Dirty feet, berry stained hands, and sweaty hair. My kids play hard and that means they get extra dirty and stinky in the warmer months. In my mind that equals a bath every night. But it’s usually the “straw that breaks the camels back.”
Envision a narrow bathroom where one could sit on the toilet and wash their face in the tub at the same time. Now layer that with no air conditioning and three rambunctious kids all at 8:00 at night after a long day of summertime fun.
We have done plenty of sprinkler showers in the past but this mama wanted a real outdoor shower. You may think outdoor showers are only for beach houses. I beg to differ. Every farm and homestead should be equipped with an outdoor shower, because chicken poop and dirt don’t belong in the house.
I did my research…eh hem.. that is I pinned lots of pictures of pretty outdoor showers for the hubs to look at and recreate. I gotta give him props, my man is so creative and talented. The way his mind works is beyond me. I can show him a picture and he makes it even better without a plan that is.
I took my requests and those pictures to the one that loves me most. He agreed without hesitation and within the next day we gathered our supplies. Over our birthday/Mother’s day weekend in May we started this project. It has been completed to the point where it is usable. But I need your help with a few finishing touches. Read further to see where you can help a girl out.
We already had the bricks (from an old patio that a friend ripped out), screws, and braces to hold the boards together. All we needed were the fence pickets and posts. The fence posts were on sale for $5.00 each and we needed 6. The fence pickets were around $1.25 each and we needed 35. The total project cost us close to $80.00 after taxes. Always check craigslist and local auction houses for free or cheap building supplies.
Here are the quick details of how we put it together in a weekend:
- We planned the dimensions of the shower to be 5 X 10. A big enough space to shower plus a space to dry and get dressed.
- My father-in-law blessed us with the use of his tractor to dig out and level the area next to the house.
- Next we poured a layer of crushed stone. Then leveled and graded the area for the bricks. Brook sloped it slightly more than a regular patio for the extra water run off.
- We kept it simple and decided not to do a pattern with the bricks because it made the small area too busy. We did add a step up to the shower and made sure to glue the bricks on the step so they stayed in place.
- Once the patio part was finished, Brook removed the bricks where the posts would go. He dug the holes and buried and tamped the posts in. Four posts went at the front of the shower for extra support for the door and two went in the back of the shower.
- Then up went the walls. He used steel braces that he had on hand. Since the rustic wood and metal look are in I did not complain. Remember it is a shower that is outside in the elements and wood warps over time so the steel will help it stay in tact. He used lots of screws to ensure it would not come apart. Have you ever witnessed kids and water together? Yeah crazy maniacs!
- The little details were added. Some hooks we had on hand and a little shelf for the bath supplies. I could have gone crazy with more decorative details but the point was to keep it simple and within a budget.
- Can’t forget about the water! We keep a large tank up on the hill and gravity feeds the water to the shower through a hose. We have a sprinkler head attached to the hose with an on and off valve so that we can control it from inside the shower.
Yes, it may still be a glorified sprinkler shower right now, but Brook plans to run the hot water line from the house to the shower next summer. One project at a time, right? For now it is warmer than hose water but still cool enough to take your breathe away or shrivel your (enter body part here)! But hey, it does the job for now so I will take it! I love this idea for a shower head and I do have an old watering can in the barn waiting to be used.
So my question for you is what color to paint/stain it. Since we used an old barn door, it needs a coat of protection. My options are (A) pressure wash the door and seal it to keep the natural wood color or (B) paint it all white. See my inspirations below.
I would love your feedback. Please do tell me in the comments below, either A or B.
Hope this was helpful and inspiring if you have the same crazy idea floating around in your head. It is still do-able for this summer. There is plenty of warm weather ahead.
You can follow more of my bathroom inspirations on pinterest.