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1911 Farmhouse Guest Bathroom Renovation | Before & After

As most of you know, my husband and I have been slowly renovating our home. We began with the kitchen and have decided to stick to the first floor and then work our way up to the second floor. If there is one thing I am thankful for in our home, it is a second bathroom! You don’t know how much you’ll appreciate a guest bathroom until you have one. It’s great for guests and the overall function of your home.

Now, I know at first glance, you think, well, this bathroom doesn’t look so bad. Well, the sticky tiles and collapsing shower stall weren’t holding up and were plain yucky, in my opinion. With our house being a 1911 farmhouse, I didn’t want to go too modern but still wanted it to match my design aesthetic. I find guest bathrooms are the perfect opportunity to have some fun and make them a bit busier than you would a master bathroom. Here is a throwback of the fun wallpaper I had at our old house in Bayview, Wisconsin that I still love so much.

The only things we didn’t change in the bathroom was the wainscot panelling and beautiful trim around the window. I really like both and love that they are orginal to the 1911 home.

Let’s talk about the floor tiles, probably my favorite part and my husband’s least favorite because of the immense detail. My husband told me, “you chose the most annoying tiles humanly possible.” Not only are they marble, but each little piece is also individual, so the grouting was quite the process. I knew I wanted a fun design for the tiles because it’s smaller with a guest bathroom, and why not have some fun! I did a lot of research on Pinterest to see what would look best with the wainscot paneling. Oh, did I mention halfway through the tiling, we had to rush to the emergency room for my appendix removal, so my OCD husband is convinced the floor is uneven. Nevertheless, I am thrilled with the outcome and LOVE how the tiles look.

Luckily, this room gets a ton of natural light. I knew I wanted a dark color to contrast with the white of the paneling and was stuck between dark blue and dark red. I chose this color, which is called Blackberry Jam by Clark+Kensington. Our dining room is a very similar color (dark teal), but I didn’t want to do the same color. 

The Little Details

I got this adorable avocado print from an artist I discovered on Instagram a few years ago, Kendra Dandy. She has an assortment of fun designs that are modern, fun, and colorful.

I picked up this vintage vase from Goodwill a few years ago and used it for small bouquets of flowers. I shot some photos with the talented Happy Take Photography and now retired Posies and Pines a few years back and have had a few pieces from the bouquet in here since. This is what the original flowers looked like.

I added some Trader Joe’s eucalyptus to the shower for looks and it also smells amazing when you shower!

I also linked the Vanity, Mirror, Light Fixture, and Shower Tiles.

Want to see more of the process? Visit my Instagram ‘home’ highlight! Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any other house project here at Treasure Manor! I’ll be sure to have my husband answer, ha!!




Photos by The Wild Authentic Photography

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Adorable!
    I may have to copy this style in my 1939 farmhouse. 🙂

    1. I think so too! 😀

  2. Great article! Renovating a guest bathroom can make a significant difference in the overall aesthetic and functionality of a home. The 1911 Farmhouse Guest Bathroom Renovation is an excellent example of how a renovation project can transform an outdated space into a stylish and modern bathroom.

    1. Yes! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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