I am so glad the time has finally come, friends. Today I get to share the reveal of my DIY, budget-friendly powder room re-do.
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To refresh your memory, earlier this year I was in a creative rut of sorts. I was perfectly content laying in bed, drinking wine and binging on Netflix, but my husband was bored with my sloth-like state and ready for a project.
As a result, he decided to force my lazy bum into gear by demolishing our powder room (without my consent). Here is what the bathroom looked like before…..
This powder room is pretty much the smallest bathroom I have ever come across, and the excessive depth of the vanity wasn’t doing us any favors. I decided to tackle the project with budget in mind and thus refrained from making any changes to the flooring, electrical or plumbing (I would’ve loved a wall mounted faucet) . In an effort to maximize the space, save money and inject some much needed character, I talked my husband into building a custom, floating vanity. You can click here for that tutorial.
After building our custom vanity to more suitable dimensions, applying some wallpaper and a fresh coat of paint (here is a post about the paint I used), our powder room is now one of my favorite rooms in our home. I am pretty obsessed with how all of the elements came together- resulting in a fun mix of “California cool” and spa-like vibes.
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Before applying the wallpaper, I painted the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. In order for the removable wallpaper to adhere properly ( you can click here for the wallpaper which also comes in peel and stick tiles), we had to use a satin paint finish….this sort of wallpaper requires walls with some sort of sheen and cannot be installed over matte finishes as the wallpaper won’t stick.
While I truly love this wallpaper and feel it served its purpose as a more cost-effective alternative to real Moroccan tiles, it was a bit of a pain to install. I am so thankful my husband was patient enough to do it for me. Looking back, I think the peel and stick tile version of this wallpaper (which you can find here) would have been easier. In retrospect, I also would have skim-coated the wall before applying the paint and wallpaper as there is some drywall damage where we ripped out the previous vanity. In the photo above, the imperfection can be seen through the wallpaper. Luckily the blemish is easily covered with this miniature snake plant.
For a little more glam-factor, I was determined to use gold finishes on the faucet and the light fixture. It was a little more of a design risk versus using matte black hardware, but I love how the gold adds a more feminine touch to the otherwise masculine wood vanity.
In terms of the exposed plumbing, I was determined to use a bottle trap versus the standard P-trap as I felt the bottle trap looked more modern. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any affordable options in gold. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer in spray paint, and pretty much spray the shiznit on any and every piece of decor that doesn’t suit my needs. So, I purchased a cheap chrome variety (which you can buy here) and spray painted it gold.
The woven baskets are a great place to store towels and toilet paper. Not to mention, they add some nice texture and boho flair to the space.
While I was a little uncertain about artwork in my original design plan, I knew I wanted something with meaning. Given we are a family obsessed with music (especially the Grateful Dead), the challenge was finding a tasteful way to incorporate our love for the Dead into our powder room . I think the mission was accomplished with this 1967 black and white Grateful Dead concert print .
This particular photo makes my heart so happy! It instantly takes me back to a simpler, “groovier” time when musicians gave free, surprise concerts in parks and hippies could hitch-hike across the country to follow their favorite band….. I think I was born in the wrong decade, ya’ll.
Not only do I owe a special thanks to my husband for building the vanity and installing the wallpaper when I was pretty much ready to set it on fire, I am so thankful he forced me to get my a$$ up and be productive again. Next on the agenda is installing new flooring in our kitchen which I will be posting about soon.
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Now get out there and design some good vibes. Please be sure to spread the love and Pin…..