Farmhouse Guest Bathroom: Before and During

Anyone renovating will know it takes time and more importantly money to get things done. After a long beautiful summer, we’ve picked things back up. Unfortunately, the money we had been saving for our master bedroom went into renovating our guest bathroom.

What started as a drip in our bath-fitter, turned into a full on leak and we were faced with spending $500 to fix and replace a gross plastic bath-fitter…or spend our master bedroom funds and putting into our guest bathroom.

We decided to split the labor between professional and ourselves to cut financial corners.

If you can remember our bathroom when we moved in looked like this:

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As you can see the overall bathroom is a pretty good size for a guest bath, however, it’s an awkward¬†back corner that housed the bath-fitter (I promise there was sweet frosted plastic sliding doors with handles that came off every time you pushed it closed). It also had an odd header above the shower doors, but once in the shower the real ceiling height was the same as the rest of the bathroom.


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There really wasn’t anything wrong with the wood/laminate vanity. I struggled with the decision of painting it and removing the countertop. Ultimately, I decided that I just didn’t like countertops that butted up against a corner wall. In the bathrooms that I loved, there were more free standing. The toliet is next to the vanity, and we decided to keep the same layout to save money.

Step 1: We did the came up with a plan to demo, and to renovate the vanity, toilet part of the bathroom ourselves.

Step 2: We hired (in true form) another horrible contractor to move some electrical, and tackle the shower portion. If you’re interested in a list of horrible contractors to stay away from, feel free to email me. I’m pretty sure we’ve had them all over at some point.

Step 3: Chose materials. We decided to go with the same slate floor that we used in the mudroom to go all over the bathroom floor and continue up/over the transition, as well as, the bath seat (I wanted the slate to be the flooring inside the actual shower, but Mr. Manor vetoed that for some tumbled pebbles). We decided to use subway in the same stacking pattern that we used for our kitchen backsplash and carried the same metal finish (brushed nickel) that we used throughout the house.

Step 4: Due to horrible contractor, blow the 4 day timeline to almost 2 months.

So here’s where we are at now:


The contractors gifted us with awesome white caulk around the pewter grout that at least I can paint.



We chose a semi traditional, modern exposed hand-held shower with sliding rail. It does have a 6-inch rain shower head and then we put a 10-inch shower head centered in the shower.



We took our antique pine dresser and lacquered it to be waterproof.




It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the bathroom feels much larger now that we included that whole back wall as the shower (76×48)

After we have the drywall added, we some final touches to add:








Stay tuned!


Thayer Manor Status

So it’s been some time since I posted pictures of what’s really happening here. I’ll show you both good and bad, and well, just crazy.


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Need to move the electrical outlet up to hide the cord on the TV

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That’s the kids activity table. I’m looking to add either a cicular carved wood accent table there, or a small tulip table. We also have the doors for the cabinet painted with crystal knobs from Anthropolgie seen here, but we need to find an invisible hinge solution first.

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Those side tables belong in the guest room, but I haven’t found anything to replace them yet. We still need to decorate those walls, but I’m at a loss at what to do and if I should re-space the curtains so that they are higher and wider.

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My cabinet is finally cut to size and I love it!

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We had a little birthday party over the weekend, which is why there are so many flowers…view from dining room

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We are going to be refacing the fireplace with stone and take it to the ceiling. To the right we plan to add built-in firewood storage.


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View from the kitchen bay window

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Barnwood island with Civil War era apothecary pulls. You can see where we took out the wall, but we still need to add transitions.

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Back splash goes in this weekend finally! The faintly seen drywall patches are where the iron open shelves will go to the ceiling. We still have to finish the range hood to the ceiling, and remove all the plastic protecting the appliances. Our pantry isn’t done yet, which is why everything is stacked on the fridge, but once we get that out of the way, I’ll throw some baskets up there, to house plastic bags, and reusable bags.

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You can see the new kitchen stools! Four of them fit perfectly. Across the way you can see the washer and dryer in the mudroom. Those will be enclosed inside an additional pantry with some cabinets above them, to look like custom built-ins. so it will be out of sight and out of mind. I want to replace the utility sink with a vintage porcelain, concrete, or iron one, but that’s the least of our worries right now.


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Slate floor is finished, and walls are painted. You can see the pantry on the right. We have the doors, but need to reinforce the side pantry, and build new shelves for cans, boxed goods, etc. The door hardware will be the same as the kitchen, the pitted champagne brass. To the left that door is a decent size walk-in closet, for the vacuum cleaners, mops and brooms. The door to the right past the shelves is the half bath, which hopefully will be completed next week. The door directly ahead is the front door. We plan on eventually moving that to the left and bumping that out, so you walk into a small tiled foyer, and and then walk-in to the house.



Gallery wall like 95% completed

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Custom iron staircase is finished, but now I’m wondering if I should paint the steps the same trim color and white them out…


The first kids room to the right of the stair landing, I didn’t get photos of because there was a little baby sleeping in it. Here’s the bedroom straight ahead.

