New Powder Room

[Update, March 22, 2012. Three years since we completed the project, people are still looking at this post, so I thought I would replace the old, too-small photos with larger ones. Plus I found the paint chips and added that info.]


This is our new powder room! I love the vintage feel–perfect for this 75 year-old house. The process took a few months, because the space used to be a seldom-used porch. If I’d known I was going to be designing it, I may have chickened out. But our contractor talked me through it and gave me wonderful suggestions. I also scoured books on vintage cottages and bathrooms, which helped immensely.

PR sink, mirror

The paint is a soft bluish-gray called “Ice cap” by Benjamin Moore, with Duron “Ibis white” trim. They match the floor tiles perfectly.

PR faucet

I love the vintage-y faucet. It’s polished nickel.

PR windows

The beadboard was already on the ceiling–we added it to the walls as well.

PR lights +windows

The medicine cab and lighting are from Restoration Hardware.

PR window

I like that the octagonal window is the same shape as the blue-gray and white tiles. I had to draw the window on newsprint and figure out all the angles with my brilliant mathematician husband.

silk peony

The pink silk peony came from a now-shuttered Home Depot Expo Center.

Our contractor managed to squeeze a tiny casement window on the other side of the mirror, so the outside of the house wouldn’t look weird with a big window on just one side. The framed print is an Italian “postcard” I bought in California.

Here’s a closer look:

This is how the space looked before. It was basically a spot to store my stepdaughter’s shoes. The benches were freebies from a law office.


The white brick is the original front wall of the house. We kept that, and painted it with the “ice cap.” The windows were all replaced.

 It is soooo nice to have a powder room on the main floor. At first, I thought my husband was kidding when he said we had to go upstairs or downstairs. After some discussion, we decided to convert the front porch into a foyer and powder room. Here are a couple of shots of the new foyer:

I have a round glass table with an antique bronze base, but it’s too big for the space, so I found an inexpensive black console table. We had ceramic tile that looks like stone put down in the foyer and in another powder room in the basement. The small chandelier is now a favorite.

Thanks so much for looking!

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7 Responses to New Powder Room

  1. What a lovely bathroom! I love the colors so much – it's very similar to how we just painted our dining room – light gray with white. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. It's very nice to meet you and discover your blog. I love the name! A bientot!

  2. MissBuckle says:

    Gorgeous! Great inspiration for when I'm doing mine 🙂

  3. Ms. Pearl says:

    I JUST noticed these comments! Shows how new I am at this whole blog thing. Anyway, THANK YOU for your kind words. I read both your blogs and think they're wonderful.

  4. Erica says:

    What floor tile did you use? Where did you find it? I love your bathroom. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

    • Thank you! I got the tile at Ideal Tile in Falls Church, Virginia, and the manufacturer is Daltile. It’s called “Octagonal & Gray Dot.” The off-white tiles are 2″ and the smaller gray tiles are 1″. Hope this helps!

  5. cindy knoke says:

    You have a creative and disciplined eye.

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