Classic Farmhouse Bathroom

This classic farmhouse bathroom is seated in a colonial style manor. It has tall ceilings, intricate cornices and detailed plaster roses on the ceiling. This bathroom was built exactly to the client's brief. I know this because I am the client. I chose to install an updated "classic" farmhouse bathroom so that it tied in with similar characteristics of the rest of the home.


Built in the late 90s, this house had beige fittings and beige tiles with a red rose feature tile that bordered the room. The room was quite dark and it reflected a yellow glare across the space. The lighting was also quite poor which made it difficult to see while getting ready for work on a rainy day.

I fell in love with a second-hand French Provincial Sideboard that was being sold online. With a fresh coat of paint this became a vanity. The large farmhouse basin and the vintage style mixer really made it unique and perfect for this space.

A large, chrome filigree mirror was purchased second hand online. The back was waterproofed before fixing to the wall. A ladder was found at a vintage market. This was given a sand and a fresh coat of paint. Two sets of glass vanity spotlights were added to the top of the mirror to add extra light in the room.

The old shower had a slow leak in the plumbing in the wall. The bathroom also had no waterproofing so the slow leak was causing wet walls. This was discovered when tiles at the base of the wall started falling off. After waterproofing, the old tiled walls were replaced with a handmade white gloss subway tile, paired with a modern marble hexagon feature tile for the shower niche.

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I liked the layout of this room because the toilet is hidden behind a wall created by the back of the shower. It keeps this space separate to the rest of the room without having to add an extra door. A new white toilet and white gloss subway tiles lightened this small area of the room making it feel more spacious.


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The existing bathroom contained a beige corner spa bath. Due to the size and shape of this room, it was impossible to modernise the bath with a freestanding bath without compromising the size of the shower. I decided instead to swap the old beige corner spa with a white corner spa. This allowed me to keep the luxury of a large bath with a large shower in a small space.

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To suit the colonial style of the house I chose vintage-look chrome tap-ware and fittings with white ceramic handles and a rain can shower head.