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Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday's 5: Powder Room Remodel

A year ago this month, we started our big renovation project. Looking back, I'm so glad we did it -- but I'm also a little amazed that we survived it all.

In celebration, I'll be sharing some of my favorite things about our "new" house over the next few Fridays. Today, we'll look at an often overlooked little room: the powder room.

Ours is tucked between the foyer and the family room near the stairs. It's small and has a low-ish ceiling -- but you can see it from the kitchen and we walk past it every time we go to the front door. So even though it's not a big space, it still needs to look great.

Here's what I like best about the room...

 1. Magazine rack: Yes, the bathroom doubles as a library -- as if you can honestly say you never read in there. Plus this way I have a storage area for all our catalogs and magazines that isn't my kitchen counter (where these things used to pile up). The brushed nickel finish matches the faucet and ties in with the floor.

2. Pedestal sink: Small enough to fit the space, but still substantial enough to have a presence. So maybe the footstool isn't so classy, but I love the rectangular bowl and squared off base of this sink.

3. Wall color: Because the rest of the downstairs walls are painted in more neutral shades, the red is fun in the tiny room. And it coordinates perfectly with my favorite cover print from The New Yorker magazine.

4. Molding details: Not just crown molding, but molding that accommodates the lower ceiling (because of plumbing from upstairs) and makes it beautiful above the doorway. Only a fabulous finish carpenter would think of such details.

5. Tile floor: We used the same tile from our new hearth, in the adjoining room -- it looks like slate, but is actually tile with tiny mica flecks that make it silvery sparkly. Not so warm on the feet, but it hides every speck of dirt and adds a little flair to a very small space. Also notice the fancy register cover.

What's your favorite touch in your powder room? Or what project are you planning to improve this small but essential room?

Check out the rest of this series...
- Part 2: Dining Room
- Part 3: Family Room


  1. Ok, I love everything. The red paint in a powder room? Awesome! That pedastal sink? Square! And we have that same tile in our home.

    Our powder room has cool stone tiling on the walls and floor. Love it.

  2. Ok, what's a register cover?

    My powder room needs to be redone but we are considering a biggish expansion in the next year or two. So we'll stick with what we have for now! I did have it painted a new color a couple years ago. It was pale pink (why???) and now it's "Adobe Dust" - looks fab with the white trim!

    1. A register cover is an air vent cover. In this pic it is sort of hard 2 see, but it is on the floor next 2 the toilet base.

    2. A register cover is an air vent cover. In this pic it is sort of hard 2 see, but it is on the floor next 2 the toilet base.

  3. My basement bathroom is so frightening, my husband's buddies refuse to use it. It just needs to be gutted and completely redone. One day. Sigh.

  4. Looks great! In our old house I did the powder room in a black and white theme, which included painting the ceiling and one wall glossy black. It also housed my small Scottie dog collectibles. I hated to move, I loved how it turned out. Wonder if the new owners kept it or painted it immediately - lol!

  5. Super cute! And I have a very similar magazine holder...there...I said it...and I'm not taking it back. :)

  6. Looks great! Love the wall color.

  7. Love the magazine rack. Where did you get it?

  8. Magazine racks online at

  9. absolutely gorgeous! thank you for sharing!


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