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[ROOM REVEAL] Powder Room Update!

LAWD am I happy to be able to announce this. Our powder room has been left untouched since we moved into our new construction home more than four years ago. So needless to say, it has been begging for a makeover. And genius me thought “It’s such a small space, I can tackle most of this myself!

…*Queue my impatience a month later*…

Only “before” shot I got – right after he started.

There are a number of reasons this took much longer than I anticipated, which I will get in to. Some my fault, others not so much. But ultimately, I’m SO so happy with how it turned out, even if it cost me my sanity (and a million cuss words) for a short while.

For starters, I immediately knew I wanted wallpaper. I have always loved how wallpaper can elevate a space to a whole new level of sophistication than paint typically can, and in particular in powder rooms where you have a little more wiggle room to go bold. I chose a beautiful, soft, watercolor damask pattern in blues and greys from Anthropologie because I wanted the space to feel sophisticated but also tranquil. And with my determination to do as much of this myself as possible, I purposely picked out the peel & stick kind, as I had never hung wallpaper myself before…

Wallpaper can be found here

…Y’all – wallpaper is not for the faint of heart. I ordered three rolls, thinking I was way over-doing it for just the top third section of the wall I was going to wallpaper above the moulding. I used every. square. inch. of those three roles to get it to come together between mistakes and waste from pattern alignment. Furthermore, the time it took between only being able to work in the evenings after my kids went to bed or during my lunch break on weekdays was excruciating. Taking the time to ensure the pattern lines up perfectly but also that you have enough overlap to prevent spreading is a necessary evil, and one I was not prepared for haha. So moral of the story – if you are impatient like me or don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it, hire a professional.

My next step was to add some more wainscoting as I mentioned above like we have in our entryway and dining room. I got smart by this point and called my contractor, thank goodness. But I didn’t want to just extend the same pattern we had. Rather, I wanted to double it, where it covered the bottom two-thirds of the wall, and I would wallpaper the top third. At first I was nervous being such a small space, but it turned out better than I could have imagined. This to me really anchors the whole design.

On top of just wanting to update the decor and feel of the room, I also was adamant about getting rid of our builder-grade pedestal sink for a true vanity. Not that I don’t like pedestal sinks, but ours in particular was so small that you couldn’t even turn the water handles without hitting the soap bottle. Plus, now that I have two small kids, I need storage space in my bathrooms, because #pottytraining. So after searching for what felt like forever to find one that was 24″ wide but was still large enough to make a difference, I landed on this Home Decorators Collection one. I love that it’s got a very vintage European feel to it with the elongated legs and moulding, but also still feels modern and fresh. Bonus – it has soft close doors so my kids can’t slam it, and the handle is nice and large for easy grip. It also has an internal shelf. Even better – it was in stock at my local Home Depot, so yay for satisfying my ridiculous impatience! It has carrara marble for the counter and backsplash, so you do have to seal it, but that’s not a big deal. And I did replace the handle it came with to a brushed nickel one to match the faucet & mirror. It gives me heart eyes every time I look at it…*sigh*

Speaking of the faucet, once I had chosen the vanity and knew the specs of what it would accommodate, I set out to find one that had that old-world french feel but was still modern enough to blend in with a new build home. I originally tried one of the Kingston Brass ones, but good lord was it a monster to install (even my contractor struggled), and the faucet came out way too far. So I ultimately landed on this one from Ultra Faucets, and it turned out absolutely perfect – high enough for you to wash your hands under and comes out a perfect distance over the drain. The mirror was the same deal – I wanted something that was elegant but not too ornate. But I had an obstacle with this particular piece – it had to hang over the chair rail moulding. I honestly didn’t feel like trying to finagle hanging a flat back mirror, and instead opted for this beautiful Minka Lavery pivot mirror in brushed nickel. The picture truly doesn’t do it justice – I love it so much, I plan to tear off that huge sheet mirror in my master bathroom soon and put two of these up.

Vanity tray can be found here
Artificial snake plant can be found here

Once all the big items were complete, all that was left were the finishing touches. I added a tank tray just to have another place for some florals and a candle, and added a faux snake plant in a similar rattan basket in the corner to breathe some life into the space. I also purchased these adorable glass bottles with {waterproof!} labels on them for hand sanitizer and soap from Etsy (highly recommend this shop). I opted not to change the vanity light, since it was in the same metal family as the rest of the finishes, and is actually pretty compared to most builder-grade lighting.

Overall y’all, I am in love with how everything really came together. This space is now one that I am proud for my guests to utilize and experience, and has also provided some much-needed functionality for us. Do y’all have any makeover plans in your future? Comment and fill me in on what your goals are!


Walls: Featherton Floral Damask Wallpaper by Anthropologie || Painter’s Edge Ultra White Glossy by Sherwin Williams

Mirror: Minka Lavery XL 35-3/4″ x 27″ Oval Beveled Framed Pivot Mirror

Vanity: Home Decorators Aberdeen 24″ White Vanity || Brushed Nickel Faucet

Accessories: Glass Soap Bottles || Tank Tray || Grey Rattan Basket || Artificial Sansevieria Plant || Turkish Hand Towel (these are INCREDIBLE)

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