Builder Grade Bathroom Gets a Custom Look


Recently, we gave our builder-grade Powder Room a facelift.
This little powder room makeover was featured in Romantic Homes Bedrooms and Baths Magazine.  You can click here to see the article.

Here is the new room...



 The room was pretty boring originally.  To give it an upgrade without spending a lot, I started with paint.  "Lobster Red" by American Signature @ Lowes and "Tailors Chalk" by Martha Stewart.

The paint color was Hubby's choice. I usually go neutral. He asked for red so, he received.






 I primed and painted the vanity, taking it from medium oak wood grain to clean crisp white.  Hubby installed 1x4 baseboards and quarter round trim.






The formica counter top was replaced with "Absolute Black" Granite.  The basic builder faucet was upgraded to polished chrome. 






The towels are from the PotteryBarn Outlet.  
The other chrome fixtures were a housewarming gift from my parents when we purchased our home 7 years ago.  They set the tone for the new faucet and vanity hardware.






I took the frameless mirror and transformed it into a custom feature by simply glueing a thick frame directly onto the glass.  I have shared this link before, it is a great tutorial on this project, Janell Beals How to frame a Mirror.






Our tiny little powder room has a 20 foot vaulted ceiling.  To keep the room feeling intimate, my husband installed floating crown moulding at 9 feet to create a break in the wall color.  It's a simple solution if you have high ceilings and don't know where to stop and start the wall/ceiling paint colors.





It's also great for people like me who like to change the paint color often without the need for scaffolding.  





For accessories, I kept it pretty simple.  I placed a fresh Orchid in a white pot on the vanity and hung french plaques from Hobby Lobby from black ribbons.  



Here is a shot of the room before...


(I'm hoping the folks @ poison control don't see this.)



And After...




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32 comments:

  1. LOVE this transformation!...great job...so crisp and beautiful!!
    xo, Mariaelena

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  2. It looks lovely! I love how the cabinet came out. just beautiful.

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  3. Love a black, white and red color scheme - nice request on your husbands part and love how you made it all come together! Your powder room looks fabulous.

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  4. What a transformation! I love the red with the white! So classic - oh and I think the little cutie in the before picture is just precious!

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  5. What a beautiful job! I love the idea of the floating crown...gorgeous!

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  6. Wow... gorgeous! You did a fantastic job and you have a great eye :) Love your blog...can't believe I just found it! Followed you :)

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  7. Beautiful!!! Great choices!! I still can't believe a powder room has 20 foot ceilings! Wowsers!

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  8. It is dazzling...........hubby had a great idea with that red paint, and you did a great job of accessorizing, loved the crown molding idea too.
    Enjoy!!
    blessings, Nellie

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  9. You never cease to amaze me.. such great projects!!

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  10. LOVE it, Sarah. You are an inspiration to me! :) I love the floating crown moulding . . . great idea.
    ~cheryl

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  11. Huge transformation!!! Love the colors and great work on the vanity and accessories! My bathrooms are still dying for me to re-do the vanities. I really really can't wait especially after the renewed motivation from this post!

    -Ashley
    www.DesignBuildLove.co

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  12. Very pretty, I'm more of a neutral kinda girl too, but the red looks hot!

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  13. You've done it again! It looks great..hubby did a good job picking the color!

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  14. Again you out did yourself! I wish we lived closer we could be good friends.

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  15. Your husband made an excellent choice! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I'm very impressed with your DIY skills!
    Brenda

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  16. Great job on this one! I love to see projects that take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. That is what great design is all about. M.

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  17. The bathroom looks fantastic! And so are your photos - what lens do you use?

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  18. The burst of vibrant red is unexpected, but it gives the room a sophisticated look. The monochromatic red color scheme looks masterfully placed in your powder bathroom!

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  19. This looks great! And I love the idea of the floating crown to visually stop your eye.

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  20. What an amazing transformation! It's looks beautiful. This might be a bit random, but I really like the way you've folded the towels on the towel bar. :)

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  21. Loooove it simple tasteful and budget friendly it seems!!!

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  22. Saw this over at Shanty2Chic, I'm so impressed!!! Red isn't a colour I would naturally choose either, but I'd definitely consider it after seeing this! Way to go!

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  23. Stopping by from the blog hop :) Love the color, looks great!

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  24. Beautiful!!! Love the kid in the vanity, thanks for keeping it real! :)

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  25. Absolutely lovely! Really appreciate you linking up this great bath post at the Roomspiration blog party. Btw, I am admiring all your creativity in your blog so may I invite you also to join us at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  26. Where can we find the newest powder room makeover that you posted on Houzz? "Dramatic Powder Room"? thanks...

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    1. Hi there, here is a link to that project: http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2013/05/my-powder-room-makeover-revealand.html Best, Sarah

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