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Since things are going so slowly with my master bedroom redo (partly because of lack of time and partly because I’m waiting on the headboard to arrive and lights to be installed) I thought I would share some quick and easy tips for updating your powder room. Here are the before pictures of my powder room.

Typical, standard powder room. Nothing to write home about. I had purchased the cabinet on the wall at The Very Thing in Haymarket, my very favorite consignment store, to hide all of the bathroom necessities. I believe it was originally a plate display case. I added the fabric curtain by installing a tension rod and cutting some inexpensive fabric to size and then hemming it with fabric glue. Not rocket science, by any means. Not it contains extra toilet paper and bathroom soap refills nicely hidden behind the decorative fabric.
Here is my powder room now…

I painted the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Whiteall Brown HC-69 in the new Regal Select semi-gloss. I chose semi-gloss because I’ve seen that bright, shiny finish in deep dark colors in all the magazines on all sorts of walls and I wanted to see for myself if it really looked as good as the pictures showed. It looks good. Would I do it again, maybe. Next time I would take more time to ensure that the walls are free of nicks and bumps. It shows every little imperfection (as I knew it would, I just couldn’t see the imperfections with the builder flat on the walls). I do like the way the light (artificial, there are no windows in this powder room) shines off the walls. It gives it a sophisticated look.
I also painted the wall cabinet. I had some Cabinet Coat left over from the family room built in painting and decided it would be nice to tie the two cabinets together. A light sanding and two coats of Cabinet Coat and the wall cabinet looks like new. I changed the knob to a more updated silver know.
I found the mirror on discount at Pier 1. I loved the shape and color and it fit perfectly. I got really lucky. I also changed out the towel bar (not shown in the picture) and toilet paper holder. A few choice accessories and the bathroom is complete.
Eventually I will change out that hideous builder grade light fixture and may even add some crown molding. For now, there are more pressing projects calling my name…
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the powder room redo.
Here’s a few more shots…

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