DIY Makeover – Modern Farmhouse Style Small Space Bathroom

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When we first moved into our first home in New Jersey we desperately needed to tackle our tiny master bathroom space immediately. It was time for a Modern Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover.

In this post we will go through all the steps to show you how we made this amazing DIY transformation into a Modern Farmhouse Style Bathroom.

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This space is completely non-functional! We need a DIY miracle to make this bathroom a WOW FACTOR!

Fist we removed the sink, medicine cabinet and the toilet.

After that we pulled up all of the tile only to find very old hideous pink mosaic tiles underneath… Oh boy this is going to be a tough job to pull up.

Setting new, farmhouse style tiles over existing ones has amazingly become a snap with the introduction of Mapei’s innovative Eco Prim Grip.

It’s a bond-advancing primer that makes your existing tile or stone surface prepped to take on a new layer of tile

This stuff is absolutely amazing.

It can be painted with a roller in just one coat. A surface coated with this stuff is ready for new tile installation within 30 minutes.

For our shower floor tile we decided to choose the Vogue Matte Black shower floor penny round tiles. It creates such an amazing look and so easy to install!

This SomerTile we chose was a perfect choice to add a modern farmhouse look in our bathroom.

We then decided for the shower wall to go with classic white subway tiles (3″ x 6″).

This was the part of the project that took a long time because we thought we would save money by getting single tiles instead of the tile sheets.

Depending on your budget the single tiles are way cheaper, around .70 cents apiece.

Not bad!

We wanted to relocate the shower head and upgrade the shower fixtures to add a sprayer and rain shower head.

So we removed the drywall behind the shower wall to gain access.

We used 1/2″ pex pipe and shark bite fittings to plumb in the new shower diverter and hardware.

In order to install this really cool faucet, we had to plumb the wall.

We had to kind of home hack the plumbing to make the process a bit easier.

We ran flex tubing and some Pex with Shark Bite fittings to run the hot and cold water lines and also added a wood pieces to mount the valve.

After plumbing in the sink faucet we covered up the walls with white ship lap.

This really made the bathroom farmhouse style come together.

The oval mirror and black hardware give this sink space a farmhouse charm!

Because this space was a very specific size and small it was too difficult to find the right size vanity to purchase.

So we decided to build our own and stain it!

We used  to give it a darker brown appearance.

The natural wood look really pulled this bathroom together.

As you can see from the image above we decided to go with a glass shower door with black hardware.

Installation was actually easy as long as you have the right tools, like a drill and bit for masonry as well as a level and clear silicone caulk.

One last piece of the this project was adding storage shelving above the toilet.

We decided to tie in the wood look and add 2″ x 10″ shelves stained (with same stain we used with the vanity base) with gas pipe brackets.


We hope you enjoyed our transformation!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Beverly
    on Nov 14, 2020

    You did a way above average job....amazing!!!

    You mentioned tiling over existing tile...any experience with tiling a backsplash over existing 4 inch tiles?

    • FabSix Home
      FabSix Home
      on Nov 14, 2020

      Hello Beverly!

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes you can tile over the backsplash tile! You can also use the same Mapei Eco Prim Grip product I mentioned in the post over your existing backsplash tile to create the base for the new tile to adhere.

      Good luck with your Project! Have fun with it!

      You can read more posts like this on our site:

  • Gail nick
    Gail nick
    on Nov 14, 2020

    can you use the bonding agent on shower walls that have existing marble tile on it?

    • FabSix Home
      FabSix Home
      on Nov 14, 2020

      Hello Gail,

      Yes it can be used over properly prepared ceramic tile, porcelain tile, vinyl composition tile (VCT), natural stone (including marble) or exterior-grade plywood substrate.

      We had great success adding on top of our existing porcelain shower tile and it will work over marble as well.

      Good luck with your project!



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  • Lisa Quarles Pearman
    Lisa Quarles Pearman
    on Nov 21, 2020

    Wow, it is really beautiful, but way beyond my diy skills!

  • Cynthia E
    Cynthia E
    on Nov 21, 2020

    My husband better watch out i see a bathroom redo in our very near future, yours has me envious !

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