Join us as we start this Colonial foreclosure bathroom renovation, and watch it transform from sponge-painted catastrophe to shabby chic French Country!
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As you may remember the first floor half-bathroom looked like this.
If you haven’t quite gotten enough of the hot pink sponge paint here is one more shot.
The first step in this bathroom was removing the outdated oak plank flooring. If you recall from the Foreclosure House Renovation Before Tour Part 1 the oak plank ran through the hall and into the half-bathroom.
This skinny oak plank was a bear to get off the floor and remove all of the nails, but oak is a hard wood and perfect for reclaiming. Once we removed the planks from the floor I started designing a reclaimed oak plank counter top with a vessel sink for the half-bathroom
First, I measured the space of the counter top and cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood as the base for the oak plank. Using our Miter Saw cut the tongue and groove oak planks and mounted them to the plywood using Liquid Nails and our Ryobi Brad Nailer.
After the planks were nailed to the plywood, I sanded the counter top down and drilled the holes for the vessel sink and the faucet as seen above. Lastly, I finished it with a white chalk paint (Rustoleum’s Linen White Chalk Paint is a favorite) and aging glaze (Rustoleum’s Semi-transparent Aging Glaze is my go-to) and then sealed it with a flat poly urethane. I don’t recommend a wooden counter top like this in a full bathroom with heavy use as the moisture from showers could start to warp your boards, although again, I have found oak to be a great option for this type of project because it is so hard. We have not had any warping or issues at all with this counter top for 3 years and counting. I also redid the base with the same white chalk paint and glaze.
The white porcelain bathroom accessories are my favorite and add the perfect element of French Country shabby chic. In the picture above you see the Jessica Simpson Ellie Tissue Box and the Jessica Simpson Ellie Soap Dispenser. Below is the Jessica Simpson Ellie Trash Can.
Instead of painting the walls I added wall paper to this room. Some of you are thinking that sponge painting to wall paper isn’t really an upgrade, but I feel that the right wall paper in the right space can add just the right touch of old-world charm to a room. I am a big fan of wall paper in bathrooms. It is important to make sure the edges are well sealed, and I always run a line of clear matte caulk around all edges near sinks and around the top of a shower to avoid the moisture causing it to peel back. If you have proper ventilation in your bathroom, then wall-paper should not be a problem. I especially love this Floral Scroll by York Wall Coverings. They have so many gorgeous designs like this vintage Floral Bouquet wall paper.
We added crown molding along the top and completed the look with this Brushed Oak Teardrop Chandelier which has become a favorite, and I plan to use again when we build.
Another favorite accessory I added in this room are these Classic Lace Copper outlet plates. I love the way they pop against the wall paper.
The mirror was an antique that I found at a thrift store and refinished with a gold metallic acrylic paint.