Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Powder room - take a tour

Now that the school year is upon us, I decided to share another little room in our house. We fully renovated the powder room after we completed the play room. We had been living in the house for about 9 months. The original room had intense blue walls painted in high gloss and very cheap peal-and-stick vinyl tiles. 

We tore up the floors, installed radiant heat and porcelain commercial tiles. We removed the radiator, patched and painted the walls, installed wainscotting, replaced the toilet and light fixture. I designed and hubby built the custom floating vanity with square vessel sink and Kohler faucet. The vanity is made of mahogany, with a oversized lip. The wood is not stained, but treated with a water based polyurethane, which makes the surface incredibly smooth. This is one of my favourite pieces in the house!

The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Blue Echo - it's an intense colour that can read slate blue one day and more greeney blue on another day. I'm glad we chose a bold colour, especially as it only appears above the wainscotting and it's the same colour we have in the attached mudroom.

We installed a round mirror, but I'm still looking for a better quality one - the round mirror was chosen to represent a porthole. This room definitely has a nautical thing going on - I might not live at the beach, but this is where our beach lives right now.

The room was completely finished in 2010 and we were living with it for a good year and a half, and than the upstairs bathroom leak happened! Hubby repaired the plumbing, created a new ceiling, completely repainted the walls because the original paint was oil paint = peeling sheets of paint once water got behind it. It was a lot of work to reinstate the room back to what the original renovation was. We still have some grouting to redo, but this unplanned re-reno is almost complete and no longer looks like a disaster zone.

It's incredible how unplanned repairs can throw you off track and how long they linger - they are forced upon you and we were not motivated to get things done beyond the initial repair - but how long can one live with a torn up ceiling, really?

1 comment:

  1. The floating vanity is beautiful. Love that you designed it and your husband built it!


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