When we bought our house, we knew we had big plans and big dreams… and that they wouldn’t be tackled all at once. We’ve been here for 3 years now and we finally got around to the powder room. I am almost too embarrassed to show the before pictures.
We did the demo ourselves. I was pregnant so it was really mainly my husband. The carpet was disgusting, oh my goodness. He also ripped out the vanity. If you take anything from this post at all, please let it be: NEVER put carpet in a bathroom. I don’t care if it’s just a powder room, don’t do it! Luckily – we have two powder rooms and our master on the main level, so this bathroom being under construction wasn’t that big of a deal.
I found the most perfect wallpaper (York Wallcoverings Tropics Tahiti in bright green) & it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house now. I hung it myself (at 36 weeks pregnant… ugh!) and I learned I really don’t like hanging it in small spaces, especially with a baby bump!
Instead of the huge vanity, we installed a small pedestal sink that made the room feel so much bigger. No one gets ready or needs to store anything in this room so I figured there was no need for a vanity with drawers or vanity space. I picked out a brass faucet that I really love that has an antique feel to match the age of our home.
I painted our old mirror white so it would flow better with the busy wallpaper. I simply taped it up & sprayed it with glossy white spray paint. I actually spray painted the light fixture as well – I shopped and shopped for what seemed like forever to find the perfect light fixture. I found a light I loved that was super affordable, but it only came in black. So I sprayed it with the same white glossy paint.
The exact light is no longer available – but I found a similar here:
I am so thrilled with how this room turned out. It feels so fresh and fun, it’s so much more my style than the before photo! I get excited to even clean this bathroom. Every time I walk by, I turn the light on just to admire it. I still need to find something to go over the toilet – I am thinking a shelf so I can easily switch out art and decor without messing up my wallpaper! Never underestimate the power of a great light fixture and wallpaper print.