Guest Bathroom Remodel

April 23, 2015

I’m thrilled to finally share the guest bathroom that I have been working on the past few weeks. It has been a room that I have wanted to get a hold of for a while now. After a couple months of planning, I got to work. This is one of the very first rooms that I have completed solo. Typically J is right beside me working, but not this room! It took me a couple of days but I got the ship lap installed without a hitch! J was around to help install the shelving. FYI it’s exceptionally difficult to get piping shelves up alone, if you want them level of course!

Here’s the room before the remodel.

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel 

Farmhouse Bath Remodel


Let’s count the ways to why this guest bath was so drab and dated. First of all, those walls had that terrible, 90’s texture stuff that you would mix into the paint. Awful stuff folks! Don’t do it! The light fixture was also a 90’s special. What finish was on it exactly? Last but not least, the beat up cabinet. Luckily, the cabinet is solid wood and really just needed a fresh coat of paint. 

Farmhouse Bath Remodel


 I started by deep cleaning the cabinets with a degreaser and took them outside to sand. I used 120 grit sand paper. Once the veneer was gone and the doors were smooth, I cleaned them a second time to remove all the dust. Then, they were ready to paint! 

I chose a color by Benjamin Moore called Boothbay Gray.



After two coats of paint, I let the cabinet dry for 24 hours before re-installing the doors. 

 The ship lap went up next. You only need a miter saw, jig saw, and nail gun. Make sure to measure twice and stagger your joints. I was a little intimidated at first. I’ve only installed ship lap in small areas in the past. The thought of a whole room scared me. Surprise, surprise it’s actually very simple!

I chose a Benjamin Moore color called Edgecomb Gray for the walls. 



Once all the crown molding and trim was re-installed, I did my favorite part. I styled the room! 

After days of shops and searching for the perfect accessories and decor, here it is! 


Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel


The Rub-A-Dub-Dub wooden sign was made from a 1×6″ cut to 3′ long. I painted it white and used Martha Stewart’s satin acrylic paint in Arrowhead for the letters. I stained and nailed a 1″ trim piece all the way around the outside. 


Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel


I purchased everything for the pipe shelving at Home Depot. They are 1/2″ flush and cap pieces with an 8″ long pipe piece. I put each one together, cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and spray painted them with a satin black spray paint by Rust-Oleum. The shelf piece is a 1×8″ that I cut down to 2′ long. The cap pieces at the ends of the pipe hold the shelf tight in place. I stained the shelves and toilet paper box with a stain color called Early American by Varathane. 


Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel

Farmhouse Bath Remodel


I love the feel in this bathroom! It has great lighting and the ship lap adds that farmhouse style that I adore. It’s laid back and cozy just like the rest of the house!

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  • Reply Lisa April 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Your bathroom turned out so lovely. I adore those shelves. Now I just have to find a spot in my house that needs some shelves so I can make some!

    • Reply Amanda April 23, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thank you so much Lisa! I have to tell you, I have wanted to install shelves like these for so long. It just took a while to find a perfect place too šŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amy Gala April 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Omg Amanda you are definitely going to help me with my house when I get a house!! I love this!!

    • Reply Amanda April 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

      I can’t wait Amy, it’s going to be fun for sure!

  • Reply Morgan K May 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    love the ship lap that you did! And the great toilet paper holder on top of the tank! Hubby and I are soon to tackle our new ugly old house. Thanks for inspiration!

    • Reply Amanda May 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much Morgan! The toilet paper holder was just a simple wooden box that we made, really easy. Good luck on transforming your ugly house! It’s so fun to see it all come together šŸ™‚

  • Reply Teresa May 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This looks incredible! The shiplap is so perfect and the sign you made is adorable. I love the rustic pipe shelves and the toilet paper holder, too. Great job!

    • Reply Amanda May 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Teresa! Everything was pretty easy just time consuming. Thank you so much for your sweet words!

  • Reply Breanne July 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Did you paint the boards before or after nailing them to the wall??

    • Reply Amanda July 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Breanne, I nailed them to the wall first, filled the nail holes with wood filler and them painted them. It took me two coats of paint. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Amy July 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

    What type of wood (and thickness) did you use for the ship lap?

  • Reply Charity Reine September 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Did you cut the boards around the sink and toilet or remove them? Also do you have any trim around the shower. I really want to do this in my kids bathroom now.

    • Reply Amanda September 6, 2015 at 9:15 am

      We installed shiplap around the sink and around the back of the toilet. We had marble trip around the shower already, we just used what was already there. šŸ™‚ Hopefully that makes sense Charity. I would use some kind of trim around the shower and sink though for sure!

  • Reply Brandy October 9, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Where is the shower curtain from? I love it!

    • Reply Amanda October 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      It’s from Pottery Barn. I did buy it a couple years ago. However, someone told me they were able to find it on Ebay šŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamye January 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Did you take out the old dry wall or just install the ship lap over it? It’s just beautiful! We’re starting to remodel our home now that all the kids are out. I love this and it looks like something we could tackle.

