A master bathroom should feel spacious and relaxing while also being functional and beautiful. And Sarah Vandiver’s 1980s master bathroom was anything but those things.
Sarah, the blogger behind Little Vintage Nest, was on a mission to make her bathroom fit in with the rest of her farmhouse’s airy, rustic, and quaint aesthetic. And it was quite the undertaking considering this was what it looked like before she got to work:
But now, it’s a calming and sophisticated space filled with vintage treasures and charming details. Here are a few of our favorite design ideas from Sarah’s bathroom makeover:
1. Give new life to old pieces with chalkboard paint.
Sarah upcycled dressers and transformed them into vanities with a little white chalkboard paint. These unique pieces make the bathroom feel like a one-of-a-kind space, while the chalkboard paint gives them a distressed quality, which is perfect for the style of the room.
2. Don’t think you can’t change new items.
When Sarah purchased the mirrors above the vanities, they had gold borders, a detail that doesn’t suit the space. Instead of using a less-than-perfect piece—or passing them up completely—she customized them. In order to make them fit into the look of the room, Sarah also gave them some love with white paint.
3. Make your towel racks work harder.
Most towel racks come with a single bar to hang towels from, but the ones Sarah used throughout the space have additional storage above the rack. Perfect for fresh flowers, candles, bathroom products, and more.
4. Choose elements with texture.
The wood racks, shelves, and foot stool all add some eye-catching texture and warmth to the space. That—and the fact that Sarah specifically choose tile for the floor and shower that resembles wood—gives this space some rustic appeal.
5. Accessorize your bathroom.
Most people fill their bathroom with bathroom products—soaps, scrubs, toothbrushes, towels, etc. But just a few charming accessories can make any bathroom feel special. Use the room as an opportunity to display photographs, fresh flowers, greenery, vintage pieces, or even family heirlooms.