When my daughter and son-in-law announced their engagement, and decided they wanted to hold the wedding at our home, my husband and I entered into what would be one of the biggest projects of our lives. I don’t know about you, but it isn’t every day we invite 200 people to our house for a little get-together. There were many things to be considered, not the least of which was the bathroom situation.
Without going into all the details of how our house is arranged, we have three bathrooms inside, none of which were going to be easily accessible for the ceremony and reception. We started looking at something we could rent, but the ugly ones were, well, ugly and the pretty ones would break the budget. Finally, my husband decided he would build a bathroom behind the barn. If you know my husband, you just nodded and said “Of course he did.”
My husband is the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed, so I can tell you the barn has absolutely nothing to do with animals. Tools, wood and left-over home improvement supplies don’t require feeding though. Pretty much everything he needed was inside that barn, and the entire thing ended up costing around $300. We could barely rent an ugly one for that and ours flushed.
For some perspective on how this was set up, this is what the area looked like where the ceremony and reception were both held.
Because the bathroom wouldn’t be obvious, I made this sign using my new wood burning tool. I need to find another excuse to use that thing – it’s fun.
We staked the sign near the back of the barn, and no one seemed to have any trouble finding it.
The first thing they would see as the stepped around the corner was a small wood deck, to the left of the white barn door.
The next thing our guests would find was a little hand washing area under an overhang.
The mirror was from Ikea, as well as the hanging bulb that my husband turned into a mason jar pendant light.
The sink and faucet, which I showed you how he made last week, were plumbed through a piece of rustic cedar. The day of the wedding we added a bouquet of flowers inside the watering can, some soap I chose strictly because it was the right color, and hand towels.
Beneath the counter were a couple of tin pails for trash.
Next to the hand washing station was a stall to house the toilet itself, complete with locking door. I love the red exterior barn wall serving as a background for all of this.
I already showed you the sign and rug I made, but I thought this extended toilet roll holder my husband added was genius. We slide several rolls on before the ceremony and no one ever had to refill it.
I think the reason I love this little bathroom so much is because it really captured the whole DIY, rustic, country feel my daughter wanted for the event. And I’m pretty sure no one has ever had one just like it.
Besides, when you have something so cute going on in front of the barn, you’ve gotta have something special in the back.
My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!