    • Reply Amanda January 11, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Jamye we just installed it right over the dry wall. You could certainly remove the dry wall but I didn’t want to deal with the demo in such a small space. Putting the ship lap right over the walls worked great. Good luck in your space!

  • Reply April January 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Love this! We are in the process of adding this faux shiplap in our bathroom. We got Lowe’s to cut ours in 7 inch strips. Could you share where you got the mirror and light fixture, please?

    • Reply Amanda January 20, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I’m so glad April šŸ™‚ The light fixture was purchased at Home Depot. The last time I was there they still had it available. It comes in other finishes as well. The mirror came from Hobby Lobby. They do 50% off their mirrors every so often. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Jane from Marietta, Ga January 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

    What were your measurements for the length of the staggered shiplap? And is underpayment different than plywood? Looks fantastic!!

  • Reply Denna February 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    We are wanting to put up shiplap in both of our bathrooms but were wondering if we need to treat it first b4 we install it because of moisture that will be in the bathroom? I didn’t want a warping issue later down the road….thank you

    • Reply Amanda February 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Denna, that’s a great questions. We thought about that too. I did not treat the wood before I installed it. I did use paint that was for bathrooms and high moisture areas. I brushed the paint into the cracks of the ship lap first as much as I could before I rolled the planks. The shower in this bathroom is used a couple times a week typically and there has not been an warping or water issues at all. I hope that helps and good luck with you space! šŸ™‚

      • Reply Amber March 9, 2016 at 6:45 am

        How did you get the “cracks” between the ship lap???? I see in your reply to Denn’s question that you painted in the cracks and then rolled the paint on the boards so I’m curious how you got the darker cracks to show??? I love, love, love ship lap and want to use it in multiple areas of my home I just bought so any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much ?

  • Reply Jill February 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hi. LOVE this remodel! I was wondering if you could elaborate more on the wood sign? What color is the white? And also you said 1″trim. Is that in the trim section? Does it have a specific name. Thanks

    • Reply Amanda February 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Jill! I’m sorry I didn’t give better details about that. I probably should go back and add it to the post. The center of the sign is painted a color called Egg Shell Cream by Behr and the letters were painted with some of Martha Stewart’s acrylic craft paint. I think the color was graphite. The trim that I used for the boarder was in the crown molding aisle of Home Depot. They have a section that has more detailed trim pieces as well as small detail trim. Lowes has the same section in their store as well. I don’t know if it has an actual name. It measures 1″ x 1/4″. Hopefully that helps. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Jill February 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Yes it helps a ton. Thanks ;). I’ve been wanting to start making some signs and have seen that a lot of people use the furring strips around the edges. That just looks too bulky to me tho and I love yours so much better ;). Thanks a bunch. The remodel is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Christine February 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Wow I love those yellow bath towels and have been searching for them! Where can I find them??!!

    • Reply Amanda February 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Christine, I found them at Target. They’re the Threshold brand. When I was in Target a couple days ago I actually saw that they’re still carrying them!

      • Reply Christine March 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

        Thank you! I just ordered them.

  • Reply Robin April 2, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Cute bathroom redo! Do you have any how-to’s and or tips on the ship lap?

  • Reply Jessica June 16, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This bathroom is gorgeous!!!! I want to copy every detail!!! Love, love, love it!!!

    • Reply Amanda June 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Jessica! You’re too sweet. Copy away. I’m so glad you like it. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Judy September 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hi Amanda,

    I love your blog and your style. And you are so kind and informative in your responses. I just thought I should mention, particularly as one of the responses said they are doing their children’s bathroom that your readers should make sure whether they use underlayment or plywood for the shiplap to make sure they get formaldehyde free. Off gassing in a high humidity area like a bathroom is a concern. The zuS and Canada I think regulate this but some of the underlayments are not made in North America. This could cause some health concerns. Please ask your readers to make sure they know what they are putting on their walls. Thank you.

    • Reply Amanda September 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Judy! That’s a great point. We’ve always been able to buy formaldehyde free plywood and under-layment here but I guess not everyone is able to do so. It wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily mclemore October 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    How did you stencil the letters?? I love your bathroom and have looked at this sign for years. Have finished my bathroom and this is the only thing I’m missing to go over my towel rack!

  • Reply Alexa December 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Amanda! I’m wondering the same question as the commenter above. How did you do the Rub-A-Dub-Dub letters? Stencil? By hand? I’m hoping to do something similar, but my handwriting is awful and I can’t even imagine having to handwrite letters with paint! Hoping for a little help and direction. Also, did you put a milk paint overlay on it or was it just sanded down to look “antiqued?” Thanks for your help!!

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  • Reply Emma March 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Very nice! Thanks for the link to HD because there are sooo many different underlayments, it’s nice to see one that was actually tested in a project! (And bonus it’s something that’s available in California for a change.) It does look like it has a grain in the pic, so wondered if you cut the 4″ on the four or eight foot side, or if it would even matter. Even though I probably would not keep any 8 feet long in the installation, I was thinking I might have less waste with those.

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