10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budget Friendly

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper style bathroom, budget friendly! Bring out your inner Joanna Gaines and get the farmhouse look everyone wants for their bathroom! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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Everyone loves Chip and Joanna Gaines. Not a day goes by when I don’t see an article about them or a room that they have designed. They are a hot, hot topic on social media!

I find myself glued to the tv regularly watching their reruns on HGTV.

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Hometalk’s hashtag this week is #Fixer Upper Style. Each week Hometalk has a different trending topic on their website and social media. We bloggers love to keep track of the trending hashtags and post relevant material for maximum readership. Fixer Upper made the hot topic list, and this week we are posting about how to bring out your “Inner Joanna Gaines”.

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Bathroom Before

The Bathroom Before

The guest bath in our new house is rather simple. It is a windowless room, with a standard cast iron tub and plastic tub surround. The previous owners updated the sink and vanity with a new pedestal sink and also up dated the toilet. Modern porcelain tile was added to the floor, but they left the dated wall tile. Other than that, there is really nothing special about this bathroom. It is rather lacking in character and design.

The recessed medicine cabinet was removed and the bath was staged with a vintage mirror. I know this because the medicine cabinet is sitting in our basement, and there is a giant hole behind the mirror where it used to be. I am not sure I love the old mirror, it’s rather hard to see yourself in that worn off mercury glass, but it is within the character of our old urban farm house and we will keep it for now.

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So, how do you get a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom? It is easier than you think! There are a few simple steps to a beautiful trendy Joanna Gaines bath! Here are my top tips and tricks!

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10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom

1)Use the bathroom you have. Not everyone can afford to gut their entire bath. Most people just use what they have got. This isn’t that bad, as you can see we haven’t made any structural changes to this average bathroom. Remove all your current decor and clutter from your bath to make room for some vintage style.

2)Paint your bath a beautiful powder blue. Fortunately for us, this room was freshly painted and we didn’t have to do this step. There are lots of beautiful pale blue shades out there, it is Joanna Gaines’ signature color. Almost all of her renovations have a shade of powder blue in them, it’s a wonderful choice for any bathroom.

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3) Find one or two vintage wooden pieces to use for bathroom storage. This honeycomb crate came from a local antique mall. It was scrubbed and varnished and hung on the wall as is. There are holes in the screen, a crooked wire and many worn imperfections in the wood. The dark brown color contrasts nicely with the light blue walls and gives a rather sterile bathroom a bit of timeless character. You can find similar crates here on my Amazon Affiliate page.

4) Add a galvanized container with faux greenery. This little galvanized bucket came from the craft store for about $1.00. Joanna often uses containers like this to stage her rooms. The faux greenery adds color and texture to the display.

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5)Add some faux cotton branches. These branches can be purchased here through my affiliate link. Joanna frequently uses branches like this for texture interest. Mine are sitting in a green mason jar along side the tissue box.

6) Add a sign or a wooden box with vintage graphics. The vintage box in this photo was originally used to hold hardware for horse shoe repair. You can find similar items on my Amazon affiliate page. It’s so interesting to read the label that you entirely forget about the ugly square tile behind it. Also, the deep brown color adds contrast and make the yellowed tile look warm and pretty.

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7)Fresh, contrasting towels make the room inviting.  I love these towels because they are a deeper shade of grey/blue that works great with the wall color. They also don’t show stains which is a plus if you have kids in the house. The towel bar here is not that big, so I used small and medium towels, the bath towel made it look crowded. The illusion of space in the bathroom is achieved with minimal clutter.

8)Look for some natural elements to add to the room. Joanna often uses vintage prints of birds or flowers in her rooms. We didn’t have any so I opted for a some curly willow sticks and a few butterflies to make the room have that farm house feel. I also used a sea shell for a soap dish. Repurpose flowers, branches, rocks or shells from the beach. These items can be changed with the seasons, I may add some thing more wintery next year.

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9) Opt for darker cabinet hardware. We don’t have any cabinets in this bath, but if we did I would use black or dark bronze handles. Our door knob is just the right color for this room, and ties in with the vintage look. I would love to replace the sink faucet, toilet handle and tub faucets that are currently chrome with new fixtures in the dark bronze color to add contrast and have a more modern farmhouse feel.

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10)Add a stool for seating in a contrasting color. This little foot stool is a dark chocolate brown which balances out the room visually with the other wooden decor. A couple of blue towels add color and the loofa sponge adds texture and contrasts with the towels.

More Bathroom Tips and Tricks

•The white waffle weave shower curtain ads more light color and covers up the otherwise ugly shower and tub. My wooden handled makeup brushes are displayed in a brown vintage flower frog for more visual interest.

•Use rugs or bathmats in subtle neutral colors. Why detract from those gorgeous walls?

•If you have ugly old tile in your bathroom, you can paint it a neutral color. This is a great option for staying on budget. Check your local home improvement store for paint products that are made for painting tile.

•Keep prints to a minimum. Large scale prints are very busy and visually unbalanced. If you must use a print, use a small one with a botanical theme.

