Since living in this house, this powder bathroom has been ever evolving! It started out the same as the rest of the house. Brown walls, trim, cabinetry, counters and nothing stand out.
To me, a powder room or half bath is a place to have a little fun! So, round one was to add a pop of color on the vanity, some inexpensive wallpaper, and swap out the mirror and light fixture.
The light fixture was a steal from Pottery Barn when they were clearing out their inventory from when we lived in Michigan! I think we paid $11. Literally stole it despite being mid-move, because we knew we’d find a spot for it in the new house. And tada, we did! At the time, I couldn’t find any thin black mirrors within budget, so I found this one at Hobby Lobby and painted it black.
She worked well for a while, but after replacing the countertops I’d been keeping an eye out for a tile to use as a backsplash. It may have taken over a year, but success! Walking down the tile aisle at Lowes (which we were not there for tile at all, but I can’t help myself) I saw this black and white hex option and it was an instant grab two boxes and throw them in the cart kind of maneuver. I probably looked like I purposely went to that aisle and knew what I was grabbing I moved so fast. The only slight hesitation between seeing it for the first time and grabbing a box was to look at my husband, who happily gave me the thumbs up. That reaction probably added to the speed because I didn’t want him to change his mind.
Anyways, as a fun purchase you’re excited about often does, that definitely had a domino affect on the room. The vanity paint was far from perfect, and both of us were kind of over the color. The wallpaper was okay, but wasn’t making us excited. So, why not completely redo the room to work around a tile? Makes TOTAL sense to me.
First things first, a mood board. Always. The space being taken up on my computer by options for our home is alarming, but it’s truly the way my brain works.
A dramatic change, but essentially keeping most things at the same time! Same vanity, top, faucet, hardware and light. New wall moldings, paint, mirror and decorations. The carpentry around the hex tiles was a bit challenging, but I really wanted a more random pattern around the sink. We finished off the top and bottom of the tongue and groove boards with baseboard, so the boards had something to “dead end” into. The mirror was our fun score with this phase of the makeover! I had saved this exact CB2 walnut framed mirror for a while, and loved the warmth that it would bring to the room. I thought I’d have to visit the local outlet multiple times to try to get lucky, but first time looking, there she was! 50% off with a small blemish I was able to fix with some wood putty. Sold.
The paint was a slightly goofy experience, as the sample I got from Lowes (because Sherwin Williams wasn’t offering them) and the final gallon of paint did not match. Of course I preferred the sample. So, a little mix and matching with some paint samples to tone down the saturation and it was much better. The vanity was also repainted in the same color as our kitchen cabinets using leftover paint, SW Repose Gray.
And that wraps up this room! I’m so happy with how it turned out and think it will stay this way for quite a while. Sometimes it just takes some time, and a few tries to get a space to it’s best!
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