Powder Room Redo

There have been plenty of projects I’ve wanted to tackle since we moved in our home. But nothing seemed more pressing than the powder room.

You see, I hated our powder room. It was painted with Venetian plaster in shades of: gold, black, fuchsia and aqua. The ceiling was gold. The fixtures were all brass. There was a hideous pouffy window treatment. There was no overhead light. There was a hand painted floral sink {scroll down to see it in all its glory. I couldn’t bear to look at it for too long}. Bananas I tell you.

And so I started slowly. I painted the walls white. I replaced the offending sink with something white. I replaced the pouffy window treatment with something white. I painted the ceiling white. I moved a chandelier overhead. And I smiled. Because all white makes me happy. {And so does overhead lighting}.

But something was missing. And so, a few months ago, I decided it was time to “design”. Replacing the brass fixtures wasn’t an option, so I needed something that would flow with them. Something cool. Something “us.”

I settled on black and white stripes with gold accents.

To be honest, I could not be happier if I tried! I love the stripes. I love how they meld  with the gold.  I love how chic it looks with the chandelier. And the awesome gold art. And the plates on the wall. Can you imagine a bathroom could possibly make someone so happy?

{I apologize to my mother in advance for the above photo. This is the first and only time the toilet seat has ever been left open. In the history of our home. Ever. Mom, I swear. Just for this photo. Just once. Oops}

{chandelier / mirrorplate / set of plates / soap pump / spray paint / art }.




The before photo….. May it rest in peace.

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3 Comments on Powder Room Redo

  1. Papery and Cakery
    May 22, 2012 at 10:04 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Sue, I would start with what you have to keep and work backwards from there. Since it sounds like that means the floor you want colors that accent and don’t clash with the black and white tile. I always think bathrooms are a place to be playful and fun and paint is easy to change. I would pick a color that conveys who you are or something that you love. Or try something totally fun and random. What’s the worst that happens? Repainting? Black and white is a great palette to have because it goes with so much. Keep us posted!

  2. jackiefo
    May 22, 2012 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve never been more obsessed with a powder room! Love the stripes!

  3. Sue
    May 21, 2012 at 12:41 am (6 years ago)

    Looks fabulous!! I am decorating challenged and recently moved into a new house and looking for inspiration. I am stuck on how to redecorate a small bathroom in our home, we have 4 so I am starting with the smallest, it currently has black & white tile floor (smaller size checker pattern) and gray walls with a white tub/shower, white toilet and white sink in a black vanity with light gray sparkle granite top, I’d love your advise! I would like to start by choosing a new color for the walls and then accent colors for towels and accessories, what would you recommend?

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