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I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a bathroom as I am about this powder room at our Greenfield Remodel.
Powder rooms are notorious for stretching designers’ creative muscles. Given their small size and scaled-down proportions, powder rooms offer the perfect opportunity to abandon comfort zones and try something different, something bold. After all, if things go south, I can always start over without having lost too much time and resources. But if the progress and product unboxing I’ve been sharing on Instagram are any indication, there will be no starting over with this space – because I LOVE IT!
Strong feelings about a powder room – I know. But once you see the full design plan, I just know you’ll agree.
First, let’s look at how the powder room looked before.
The powder room is located directly under the staircase. As a result, it has that slanted ceiling that juts out right above the toilet. Not my favorite feature, but what are you going to do? Don’t think for a minute though that I didn’t consider relocating the staircase, ha!
So, why did I choose black paint?
Keeping the ceiling white only magnifies the issue when you first enter the room. On my very first walk-through I decided to paint the entire room – ceilings and all – the same (dark) color. I’m really exploring a black and white aesthetic with this house, so I chose “Tricorn Black” by Sherwin Williams – one of my all-time favorites. We used the same paint for the front door at the Edgmon Ranch, if you remember.
People mistakenly think that painting an already-small room a dark color will only make it feel smaller. But that isn’t necessarily true. Without delving too far into the science of color, sometimes dark paint is best at making a small room appear bigger – especially a room without natural light.
Below is a little sneak peek of the progress!
To balance out the bold paint choice I opted for a white, wall-mount sink with exposed, brass plumbing – that old-world glamour but at a fraction of the cost of a brass console sink – which was my original idea. I could never justify spending $3500+ on the tiniest sink for the tiniest room, especially when we have 2600 square feet to renovate.
With a wall-mount sink like this one, there’s always the option to add brass legs down the road, should we (or the house’s future owners) decide to do that.
Finding an aesthetically-pleasing, wall-mount sink that was only 20″ wide was a challenge, though. The “Soho” sink from Kohler came highly recommended by other designers and had just the right juxtaposition of straight and curved lines. You know I’m obsessive about lines in design, and I needed something that effortlessly balanced the modern and traditional aesthetic.
In the spirit of total transparency, we actually had a shipping hiccup with the sink. I ordered the three-hole option made for a widespread faucet but received a single-hole sink. Wayfair was so quick to fix the issue, though. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Wayfair customer service team is the absolute best! I called them on Thursday afternoon, and by Saturday morning there was another sink sitting on our front porch.
The exposed plumbing didn’t come without issues, either. When we demoed the original pedestal sink, we discovered that the plumbing lines were installed into a 2×4 at an angle – meaning there’s absolutely no way to install the brass P-trap perfectly straight – which totally ruins the entire point of having exposed plumbing. We’re still problem-solving that dilemma; it will likely involve lots of retrofitting or possibly even cutting into the original plumbing to straighten it out to a 90-degree angle.
After renovating several houses, I’ve learned very quickly that approximately 90 percent of renovating is just problem-solving and working around roadblocks. Fun, right?
Let’s talk about my floor tile options.
For the floors I’m searching for a geometric, black and white pattern. I discovered and am obsessing over the Satori Nero marble mosaic tile I found at Lowe’s (B37 below) – but just can’t bring myself to spend $12 per square foot. I need approximately 30 square feet, which would total to $360. That’s not even counting mortar, backerboard, grout, etc.
Again, not the smartest use of our budget, so I’m trying to reign in my desires.
I stupidly missed a really good Facebook Marketplace listing with this gorgeous tile for only $4 per square foot. There it is at A75 in the photo below; it costs $19 per square foot at Lowe’s! Needless to say, I’m still kicking myself for that one.
The brass detail would’ve been perfect, but I am the worst at making impulse decisions. I need time to mull things over, to deliberate, to feel it out – and obviously that’s not ideal for shopping second-hand, because the deals disappear quickly! I’m crossing my fingers something similar becomes available soon, so I can get the look I’m going for while also being mindful of our budget.
If I don’t find something in time, I may end up installing the leftover tile we used in the Edgmon Ranch master bathroom or finally doing that custom-designed, black and white penny tile mosaic I’ve been talking about for years.
Below are a couple options I quickly mocked up to give you some idea of what I’m talking about. Which is your favorite? I’m definitely leaning towards the second option; not only would it be less labor-intensive to replace all those white tiles with black, but the design also looks more interesting.
