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Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom

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Check out the before and after renovation photos of our small farmhouse-style bathroom in the basement and get ideas for your own! 

Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation

Before Tour

When we first walked through our second fixer upper, the Colonial Foreclosure I was convinced it would be a good investment, but when the broker called us and said the basement was 6 ft deep in water after a pipe burst we knew it was the right one. 

Being a foreclosure the electric was turned off, therefore the sump pump was off, and with a Superior Wall system in place the water rose so high, there were only a couple of stairs still dry.

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If this isn’t a ringing endorsement for the waterproof nature of Superior Wall foundations I don’t know what is. Granted the idea is to keep water from getting in not out but regardless. Needless to say, we are designing our French Country Home with Superior Walls.

The house sat on the market for over a year and this is what the basement looked like pre-flood.

510 Chickadee Dr, Lititz, PA 17543

And then the ship sank . . .

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As it was a bank-owned property the damage was the responsibility of the seller.

They gutted the already poorly finished basement, sanitized all hard surfaces, replaced the gas water heater and gas furnace, and installed a brand new electric panel without raising the price.

Cha-ching. We now had 1000 sq ft of blank canvas to paint on and brand new major mechanicals to resell in a couple of years.


Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom


The first thing I did was change the layout.  You can see in the pic below that metal studs were framing out the space beneath the stairs, and then there was a room in the back, where the electric panel is, that was also framed out.

Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation
Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation

I wanted to erase this layout and start over.  I designed a nook underneath the stairs to maximize this space that would have a bar sink and beverage cooler.  The mechanicals were framed out separately, and then I designed a hallway into the picture above that led to a room that became my craft room and then we added a full bathroom to the right.

For all the details of the full basement renovation, then be sure to read Colonial Foreclosure Basement Renovation. 

Let’s check out the before and after of our farmhouse-style bathroom in the basement!

Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom


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In the picture above you can see that we eliminated all of the metal studs that were left from the basement demolition.  We started with framing out the new layout.  Make sure you use pressure-treated lumber for basement framing to account for the moisture! 

It is difficult to see but the circular plate on the floor at the corner of the wall beside the furnace is the lid for the grinder pit that is buried in the cement foundation. 

If you want to add plumbing to your basement this is essential as it will grind your waste and then spit it out through your sewage pipe. 

Once the concrete is cut and filled back in (done by our plumber), then we began our framing!


Chris is currently kneeling where the shower and toilet will be.


This view is standing in the craft room looking out into the main room.  There have been lots of renovation/moving favors traded between these 3 families!


Here you can see the bathroom is framed out and the shower stall has been installed.  I decided to try my hand for the first time at shiplap in here. 

I tend to like a little more color and texture than what is typical of Joanna Gaines’ fixer upper style, but the airy openness of a well-done white shiplap room is just what this basement bathroom without any windows was calling for.

SO . . . I went for it!


And yes I am 8 months pregnant.  Hanging shiplap.  Sanding drywall.  And baby Lily still came 2 days late.  #pregnantforever 

Here I am using my Ryobi multi-tool (An absolute MUST HAVE tool.  Find it here!) to cut out the space for the plumbing lines. 

Listen friends, power tools can be intimidating but you just have to learn how to use them! 

I have two Masters degrees and let me tell you they have NOTHING to do with home renovations or construction!  You learn by trying and failing.  And then trying again. 

You can do it!!

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Done!  I used our Ryobi Brad Nailer and nailed each pine board to the wooden studs. 

I finished out the edge of the shower on the right with two pine baseboards that I cut to fit, approximated the edges at a 90-degree angle, and then caulk and paint!


Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation

What a dusty mess.  But just like that . . .



Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom


Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation

Again to see the whole basement renovation click here!

Before and After Colonial Foreclosure Basement Renovation
Before and After Farmhouse Style Bathroom Renovation
Before and After Colonial Foreclosure Basement Renovation

The vanity was actually from our first house that I refinished.  Check out the Victorian Bathroom Renovation here! 

The mirror and bathroom hardware is from Moen’s Gilcrest line.  I absolutely love the vintage appearance of this line and will use it again.  Here is the 3 bulb vanity light.

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Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom

Before and After


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Before and After Farmhouse Style Basement Bathroom Renovation
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  1. Hi Ahna,
    Wowza is all I can say! What a difference. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I remember working right up until the time I had my children as well! Hope you are safe and well.

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