9 Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Ideas On A Budget

by Ashley

Affordable Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover

Before this bathroom remodel project, our downstairs half bath was in need of some serious updating.  The overwhelming bold red paint was the first issue we could not wait to get rid of. From there, the plan was to use budget-friendly DIY projects to give this little bathroom some farmhouse style!

The goal for this bathroom makeover was to spend as little money as possible, and I’m happy to report: goal accomplished! We were able to keep the whole budget under $250 (see the budget breakdown at the end of the post). I’m so excited to share all the farmhouse bathroom renovation ideas we used!

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Before And After

bathroom with red walls and builder grade vanity - before

farmhouse style bathroom - after the remodel

Affordable Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Ideas

We used these 9 budget friendly farmhouse bathroom renovation ideas to makeover our bathroom without breaking the bank. With a budget of only $250, these DIY projects and decor ideas offer serious value.

With some careful planning, and a little DIY elbow grease, you can use these ideas to complete a farmhouse style bathroom makeover of your own!

1. Beadboard Wallpaper

farmhouse bathroom with beadboard

To start out the farmhouse bathroom updates, we installed paintable beadboard wallpaper on the bottom two-thirds of the wall – to go for a classic wainscoting look. But with paintable wallpaper, really? Yes!

The paintable beadboard wallpaper we used (Amazon) is affordable, easy to install, and has three dimensional raised grooves that look exactly like real beadboard. I recommend it to anyone interested in budget friendly bathroom remodel ideas.

To give the white wainscoting a subtle contrast, I painted the top section of the wall with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak which is a pleasant light grey color. To learn more about paintable beadboard wallpaper, you can checkout the full article I’ve written called ‘How to Install Beadboard Wallpaper’ where I share step-by-step instructions and tons of in-progress pictures.

2. Paint The Vanity!

farmhouse bathroom with a painted vanity

Before we got started on this bathroom renovation project, we priced out a new vanity and counter top. Unfortunately, it just didn’t fit our budget goals, so we had to improvise.

Since we were not able to install a new vanity, the next best thing was painting the vanity white. The Benjamin Moore White Dove paint added a much needed touch of farmhouse style to the bathroom. I love how the vanity turned out, and I’m glad we didn’t end up blowing the budget to splurge on a new vanity.

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Glossy cabinets are notoriously difficult to paint. To overcome this, we used Kilz Adhesion Bonding Primer (Amazon) for the first coat of paint. Bonding primer is a specially formulated primer that is designed to adhere to difficult surfaces. The Kilz Adhesion Bonding Primer worked amazing!

3. Install Open Shelving

farmhouse bathroom open shelving with decor

Next up on our to-do list of affordable farmhouse bathroom remodel projects was installing open shelving. For the wooden board, we used a piece of scrap wood from the DIY bathroom mirror frame project (#4 on this list!).

The brackets are cheap ‘L’ brackets from a local hardware store. To add a little extra farmhouse flair, we spray painted the brackets with my favorite metallic flake oil-rubbed bronze spray paint (Amazon). To finish off the look, we staining the board with Early American by Minwax (Amazon).


4. Wood Mirror Frame

 farmhouse bathroom with wood mirror frame

Instead of replacing the existing mirror with something new (mirrors can get a little pricey), we opted to make a little upgrade of our own around the mirror. Adding a wood frame around the existing mirror gave it an updated farmhouse look – DIY style! This project was super simple and affordable. Check, check!

See the full step-by-step tutorial here: How To Add a DIY Wood Frame To A Bathroom Mirror

5. DIY Mason Jar Light Fixture

farmhouse style mason jar light fixtureBefore remodeling the bathroom, the vanity light fixture was a basic, builder grade fixture. And let me tell you – it wasn’t winning any beauty contests!  To give the light a fresh farmhouse look, we spray painted it with the same oil-rubbed bronze spray paint that we used to paint the shelf bracket (Amazon).

Next, we also swapped out the old frosted lamp shades for mason jars, and installed decorative Edison style LED light bulbs (Amazon). This simple DIY instantly breathed new life to the dated fixture. Not bad for about a half-hour of work!

If you’re interested in learning more about making a mason jar light fixture of your own, I’ve written a full step-by-step tutorial titled: How To Make A Mason Jar Light Fixture.

6. Budget Friendly Faucet Upgrade

farmhouse style oil rubbed bronze bathroom faucet

To match the newly painted light fixture, we decided to look for an affordable oil rubbed bronze faucet that we could fit into our renovation budget. I was surprised at how cheap I was able to buy this high arc oil rubbed bronze bathroom faucet from the listing on Amazon. The new faucet perfectly matched the modern farmhouse look I was going for, and only took a few minutes to install!