Other details to consider…
To tie in a bit of the chrome finish I’m using throughout the rest of the house, I ordered a really fun bauble sconce that has this beautiful smoked glass detailing. It feels both retro and modern and will add so much visual interest to the space. At first I was taken aback by how far it extends from the wall but on second thought I actually really, really like it.
I’ve been wanting to incorporate this Howard Elliott frameless, scalloped mirror in a project for some time now – and I’m thinking this powder room may be it! It’s super affordable, and the 16×27″ size is perfect for this small space. The beveled detail and scalloped shape offers just enough visual interest to keep it from feeling boring, and yet it’s not overpowering or a loud statement piece. I considered something far more ornate and gilded – and who knows, I may still change my mind – but going with a more simple design on the mirror allows me to go all out on the sconce.
My initial thought was to find something with an antiqued, distressed finish – sort of like this Anthropologie option or this much more affordable Wayfair option. But everything I came across was either the wrong size, the wrong look or the wrong price point. Or in the case of the Wayfair option, it was out of stock at the time I was placing orders.
So, I figure why not DIY? So many great, step-by-step tutorials are floating around the internet, so I may try that. What do you think of the idea? Interesting or insane?
I did a really cool stenciled mirror DIY a couple of years back, and it still remains one of my most-searched post.
Speaking of DIY, I had another wild, wild idea – and hear me out on this one. Remember the DIY gold sharpie wall I did in our entryway at the bungalow? What do you think if I hand-painted a mural using that same gold paint? I’m imagining whimsical florals or an abstract pattern winding its way across the black walls and ceiling. Again, powder rooms are the perfect space to test those wild ideas!
Let’s talk about the hardware real quick.
That’s one detail that most people – including myself – tend to forget. But in this case I’m being very intentional about the hardware. I had grand plans for installing a vintage-looking towel holder right beside the sink. That is until I actually stood in the powder room and envisioned what it would be like having it hang there; I realized it would feel too cramped. See, this is why I need time to mull things over!
Instead, I’ll hang a pretty towel hook on the back of the door with some beautiful, waffle-texture hand towels. It’s the only space that makes sense; everywhere else it’s either in the way or is blocking something important, i.e. the light switch, electrical outlets, etc. The hook has this lovely cut glass feature, which mirrors some of the detailing on the sconce.
I also went back and forth on the toilet paper holder: freestanding or wall-mount? I ended up ordering this vintage-looking freestanding option, and the quality is so substantial. It’ll add a nice dose of old-world opulence to the space. Plus, it has a storage option for extra rolls, which is necessary for a small powder room like this one.
I still have to order a polished brass toilet lever, a polished brass floor register trim, and matching polished brass toilet supply lines. Can you believe those three items alone add up to approximately $160?! It’s hard to splurge on such small and seemingly insignificant details. But as they say, “Design is in the details!” Those small details are what makes a room feel finished and intentional.
That leads us to the most-asked question: What is the budget for this powder room?
My goal is to stay under $1500, which includes the items sponsored by Wayfair as part of our collaboration. If I was renovating this powder room without any sponsorships and with resale ROI at the forefront of every decision, I probably would’ve kept the existing pedestal sink. That would’ve saved me the approximate $500 I spent on the Kohler wall-mount sink and all the exposed brass plumbing parts.
I was so surprised to learn that original scalloped pedestal sink retails for almost $300! Unfortunately, it just isn’t the aesthetic I’m going for.
Speaking of aesthetics, don’t you want to see how it’ll all look together?
Feast your eyes on the powder room mockup and moodboard, below. Are you as obsessed as I am?
Wall-Mount Sink | Sconce | Faucet | Exposed Brass Plumbing Supply Kit | Pop-Up Drain Stopper | Brass Extension Tube | Brass Toilet Lever | Toilet Supply Kit | Frameless Scalloped Mirror | Towel Hook | Toilet Paper Holder | Floor Tile | Floor Register Trim | Black, Swing Top Trash Can | White Waffle Hand Towels | Gray Glass Soap Dispenser | Paint Color: “Tricorn Black” by Sherwin Williams
Now, if you’ve made it this far into the post, THANK YOU! I so appreciate every single one of you for following and rooting us on in our renovating
So, what do you think?
Do you have any questions for me? I’m always happy to address them in the comment section, below. So excited to share more of the Greenfield Remodel. Be sure you’re following FOXY OXIE on Instagram for daily updates!