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Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation Pictures (Before)

We’re turning this mess of a space into a modern farmhouse bathroom over the next 6 weeks for One Room Challenge. Today, you’ll see the bathroom renovation pictures of the “before” for this big renovation project! Come along with us for this wild ride of a journey!

Guys….we did something crazy. Like completely and utterly insane. It has been something that has always been on my blogging bucket list and it is sorta kinda considered a “rite of passage” for DIY/home bloggers. We signed up to participate in One Room Challenge for the first time ever!

UPDATE: If you’re just joining, be sure to check out all of our One Room Challenge Posts here:

This bathroom renovation pictures contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

What is One Room Challenge?

If you’ve never heard of it before, it is a bi-annual event where literally hundreds of bloggers join together and makeover one room in their home and share updates about it over 6 weeks, all leading up to the big reveal in week 6. Be sure to check out all of the amazing One Room Challenge projects here!

I’ve followed along with One Room Challenge and always wanted to participate, but the timing was never right.

Fast forward and the other renovations we have going on (like the nursery) haven taken a lot longer than expected and getting things done with a baby and a toddler hasn’t been the easiest. Heaven forbid, I haven’t even shared the final reveal of the nursery yet!!

Months ago when I knew that Fall One Room Challenge was coming up, I told Logan about it and we decided that the bathroom we’re creating for our kids would be good timing and so we committed right then and there to just do it.

But, this modern farmhouse bathroom is not a simple makeover where you paint walls and vanity, swap out light fixtures and hand towels and call it a day. Nope, no way, no can do. This modern farmhouse bathroom walls literally didn’t exist when we moved into this home earlier this year. We are literally turning nothing into something…and hopefully it will be something beautiful.

I tell you all of this so you can empathize with me when I tell you that the next several weeks are going to be insane, but fingers crossed we’ll walk away with a brand new modern farmhouse bathroom and we’ll take the holiday months to do some serious relaxing. No big renos planned for at least a couple months, but who knows… Knowing us, we’ll probably get bored/get cabin fever from the cold weather and start something. It tends to happen every year.

Today I’m going to show you the brutal bathroom renovation pictures of the “before” & show you what we’ve done so far!

So, are you ready guys? …Ready to come along for a wild ride as we create this modern farmhouse bathroom?

Living room with white fireplace and two windows

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…. this isn’t a bathroom. This is a living room… SIKE! Well, in the last several months we have completely and utterly transformed this 2nd living room into a nursery, master closet and bathroom. But for this project that we’re tackling for One Room Challenge, we’re just focusing on a corner of this room….

Living room with white drawn in lines over the picture that show where walls will go for master closet and bathroom

Now when we built the walls for the nursery, we also put up the walls for the bathroom.

Further Reading – Learn how to build a wall in this article!

Here’s the same angle after the walls got put up.

Stud walls up with prehung doors leaning against them

Stud walls up showing a home renovation

You see where that laminate flooring, boxes and shop vac are sitting….well that’s the bathroom. Well, at least that’s what it looked like a few months ago.

Two door ways with drywall up on the walls nearby showing an in progress renovation

Then drywall went up, doors were hung… (bathroom is the new door on the right).

Small room with tons of junk in it that will ultimately be renovated into a bathroom

And the bathroom sat and basically served as a storage closet for the last few months. Oh my goodness….I can’t believe I’m showing you this picture. How embarrassing.

In progress bathroom renovation pictures showing drywall getting ripped off

Here’s where we are at today… It ain’t any prettier.

Before pictures of a bathroom renovation with view of the shower and bath

Removed subfloor to rough in plumbing

Even the subfloor is gone as we rough in the plumbing for the bathtub.

Bathroom makeover in progress picture showing drywall removed to rough in plumbing

Can you see it yet…? No? Well I don’t blame you. Even I am having a hard time seeing how this mess is going to turn into something beautiful over the next few weeks. We’ve got a LONG ways to go.

Here’s the full to-do list for our modern farmhouse bathroom renovation:

  • Build walls Learn how to build a wall here!
  • Install electrical
  • Rough in plumbing
  • Install exhaust fan/light in water closet
  • Install new subfloors
  • Build divider wall for water closet
  • Install pocket door on divider wall
  • Hang dry wall & texture
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Install tub and toilet flange
  • Tile surround in shower
  • Tile wall behind vanity
  • Tile flooring
  • Install vanity
  • Install trim & baseboards
  • Install countertop, sinks and faucets
  • Install toilet
  • Add vanity lights
  • Hang bathroom lights
  • Install bathroom accessories
  • Hang shelves above toilet
  • Decorate!

Right now our days are spent running into frustration after frustration (and back and forth to Home Depot) as we work on the bare bones of the bathroom, which is the not so fun part.

But, you want know what the light is at the end of this renovation tunnel? Well for me, it is the pretty stuff! The design! The full design plan for this modern farmhouse bathroom renovation is comin’ atcha next week! Stay tuned friends and send help…in the form of coffee and babysitters if you love us.

Did you enjoy these bathroom renovation pictures? Do you think we can do it?


Huge thanks to our official sponsors of this renovation!

Dap  |  Avanity  |  The Builder Depot

Want more behind the scenes looks at our modern farmhouse renovation?

If you want tons of behind the scenes update on our modern farmhouse bathroom One Room Challenge renovation, the best place for you is my Instagram Stories!! If you want to catch up from the beginning, head over to my Instagram profile and click on the “New Bathroom Build” highlights button. Be sure to follow our account to see you can see the day to day updates and help us out with decisions like these below…Our IG followers helped us already by giving us feedback on dividing walls for water closets and the floor tile options!

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