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Awesome right. It’s been like this FOREVER. The ceiling just got sanded, only the 4th time it’s been worked on. Plaster falling everywhere. Paint is ready to go up on the drywall and ceiling. The wall paint will just be a primer for my grasscloth wallpaper. To the left are two doors with a break in between that house a walk-in closet. There is paneling over the doors and break, but we’re going to be just painting those cream to lighten this little room up. Straight ahead to the left is a storage closet.

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Headboard came in, but I’m going to have it slipcovered in a mauve pinky velvet. I fell in love with the shape, and needed something to draw your eye up.

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*Boy room where a little girl is staying until her room is done. Hopefully we’ll get a new dresser soon, as this one is falling apart. You can see the fabric on the sham to try and tie pinky mauve bedroom too.

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And welcome to real life. One baby peed the bed, the other threw up in it…so I can’t show you exactly how cute the beds look all made up.


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In between two of the kids bedrooms is a playroom. The bookcase on the floor houses a TV, and video games. I want to frame a bunch of the kids art work and hang it up. Off the playroom is a full bath, that feels like it was built for a hobbit, but great for kids.

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Mix matched flooring for right now until the matte black hex tile goes down (hopefully this weekend!). I plan on putting a vintage apothecary mirror over the sink.


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This is where we sleep, and as you can see, I don’t want to be sleeping here, so I’ve done bare necessities, as in only one curtain panel, and box springs on the floor. It’s the real deal people. We have matching twin four poster beds for in here.


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Lovely sheet vinyl flooring, sliding 70s doors on the shower that barely works. We have to push the screws in everytime we take a shower.

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Like those sconces? They are sweettttt. I plan to actually hang the mirror and flank traditional sconces on either side. I would love to tear out this vanity and get a double porcelain one, but that will be so far down the road.

Now the bad…


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To the left of the front door there is a short hallway, and then through the door is the side door entrance. Aka, where we throw everything. This used to be the original house’s porch, so there is great looking drop ceiling, and weird exterior shingles (trust me not in a good way) that need to be dry walled over. I plan to paint this room a deep green, and just have a ton of storage in here for shoes, boots, sports gear with wire basket shelving, etc.

To the right of this room is no door (we have to put in a new door frame), but we have the thin french doors that will open into our Master Bedroom.


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Lovely. There’s hardly any heat on, in this side of the house since we don’t live in it. You can see the pantry doors in the distance. That arched closet is a treat. It houses the original staircase that goes nowhere, BUT instead of removing the stairs, they built a closet around it. We’ll be tearing that out…You can also see a half bath that doesn’t work. All that plumbing is capped off, and ready to be removed to be our walk in closet.

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This is where our bed will go so it can face the fireplace, but with more room once the closet is removed. I also, would love to remove the window, or change the window, because it is so old, it’s scary. You can see our french doors here.

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Here’s the fireplace in our bedroom that the bed will face. It has a great mantle, complete with an animal spinal cord inside of the wood. I kid you not, so that will be going, and we’ll need to replace it. Also, there is this weird chair rail everywhere with a really ugly texture on the walls. We plan on dry walling everything. So just try to imagine having a cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace, with an awesome chandelier hanging from the 12 foot tall ceilings…and you understand why I don’t want to sleep in the guest room. I want to be HERE.

To the left of this picture is the old farm hand’s kitchen or second kitchen, that will be our HUGE bathroom.


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Sadly, it looks like this. Before we dry walled the walls, which were literally falling plaster, Mr. Manor went to town to see if there was insulation…what does it look like? The door to the left is another exterior door, but it’s an L-shape exit. Hopefully a sauna some day.

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Again, sooo pretty. All of this cabinetry will go, and we’ll have a double vanity here. Across the wall, will be the toliet, and to the left under the window will be our 71 inch free standing slipper tub which is just teasing me as we actually have it in storage. We plan to do a chevron pattern on the floor with our tumbled slate (different from the mudroom). The wall closets to me where I’m standing on the left will be our double person shower.

The doorway across will be moved to the other end of that wall, so we can remove the existing staircase and put in a spiral one to open up the room.


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This is so embarrassing. After we air our hoarders episode (kidding), the walls will be painted a very dark blue (almost black). There are sliding glass doors to the right, that we plan on eventually replacing with metal bi-fold ones to open up to the stone patio.

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The slate floor has a leak somewhere, it’s very small, but you will randomly see water sitting on the stone. So eventually, the flooring will need to be replaced. This room had barnwood wainscoting, which we tore out and used to reface our kitchen island, so there is a ton of drywall patching in here. But eventually, it will be a dark cozy TV room. It can be accessed from our bathroom, or the upstairs playroom.

And that’s it! Taking these pictures it’s funny to see how much still needs to get done, but how much work has been done!