Finally revealing our powder room makeover and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about how this little project turned out. It all began with a simple coat of paint on the walls, and like they say, the rest is history.
We have several things we want to get done around the house and updating the powder room wasn’t one of them. But when we began to paint the room and saw the sad state of the vanity we decided to just get on with it.
The first thing we decided about the cabinet, mentioned in this post, was that it didn’t need to be totally replaced because it’s in such great shape. Instead I opted to give it a new paint color and my how it looks now! The paint job looks fantastic and literally gave the cabinet new life. With little to no effort and a cost friendly option this was the best way to update a tired looking vanity.
For a little while I was torn between painting the cabinet in a navy color or just white. I did a poll on Instagram and most people agreed with my husband and thought the white would be a better choice. The paint color was key to making sure it was done right and would cover every nook and cranny of the stained wood.
I mixed this new product (new to me) with Behr’s Premium Plus in Ultra Pure White (7050). It is legit a miracle product! BB Frösch Paint Transformer makes paint stick to any surface—wood, tile, fabric, metal, laminate, WITHOUT sanding, priming or stripping! Once the paint was thoroughly dried I gave it two coats of wax to seal in the color. I then installed new knobs and layered the drawers with a peel and stick liner to dress them up a little.
In keeping with my blue and white theme and a touch of coastal flare, the palm leaf wallpaper brought it all together. It is a bold pattern that I feel helped create the accent wall I had in mind. At first glance my husband thought it was a bit too tropical and laughed but after a few days he loves it. I used traditional pre-pasted water activated paper instead of the newer peel and stick. After reading so many negative reviews on how difficult the peel-and-stick paper can be to work with the decision was simple.
Other Wallpapers to Consider
It took me about a month to complete this project mostly due to waiting for delivery of the vanity and then for the crew to come in and install. In the meantime, I painted the cabinet doors and drawers between rainy days, put on the new knobs, installed these fabulous vintage inspired wall sconces and hung up the wallpaper. It took me about an hour to do the wallpaper since it was a small section and was quite easy to do. I also cleaned up the vintage mirror by giving it a fresh coat of the same paint to make sure the white matched perfectly.
I hung up new coastal wall art that I found at Target and at a favorite Etsy shop. The first two were digital downloads of Chinoiserie bowls with seashells and sea corals. I had them printed at my local Walgreens and then framed to perfection. The other two pieces are from Target of a pretty seaside landscape and sailboats.
Wall Art & Accessories
Replacing the countertop with a Carrara marble was the luxury item I wanted for the bathroom. Marble requires a ton of maintenance, (main reason I didn’t use it in the kitchen) but this bathroom doesn’t get a lot of traffic so it was an easy choice. Finding the right size was key since the cabinet is extra wide and the trough-style sink made it the perfect fit.
I played with different style faucets and ultimately decided on this Delta ‘Porter’ 2-handle faucet. Delta makes great quality and classic hardwares to fit any home decor style. This one’s sleek, graceful and tapered with a durable brushed nickel finish. I love that it features a 3-1/2 in. high-arc spout for easy access to the sink. All in all, I think it looks flawless!
Vanity & Lighting
So, what do you think? How did I do?
It’s safe to say that this is perhaps my last warm weather decor project. I think it’s time to start sprinkling touches of fall…🍂