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Our Half Bathroom Renovation Details

1960's rancher half bath reno. An ugly duckling turned into a swan! Love it. Postcards from the Ridge

When you buy a 1960’s ranch home, sometimes there are undesirable relics leftover from the past that come with it. But hopefully, eventually, you can say goodbye to those unwanted remnants and replace them with modern day elements. Such was the case with our ugly duckling half bathroom that we finally updated a few months back after 8 1/2 years of living with it. I’m sharing all of the details today. 

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Let’s face it, there was nothing pretty about this bathroom. Here’s what we were dealing with: very dated wallpaper, a small partition wall of paneling, a green toilet (with a white seat) and sink, a pink mini blind, and carpet. Yes, carpet in the bathroom. Ewww! Who does this? And what were they thinking?  And just so you know, we took this picture before we owned the house so the decor was from the previous owners.

Half Bath Reno with wood look tile and farmhouse touches.

And here’s the much improved version. I love this room now! Not too long after we moved in almost 10 years ago, I changed the pink mini blind to a white wooden one, and I removed the wallpaper and replaced it with a neutral, textured wallpaper. But the carpet, green toilet, and green sink were still there. I had the carpet cleaned several times, but it was still gross.

1960's Ranch Style House Half Bathroom Remodel. Love this! Postcards from the Ridge.
Vintage Details in a newly remodeled half bathroom. Postcards from the Ridge.

Everything from the old bath is now gone except the wood blind. In the new space, we decided to use a light colored vanity with a granite top and undermount sink. It’s so much nicer and is easy to keep clean.

Vintage Touches in a newly remodeled half bathroom. Postcards from the Ridge.

We chose a low arc faucet in basic chrome. I love the way chrome shines when it’s clean. And it will never go out of style.

Wood look porcelain tile in a half bathroom. LOVE! Postcards from the Ridge.

We had 2 other bathrooms in the house renovated before this one, so we had a really good idea what we wanted to do in here. I knew for certain that I wanted a tile floor that looked like wood.  A few years ago we put white marble tile on our master bath floor and we don’t care for it. Lesson learned.

White Vintage Mirror, DIY Artwork, Boxwood Topiary in the Bathroom. Postcards from the Ridge.

I used a mirror that I already had. I found it at a flea market years ago and I painted it white to go in this room.

DIY Artwork. Pretty Pink Tulips in a White Pitcher. Postcards from the Ridge.

For some inexpensive artwork, I framed samples from a discontinued wallpaper book. Go here to get the tutorial for this. 

Rancher Half Bath Reno with farmhouse touches. Postcards from the Ridge.
Picture ledge with personal photos and an old sewing drawer behing the toilet. Postcards from the Ridge.

And on the wall over the toilet I framed some of my personal photos and placed them on a picture ledge. It’s nice to look at them and remember some of our past vacations. If you haven’t ever framed your vacation photos, I highly recommend it. 

Vintage Sewing Drawer for Magazines and towels on the back of the toilet. Postcards from the Ridge.

An old wooden drawer holds washcloths and magazines on the back of the toilet.

Designer Flush Mount Ceiling Light. Postcards from the Ridge.

The light we chose is a flush mounted decorative light. It puts out just enough light for this small space. 

Monogrammed linen guest towel. Postcards from the Ridge

Next to the sink are a monogrammed linen towel and some pretty soap and lotion. It’s the little things like this that really make rooms feel special.

Pretty soap and lotion next to the bathroom sink. Postcards from the Ridge.
Pretty Pink Tulips in a vintage white pitcher. Postcards from the Ridge

And some grocery store tulips that sit in a white pitcher add some color and personality to the space. The little stool makes a nice flower stand, don’t you think? It might not stay in this exact spot, but I really like it in here.

Vintage Monogrammed Guest Linen and Pink Tulip. Postcards from the Ridge

 I added another vintage monogrammed linen at the sink. I think I have a slight addiction to these. They’re just so darn pretty.


Pretty Spa Colors and Wood Look Tile for a Half Bathroom. Postcards from the Ridge

Vanity // ceiling light (discontinued) // faucet // wood look tile // paint – Benjamin Moore Tranquility

I’m so glad we finally had this room updated and don’t have to live with those ugly old relics from the past. It’s one of my favorite spaces now!  

Do you have any ugly duckling spaces that you’re tolerating but really want to turn into a swan?

Here’s our remodeled master bathroom. Go here to see what we did in this bathroom. 

To see the details of our hall/guest bathroom remodel, go here.

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Boxwood Topiary

Vintage Monogrammed Linens

White Pitcher


    1. Thanks! I know, what were they thinking when they put carpet in there? And I have an addiction to monogrammed linens! Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day! ~ Angie

  1. Wow! You've done a lot of work in both of your bathrooms! I understand what a process that is, we had 2 from 1950 that had to be madeover and I thought the same thing, "What were they thinking??". Love the new look, great job!

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