You may recall that one of my home improvement goal for 2012 was to give our very contemporary powder room a facelift to suit my tastes. I'm happy to report that I managed to accomplish the goal, even if it was during the very last month of the year. Do you remember how it looked before?
Yep, that's pretty much how it looked when we moved in, although the previous owners had replaced the space-age mirror before we took ownership. If you've seen any of the rooms in my house, you know that this powder room is not even close to my style. My to-do list included the following:
- Replace the vanity with a taller one and replace the distracting sink with an undermount sink. Replacing the vanity and sink will also require replacing the faucet.
- Replace the lights on the side walls with more traditional lighting. Also move the lighting to the sink area where it better serves it's purpose. It's difficult to check your hair or see what you're doing when washing your hands if the lighting isn't in the right place.
- Remove and possibly replace the tile backsplash. As it stands, the backsplash looks like an afterthought.
I managed to get everything on my list done, and as an added bonus, I had beadboard installed. Here's what it looks like now:
Ahhh...I can't get over the change! It's much more reflective of my personality and style now. I feel that the new vanity had the biggest impact in changing the feel of the space. I purchased this one from Lowes.com for $379, including the top. We had it installed in July, and so far it seems like a really great product, especially for the price.
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The mirror we installed above the vanity came from Home Depot (sorry, I couldn't find a link to the mirror). I believe it was the Martha Stewart brand, and it cost around $69. The light fixture above the mirror isn't necessarily my favorite, but I had it on hand from some changes I made in the master bathroom (more on that in a future post). I had it installed in the powder room to save some money. The towel ring and toilet paper holder are from Target.
The faucet was purchased from my local Lowes store.
After having the vanity, lighting, faucet and mirror replaced in July, I sat around for four months trying to decide on what color to paint the whole room. At some point in late October, I decided that beadboard might look good. I even entertained the idea of installing it myself, but then the reality of my limitations set in, and I contacted a local contractor. He worked on it and a few other things around the house, and finally finished up just one day before my parents came to visit in December. Whew! Talk about cutting it close.
I chose the wall color, Basket Beige by Sherwin Williams, to coordinate with this framed print I picked up at Home Goods. Right now, it's one of my favorite things in the house.
This image doesn't do it justice.
I also purchased this custom monogram from Scrappin Plus for the wall above the back of the toilet. I wanted to paint it to match the grey-green frame on the Home Goods print, and I attempted to custom mix the color using paints I had in the garage. Ummm...it didn't quite match perfectly, but it's close enough.
Whoops, that's not at all straight. Don't worry, it was attached with Command Picture Hanging strips, so I adjusted it with no problems.
A plant adds some life to the space.
A Target throw rug that ties together the beige, grey-green, and white that are featured throughout the space was the finishing touch.
It took longer than I thought, mostly because of my indecisiveness, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I also like the neutral backdrop of the basket beige paint and the white beadboard. Keeping the backdrop neutral gives me the flexibility to easily change up the décor when I get the urge. Hopefully that won't be too soon, but you never know...