What do you think? It’s pretty simple when you break it all down. I love how it turned out, this room feels so chic and modern now!

I would love to see how your bathrooms turn out! Can’t wait to see how you got your own #Fixer Upper Style! For more ideas, follow the #fixerupperstyle hashtag on social media and Hometalk!

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Rental Before and After

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While I am waiting for our next move, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of our other Rental Before and After renovation projects. Seems like we have had quite a few!

Okay, we have had a LOT!

The Cape Cod Project was the most recent.

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One of the first things I tackled was the hideous basement bar. Yikes!

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It was so much fun to make a Tiki Bar out of it!

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The Closet Home Office was next. It was an under used space and this little office worked great for our son’s homework station.

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The dining room had good bones, but was very, very dark.

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A fresh coat of paint did wonders! Read about it here.

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The upstairs hallway in this house was so dark and narrow it made me claustrophobic. The halls felt so much bigger with fresh paint! Here’s the info on this project.

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The downstairs hallway got the same treatment!  I was so glad to leave that home behind, I just never felt comfortable there!

 

Our previous rental home was great. We loved this house, inside and out. The yard was huge and we spent a lot of time outdoors both in summer and winter. This was in my early blogging days, looking back I have grown so much as a blogger since then!

The house was wonderful, however the pictures, not so much. Be forgiving, okay? I realize now that I don’t post many things from my early blogging days, I just hate most of the photography. Perhaps I am too picky.

Here’s the “before” home tour.

designerssweetspot.comI did only a few interior upgrades to this home, our son’s Teen Bedroom was one of them.

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The other fun project was painting removable stripes on our master bedroom wall. Click here to see how I did it!

I loved this bedroom, I can’t wait to paint more stripes in our new location, but this time they can be permanent! You have no idea how exciting that is for me!

 

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Because there wasn’t a lot of things for me to do inside that home, I spent a lot of time outdoors. We had the best garden I’ve ever had at that location, see the full garden tour here.

Hard to believe it’s only been a few years, yet we have accomplished so much! Blogging has become second nature to me, I love it more than ever. I look forward to having lots more things so share at our new location, coming soon!

I am counting down the days, and am super impatient!

 

Victorian Project Before and After

Our new home, circa 1910.
Our old home, circa 1910.

We are ready to leave our Victorian House behind. Our boxes are packed and we are ready for the move. Just a few more last minute details to work out. We are so excited and impatient!

While we are waiting around for the big day, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the Before and After projects we have done during our time here at the Victorian House. There have been many Before and After projects, even though we have lived here only a short time.

green bath

Remember the garishly green bathroom? Hard to believe how ugly it was. This is the before photo…..

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This is the after! It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Claw Foot Tub

Of course, my mothers fine art collection helped with the transformation. Click here for the complete post.

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The next project was to repair the track in the ancient old pocket doors. It was quite a job.

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But, the doors are still there, and will work well for the next 100 years. Here’s the post on the entire project.

front bedroom

The two toned bedroom was next. Well, I guess it’s three toned if you count the pink stained carpet. Yuck, yuck, yuck! The before was so irritating to me, I couldn’t wait to paint this room!

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This is the after. It makes my heart sad to have to leave this stenciled wall here.

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One of my friends suggested we cut out the dry wall and take it with us. Except these walls are plaster. I hope the next tenant appreciates how many hours I spent on this transformation. Read about it here.

front door

I almost forgot about the front door transformation. It was in desperate need of an update.

Front door lead

I still love this blue color. In fact, I think I may use it again in the next house.

dining room

The living room was one of my more recent projects. It’s the yellow room at the far end of this photo.

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A little color can do amazing things. Here’s the details on this room.

upstairs parlor

The last transformation was our youngest son’s room. The mothy mauve color was my least favorite in the house.

james room after

It feels like a completely different room now.bunk bed

Here’s the how to on this room.

Can you believe it? So much accomplished in such a little time. No wonder I am tired.

But, I am sure I will be inspired again at our new location.

Details coming soon!

Have a great weekend!

Announcing the New Abode

I can’t believe I am making this announcement. We have a new abode.

We had no intention of moving again, but we are once again in the process.

It’s crazy, we have moved more times than I can count. This time though, we are buying a house.

We have been renting for years, fixing up rentals as we go, making them our home.

 

We are so excited to finally have a permanent place of our own. We have dreamed and been disappointed so many times. We have faith that this time, our dreams will come true.

I don’t think I could handle another disappointment. It would crush me.

This home has everything we have always wanted, and so much more.

We love the vintage style of this home. It was beautifully staged.

 

If they would have offered the furnishings for sale with the house, we would have bought them.

My favorite thing about it, is that it has a space for my design studio.

It needs a little work, however.

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We have to have at least one renovation project or it won’t be any fun, you know?

It also has a cute little yard, the perfect size for a little garden and chickens. And a sweet wrought iron fence.

It even has a BARN.

But the best thing thing about this home is …….

 

That it is OURS.