because we’re tired and broke.  So, sometimes, all the poor little details sit in limbo indefinitely.

Another unpleasant side-effect of this sort of renovation is what I like to refer to as Project ADHD.  There are so many damned projects that need our/my attention that I find it nearly impossible to focus on just one at a time.  Sometimes the list is so long, and so overwhelming that all I can do is go take a nap and not do any of it.  I’m pretty efficient like that.

Mark my words…NO MORE.  I am a woman on a mission now: MUST FINISH.  Getting over this hump is a pretty straightforward process, really.  Pick ONE damned room at a time, and finish that beast from head to toe.  Simple, right?  Right.  So with this newly adopted life philosophy, we chose the master bathroom to start our finishing.  Let’s revisit, for a moment, what this particular ray of sunshine looked like when we began the renovation:


Ah, yes.

Obviously, there has been some skillful rearranging and upgrading of certain (all) fixtures thanks in no small part to our contractor, Mike.  I am, however, for the sake of this post, going to glaze over all of that, as it is all a blur to me anyways, thanks in no small part to the massive wine consumption that was taking place during that part of the renovation.  After the actual building part of it was done, we slapped some paint on the walls and were just thankful to have an actual functioning bathroom instead of a toilet surrounded by studs and insulation.  It’s the little things in life.

During. This is how the master bath has looked for the last few years. Not bad.

Looking at the above photo, some might think that the bathroom looks fine–great even.  But the photo doesn’t show the nitty-gritty.  It doesn’t show all the unfilled nail holes, all the caulkless seams, all the missing trim.  It doesn’t show the grout splattered across the ceiling from the tile installation.  It doesn’t show the ‘holidays’ in the dark brown paint where I was too lazy and un-in-love with the paint color to do a second coat.  It doesn’t show the unpainted door, and it certainly doesn’t show the missing clawfoot tub and the plumbing sticking out of the wall in wait of said tub.  Ah, the beauty of photography.

So, needless to say, the above list of items definitely required our attention.  Color is always a major priority for me, and ever since I had put that dark brown color on the walls, I knew two things: first, I loved the dark paint, second, this particular dark brown completely clashed with the slate floor tiles and needed to be banished.  I knew I needed to go with a dark, dark slate grey (dare I say light black?).  So that much was a given.

That moment when you pour the paint into the tray and panic about how dark it is. But I ain’t scurred.

Jonathon was put to work on his arch-nemesis: crown molding.  There is really nothing that he hates more in life than crown molding.  But for some reason, this room went seamlessly, with minimal swearing, no do-over cuts, and no wasted material.  A minor miracle.  And that’s a good thing, because he’s got four more rooms left to do after this one.

Jonathon’s weapon of choice. I am really pretty surprised that this thing hasn’t ever been turned on me.

Nobody puts Jonathon in a corner.

Gettin’ after it.

With the wall color and trim done, it was time for choosing accent colors.  Usually, I tend to go with red or orange or reddish-orange accessories (see the striped rug in the ‘during’ photo above) because I just love them, but I had a little moment of accent color envy.  My sister-in-law is decorating their new baby’s nursery in the loveliest grey and yellow scheme, and I suddenly found myself wanting some more yellow in my life.  She’s going with light greys and pastel yellows, and since I had already decided on this darkest grey, I figured I should go with a super-saturated yellow and not fully rip her design ideas.

Happy yellow.

I realize that this color combo is pretty modern.  This kind of conflicts with my whole farmhouse design philosophy.  But I don’t care.  I love it.  There’s a lot of vintage mixed into the details and accessories, so it squeaks by, in my opinion.

The metal shelving unit is a cheap Ikea find that I painted yellow and then distressed the daylights out of to give it a funky, used vibe.

Et voila!  A pretty pulled-together bathroom, if I do say so myself.

The walk-in shower with vintage-inspired, visible plumbing fixtures.

Wow that door came off really purple in this photo…in real life it’s just a lighter shade of dark grey than the walls. To the left, you can see the full length medicine cabinet that we had built into the wall for extra storage.

Adorably-perfect rugs from Crate and Barrel.

Window treatments and vintage accessories on the sill.

Pretty towels from World Market.

 And finally, the reason why I am entitling this post ‘Almost-Final’?  Oh, because we are still waiting on that damned claw foot tub.  Cheers.

Someday I will have a bathtub. Someday.


I am complete….

The Almost Final Master Bathroom Semi-Makeover from Farmhouse38

The Almost-Final Master Bathroom Semi-Makeover from Farmhouse38

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68 thoughts on “The Almost-Final Master Bathroom Semi-Makeover

  1. Illustrious Peacock July 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm Reply

    Looks fab!

  2. thriftykristy July 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

    It is looking great! Love the contrast of colors! xxx Kristin

    • farmhouseK8 July 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Thanks, Kristin!! 🙂

      • CH June 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Absolutely love this bathroom! The colors are fabulous! Where is the clock from?

