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Before And After: Our Tiny Powder Room Is Finished!

2018 March 5
by Becky

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about the tiny bathroom we were planning to renovate? Well we came home from Disney to find it almost done. Then, another week or so later—extended due to some wallpaper do-overs—it was complete!!

Just in case you are wondering, yes, having renovations done while you are out of town is incredible. Especially since this bathroom is IN our kitchen, right in a main walkway. And no, I’m not sad we didn’t tackle this sucker ourselves, hiring a company breaks my cheapskate heart but makes me oh so happy at the exact same time.

To explain where this little room lives in our house, here’s a look from the sunny walk-through dining room. This powder room gets used quite often by our family plus any guests, so it’s a busy place. Therefore, it needed to be super cute.

Let’s do a refresh on the old look of this room.

Damaged tile, damaged wallpaper, outlets floating in the middle of the wall, sinks with rusty old pipes that had to be covered by a “sink skirt”…it was a sad place to pee.

The new space? Oh so cheerful.

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

The superstar is of course the wallpaper. I’ve never loved a pattern more than this hexagon, starbursty, loveliness that now pops off the walls of this itty space. I saw it on a blog and fell head over heels. There wasn’t a back up option, this was the one, so it’s a good thing I finally found a vendor. I couldn’t get my head around this bathroom without this wallpaper.

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

Another big change was the sink. Originally, I’d considered finding a salvaged corner sink to fix up and install. Ethan and I even took a road trip to a local junk shop and found several options but they were all too big. So the next best thing was this vintage-esque sink from Amazon. It was the perfect size (and price!) and looks great with all stainless pipes and hardware below. No skirt necessary, which makes this powder room feel much bigger.

Plus, with no skirt, we can see more of that gorgeous penny tile…

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

Every time I open the door to this room, I swoon over this shiny penny tile, the blue tones compliment the wallpaper perfectly and won’t show shoe prints or every speck of dust like the old white tile. You can’t really tell here, the picture makes it look lighter, but we used Delorean Grey grout to keep this tile looking fresh for a long time. We’d originally ordered a sample of a solid color penny tile in dark blue, but I knew it would show every goldfish crumb and speck of dirt, so the multi-hued option seemed like a perfect solution. I clean a lot, but I’m also all about hiding dirt!

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

The previous owners were speaking my language when they left some precious Schoolhouse Electric sconces throughout the house, so I’ve happily kept the trend going, ordering this cute little guy for above the mirror. We kept the original mirror but added a fun, hexagon towel holder that mimics the wallpaper pattern. Brass and hexagons seem to be my thing this year.

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

This room is so tiny, it’s impossible to photograph, so bear with me on the pictures of the other side here.

Yes, it needs something on that back wall, some cool reclaimed metal detail or framed artwork, but I can’t bare to drill any more holes in my beautiful wallpaper at this moment. Just give me some time.

(That said, if you have a suggestion, please speak up!)

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

Oh and check out that outlet next to the plant, it’s now not only up to code, it’s no longer living smack in the middle of the main wall. Much better.

Because it’s fun, let’s take a look at another before shot…

Not fair, I clearly shot this with the light on, probably at night too, but still, this wasn’t working for us.

Here’s a bit more detail on that back wall now.

Tiny Powder Room Renovation

This lovely live-edge shelf from World Market seemed to be the prefect storage solution for the back wall, it was easy to trim to fit flush. Plenty of space to hold tissues, something green, and a cute little lidded basket to hide away extra TP. I’d originally wanted this shelf to float, but those brass brackets had me at first click.

And I must end on a quick before and after shot…

Tiny Powder Room Renovation -Before & After

I’m sure when that old wallpaper was installed it was lovely, when we bought the house I didn’t hate it at all, the skirt didn’t even bother me! It wasn’t the worst, but it needed an update.

I’m thrilled with the result.

So this powder room was quick and dirty, but we’ve got ONE more bathroom to completely renovate—it will be our third bathroom renovation in eight months—and it’s going to be a doozy. Stay tuned for too many horrifying pictures of what I assume is one of the worst bathrooms in Old Town.

In the meantime, I’ll be gazing at my beautiful new powder room, mesmerized by those hexagons.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    March 6, 2018

    I love it! You are so good at decorating! The wallpaper and floor make the space pop!!

  2. March 16, 2018

    So great, Becky! It’s so fun when things (ie wallpaper) truly speak to your soul.

  3. Telles permalink
    March 16, 2018

    Thanks!!! Gain is my favorite!

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