We presented The Ashley James Farm Style, manufactured in 1997 by Clayton few months ago. His house is a striking example of the beauty and elegance of a prefabricated home. Today, we take a closer look at the metamorphosis of its affordable mobile home bathroom. She took the dark little bathroom and made it brighter, brighter and more spacious. Fortunately, Ashley wrote about her experience for us and shared some tips and advice if you want to tackle the transformation of your affordable mobile home bathroom. You can find many more great articles written by Ashley on her blog, Lainey Drew.
As incredible as it may be, it can be difficult to decorate a small bathroom for guests. The room is usually very small and narrow. Low ceilings can make it look even smaller. It is also usually a dark room because of little natural light. "Guest" bathrooms in mobile homes usually have only one small window or none, which creates a darker space.
However, I have some tips and tricks to show you how to make the most of your small bathroom. Today, I will explain how I remodeled the bathroom of my guests to make me feel bigger, brighter and more spacious. And of course, you know that I had to add some farm touches to the decor!
The first thing we did was to replace our bathtub with a new mobile home bathtub. The old bathtub had yellowed over time. If you have a yellow bathtub needing attention, check out this post.
After installing the new bathtub, we removed all the finishing work from the walls and VOG wall panels themselves to replace them with beadboard panels from Home Depot.
Beadboard is an affordable bathroom makeover staple for affordable mobile homes
Bead panels are a flagship product in the home improvement, but more particularly in the home and farm house decoration styles. It's affordable, easy to install, and an excellent wall or ceiling covering.
The vertical installation of beadboard is a good option to create the illusion of a higher ceiling, as it gives the eyes a line to follow. You can also use vertical planks for the same effect.
Unfortunately, planks do not stand up to water. It is good to use around the water, but precautions are taken to water the water. Ashley shared some good advice to help further protect the bed board from water by sealing it with oil-based paint on both sides and at the edges.
Be sure to seal your panels before they stick to the wall. As they are not designed to withstand water, we used an oil-based paint and painted two layers on both sides as well as on all edges.
We used finishing nails with construction adhesive to fix them to the wall. The panels come in sheets of 4 x 8 feet. You will probably need to cut them at the height of your bathroom.
Use spackling to hide the seams where each panel meets and sand smooth. Then add new baseboards and ceiling trim. We used a 1 x 4 inch PVC trim because it is waterproof and we wanted simple clean lines.
We also chose to add a 1 × 4 inch trim on each side of our tub to frame and hide the transition between the veneer and the shower walls. You will also want to add a quarter turn or other corner border to the corners of the room.
Paint the walls
When we try to make a larger and brighter darker room appear, we've all heard that we need to use a lighter paint. I really wanted this piece to look as big as possible, so I went blank, Ultra Pure White by Valspar, to be exact.
In a bathroom, you will want to at least use a satin finish, although many paint experts recommend semi-gloss.
I like the sharpness and simplicity of white, but if pure white does not suit you, choose the color of your choice. Do not forget that to maximize the illusion of a larger room, it is best to choose a very light shade.
I've painted everything including walls, moldings and furniture in the same shade of white and I've chosen to add texture, color and warmth using my decor.
Instead of rehabilitating our old furniture and counter, we decided to replace it with a super affordable Home Depot option. This is a set that includes vanity and marble vanity top at the unbeatable price of $ 99.
The new furniture and the new sink had a huge impact in this small bathroom. Suddenly, things seemed so much more up to date.
Even though this cabinet is almost the same width as the original, it adds more usable storage space as it is taller and has two doors. The original had only one door, which made it difficult to access the hidden things either side of the door opening.
Many designers like to use pedestal sinks in small bathrooms to give more room to the room. It works as far as making the room look bigger, however, you lose all your storage space under the sink. Just something to keep in mind.
Smart Storage for small bathrooms
Another way to update your storage space is to add a cabinet or shelves above your toilet. Not only will this optimize storage in a small bathroom, but it will also add height to the room by drawing the eye up.
For a moment, I considered using shelves above our toilets but nothing ever seemed to be right. Then I saw this ruffled white piece of furniture in front of a local antiques store and I knew it was the right one! When I got home, I could not believe it suited this space perfectly. Goal! This could be one of my favorite finds so far.
I chose to use a basket for my toilet paper. I love how the color of the basket adds warmth to this bright white room. Whenever you use white paint, it's a good idea to be sure of it and warm the design through textiles and decorative pieces.
Clean, bright light is important in bathrooms
Intense lighting is especially important in bathrooms. They provide a clean, super-bright light that really looks like daylight.
It may seem obvious, but I did not want to leave it out. We use the GE Refresh LED HD Light bulbs throughout our house.
Shower curtain tip
Hanging your shower curtain high up to the ceiling will draw the eye and give height to your bathroom.
However, shower curtains are usually only 72 inches high, which is not long enough to hang them too high. That's why I like to use ordinary window curtains as shower curtains.
A pair of 84-inch window curtain panels can be hung near the ceiling and will almost touch the floor, completely hiding the tub. Think about the number of fabric options you will have when you start looking for the aisle of the window panels for your bathroom!
I've also used cotton webs like shower curtains and curtain rings to hang them. You will need to get rings of at least 1.5 inches on the ends of the shower rod.
The key to using curtains or shades as shower curtains is to use a shower curtain lining behind them. You can see where I hung two shower rods in the picture above. One is a little lower and sits behind the other. He is holding my shower liner. The other is a little higher and holds my decorative curtains.
You can find extra long shower liners at Bed Bath and Beyond or at Amazon.
The best mirror for small bathrooms
Choose a mirror a little big for your sink. Mirrors give the illusion of depth and make rooms brighter by reflecting light. So it makes sense that the more mirror you have, the more depth and light you have. However, I do not recommend using a much larger mirror than your vanity or sink.
A larger mirror will add both depth and light while increasing the visual height. This mirror frame was a DIY made by my husband from reclaimed wood.
Final touches for a makeover of the bathroom of a mobile and comfortable farmhouse
Once your bathroom is lighter, brighter and more spacious, it's time to have fun. It's time to add to those details that give the room more of your style.
There are so many items that you could use to add beauty and style to your bathroom, from candles to works of art
the soap dispenser and pretty towels.
Plants are one of my favorite things to add to any room decor. In a room with little natural light, like a
mobile home bathroom, you will want to go with fake greenery.
Here is an overview of my favorite places to find fake greenery:
Summary of Affordable Bathroom Transformation for Mobile Homes
Mobile homes are great to include a second bathroom in almost every model. The second bathroom / guest is usually very small with little or no natural light. It's good because we can work with that!
Among the ways we can make the most of our small dark bathroom and make it brighter, brighter and more spacious, we can mention:
- Installation of vertical veneer panels or planks (which also removes these terrible battens from mobile homes)
- Use light or white paint
- Added storage above the toilet
- Replacing the vanity with an affordable standard bath cabinet
- Using a slightly larger mirror
- Adding beautiful functional towel rails
- Use good daylight bulbs
- Hanging shower curtain closer to the ceiling
I hope you enjoyed our bathroom renovation! Have you taken on a mobile home bathroom remodeling? Do you have any tips or tricks that I may have missed? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for being here today, friends!
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Some of Ashley's favorite things
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Many thanks to Ashley for sharing with us her affordable mobile home bathroom makeover. And thank you very much for reading Mobile Home Living!