Saturday, January 29, 2011

Powder Room Re-do

When you think of what a powder room looks like, you are most likely thinking of what our powder room looked like when we moved in.  It consisted of an oak vanity with a cream vanity top that took up one wall, and a toilet on the opposite wall.  We knew when we started renovating that we at least wanted to paint and replace the vanity.
OLD POWDER ROOM
The existing flooring was the same peel and stick tile that we had in the kitchen, and the paint was the same yellowish color that every other room in the house was painted.  Time for a change.


We decided to tear everything out and continue the walnut flooring into the powder room so that the entire first floor had a consistent flooring.
THE NEW FLOORING WITH EVERYTHING ELSE REMOVED
We loved the look of the powder room in our townhouse, and decided to go with the same color on the walls.  Behr Trail Print is a cocoa colored paint that traditionally should probably not be used in such a small space, but it looks oh-so-good in a powder room.  We also fell in the love with the Kohler Memoirs pedestal sink and toilet due to its clean and straight lines and decided to use them in this room as well.  Due to the lack of storage with a pedestal sink (vs. a vanity), a powder room would be the only time we would use a pedestal sink over a vanity.  We can hide the extra toilet paper upstairs in our linen closet.

So, we had our color chosen, and our toilet and sink, but we wanted something unique in this powder room.  You know that we can't do anything "standard" so we set out to do something a little unexpected.
We came across a great deal on some custom ordered tile that had been returned to Home Depot.  It is a "cubist" tile and each cube is a different depth, creating a three dimensional tile.  We decided to install the tile from floor to ceiling on the wall behind the pedestal sink.
WORKING ON THE TILE

TILE AND THE NEW PAINT COLOR
The tile was on a 12"x12" mesh sheet and our room was exactly 3' wide.  So what that meant was that there was no tile cutting!  Oh Happy Day!  We had to remove a few of the tiles from a couple of the sheets to slip over the plumbing lines.  We also removed a rectangle from two tiles above to accomodate two sconce lights from Home Depot. We did this by taking a utility knife and cutting the mesh on the backside, removing a few cubes at a time until we had the holes that we needed.
FINISHED TILE WITH SCONCE LIGHTS
FINISHED TILE WALL!
We went with a satin nickel faucet in a farmhouse style to keep with the modern rustic decor of the rest of the house.  We also wanted a rustic mirror, so Nate made one using some reclaimed wood that he had found. He also ordered some oil rubbed bronze clavos (old nails) that he put at each corner to complete the old rustic look of the mirror. We added crown moulding and base moulding to the room to finish off the look.


A couple of friends have commented that they won't "use" a bathroom this nice.  Mission complete!

Here is the quick Before and After:
BEFORE

AFTER
AFTER

AFTER


3 comments:

  1. In another post I saw you had a circle wall art piece over the toilet. Do you know where you got it? Beautiful bathroom and house by the way

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    1. We bought that at Pier1 a few years ago. It is meant to be a bowl but we just hung it on the wall with a small penny nail. Thanks for popping in!

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