Powder Bath – Before and After!


Monday is like a math problem. Add the irritation, subtract the sleep, multiply the problems, divide the happiness.  – Unknown

Isn’t this exactly what you feel like on Monday morning?  Back to the “grind”.  On the bright side … I am still here and healthy.  I shouldn’t be complaining about any day of the week, but when that alarm goes off on Monday morning, no amount of optimism can stop the bad words from coming out of my mouth.

I am excited to show you my nearly finished powder bath today.  If you remember from previous posts, we purchased a foreclosure that needed quite a bit of work.  The powder bath on the first floor was nothing but a pedestal sink and a light fixture.  No toilet, no mirror and absolutely NO character.  I only have one before picture … this was pre-blogging days so I wasn’t thinking ahead (unfortunately).

The floor was also in terrible shape.  Looks like there was some water damage – probably when the toilet was ripped out of the wall by the Toilet Thief!  I am not a pedestal sink girl.  I apologize in advance to those that have pedestals, but I just have never liked the way they look, the fact that they have no storage and that you can’t put much on the sink top.  Have you ever stayed at anyone’s house as a guest and been given the bathroom with the pedestal sink?  Where do you set down your toiletries or plugged in curling iron?  It always ends up on the back of the toilet.  Yuk!  Okay … that is my two cents on pedestal sinks.  So, as you might have guessed – the pedestal sink had to go!

Doesn’t this new vanity make such a huge difference over the pedestal?  Storage and a countertop, as well as an awesome Rustic Red by Sherwin Williams.  I had this vanity made for me at European Antique Pine Warehouse in Roswell, GA.  I have used them for many pieces in the past.  They do the most amazing work and are reasonable.  All their wood is shipped over in crates from Europe and the owners are a husband and wife that are lovely.  Check them out at europeanantiquepine.com!

Oh – let me just say that I know the towel is shedding and not so good looking.  That will be changing.

I love the red vanity with the new bird wallpaper. I adore this paper with a perfect mustard/gold background and rustic red branch and bird design.  It makes this entire bath.

The mirror is up and a floral basket behind the toilet was added.  More on these items…

Close up of the floral basket.  I love the colors and the rustic look of the basket.

Another angle … I like the texture it adds on top of the flat wallpaper.

The mirror is an old antique frame that I had sitting in my basement for years.  It had actually been in my mom’s house at one time with an ugly picture of a baby in a papoose (sorry mom – I’m sure it was really “in” at one time).  The linen surround was already part of the frame.  I just picked up a frameless mirror at Walmart for $7.00 and put it behind the frame – hung the mirror up and Ta-Da … custom mirror!  I really like how it turned out.  The mirror has a little distressing and some carving that gives it character and texture.

Do you ever take a picture and notice something that you did not really notice before you took the picture?  For me it is always my double chin.  Oops – I got off track there for a second – back to the bathroom.  In this picture (besides the ugly hand towel) it is the white light switch plates.  Those needed to be wallpapered – yesterday.  I will be on that immediately!

These bird pictures I had used in a previous dining room.  I found the pictures at an Estate Sale for $5.00 each.  They were on a heavy linen paper.  What a deal!  I then had them framed with the rustic red matting.  They were just perfect for this bathroom and I didn’t need to buy anything new.  I love it when you can re-use something in an entirely different room and you like it just as much as when you used it the first time. Yay!

Close up of the wallpaper.  Color is not really coming out accurately – it is more of a mustard color … damn camera!

And the final picture …

A TOILET!!!!  Oh – and check out the newly finished and stained floors.

A pretty big improvement – don’t you think?  I still need a rug for the floor.  It has been quite a challenge.  I am such a symmetrical person and putting a small rug in front of the vanity would not center up because the vanity is against the wall.  I have tried 3 different sizes and each one drove me crazy.  I think my next try will be a small round rug in the center of the bathroom floor.  I have given up on centering something in front of the vanity.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the changes I have made to my powder bath.  If you did enjoy this post, please consider passing it on or subscribing to my little blog!  I look forward to seeing you back tomorrow!  Happy Monday – try to keep those swear words under control!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


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About Missi @ havoc to heaven

I am the President and CEO of the Smith House (according to me). I am married and we have four teenagers all within 3 1/2 years of each other - including a set of twins. Let's just say I log more miles on my car then a NY taxi driver. I am one crazy, busy lady. But - I know that the kids will be off to college soon enough so I relish the craziness and take lots of Xanax (oops I mean baths). I love to see things that are in havoc turn into heaven on earth. I am a self taught designer who has a passion for paint colors, fabrics, vintage accessories and everything on Etsy and Pinterest! I hope you enjoy my blog. I will be showing all kinds of scenarios that have been taken from "Havoc to Heaven" - from remodeling, refinishing and maybe just starting from scratch!

10 responses »

  1. Such an improvement! I also hate pedestal sinks. Love how minimal they look, but only in pictures. Give me the bathroom with a countertop, please! 🙂 Love your new powder room!

    • Thanks Kelly! I am so glad to know a fellow pedestal hater. You’re right they do look good in pics, but so do dandelions. :o) Love your blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

  2. Wow what a difference. Your powder room looks great! How long did it take you to do all that? We are creating a half bath (powder room) under that stairs and it is going on 1 year and 7 months now…granted we are doing the work ourselves and fitting it in as time allows with small children, but still going in we thought we would be done in no time! It looks great!!!

    • Thanks so much! I just realized I forgot to show the window treatment that was just installed on the window. Duh! I will post it tomorrow. I guess it took about 9 months to get it all together. Had to wait to get the floors finished before anything else could happen.

      I admire that you are taking on the building of a bath with small children underfoot. Good for you! You will be so happy and proud when it is finished.

      Hope you will stop by again tomorrow to see the window. Thanks again! Missi

    • Provincial. I wanted them darker but they just got more red. Oak is hard to get really dark without actually painting the floors instead of staining. Thanks for being such a loyal follower!

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