Finally another Before and After! Like much of the rest of the house the change in our powder room is pretty dramatic. In this particular case the room itself is pretty dramatic.
When I first started blogging about our house remodel and started documenting my inspiration, the room I started with was this powder room on the main floor. Perhaps because it is the smallest room in the house, just 4’x6′, it was the room I had the easiest time wrapping my head around. The inspiration all started with the console sink (a.k.a. apothecary sink). The sink is what got me started. If you look at the before picture there was a teeny tiny corner sink. The reason for this is because the door opened inwards and needed clearance. I was dead set on having a normal sized sink, not a sink where I can only wash one hand at a time. My solution, to make the door swing out into the hall. Revolutionary, I know. This small change gave me the space I needed for the sink I wanted. While I had eyed the apothecary sink from Pottery Barn, I knew I didn’t want to spend that kind of money. Instead I found this gorgeous Lutezia sink from Porcher.
The sink has a great wide rim, perfect for when I need to sit my Monkey on there to help him wash his hands. I also love the chrome legs. Yum. The next thing I knew I wanted to do was to create a tile wainscoting, as they had in the original bathroom. Since I knew this tile would need to cover several square feet, I wanted to go with inexpensive tile from Home Depot. The 2″x4″ white subway mosaic was the perfect solution for me at just $2.57 a sq/ft. It is smaller than the regular subway tile, so makes the tile just different enough.
The toilet is the matching Lutezia toilet, but I chose a round bowl, instead of an elongated one since the space is small. For the record it took THREE delivery attempts to get a toilet that was not damaged. The first time it arrived but I didn’t check it. When it came to installation I found that the toilet was seriously cracked (you can see my broken toilet here). Since I didn’t check it upon delivery and make an immediate claim, I had to reorder. And would you believe it, they broke it again. Do you know why? American Standard, which makes the Porcher line, sent the toilet in a cardboard box via UPS. UPS?! Are you kidding me?! Fortunately I checked the second toilet out immediately and called Build.com. When I spoke to them I insisted that the toilet be sent by freight. And wouldn’t you know it, the sink arrived intact! Moral of the story, ALWAYS check your deliveries right away. I hadn’t checked because much of the stuff went into storage during demo, so I ended up paying for this one twice.
On to more pleasant things. To go with the wainscot, I original thought I would go with a wallpaper on the wall above. I’ve never used wallpaper and was eager to try, but then I found this hexagon tile and I was in LOVE. I bought it online from Mission Stone + Tile. The tile was not cheap, but since I only needed 4’x6′ of tile, I knew I could splurge a little and make a big impact. (BTW- This tile is probably one of the reasons I got a little obsessed with hexagons for a while.)
The floor tile dictated my wall color, which is Benjamin Moore’s Gunmetal. I think it brings out the dark grey color of the basalt. Also, I figured since half the wall was going to be white tile, I could get away with something really dark on top. You may also notice some lines in the shadows on the wall. It’s actually a pattern of shadows reflecting from the Honeycomb pendant I found at Urban Outfitters. I thought it echoed the tile nicely and created a really gorgeous and dramatic pattern on the wall. If you click on the link of the original pendant you will see that the light hangs quite low. My hubby is quite tall, so I shortened the chain considerably to make sure that he wouldn’t bang his head.
Last but not least is my hot pink mirror. The mirror is one of my vintage finds. Originally priced at $45 I snagged it for a mere $25, which I think is really good value for a very large mirror with nice detail. I knew from the start I wanted a mirror with curves so when I saw this one I knew I had scored. I decided to paint it with Glidden’s Very Berry to give the room some pop. Also, since the rest of the bathroom is very elegant, I wanted to have some fun.
I’m really happy with how this little bathroom turned out. Don’t you agree that it looks like a little jewel box?