Gray & White Powder Room Makeover with Wainscot Wall

My powder room was in desperate need of a makeover.

In my younger years, I loved this animal print stencil and had created this unfortunate ambiance:

powder-room-before

We referred to this room as “The Jungle.”

The stencil wasn’t bad, but the paint colors were….atrocious.

So, I decided to give this room an upgrade, which included:

  • gray paint (Home Depot’s Behr Sparrow 780F-4U)
  • wainscot wall
  • new hardware
  • new vanity
  • new mirror
  • new rug
  • crown moulding

Oh ohmygosh it is so. much. better!

Here’s the after (and it’s still not done – but more on that later):

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Read on for the details of this complete powder room transformation.

GRAY PAINT:

This gray paint – Behr “Sparrow” from Home Depot was perfect for this room.

I also painted the ceiling (which I highly recommend always doing in a lighter coordinating color), but the ceiling color came out looking blue, so I plan to redo it.

I only painted 2/3 down, since we planned wainscoting for the bottom. We also removed the pedestal sink.

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WAINSCOT WALL:

We added the backing for the wainscot wall on each wall..

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Then added the decorative wainscot boxes and a coat of white paint. We did the same style of wainscot as in our living room, since we love it in there.

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Looking better already! Oh and here’s a sneak peak at the new vanity from Home Depot:

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NEW SINK VANITY:

I hated the pedestal sink because there was NO storage. I wanted to keep extra toilet paper and cleaning supplies in the room so a new vanity with storage was super important.

I had to keep the budget low, so I didn’t splurge, but I do feel we got a decent piece for what we paid.

We chose the 30″ Vinnova Naples vanity from Home Depot.

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A major gripe we had about this piece was that the fixed shelf obstructed the sink pipes, so we had to cut a chunk out of the shelf to install it (see arrow).

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The granite also had a big scratch, but I didn’t notice right after I purchased it, since we didn’t do the installation right away. A reminder to ALWAYS inspect things you buy as soon as you get them!

The scratch isn’t visible in the pic, but here’s the gray and white marble top. Love it!

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NEW HARDWARE:

I am loving the newbrushed nickel hardware (also from Home Depot). It’s the Moen Hensley towel bar, faucet and toilet paper holder.

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CROWN MOUDLING:

Our ceiling has this odd curve on one wall, which definitely made the crown moulding installation a challenge.

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NEW MIRROR:

I’m not a big fan of things that are round. So, the builder-grade oval mirror just had to go.

The original replacement mirror I got was the perfect size (and sooo cheap!), but it gave off a distorted reflection. Too cheap, I guess.

The second mirror had a good reflection but just wasn’t the right size for the space. Too small.

The THIRD mirror was perfect. And, awesome because it had previously been in my entry way (but no longer had a home), so it didn’t cost a thing. All it needed was a coat of silver glitter spray paint to make it match the room.

Viola!

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TOUCH OF WHIMSY:

A decorator once told my mom that every room should have a touch of whimsy.

So, while I had the spray paint out for the mirror makeover, I gave this giraffe a makeover too.

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It’s the only piece of decor from the “before” that got to stick around.

Here’s the before/after comparison, quite a difference, huh?

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MORE UPDATES TO COME:

The upper section of wall behind the vanity still has to be tiled, and I ultimately plan to wallpaper the walls, so stay tuned!

 

 

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