Powder Room Reveal – DIY – Wood Counter Tops

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

Our powder room is done!  Woo Hoo!

Summer Home Tour - 2015

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.

Powder Room Reveal Part II

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!

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

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.

Powder Room - DIY - Wood Counter Tops

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.

Powder Room Reveal - DIY - Woods Counter Tops Using Shellac

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.

Powder Room Reveal - DIY - Wood Counter Tops Using Shellac

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.

Powder Room Reveal - DIY Wood Counter Tops Using Shellac

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

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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:).

Powder Room

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.

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

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.

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

*Update – 6 months later and we still love the bathroom and the wood counter is holding up great!*

Come check out our newly finished powder room including how we created some wood countertops!

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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25 thoughts on “Powder Room Reveal – DIY – Wood Counter Tops

  1. What a lovely new powder room. You were so wise to keep on until you had the color you wanted on the wood and it looks great.

    1. Nancy, thanks so much for your sweet comments about our powder room! It was hard to make the decision to change the counter after all the hard work that we had done but we are so much happier with the result!!! Have a great weekend and take care!, Tara

  2. Your powder room looks so pretty!! Love seeing rooms redone by just making a few changes that make such a huge difference. BTW, your entire house is beautiful. It’s my dream to own a farmhouse type home someday. Love following all the changes you are making.

    1. Jackie thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comments about my home!!! Best wishes on finding your dream farmhouse someday:). Thank you so much for following along! Have a great weekend and take care!

    1. Hi Bess! Thanks so much for following along! When it asks for your URL it’s asking if you have a website that you want to link back to. (it’s optional:)

  3. LOVE your powder room….and I see you have “made friends” with the red from outside! The valance in the bath ties in so nicely as you walk into the foyer. A touch of red here and there goes a long way! BTW. Love the counter top…the change is so warm and homey! The first floor bath is always the most used bath in the house. There’s a lot to say about your ideas for the room, most importantly…IT LOOKS GREAT!

    1. Hi Karen! Ha yes I have been “making friends” with it. Would you believe I have been checking Craigslist for a red rug for the living room:)? I have a feeling that there will be even more red here in the future. Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my counter tops and our powder room. I appreciate your following along so much. Have a great weekend and take care!

    1. Darielle, thank you so much for stopping by to see our new powder room and for your sweet comments! Have a great week and take care!

  4. How water repellent is this surface? Did you caulk around the sink to keep water from seeping under it? The counter looks lovely by the way….

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your sweet comments about our powder room. We are only a few weeks in to our new wood counter tops but I have already come in to the counter top splashed with water more than a few times (we have 4 kids:) and the water wipes right off with no problems. We did put 4 coats of polyurethane on it 4 times so it is similar to splashing water on hardwood floors. We also used clear chalk around the sink and where the back splash meets the counter tops. Hope this answered your questions and thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment! Have a great holiday weekend and take care!

      1. Thanks for the info! I have a large family so with sons, daughter, and visiting sons, daughters-in-laws, and grandsons, water flies everywhere! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our bathroom Kristin! We bought the sink at Ikea and we bought the faucet on Amazon. I have a link in this post to the exact faucet we bought from Amazon. Take care, Tara

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