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How to Give a Master Bathroom a Farmhouse Makeover

We gave our master bathroom an updated modern farmhouse makeover with paint and budget-friendly accessories.   This simple DIY makeover can be done in a weekend with no demo and the best part is it won’t break the bank.


I’ve never painted or even decorated this room in all the years we’ve lived in our house!  The bathroom is functional…it’s just not really our style.  There are several things I’d love to change about the room but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  And if I’m being totally honest demo isn’t really our jam! ?

wood vanity with white counter and double sinks with mirror above

Since there are more things I love about the room than things I would change I decided to freshen up the space on a budget.

Things I would change (someday…maybe):
  1. Replace that huge corner tub
  2. Increase the size of the shower
  3. Update all the tile
Things I love:
  1. The size of the room
  2. Double sinks
  3. Lots of storage
  4. Separate water closet
  5. Two windows
  6. Linen closet in the room


I wanted to give the room an airy modern farmhouse feel to brigtening up the space.  So, the first thing I did was paint the room.  I spent years with different colored paint swatches on those walls hoping inspiration would come to me!  I had a hard time choosing a color that would go with the brown tile.  That brown tile is probably the worst feature in the room!  But since I wasn’t going to replace it I had to find a color that would work with it.  White walls was the perfect solution to keep the room light & bright!

painted bathroom couble vanity with wood framed mirrors above

Since I was using white on all the walls I thought adding some color to the vanity would be a great option.  There was so much brown in the room between the tile and the wood vanity I decided to paint the vanity Brittania Blue by Benjamin Moore. If you decide to paint your cabinets, Anne shared a great hack for painting cabinet doors!

The boring basic hardware on the vanity needed to be updated also.  Most new hardware options I found were a bit too shiny…I was looking for something more rustic.  Then I found these at Hobby Lobby and they were perfect!  I’ve linked a similar option below for you. ?

close up of painted vanity with silver hardwar

Mirror & Lighting

The bathroom had a large builders grade unframed mirror that spanned the entire vanity.  I had replaced the large single mirror with 2 mirrors when I updated the kids bathroom and I loved how it came out… so I deciced to do the same in our master bathroom makeover.  I found these wood framed mirrors for a great price at my favorite home store….HomeGoods.  I love the color of the wood and how they contrast with the blue painted vanity.

If you want a really inexpensive option for a mirror, check out how Anne and her husband built a custom frame to go around a large bathroom mirror!

double vanity mirrors with chrome light fixtures

Another budget-friendly update I made was replacing the light fixtures.  I’m slowly but surely updating all the builders grade lighting in our home. These new lights look great and go with the modern farmhouse style I was going for in the makeover.  And they fit perfectly in the space above the new framed mirrors.

close up of chrome light fixture


Once the painting, hardware, lighting and mirrors were updated all that was left to do was add some accessories.  I found a great rustic tiered basket to hold our everyday essentials plus a few pretty things.  I love how the wood details on the basket coordinate with the wood framed mirrors.

wire 3 tiered tray with bathroom accessories

We replaced the towel rings with these rustic hooks from Target to hold our hand towels…

close up of back towel hook with hand towel

And this wood row of wall hooks was another HomeGoods find that works great for our shower towels…

wood row of hooks with two towels hanging from hooks

I really wanted to add some chunky rustic wood shelves on the wall over the tub and decorate them with glass jars of soap and other accessories. I love the rustic plumbing pipe shelves Anne and her husband built in their home! But decided against it since the tub never…I mean never…ever gets used.  The shelves would just be yet another place that collects dust!  So I went with a practical and easy to keep clean piece of wall decor.  I bought a wood framed sign with “our song” lyrics printed on it from Smallwoods.

view of window with wood word quote sign

Finally, a galvanized bucket holds a few bath essentials and sits on the corner of the garden tub.

galvanized bin sitting on edge of corner garden tub

I’m really happy with the outcome of our master bathroom makeover.  I was able to update the space and bring in a bit of the modern farmhouse vibe I love without spending a fortune on gutting the bathroom.  Painting the room white, adding wood framed mirrors, painting the vanity blue, replacing the light fixtures and hardware, and then adding some  accessories gave me the bright and airy modern farmhouse style I envisioned.  It almost makes me forget about all that brown tile….almost!

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pinterest graphic with master bathroom makeover

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