Before I show you how our our powder room is coming along, I'll let your imagination run wild wondering what those croquet mallets are doing in here. I found them last weekend for $2 each at a local antique store.
OK. So here's what the powder room looks like as of today.
The makeover started with the light redo which happened almost two years ago. I wasn't so into the super shiny brass fixture and frilly glass shades, so I painted the hardware black and replaced the shades ($5 each at Menard's).
By the way, it's really hard to get decent pictures of this room because there is very little natural light. The walls are sort of a grayish blue. After we put up a chair rail, I'll paint the bottom half of the walls white.
There's the before shot.
Then I got this cute little cabinet at Home Goods. I needed a place to store toilet paper other than on the floor or way upstairs in the other bathroom closet. Ignore the little trinkets on the shelf. They're just resting there for a while.
Cartographers take note: no maps were killed or harmed in any way to decorate my cabinet. That's a $3.50 sheet of wrapping paper from Broadway Paper (a local stationery shop). It hides the toilet paper stacked inside.
See my stash? Comes in handy.
I also knocked out that long towel bar because I thought it was strange to have such a long towel bar in a powder room. I repaired the wall and put up a new towel bar.
Here's what the powder room looked like when we moved in.
What we've accomplished so far:
Painted over the old sponge painted walls. No, we're not leaving it half painted (read the "To Do" list for more on that)
Replaced the very old clunker of a toilet
Replaced the too-big towel bar
Replaced the floor tile
Gave the shiny brass light fixture an under $20 makeover
Put in some toilet paper storage with the cabinet
Still left to do:
Finish up putting in the base molding
Add a simple chair rail and paint everything below it white
Paint all the trim and doors white
Replace medicine cabinet with a pretty new (or maybe antique) mirror
Clear out the beachy trinkets
And complete croquet mallet mystery project (hopefully next week).