Craftsman Style Bath a simple Update

For our Craftsman Style Bath project, we are removing the contractor-grade cabinetry and making a craftsman style transition to continue the theme for this home. Our Craftsman Vanity has been crafted for this renovation and is ready for installation.


The first step was removing the cabinet, toilet, and flooring. The shower The shower is a good condition and we will keep this in place. We will add trim to blend with our new style

Craftsman Style Bath

With the room cleared, we have a clean slate to work with. The flooring came out quickly. Once removed we found a lot of staples to remove from the subfloor. We will be using a large format tile. To reduce the possibility of cracking, we need to ensure we have a flat smooth surface. A staple can create a place for cracking to occur.

Craftsman Style Bath Board and Batten

We did not have to change any plumbing or electrical for this update. The first thing we added to the bathroom was a board and batten style wall accent.

The board and batten is created using MDF in 5/8″, 3/4″, and 1/2″ thickness. The wall is layed out creating four equally spaced panels. After a little filling and sanding, it is painted pure white to match the trim in the house. We sprayed the paint on for a smooth finish. The finish we used is a latex cabinet paint for added durability. The paint is leftover from another project so there is no additional cost. With the wall finished a 3″ deep shelf tops off the wall for decorating purposes.


The room has been painted and the sub floor has been prepared for tile. The whole room will be tiled before the vanity is installed. Since these are a large format tile and it was easier to tile the entire floor first. If the vanity needs to be replaced in the future the tile would not need to be replaced for a different style/size vanity.

To ensure the tiles are level with each other across the length of the tile we used a tile leveling kit. The space between the tiles is determined by a special spacer the is “T” shaped. It is inserted under and between the tiles. The spacer has a threaded end for a wide nut. The nut is tightened and pinches the tile together causing the tiles to be smooth from one to the other.