7. Use Decor Items You Already Own & Free Printables

farmhouse bathroom shelf decor

farmhouse bathroom decor on the vanity

I was able to decorate this entire space with items that I already had. “Shopping the house” is one of my favorite ways to decorate on a budget. Since this is such a small space, I tried to keep all of the decor really simple.

The birch branches and black container used to be in our entryway, but by grouping them with the toilet paper stand, it gave this little corner a finished look. For wall decor I opted for a couple of layered frames, and the tiniest eucalyptus branch on the open shelving.

Since I always have an abundance of frames (thanks to my Goodwill addiction), I just needed to find a couple of prints to fill them with. I ended up using this gold foiled burst print that I got from Amazon a couple of years back, and paired it with this black and white stock photo I downloaded for free from Unsplash.

I don’t know what it is about pictures of cows, but I love them! (Printing your own prints from free stock image websites is a great way to decorate on the cheap!) Some dried eucalyptus and a cute candle finished off the look!


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8. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

farmhouse style mason jar soap dispenser

This cute little mason jar soap dispenser from Amazon was the perfect way to match the new DIY mason jar light fixture, and add a little extra farmhouse style to the room.


9. Oil-Rubbed Bronze Towel Hook

oil rubbed bronze towel hook a farmhouse style bathroom remodel

To continue with the oil-rubbed bronze finishes, I swapped the old the towel rack for this matching one from Bed Bath and Beyond. After using my 20% off coupon, it was only $17.50! Gotta love those BedBath coupons that never expire! My favorite black striped hand towel from World Market coordinated perfectly.


I think it’s safe to say this is now officially my favorite bathroom in the house! I am so happy with how it turned out!

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Budget Breakdown

The full source list and budget breakdown is listed below.

Total – $220.70

Below is a list of the items I found around our home to decorate the space. I went ahead and linked similar items in case you’re wanting to create a similar look!

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Final Thoughts

My goal for this farmhouse style bathroom remodel was to keep it under $250, so we succeeded! This just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to makeover a bathroom! If you’re willing to do the labor yourself, with a little creativity you can make the farmhouse bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank!

Do you have any more farmhouse bathroom remodel ideas that didn’t make it onto this list? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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Budget Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel

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Mama C March 17, 2018 - 8:53 am

One word, lots of punctuation: IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda Feray March 23, 2018 - 6:38 pm

What a transformation! I love it all. I’m going to steal your idea of the birch logs, bringing nature indoors and no watering. Shared

Ashley March 25, 2018 - 6:16 pm

Thanks so much! And yes, birch logs are perfect for that, ha! 🙂

Laura Ingalls Gunn March 27, 2018 - 7:01 am

What an amazing makeover. Your mason jar solution to your builders grade light fixture is so cute and clever.

Ashley March 27, 2018 - 11:25 am

Thanks so much!

Lorna Orick January 24, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Shut up! That bead board wallpaper! <3 <3 <3 this whole design!

You have inspired me to get cracking on my powder room!

Ashley January 29, 2019 - 11:35 am

Awe thank you!! It’s amazing what a little elbow grease can accomplish! 🙂 Best of luck on your bathroom, friend!

Jessica July 10, 2019 - 8:09 pm

This is beautiful — well done!!

Ashley July 11, 2019 - 12:27 pm

Thanks so much Jessica!

Paul Anderson December 30, 2019 - 8:42 pm

Do you have a step by step for painting the vanity cabinet?

Ashley January 3, 2020 - 10:57 am

Unfortunately, no I never made a step by step guide for painting the cabinet. The key to painting cabinets is using a high quality primer. I recommend using Killz Adhesion Bonding Primer. The finish on wood cabinets is notoriously hard to paint, and Killz Adhesion Bonding Primer will work with much less sanding and prep work!

Paul Anderson January 4, 2020 - 6:56 pm

Thank you! I used this primer and then painted the cabinet with Rustoleum chalk paint. Looks great!

Kayse April 15, 2020 - 9:09 pm

Your counter tops are like ours! I need a way to get a wood frame around my mirror that sits right on top of the lip of the cabinet. Did y’all cut that off?

Ashley August 11, 2020 - 11:51 am

Our countertop didn’t have that lip in the back, so this wasn’t an issue. If the mirror sat on top of the lip I think I would put the wood frame bottom piece right over the mirror to make it look like the frame was sitting right on top of the countertop lip. Hope that helps!


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