Reveal Day: The Powder Room

Next week will mark one year since we started working on this house. We knew we were getting into a lot when bought our first real fixer upper (with two kids two and under) but I don’t think you can ever really be prepared for what it actually takes – physically and mentally. We’ve put in countless hours and accomplished a good bit but our list is still long and some days it wears on us. Every room seems like it’s in some various stage of progress which is why today’s post is so exciting… because we finally have a finished room (decorated and all)! Sure it’s the smallest room in the house but it’s exciting none the less.

The last time I shared the powder room progress with you it looked like this…

It’s come a long way since then but let’s take a look at just how far…

The original floor plan for the first floor master suite was an issue we knew had to be dealt with before we even put an offer in. There was no powder room on the first floor so the bathroom served both as the guest bathroom and the master bathroom. But that wasn’t even the awkward part – what really got me was that you had to walk through the bathroom to get to the master bedroom. It just wasn’t going to work for us.

original floor plan of bathroom/bedroom

original floor plan

Thankfully (an ironic word choice) the inspector found significant water damage under the shower so now a full gut was necessary and gave us the freedom to do what we wanted with the layout. So we brought in contractors who carved out a hallway and added a powder room and IT’S SO MUCH BETTER. And it still feels like a natural floor plan.

new hallway to powder room and master bedroom

please excuse all the trim that still needs to be painted in the hallway – its one of the things on the never-ending to-do list!

The contractor took care of the framing, drywall, tiling, plumbing and electrical but we took on most of the finishing work ourselves. All my design choices were based on not wanting the bathroom to look like it had been added. So even though everything was new I wanted to incorporate some traditional, timeless design elements to make it feel like its original to the house.

My husband installed the wainscoting on the lower half of the walls and I painted it the same color as all the trim work throughout the house (Behr Ultra Pure White).

wainscoting in powder room

The tile came from Lowes and the grout color is Delorean Gray. It adds a vintage flair and guests have asked us if its original flooring (yay!!).

We did what we could with the layout but it’s a long, narrow room (8 feet by 4 feet). I wanted to keep it as open and airy feeling as possible so we opted for a pedestal sink over a vanity. The sink is also from Lowes and the faucet is a Moen that I found marked down on an end cap for $15!

pedestal sink in powder room

Moen faucet in powder room

The upper half of the walls remained unpainted for months when our focus shifted from the master renovation to the kitchen renovation. Just recently we took the plunge and hung this wallpaper. This was the second time in our marriage we’ve hung wallpaper together and let me just say it is NOT for the faint of heart. But my guy is a trooper and we got it done and it looks amazing. Honestly, I never thought we’d hang wallpaper again after our first attempt (and neither did he, ha!), especially after removing and skim coating over four wallpapered bedrooms in this house. But I’ve learned that sometimes wallpaper just makes sense. It this case it adds visual interest and sophistication to an otherwise bland bathroom.

black and white floral farmhouse wallpaper in powder room

I repurposed the mirror that was left in the upstairs bathroom and used black chalk paint to give it new life. It’s a perfect fit for this room and breaks up all the straight lines. The sconces also came from Lowes and bring that modern touch to the bathroom.

modern sconce and chalk painted mirror in powder room

Even though it added to the budget we had the contractor install a window and I’m so happy we did because there just isn’t any substitute for natural light. I made simple curtains for the window out of flour sack towels from Michaels. They add just a touch of softness.

new window in powder room with diy cafe curtain panels

And I made this ladder out of cheap strip wood from Home Depot. I stained it with Special Walnut by Miniwax and assembled it with the nail gun. I found the basket at Walmart and used screws to secure it on the ladder. The powder room doesn’t need much so this allows me to store a few extra hand towels and display a plant without having to put holes in the wallpaper.

diy storage ladder in powder room

To make the hallway we took out a small, second closet in the master bedroom. That allowed us to repurposed the original, solid wood closet door for the powder room again making the room look like it’s always been here. I found the hardware here. I opted for knob style with back plate as another understated way to add character and age.

repurposed door in powder room

This was the first project we’ve ever taken on that started with just studs and sub floor. And the first chance I’ve ever really had to design a room from start to finish. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to translate all the ideas in my head into cohesive space but I’m pleasantly surprised with how well it all came together.

traditional + modern farmhouse powder room

So there you have it. Our first fully finished room! We are in operation let’s get stuff done right now and have a few things to wrap up in the kitchen and master suite before we can call them finished. After that we’ve got some fun outdoor projects planned for the fall and then the upstairs bedrooms this winter.

I can’t thank you enough for following along with us on this fixer upper journey. If you’d like to save this post for later, you can pin it here:

traditional + modern farmhouse powder room







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2 thoughts on “Reveal Day: The Powder Room

    1. Emily that is so sweet of you to say, thank you! I love everything you and your ‘grayhairedhandyman’ are doing to your home as well! Your pantry is stunning!

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