Monday, September 9, 2013

Powder Room Makeover & Reveal

It's time, friends!

I am missing only three small pieces to the final product, but I'm so excited to share it with you I'm going to let the unfinished-ness (unfinished in my mind, anyway) slide.

How about a before and after to kick things off?


I know, I know...this is only a shot of one wall of the whole room. But it is a 3' x 7' teeny tiny thing and with the addition of the new light fixture and mirror, I feel like this gives you the best idea of the change.

Want to see how we got here?  Check out my Powder Room Mood Board.

When we started, this room was so purple and so dark. As it is a very, very small and narrow room, I felt that the purple was too enclosing and wanted desperately to lighten things up. The fixtures were all builders grade boringness and I wanted something a little more custom-looking. Our budget for this room was as tiny as the room was, so I had to leave behind my dreams of warm wood-look tile and work with the existing bones of the room, vinyl flooring and all, with some inexpensive updates thrown in.

Some more photos:


This is a view from our foyer, since the powder room lies right behind our front door.


Since I had to give up my dreams of these tiles for budget and logistical reasons, I found this sweet rug to hide the ugly vinyl keep our tootsies warm at Joann Fabrics for 50% off. It's super soft, and while it was with their Fall seasonal merchandise and you can definitely see the leaf motif going on here, I think it'll work perfectly year-round. And did I mention that it's SO SOFT? Because it is. I might have rubbed it on my face in the store when I first found it.

Get ready for a few awkward pics of me in the mirror taking photos with my iPhone.
The light fixture is this one from Home Depot. I'm proud to say I installed this light fixture all by myself, which I'm sure to some doesn't sound too exciting but it totally was to me. Of course, I did totally destroy the old light fixture during the switch thanks to dropping it into the sink, shattering the bulbs and denting the front plate of it, but it was so ugly I got over that pretty quickly. For only costing me $24 (plus another $5 or so for the clear bulbs), this light fixture makes all the difference and is so bright and happy.

We also ditched the 24" towel bar that was previously in the powder room and switched it out for the towel ring.

And now, a completely related but unrelated rant on the number of towel bars in my home:
There was one 24" towel bar in my powder room. Why a powder room needs a towel bar that long is completely beyond me, but Peyton's bathroom has a towel bar AND hooks on the back of the door, our master bathroom has TWO 24" towel bars (in different finishes! ARGHH!) and hooks on the back of the door, AND towel bars tiled into each shower. Why?!? Guys, if you count the towel bar I took out of the powder room, that's SIX towel bars. Sheesh.

Anyway.

We kept the light fixture, the towel ring, and the toilet paper holder all chrome to reflect some more light around the room and to match the sink faucet, which we didn't change out. I don't know about you, but while I do like the look of oil rubbed bronze, I am seeing it everywhere and for this small space, I felt that finish just wouldn't cut it. Plus I'm thinking I am totally over the oil rubbed bronze trend. I'm finding that the chrome fixtures are keeping things looking light and airy, and we're loving it.



The mirror was a local antique find for $22. The paint is worn and chippy and we left it that way. The inside rim of the mirror is painted gold, so I'm looking forward to scouting out a few gold accessories to tie everything together.


And, of course, here are the shelves you can read all about here. Now they've been touched up with a few Fall accents thanks to the faux tiny apples in the thrift store jar and the dollar store gourds on my thrift store candle sticks. Everything you see on these shelves was either thrifted or handmade (or bought in bulk at Sam's--I'm looking at you, toilet paper).

The walls are painted Morning Fog by Olympic. While I love the color, I'm not so thrilled with the quality of the paint itself. I think in the future I'm more likely to stick with my Behr paint. I'm a sucker for all things Behr anymore.

I'm still on the hunt for a soap dispenser, a proper hand towel (currently using a brown wash cloth since it ties in with the walnut-stained shelves), and a wastebasket. I've got my eye on the few items I included in my mood board, but am also keeping them open for any new possibilities.

So there you have it...the first room in our house we can officially say is "finished"! Sure, it might be the tiniest of all our rooms, but since it's one our guests will see pretty frequently, I'm liking the fact that we took care of all that purple paint.

Have you overhauled any rooms in your home lately--small or large? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Linking up with:
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32 comments:

  1. Oh, I like what you've done. The mirror really changes things and of course lightening the color is great for this small space. LOVE the shelves...oh my! They are wonderful! And I like the pretty rug. I have never looked at rugs there! I posted my 'new' bathroom today, too! Sweet hugs!

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    1. Thank you! I never knew Joann Fabrics sold rugs, either, until I stumbled upon this one a few weeks ago. If you go to your local store, check out their Fall linen collection. They have all kinds of towels, tablecloths, runners...all kinds of goodies! I will definitely check out your blog, and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Such an improvement! Great job. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIYers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-28.html

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    1. Thanks, Kayla! I'll check out the link up! Thanks for dropping in!

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  3. Very pretty! I'm in the middle of redoing our bathroom so it's fun to see what others are up too! It is sooo much brighter...great job! Visiting from Tweak it Tuesday :-)

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    1. Thank you, Luisa! I'm very pleased with how bright it is now. Thanks for dropping in!

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  4. Super cute! And six towel bars, really??

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    1. Thank you! And yes--SIX towel bars! Insanity. Thanks for stopping by, Jona!

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  5. Wow it's beautiful!!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh it looks so pretty. I love the new color, mirror and accessories. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Looks great! I don't even mind the vinyl one bit...looks fabulous compared to my twenty year old vinyl :) Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you! I think I'm just biased against vinyl because it was SO grungy in our old house and I could never keep it clean. I find myself fretting over this newer vinyl because I know what it could look like in a few years if I don't stay on top of it. :) Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  8. So much more light and airy now! I love the wood shelves against the soft wall color...and I'm a Behr girl myself :)

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    1. Thanks, Christy! Gotta love Behr paint! :)

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  9. You did such a great job with this...what a transformation! I love the light feel of this. This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #19…hope you'll join us!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I will definitely check out your party!

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  10. It looks beautiful, Love the new color and the mirror is so pretty!

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  11. Wow, it looks so much lighter and brighter! I'm amazed you made such a transformation on such a small budget. It's inspiring. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jocelyn! It was a challenge to work with a tiny budget, but I'm so glad we made the changes that we did :)

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  12. The most useful room in the house and you made it amazing. Great job.

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    1. Thank you! I am quite pleased with it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. It looks so pretty, I love that mirror!

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  14. Now, that's what you call a makeover. The light color definitely brings out the bathroom. It makes it more inviting! Loving it!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I'm a big fan of the color too!

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  15. What a pretty bathroom redo! Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d} ~ I hope to see you again this Monday.

    Pinning!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Mary Beth

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    1. Hi Mary Beth, thank you for hosting such a great party and for pinning!

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