January 30th, 2012

before/after: powder room

Another big decor change for us in the new house took place in one of the smallest spaces…the powder room!

Our powder room is located on the second floor between the living room and kitchen. It is a place that many guests will see, but is not always a room that many people think about when decorating their home. I decided I wanted to make a big impact in a small space, so the result was bright, modern look!

We erased all of the drab, and made some small, but impactful changes. The biggest change is obviously the paint color! I chose a dark teal (BM Casco Bay) to make a big impact. The door to the powder room is usually shut, but I wanted a fun pop of color when someone opens the door!

Another big change came with the mirror. Another before/after project, this mirror was found by one of my good friends at an estate sale. I had long been searching for an ornate oval mirror and she found the perfect one! I cleaned it well and spray painted it with a glossy white so that the frame would be a big contrast against the darker wall color.

I also painted a small corner shelf (found at an antique shop in Elloree, SC, last summer) with the same glossy white. It still needs a few pieces of decor to adorn its shelves…I’m thinking a hot pink peony in a tiny glass vase. (It had a few colorful vintage Christmas ball ornaments last month, but they have since been packed away.)

We also replaced the hardware with a brushed nickel finish (door knobs and hinges, an oval towel ring, new TP holder, TP storage), and added a fun striped hand towel and decorative soap dispenser. I also want to replace the faucet…but that’s still to come. In addition, we replaced the light fixture shades and I painted the the fixture frame to make it a brushed nickel-type of finish to match the rest of the hardware.

I love the result and think it adds a little bit of fun to a sometimes-forgotten space!

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