      • farmhouseK8 June 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Hmmmm….I believe it was from Target! 🙂

  3. Adventures We Seek July 27, 2012 at 2:30 am Reply

    Somehow I just came across your blog and have just spent the last 30 minutes exploring your site. What you have done with this home is incredible. I love every bit of it!! Thanks for sharing

    • farmhouseK8 July 27, 2012 at 3:31 am Reply

      You are so nice to say this! I really appreciate it–welcome! 🙂

      • Adventures We Seek July 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

        I would love to find a place to make my own and have my hubby help me to make it happen!

      • farmhouseK8 July 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        We’ve had some good times, for sure….and some challenging ones, as well, but it’s been a pretty interesting experience! It’s good that we know how to laugh at our mistakes. 🙂

  4. From a Montana Front Porch July 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I pinned this onto my dream house board!!! Love it!!! 🙂

  5. Shannon July 29, 2012 at 3:40 am Reply

    Love the yellow and the grey. Looks great!

    • farmhouseK8 July 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

      Thanks, Shannon–it’s kind of my favorite color combo of the moment….until next week! Ha!

  6. pitterbull August 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply

    I knew that was the IKEA shelf! I love what you did with it.

  7. Ginger January 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm Reply

    LOVE the yellow shelf!!! So want to find one like this. Let me know if you know where I can get one.

    • farmhouseK8 January 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply

      It actually came from Ikea–I think it comes in dark grey (which is what ours started out as) and white. Then I just spray-painted it yellow and distressed it.
      Hope that helps!!! 🙂

      • cassie October 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Do you know if they still make/sell this shelf? do you know what style name it was?

      • farmhouseK8 October 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        You know what? I just looked and it seems as though they don’t have it anymore. Although I was just at the store maybe two weeks ago and I could have sworn I saw it there! 😦 (I also can’t remember the name of it, but when it was available I included a link in the comments here–and the link doesn’t pan out anymore).

  8. Callie February 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I love the wall color!! What is the name of it? Love the yellow accents as well!

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm Reply

      Callie–I have literally been digging through paint cans to find the color name for you–and I finally just found it! It is Behr Ultra ‘Cracked Pepper’. 🙂

  9. home, garden, life February 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm Reply

    I bought my fixer-upper in 2001 and spent a painful 6.5 years renovating it. That was before my digital camera and blog, so I spared folks the details of me meeting contractors with a 45 in one hand and a large stick in the other. I feel your pain and celebrate your dazzling success with both home and garden.

  10. Steph February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I love this look and the color scheme! We have been looking for a similar paint color for our bathroom. What is the color?

    • farmhouseK8 February 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

      Thanks, Steph! You know someone else had asked me that, too, and I have been trying for weeks to dig the can out–and FINALLY found it today. It is Behr Ultra ‘Cracked Pepper’. 🙂

  11. Violet February 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    This bathroom is gorgeous! I love the yellow! I am redoing my bedroom and bathroom and we are going with a dark grey. I never thought about a pop of yellow. So glad I saw this, now I know what Im going to do lol And I love the shelf. What did you use to distress the shelf with and what paint did you use?

    • farmhouseK8 February 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm Reply

      Thanks, Violet! I painted it with a Rustoleum brand(Painter’s Touch variety, or whatever that more colorful brand is that they have) spray paint called ‘Sun Yellow’, but first, I dabbed some lumps of Vasoline on random areas (which, after the spray paint dries, you then scrape off the lumps and it gives you a nice chipped-paint effect), and then, when the paint was dry I also took some sandpaper and sanded and scraped the whole thing (especially the edges) to give it that really worn-down look. That was a really long run-on sentence. 🙂 Hope this helps!!!

  12. Angela February 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply

    I LOVE this bathroom!!! I ordered my claw foot style tub from – they have tub packages with the faucet and drain. Pretty reasonable.

    • farmhouseK8 February 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply

      Thanks, Angela!! (Spoiler alert–I actually got my tub last week and am working on a post about it now!) 🙂

  13. DJ April 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Love the bathroom floors! Any chance you remember the details of the floor?

  14. Melissa April 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Can you please tell me where you bought your sink pedestals?

    • farmhouseK8 April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Melissa–those came straight off the shelf at Lowe’s! 🙂

  15. Jennifer@ Blissfully Ever After April 22, 2013 at 1:52 am Reply

    I love your bathroom remodel! It looks fabulous! I am wondering where you found your sink and shower faucets?
    Jennifer@ Blissfully Ever After

  16. Brandy W April 24, 2013 at 12:12 am Reply

    Is this rug the olin gold one from crate & barrel?

    • farmhouseK8 April 24, 2013 at 1:25 am Reply

      It sure is, Brandy!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Brandy W April 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Do you know what size this one was?

