before and after

Before & After: Rustic Bathroom Transformation

by Kate Pruitt

I’ve never lived with a bathroom that has basin sinks, but it’s a look that I’ve always loved. I’m thrilled to share this bathroom renovation from Charlotte Turtle, as it features a unique take on the basin sink: two large painted ceramic bowls that sit atop a rustic barn-wood surface. Sometimes basin sinks can look a bit austere, especially in concrete or stone, but this eclectic look is very friendly and warm and works wonderfully with the red brick, wood beams and simple jar-like light fixture. There’s a unique mix of materials in this bathroom, and the result is a super charming, casually elegant space that I would love to spend time in every day. Nicely done, Charlotte! — Kate

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Time: 6 months

Cost: $5000

Basic Steps: Our house is 97 years old and has many quirks. One is that we didn’t have a master bathroom. There was a room attached to our master bedroom. It had a washer and dryer hook-up and a sink. The best guess we have is that it was a second kitchen at one time. For the first few months of living in our home, we just used the utility room as a catch-all. We knew that we wanted something cozy and creamy with an industrial look. I started pulling together inspiration photos and fell in love with wood planked walls.

Since the room had been added on to the house, we hoped that there was brick behind the drywall. Our first step was taking down the drywall. Then our friend planked the walls, leaving one exposed brick wall. Since it had a sink, there was some plumbing, but not enough for a complete bathroom. The plumbing took the longest period of time with what seemed like no results. There was ugly linoleum on the floor, so we took that up and found original hardwood floors. They weren’t in the best shape, so my husband sanded them down and stained them. After several months, all the pieces started falling into place. The pieces we were most anxious about were the sinks. I had picked out a bowl at Anthropologie that I hoped could be drilled for a drain. We took them to a granite shop and got them to drill them for us. After that, our friend hooked up all the plumbing to the bowl, and it became a sink. It was an amazing process to see the transformation! I learned that patience and flexibility are most important with a project like this. I also learned that I needed to stand up for what I wanted. I knew that the sinks would make the room, and I had to stick to my guns to make them happen. — Charlotte


Lights: West Elm
Big JarsSmall Jar
Rug: West Elm, Chevron Knot
Vanity: Clark Renovations
Wood for Beams and Vanity: Green Family Materials
Shower Curtain: Anthropologie (similar)
Sinks: Anthropologie (no longer in stock)
Faucet: Home Depot
Windows: Custom from Home Depot
Mirror: Home Goods
Bench: Home Goods
Labor: Clark Renovations

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