Our Mother’s Day gift to Evan’s mom was to make over her hallway / foyer and adjacent powder room. If you missed yesterday’s post on how we transformed the hallway, be sure to check it out! Today’s post will talk about the powder room reveal!
Here are some before pictures of the powder room:
This bathroom is tiny! Since it is the only bathroom on the first floor, and is probably the most used bathroom in the whole house, we wanted to make it seem more inviting. The combination of the dark vanity and red wallpaper made it seem like a cave, too. Almost claustrophobic.
The first thing that had to go was that wallpaper. I’ve taken down wallpaper before, both by steaming it off and by using a chemical peel. Both methods were incredibly painstaking, time consuming, and messy. As a result, I wasn’t looking forward to doing this! But, upon closer inspection of the bathroom that morning, I realized that the wallpaper was not textured and whoever put up that wallpaper had done a great job at it. It was done seamlessly and hadn’t started to peel in the corners. Therefore, I decided to prime and paint over it. I applied two coats of Zinsser primer over the wallpaper, and it turned out great!
Since we had installed board and batten throughout the neighboring hallway and foyer, we decided to incorporate it into the powder room, as well. We bought 8′ long, 2″ wide, thin strips of molding and 8′ long, 2″ wide, and approximately 1/2″ thicker strips of molding for this project. I cut the thin strips of molding down to 41″ in length so that the board and batten would be the same height as the one we installed in the hallway.
After all of the thin strips were cut, we figured out the measurements and marked where each strip should be placed along three walls of the powder room. I then placed one strip at a time above the baseboard and used a level to ensure that they were straight.
Once everything was flush and good to go, I affixed the strip to the wall using our brad nail gun, our air compressor, and a series of 1 1/4″ brad nails.
I then painted three coats of Olympic’s “Lettuce Alone” in a satin finish along the top half of the walls.
Meanwhile, I also spray painted the brass towel holder and toilet paper holder with Rustoleum’s “Satin Nickel.”
I loved how huge the mirror was in this small bathroom. It wasn’t finished, though, so I decided to frame it! To do this, we bought two 8′ long primed composite molding strips from Lowe’s for $5 each.
Here’s a little more detail on the molding:
To begin, I swiveled the miter saw to cut at 45 degrees.
I then double checked the measurements of the mirrors and marked it on the molding.
When cutting, I made sure to swivel the blade back and forth from one side of 45 degrees to the other so that, when put together, the frame would make a box.
And here are the finished pieces!
I used my caulk gun and a tube of Liquid Nails (for mirrors) to liberally apply a thick line of adhesive to the back of each molding strip.
I then placed each strip directly onto the mirror and held it for a good 20 seconds to ensure a tight bond. By then, it had adhered just enough to stick to the mirror as I worked with the others; it also was just loose enough to be fiddled around with if the angles weren’t quite right.
Here’s the mirror with all of the molding attached:
I then filled in all cracks, seams, and nail holes in the mirror frame and board and batten with a small dab of painter’s caulk. To finish the room, we painted the board and batten, the trim, the bathroom door, the ceiling, and the mirror frame with two coats of Olympic’s “Crumb Cookie” in a satin finish.
Remember how dark the bathroom was before?
Here is the new, bright, and cheery powder room!
I originally had plans to prime and paint the vanity, but decided against it after seeing how well the dark stain went with the bright green walls and white board and batten. I replaced the old hardware on the vanity with new stainless steal cabinet knobs to spruce it up a bit. I thought it looked great as is!
I would have simply spray painted the electric outlet covers, but they had been covered with wallpaper. Instead, we replaced them with new brushed nickel ones.
A few details:
Evan and I loved having the opportunity to transform these two rooms for his mom. We have plans to fix up her kitchen soon! Hope you like the powder room and hallway as much as we all do!
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