Kids bathroom makeover Farmhouse style

Kids Bathroom Makeover Farmhouse Style

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I have developed a new love for the farmhouse decor style.  I am slowly giving my house a makeover in this style and can’t wait to be done!  But, I’m just doing it slowly, room by room, when time permits.  

I recently decided to do my kids’ bathroom upstairs.  Mainly because I really wanted to try to stencil the tile floor in my downstairs half bath, but didn’t know how it would turn out and wanted to use their bathroom as the guinea pig!

I’m glad I did.  It would’ve been perfect except for one thing.  But we will get to that.  I learned a few good lessons and now I know what NOT to do downstairs!

First, let’s just take a moment to truly take in how awful this bathroom is

bathroom before

bathroom before 2

Painting the Walls

First I started by taking out everything, including any towel rods, the mirror, shower curtains, knobs, etc… and filling in any holes in the walls.  Then I taped in preparation to paint.  I painted the walls with Sherwin Williams sea salt.  

sea salt


painting trick

painting trick 2


I discovered a brilliant way to get back behind the toilet, too!  Tape a flat, square brush to the end of a stir stick.  Easy Peasy.





Painting the Floor

Once the walls were done, I started on the floor.  This took up most of the time.  First, I started by cleaning the floors really well and then taping them.

taped floors

I then donned my very trendy air mask with filters on the side and painted all the grout lines with an oil based primer, such as these.  I did two coats, allowing for a 2-hour dry time in between coats.  I also had the vent and a fan going the whole time.  This stuff is stinky.  I also recommend investing in some knee pads.  You will thank me later.

air mask


I then did 3 coats of the oil based primer using a roller, covering the entire floor. I also just used a paper plate to pour it into to prevent a lot of clean up.   Again, allowing a 2-hour dry time in between.  See how this takes forever?

Next, I painted 2 coats on the entire floor, using Ultra White chalk paint.  I bought mine at Lowe’s and used their Valspar Chalky Finish paint and had them tint it with Ultra White.  Did you know they can tint their chalk paint with any of their Valspar colors?  So cool!  I used a paper plate and roller for this as well, allowing a 2-hour dry time in between coats using a fan.

ultra white chalk paint

Painting the stencil

Now, I was ready to paint, using my stencil I got from Royal Design Studio, the Lisboa Tile Stencil.  I just love how beautiful it is.  It was a very hard choice because they have so much to choose from.  I picked a place in the middle of the floor and went out from there.  I used Valspar Chalky Finish paint for this in Crucible.  It’s a very dark grey.  I was SO nervous and didn’t really know how to tackle this part of the project.  Did I tape down the stencil?  Use a foam brush?  Try not to paint in the grout?  The stencil is much bigger than my individual tiles and I wanted my grout to stay white.  After much debate, I decided to tape the stencil, use a small paintbrush and just paint the whole darn stencil and go back over the grout with white paint.

starting stencilstencil set up




This was a very tedious process, but the end result was BEAUTIFUL!





Here is my first lesson learned from this project.  *Don’t paint the whole darn thing and go over the grout with white later. It took me FOUR coats to get the dark grey paint covered.*  Next time I am going to try something different.  I’m going to tape the grout with frog tape before painting the stencil.  I will let you know how that turns out.

floor with no grout lines
Floor before I went back over the grout lines

finished floor

Lastly, I covered the floor with 2 coats of Fast drying Polyurethane clear semi-gloss, such as this one.  I chose Polyurethane to protect the floors since this is in a bathroom and it is oil based.  I didn’t want to use Polycrylic because it is water based.

Here is the second lesson (and most important one) I learned.  Polyurethane will turn anything white into YELLOW!!!!  My beautiful floor is now a disgusting yellow.  I plan on redoing this soon.  I just have to work myself up to it.  When I do my downstairs bath, I’m just throwing caution to the wind and covering it with Polycrylic.  

Framing the mirror

After the floor was finally finished, my hubs framed out their mirror.  I used a grey stain like the ones here and wiped most of it off before it dried and it turned out perfect.  He then glued the boards to the mirror, put on decorative brackets and hung the mirror back on the wall.  We also learned something while doing this.  Glue the boards AFTER the mirror is hanging on the wall.  It was very difficult to hang the mirror with the boards already glued onto the mirror.

bathroom mirror


Now it was time to decorate!  I bought a frilly white shower curtain like this one and found some cute prints to frame and hang on the wall.

Overall I am very happy with how the bathroom turned out.  It is definitely an improvement.  I just wish the floors weren’t yellow!

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4 thoughts on “Kids bathroom makeover Farmhouse style”

  1. I really like your detailed description of all the steps you took including the lessons you learned. I would love to have my bathroom mirrors framed like you did. They look fantastic.

    • Emily, Thank you for the sweet comment! I love how easy stencil is and how much of a difference it can make! Good luck with all of your DIY projects 🙂

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