It’s been over one month since we announced we would be renovating our little powder bath and today it’s officially done. It honestly took longer than expected, simply because of shipping delays (the theme of 2021). However, we put up the finishing details yesterday and are crossing the finish line. Here’s a little before photo to jog your memory.
Dark with and an overwhelming amount of a textured burnt cinnamon color. And here’s the after.
My heart is so happy. I just want to say that I fully realize this isn’t everybody’s personal preference. I get that and I love that we can celebrate and rally each other for having different taste and style. For me, designing this water closet was all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone. The small space gave me a little bit more freedom to get playful and have fun with it. And I just love the way it feels modern with an ode to the traditional past, too.
Before we moved into this house we decided to rip out all the red cherry floors and replace them with stain-in-place white oak. Read all about the floors here. The cherry floors carried into this powder bath and the contractors ripped out the seashell pedestal sink and toilet along with the floors. Consequently, we’ve been without a functioning powder bath since before moving in.
Of course our primary bathroom is functioning, however, having guests over made us realize we didn’t have an operating, accessible bathroom on the main floor. Bumping up the powder bath to the top of the list was the obvious solution.
Just like any room in our house, I really wanted this room to feel like a mix of historic and traditional, with some modern touches. I shared all of my initial thoughts here as well as a moodboard. In some ways, this bathroom reminds me fondly of our travels to New Orleans two years ago!
Two things changed from the original mood board–the art and the toilet. We had the fox art and I love the way it picks up the mahogany and gold in the wallpaper. At first I worried it was too small, but I actually love the way it feels like punctuation on the wall. When our toilet arrived shattered, we picked this one up from the hardware store and I love the traditional lines so much.
My Instagram stories have been full of progress updates and sneak peaks of the bathroom, so if you follow along you’ve seen so much already, starting with the penny tile floors. Laying penny tile floors with a custom design was a must-have and we even shared how you can DIY your own penny tile floor in this post here. It was surprisingly easy and honestly a great place to start if you’re a tiling beginner.
Before even starting on the tile however, the wallpaper was selected and ordered. This was actually where the design of the powder bath started. With organic wallpaper chosen for down the hall, I wanted more of a geometric, graphic wallpaper–something to show off the height of the room (10ft tall ceilings anyone?) so stripes were the obvious way to go for me. A little disclaimer: the color photographed is more true in photos than what is shown on their website. A little accident that I’m actually happy with.
I could sense Chris’s skepticism when I told him I wanted the baseboards and trim, and crown moulding, and ceiling to be painted a glossy black. But we all agree it was the perfect modern detail to tie everything together.
Adding the pedestal sink, the toilet, switching out the seat for the wooden one, adding the lights, hanging the perfect vintage mirror I found each carry so much weight in a small space. I wanted the patterns and finishes to speak for themselves, so for styling, I added some fox art above the toilet, brought in my favorite soap, and hung a simple hand towel.
I love starting and finishing a small space first in our home because it really sets the tone. This powder bathroom gets me so excited to stretch my creativity in the other spaces in our house. Have more fun! Make each space feel special and collected and…surprising. Sharing all the sources below!
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