Our powder room is done! Woo Hoo!
I started working on this bathroom last summer and I am so glad it’s finally done. So far we have peeled wallpaper, painted and painted again, made a window covering and now we have a new wood counter top, sink, and faucet. If you want to start at the beginning for part 1 click here and part 2 click here. Below is a picture of what our bathroom looked like a few weeks ago.
Notice the red laminate counter top and the brass faucet? Not really that farmhousie is it? In a perfect world without a budget I would add Carera marble counter and a vintage apron sink ( anybody with me?:)… Unfortunately we still have three other bathrooms, a kitchen, and some bedrooms along with some other things:). Yikes:). Good thing we like to remodel!
I found a sink at Ikea for $55 in the As Is room (my favorite room in Ikea). I also shop there first because at least a quarter of the time what I came in to get is in that room! We went to Home Depot and picked out some select pine boards for the top of the cabinet. They cost about $35-40. Jason took out the old counter and sink and cut the wood for the counter.
I was out all Saturday last weekend and I came home to my new counter:). He had cut the boards, sanded them, and build a ledge for the back of the counter but it wasn’t what I had envisioned.
Thankfully Jason didn’t like it either. Nothing about it said old farmhouse either and I wasn’t sure what was wrong. So I turned to Pinterest (I am completely addicted BTW:). My conclusion, the stain didn’t make the wood look old and the wood back splash didn’t either.
Jason sanded down the counter and we used shellac instead from the Shellac Shack. A shellac finish looks great and has a nice warm glow to it that gives it a similar look to the old pumpkin pine look that everyone loves. You can actually get cans of shellac at home depot and lowes but shellac naturally has wax in it. If you are going with a wax finish you can certainly purchase this type and use it. But places like Shellac Shack sell dewaxed shellac flakes which means that the wax is removed from the shellac. If you use dewaxed shellac you can topcoat it with any type of durable finish you want. You mix the shellac flakes with denatured alcohol and let the flakes dissolve (usually within 24-48 hours).
Some of the great things we like about shellac are:
1) Its completely food safe and nontoxic. The hard shell on a lot of candies is made from shellac. Just don’t go googling where shellac comes from…you might not buy candy anymore:).
2) It dries super fast. This actually makes it difficult to work with on large surfaces…you just want to work fast enough to keep a wet edge so you don’t have dry lines in your work. But the great thing about this is that you can add another coat a half hour later.
3) Shellac allows you to really control how dark you want to go. With each coat the finish gets a little darker. So you can take your time and just stop putting coats on when you like the color. There are a different shades of shellac flakes. We use the garnet colored flakes and Jason put on 5 coats of shellac to get the color shown.
*Jason then put on four coats of polyurethane. He painted out the ledge white and added the new sink and faucet. We bought a chrome one to match the chrome finishes in the sink.
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We tried to match the powder room faucet with the new kitchen one. Here is the link to the faucet we bought
Premier 120347LF Charlestown Lead-Free Single-Handle Bar Faucet, Chrome
and for less than $100 it’s a great deal, IMO:). The other great thing about the faucet being tall is its easier to fill my water can for my front porch flowers:).
I love the new look of the wood counter tops and sink and faucet. I also painted the oval mirror AGAIN to match the oil rubbed bronze knobs and hooks.
This is the first bathroom finally finished in our new house and I feel like we are finally making progress. I am thankful that we started with the powder room because it’s literally the first room everyone sees after walking into our foyer and the bathroom that gets the most use.
*Update – 6 months later and we still love the bathroom and the wood counter is holding up great!*
Thanks so much for coming to check out our new powder room. What do you guys think? For less than $250 I think we did a pretty good job. If you want to go back to the beginning and see what it looked like soon after moving in, go here for part 1 and for part 2 including how I made the fabric shade go here.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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