A historic home doesn't have to sacrifice contemporary style. One homeowner used creative, DIY solutions to renew her vintage farmhouse bath and bring it into the modern age.
wallpapered bathroom

Patterned wallpaper and beadboard gave this bathroom a dated look. Not only did it not fit with the rest of the historic farmhouse, but the homeowner had no room for modern-day amenities, like a walk-in shower. But with a can-do attitude—and a bevy of tools—the homeowner created the bath of her dreams.

After: Vintage Renewal

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Considering form, function, and floor space, the homeowner swapped out a pedestal sink in her master bath for a homemade storage-rich vanity that wraps around a vintage sink found curbside. The outside bottom of the vintage sink is painted with the same navy paint used on the walls to bring the color scheme full circle.

Make it Mine

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The DIY vanity is made from pine boards stained a shade of dark walnut and includes an ample countertop, shelves, and cubbies. Visit the homeowner's blog, That's My Letter, for detailed instructions on how to build the vanity.

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Past Meets Present


By tearing out a linen closet adjoining the tiny first-floor master bath, the homeowner made way for a much-desired walk-in shower. Hexagon floor tiles, board-and-batten wainscoting, and warm wood finishes reference the past, while a vivid buffalo check pattern painted on walls gives the room modern-day appeal.

Paint Master

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Different paint sheens partner with stained finishes to lend the walls eye-catching contrast. The window trim and wainscoting were painted with white semigloss, while the room's buffalo check wall treatment features matte paint. A walnut-stained floorboard reinvented as molding crowns the window wall; its flat profile is perfectly in keeping with the home's Colonial roots. IKEA towel hooks further the vintage vibe.

Reuse and Repurpose

bathroom shelf

The homeowner turned weathered floorboards—gifted by a friend and finished with walnut stain—into a display shelf above the commode. The shelf not only looks pretty, but it adds practical storage space. Fresh greens bring life into the space.

Comments (6)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 3, 2018
I also liked the original model, but since it didn't meet the homeowner's needs the new one is well thought out and also stunning!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
June 20, 2018
Wow, I need to dig through the trash in your neighborhood! Nobody around here leaves such cool stuff where I live!!! Love that sink - and everything else!!!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
June 18, 2018
I actually love the buffalo check walls and everything else about the bathroom. I have the same colors in mine
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 29, 2018
I really don't like the blue check wallpaper. Love everthing else!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 24, 2018
I do like the sink and vanity they made. I also like the shower, and would love one like it in my bathroom. I really hate the blue check though. I like the old wallpaper better, but would prefer a brighter flower on white, to make the bathroom light and bright. I would probably paint the wainscoting a light mint green and paint individual flowers all over the walls instead of putting wallpaper of any kind up. I really hat putting wallpaper up and taking it down, when I get bored with it. I am going to talk to my son, who is a carpenter, about building a vanity like that for my bathroom and seeing what kind of sink I can find to complement it. I doubt I will be able to find one as great as that sink.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 24, 2018
it's not bad, but I definitely liked the "before" version of the bathroom better. It was light and bright and didn't seem as "packed full" as the after version.