Rustic Industrial Bathroom Remodel

When we bought our house 5 years ago, there was so much updating to be done that we focused on the main living areas (kitchen, living room, and main bath). The back bathroom near our garage was left behind “for another day” more times than I can count. Over the years, we have found that when we have guests over, this is the bathroom that they tend to use because it’s easiest to access. Finally, this sad, dated bathroom finally made it’s way to the top of our project list.

The bathroom had a tub (but no shower), and we decided that since our kids are mostly out of the bath stage (and we have a tub in our other main floor bathroom) that we would just have a shower insert rather than a tub/shower combo put in here. We also decided to remove the closet that was in this bathroom (I know you’re thinking that we are crazy to be getting rid of storage!) but we felt it was the best way to open up the already pretty small space…and besides, I had a plan for additional storage options and we really don’t use this bathroom to get ready on a daily basis so we don’t need a ton of storage in here.

Because we were reworking the layout a little and because the room was pretty small, we just gutted it down to the studs and put new drywall in. We went with a pedestal sink (again, to make the space feel larger than it really is).


We went with clear glass shower doors to make the bathroom brighter and again, to feel bigger. We also added a can light above the shower area which helps with the brightness in this bathroom.


The goal was to have a fresh, clean, bathroom that has an industrial, farmhouse feel. I feel like we nailed it!


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Our goal was to do this bathroom on a budget, so I was looking for any way I could save money. I was having a hard time finding an inexpensive mirror for the space that was the size I needed and worked with the look I was going for. I was roaming through Hobby Lobby when I came across these barn wood frames.


These frames come in many different sizes, so I decided to buy one (during one of their frequent 50% sales of course!) and just have mirrored glass installed at our local glass shop. I added a sawtooth hanger on the back that I had sitting around (these can be found at any hardware store).


The mirror ended up costing me quite a bit less than other options I was looking at and I love how it looks in the space.

I wanted shelving above the toilet to provide the storage I was lacking. I liked the chunky look of these old electrical cross arms, so I had the hubs cut them down to the size I needed (and they were free!)


I felt like using plumbing parts to create accessories in this bathroom would help create an industrial feel. We went to our local hardware store and starting piecing together parts to create a towel hook, towel bar, toilet paper holder and shelving brackets. We had a pretty good idea of the size we needed, so we purchased those parts and then assembled, which was super easy.

The hubs (the brain behind this operation, just don’t tell him I said that!) informed me we needed backing before hanging these newly created accessories since there wasn’t backing in the walls in every place we needed it. So, I went on a hunt through our scrap wood piles and all other areas of our property and stumbled upon an old wooden pallet I thought would be prefect for what we needed. I talked my sweet husband into disassembling said pallet with his jigsaw and then cutting each pallet piece to the necessary length to provide backing for each item. I love how the rustic wood from the pallet offsets the industrial feel of the plumbing pieces.




I’m a huge fan of unique touches in a home, and love incorporating the unexpected into our home. It’s fun to think outside the box on how to get the desired look without spending a ton of money. Overall, I love how this bathroom turned out. I just wish we had tackled this project a long time ago!

The lighting fixture and sink were purchased from Menards.  The mirror frame and trash can were purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Shelving decorations came from Gordmans.  The walls were Sherman Williams Sea Salt.



Ways to Incorporate Barn Doors in the Home

Thanks to Fixer Upper, I have decided to turn my home into a barn door show room!  It took several months for me to figure out the best place in our home to put barn doors that made sense, but once it clicked in my head, I was adamant that we were getting barn doors.  We have our main living room and then an adjacent living room/sitting room that had french doors separating the two rooms.


I never loved the french doors, as I felt like it made the home seem dated and never really meshed with the rest of our decor.  But I never really knew what to put there and we liked having the rooms separated by a door to save on utilities (the sitting room gets pretty cold in the winter and warm in the summer because windows surround most of the room).   The other problem with the french doors is that our sectional couch in the living room covered one of the doors, so it was almost impossible to open the one door without having to move the furniture.

Barn doors seemed like the perfect option because they would slide open/shut which would allow us to open both doors whenever we wanted even with the sectional couch in place.  Also, the fact that there aren’t any windows in the doors would allow us to save even more on utilities by keeping the sitting room separate.   Doors this size could be pretty expensive so we spent some time determining the most cost effective option to tackle this project.  We were able to find someone local that built the doors for us very cost effective, and then we stained and hung them ourselves.  I stained the doors with Minwax Classic Gray and then sealed with Mixwax Polycrylic Protective Finish.  We ordered this hardware to hang the doors off of Amazon and it was pretty simple to hang.   I love how they turned out.

I feel like it was a huge transformation for the room and we love the look!

We recently updated our main bath and decided to put a barn door in there as well for the linen closet door.  This time we purchased the door and hardware from Menard’s (because we were in a bit of a time crunch and just wanted the project done!).  Here’s how it looks:


We added a handle on this door which I picked up at Hobby Lobby for under $10.  The doors are stained Minwax Ebony.

Barn doors are such an easy project and can make such a big difference in the look of your home.  I’m already dreaming of where I can put another set in my house!!