Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rustic Love-Barn Board Countertop

Can I get a fist pump for FTW rustic love? 'Cause I like to copy. 

Now, my lovely ladies, bear with me because I'm about to share the craziest bathroom on the face of the planet. Normally I wouldn't commence to sharin the loo online, but when you live hours away from your bestest ladies and wanna show off your barn board counter top-facts are, desperate times call for desperate measures.  It is seemingly desperate, because the full realization of me sitting here making collages of my bathroom. My bathroom that is about as home made as my momma's banana cookies. Miss Janz, you better appreciate this, because I might just lose readers over this. 
Yes, this is DIY at it's finest and at it's cheapest. Top right is a before photo, you can see the dark cupboards, shiny floral wallpaper and faux barn board panelling peeking out. 

Folks, I found it increasingly difficult to photograph this wild lil space, so your mind can fill in the gaps. Some people have storage area under their stairs, or the pin worthy playhouse. Up on this place I scrub my babies below the stairs. We have a tub hidden away under the wooden hill in this crib.

 The day came when the toilet seemed more like a rocking chair; I realized the sub floor was some rotten. Now, we do like to do things on the cheapy cheapy, so this is no gut the bathroom, throw in the fancy claw foot tub. Naw, it's a paint the cupboards, distress them up to make it look like they fit in this pad and slap on a planed down barn board counter top to add the right amount of country. 

These colors are not the norm for me.  I like dark, I like prim and I like a lil country. Fact of the matter is, this small space left me no choice but to paint over the tired out oak (Grandma, close your eyes) throw white bead board a good six feet high to hide the wonky walls, toss down el cheapo laminate from Lowes and call it a day. I first painted the cupboards the same light blue that I painted the top of the walls. After the cupboards were sprayed with a cream, I distressed it down to show through. At first I was pumped, and after the new hardware from Lee Valley was up, I was a little concerned it looked like my two year old had finished the job. 
This counter top cleans up right nice, and may not be for everyone, but it tones down the sea of white for me. Barn board stepping stool for the littlest paws in this house, too.

Whatever. This is a post on a outhouse in the house, it doesn't need to be intelligent, riiiiight?

Once my daddy planed down barn wood from an old barn on my Grandpa's land I properly tung oiled and then polyurethaned to help keep the water out-I used about five coats. My husband chopped a hole out of the center and plopped the sink down. Mercy Law, we even framed out the mirror in more planed down barn board. What's a farm house without a little barn on the inside? Check out the stepping stool Papa made Tay Tay too, yes m'am, a lil "reclaimed." 
Top right is the 'before' flooring after the toilet had be ripped out. A little paint went a long way. Notice the children's books atop of the toilet? Yes, there are young'un's around these parts. 

There are a few more things to be done, a sign to be painted to hang up. I am a wee bit afraid that if there is a sign about "real cowgirls don't bath, they just dust off" my Big Little will take it literally and buck near the tub. Unacceptable. There also needs to be a bit of hardware to hang a towel or two on, but this is all to come, dear ladies. If you know projects to be done with real Cheyenne style, it takes a lot of talkin and thinkin first...years later, project may or may not be complete. It's how I roll when there are babies hangin off my back while I'm painting. The fact is, my husband put down a new sub floor and all that rotten business was pulled out-yes and amen, this was all that mattered to me. 

Now that you all have been exposed to that nastiest places of my home, don't forget to enter the Bunkhouse Designs give away. You have until tomorrow at noon, when the lunch bell rings! Go check their web page out, and leave a comment about what you like-I know to my non blogging pals it all sounded so difficult. Time to  figure the 'puter, 'puter out---come on! Do you think the Bunkhouse women will be insulted if I include a photo of their stuff along with my toilet pictures? Ay yi yi!
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23 comments:

LeAnna said...

Absolutely L-O-V-E the barn wood counters! And your cabinets look wonderful. Perfect mix of country charm!

A Prairie Girl in California said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE.

If you lose readers over THIS than maybe I need to have really country chat with them out behind the barn eh?! :)
I WANT that counter. I need it to replace my yellow tile. I really do! You make it sound easy, I think I shall believe you that it wasn't even too hard?!

Rock on sistah:)

Tori said...

I recently saw a countertop done this way and loved it!! Now I'm super convinced that I must have one too!! Super wonderful blog, love reading it!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

You had me at beadboard up to the ceiling and the barnboard counter - love it! I bet you are loving the change. I personally love all the white and especially in a bathroom so it looks nice and clean. Well done and well done on actually getting it to the taking photos stage. My bedroom project has been lingering on and on and ...

Rach said...

I well remember that bathroom in all its flowery glory!! ;) This is the way it should be- Love it!

Anonymous said...

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Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Oh, I love your bathroom!!! The bathroom is definitely a great room to have a lot of white- it just makes you feel cleaner, even when you are just "dusting off!" And HOORAY for a new, safe floor! :)

Jessy @ WestEastern said...

How stinkin' beautiful is your bathroom?! Maybe this is an odd quirk of mine, but I really think the sign of a well-cared for and loved home is a pretty bathroom... and you, my gal, certainly have one! Nicely done :)

Jennifer said...

Girl, you have the most adorable bathroom on earth. That is all.

Oh and I love that bracelet too! I wanted to show my hubby their site for Bd/Christmas ideas. But my hubby is not puter' savvy AT ALL, and no matter how many times I've shown him, claims he can't buy anything online. Oh well... fun eye candy anyway!!

Jaimi_C said...

I LOVE it!! I saw a bathroom very similiar to this online and fell in love. Beautiful blue, gorgeous wood, and I *heart* that stool. Looks great!

The Goerzen Girls...and Art said...

Love the bathroom! I have a barn board vanity as well, but instead of planing it down, we left it rough, 'cuz it's just a powder room. Hooray for barn board!

Faye Henry said...

What a lovely redo.. I think you have quite a knack, my dear..
I like the wee stool, too..
Blessings...

Kim G said...

Too sweet! I love the stool too.

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! WOW, just really WOW!.. love it, you silly girl. It could be in a magazine, for real.

Love the stool too -

Rachel said...

Yes, I lurv it! Perfect bathroom, simple, and beautiful! Though it may be country-fied, yes, but some of us like it that way, am I right?! ;)

I can picture all this in the Southern Living magazine, yep, I can. ;)

You are a very talented person, my dear, very!

DIY Show Off said...

Love the barn board countertop! I seriously doubt you'll lose a reader, might even gain a few! Beautiful work!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Adorable! counter and all!

Eclectically Vintage said...

It sure doesn't look cheapy cheapy! Fabulous job - love the white beadbaord and that amazing step stool!!!
Kelly

Cheryl said...

Popped over from jennifer rizzo and I think you loo looks fabulous! I especially love the barnboard countertop and the step stool.

Anna said...

I LOVE the counters!! Great job, I don't know how you do it!!

Anonymous said...

I have known this bathroom since 1955, even before the oak was put in!I love how you painted over it.You did an awesome job....now can I come use it???Venice

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Nobody likes a rockin' toilet! It looks great. Love the beadboard and the gorgeous counters. What a great little step stool too.

NaomiG said...

LOVE your bathroom, LOVE it! That wood is gorgeous!

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