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A dark and dated half-bathroom gets a fresh and clean upgrade with board and batten and a custom vanity.
After a couple of weeks of trying to find time for those pesky “finishing touches”, I finally give you… our DIY Powder Room Makeover! This project has been a year in the making since I went crazy and primed over the orange/gold walls last spring. This project was kind of pushed aside to finish the kitchen, which ended up being a good thing- we went in a completely different direction from our original plan!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen some fun sneak peeks of the room, and of me doing my first solo tiling project. If not… what are you waiting for? :)
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I conquered the tile saw, and I am now a little obsessed. I’m looking for things to tile… But I know, you probably want me to just get to the photos already! Here’s a before & after. The terra cotta colored floor tile was cracked, and the vanity was rotting from an old leak. We ripped out the baseboard heater, so the trim needed replacing. The paint color was a little too bold for my tastes. The light fixture was dated, and the room originally had gold/chrome combo accessories which I removed before this photo was taken…
We replaced the tile floor, added a board and batten treatment (painted BM Simply White with the paint sprayer), with a tile border. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray, which I love. Depending on the light it can be gray, blue, or green- which is so nice! We built a knock-off of the Pottery Barn Newport Console and recycled the existing granite countertop. I found the basket (almost the same dimensions of the Newport Basket, but 1/4 the price!) last week at Homegoods.
This beautiful painting provided inspiration for the whole room. It was done by my grandfather of the beach in Ogunquit, Maine that he and my Gramma used to bring us to when we were little. I absolutely love Ogunquit, and our beach trips were such fun memories. I also happen to love the soft colors of this painting, so I tried to carry them out through the room without making it too coastal. I have many of my grandfather’s paintings throughout our home.Another view of the vanity. I learned the challenges of photographing a very small room during this project. The room measures 5’x7′. You can read about the building of the vanity here!
This crown molding ledge was one of the ones from our breakfast nook that was displaced by our DIY crown molding shelves. I love it here! I used items I had on hand to decorate it, but I am on the hunt for some colorful antique bottles. This is our beadboard ceiling treatment. This room had the same seashell plaster textured ceiling that the rest of the house has. I’ve mentioned before that it absorbs a lot of light and never looks quite clean. This beadboard ceiling solved this issue in this particular room, and we love how reflective it is! We aren’t sure that we will be doing beadboard in every room, although I think it works well for the bathrooms (I’m thinking white planked ceilings in the larger rooms.) You can read a how-to on how we made this ceiling here!
It was a lucky happenstance that the forsythia in our yard started to bloom just as I needed fresh flowers for these photos. I think it looks perfect in this room! This was exactly what I imagined, and I love seeing it pulled together.
Who would have thought that my new favorite room would be the smallest in our home? Of course, I say that every time we complete a project. Believe it or not, we’ve already got a few new projects in the works! I will be sharing the rest of the tutorials for this project this week, and then I will be sharing some inspiration for the other projects we’ve been talking about!
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