Board and Batten Bathroom!

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A few years ago, I decided to tackle our smaller bath and give it an updated look. Before my husband left town for the north woods (again), he removed the vanity and toilet for me. The hubster likes to leave me alone when I have a project in the works. This tends to work really well for us, lol.

He took out the vanity so darn fast (in a hurry to go up to the cottage) that I didn't get a chance to get a picture of that basic big box of a vanity, complete with a shell sink.

Yes, this linoleum must go!

The new flooring is vinyl tile that I glued down on top of the linoleum. That's right, on top of it. I cleaned it up really well and went to town with the glue, spacers and later grouted. This stuff is awesome to work with. I would heat it with a hair dryer and cut out pieces that needed trimming and specific cuts with a utility knife.

My apologies for this tutorial that really isn't a tutorial. When I am in the zone of doing something, I totally forget to take enough pictures.

The boards I used are primed MDF boards that I bought at Home Depot. Baseboard and top board are 3.5 in. and the vertical boards 1.5 in. Using the nailgun, I attached the boards to the walls.

I caulked all the seams, waited until the next day then had fun painting. Now for all you painters, yes, in the one picture you can see it looks a wee bit greenish. I painted the upper part and WHAT, I didn't like it! I ended up with soft shade of blue on top and white on the bottom. I am sorry, I don't have the paint anymore and don't know what the actual colors are.

I had this mirror in my stash of stuff and it worked perfect for the look I was going for.

This is a vintage door knob that I also had in my stash. I drilled a hole into the board and using a square piece from the hardware store, I was able to tap the square piece into the hole and the knob fit perfect.

Here is the easiest Faux Roman Shade that anyone can make!

Did I mention, there was no sewing involved?! After measuring your window and cutting the fabric, I used Stitch Witch to iron on the fabric to make the pocket for the rod and hem. This stuff works awesome!

I bought three extension rods (if you want more loops, buy more rods) and looped the fabric to make my faux Roman Shade.

When we bought our home in 1983, we only had one full bath and at the time this was a powder room. There was a closet right next to this bathroom and our handy man was able to find us a small shower that fit in here.

P.S. This is bad lighting, but the shower is white (looks like almond in this picture).

Speaking of almond bathrooms, did I mention that my upstairs bathroom has an almond toilet and tub...Yup, that bathroom is on my to do list!!

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  • Ctp32086130 Ctp32086130 on Aug 27, 2022

    Where did you get the bathroom light that's hung over the mirror?

  • Peggy Peggy on Jan 02, 2023

    I purchased a cabinet (in a box) and my son was attempting to assemble it for me. However, he pounded the 5/16" fluted dowel pins into the wrong holes. I need to removed the dowel base from the hole, but I cannot get access to it. Any suggestions how to removed. Could I use a drill to reduce the base into small piece to extract? Other ideas? Thanks, Peggy

  • Sus78342919 Sus78342919 on Feb 16, 2023

    Do you have more explicit instructions for the faux Roman shades?

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  • Jat75399704 Jat75399704 on Dec 20, 2022

    I love these ideas. I needed a good makeover for my ancient bathroom. It's so old that they had carpet covering most of the room. I got one carpet cleaning and decided I would just remove all the carpet and start some updates. I love the mirror you put in, do you have any suggestions on where to find a mirror like that?

  • Shawn Shawn 3 days ago

    This is a very lovely bathroom. The Roman shade is cool also.