      • farmhouseK8 April 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        It’s the smallest one….the 2×3–dang, they’re cheap right now–on sale for $14.95!! 🙂

      • Brandy W April 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        I know!!! Just saw that. Making sure…it looks larger than the 2×3

  17. Brandy April 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Also where did you get that R letter? Etsy? Or did you make it?

    • farmhouseK8 April 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm Reply

      Hmmmm…..excellent question….I think I may be stumped on that one. I want to say it was either Anthropology or World Market–but I got it quite some time ago so I don’t think it exists anymore. Sorry about that–not very helpful!!!

  18. Alexis Berry April 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    I love your reno! Its looks amazing! Could you please tell me the wall color. Its exactly what ive been looking for to paint my half bath.

    • farmhouseK8 April 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Thanks, Alexis! It is Behr Ultra called ‘Cracked Pepper’–but I was actually looking for it today at Home Depot and didn’t find it–don’t know if that’s a fluke or if they’ve discontinued it or what! Hope you have more luck! 🙂

  19. Jonill June 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Lovely bathroom! May I ask where you found that fantastic bathtub?

  20. Leah Kyllo Muskee June 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I am totally loving your bathroom and really love your IKEA shelf. I have the same one just the bigger version and I’m itching to paint it! I just might do it now 🙂 P.S. totally jealous of your bathtub too. I think whenever we get around to renovating our bathroom I’ll probably have to wait that long to be able to afford everything for the room!

    • farmhouseK8 June 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm Reply

      It was totally worth the wait!! 😀 Thanks, Leah!

  21. CH June 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Hi! Where did you purchase the white mirrors and wall frames?

    • farmhouseK8 June 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm Reply

      You know what? The mirrors are actually frameless medicine cabinets that we got at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and then we just put wall trim around them once they were installed to frame them out.

      • CH June 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        What a great idea!

  22. mara July 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Love the bathroom.I need to try some of these ideas.

  23. Cody Honea July 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Ok, just need you to no that I’m not a crazy, obsessed person, who just goes around repinning everything but I love your stuff!! I just started following you today and I can’t seem to make myself quit looking and repinning everything. Just want to say, love this bathroom, you have a great sense of style and I’m probably gonna copy some of it 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas!!

    • farmhouseK8 July 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply

      OMG–Cody, you’re so funny! Thanks so much–and have at it! 😀

  24. Katie August 6, 2013 at 1:06 am Reply

    I love this sooooo much it makes my mouth water!! <—– weird! I pinned one of these pics a few weeks ago and came back to it tonight when I was writing a post about yellow things I love and wanted to credit the fabulous person/people behind it. Well here I am!! After reading this post, and loving that you said "Suck it!" I am now an official follower!!

    • farmhouseK8 August 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm Reply

      LOL–awesome! Thanks, Katie–welcome, welcome! 😀

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  26. Shawn March 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Hi there,

    Do you recall where you picked up your wooden storage cabinet above the toilet? I can’t tell from the photo if it is slightly distressed or not but I am looking for something similar.


    • farmhouseK8 March 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Hi Shawn! Unfortunately, my friend actually built this for me custom!

  27. Sam March 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm Reply

    Can you tell me where you got your light fixtures?

    • farmhouseK8 March 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm Reply

      Oh, wow. For some reason I am drawing a total blank on this. Lemme ponder for a bit (gotta cut through the cobwebs), and I’ll get back to you.

  28. Shawn March 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm Reply

    Do you recall where you got your cabinet that is above the toilet?

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  30. Kellimb August 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Just came across your blog and I love it! What are the dimensions of your bathroom, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • farmhouseK8 August 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply

      The main part of the bathroom (not including the shower which punches out from the main footprint) is approx. 7×9′. Not big. 🙂

  31. Lisa Blair-Rogers September 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm Reply

    I know it’s been a while but do you happen to remember the manufacturer and style name of your sinks? I saw in a previous comment you got them from Lowes but I couldn’t find one like them today. I’m renovating my kids bathroom and they both agreed this is how it should look. Thank you!

    • farmhouseK8 September 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm Reply

      Hi Lisa–I’m about to be totally unhelpful here, lol…all I can tell you is that they are Kohler sinks. We did get them at Lowe’s but it was quite awhile back. I **think** it is this one, but am not 100% sure (dimensions match up, though):|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=
      Hope that helps a little!! For some reason I have very little memory of picking these out, which is really strange for me! (I think I was exhausted at that point, lol).

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  33. gseeley February 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I know this blog started because of a sort of unreachable dream to live out in the country and have a huge farm, but your house and lifestyle is now MY sort of unreachable dream. So I will live vicariously through you until we can achieve it 😉

    • farmhouseK8 March 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm Reply

      You know what? This is really one of the best comments I’ve ever gotten. So thank you for it. I appreciate the perspective!!!

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