Evolution of The Powder Room

 First, I must preface this by saying that it is impossible to take pictures of a tiny powder room. There is just no space to get and be able to take a picture. Anyway, this is just a two piece bathroom on the main floor of our home...a pedestal sink and toilet.  Initially it was wallpapered in a white and cream check on the diagonal. I liked the wall paper but it didn't show up the collection of christening dress theme that I had going in there. What? You never heard of christening dresses in the powder room? Well, if you have the wall space problem that I have, too many collections to display and not enough walls to display them on, you learn to put any collection any where it will fit. (By the way, the christening dresses found a new home in the Green Toile Guest Bedroom.) This is what it looked like. below

Oh but that was AFTER I glazed the wallpaper to darken the color to allow the white dresses to actually show up.  Then one day I decided to paint a whimsical design behind the sink and mirror. To my hubby's horror, it was pink with roses.  Well that lasted a couple of years until he finally said, "get the pink out of the powder room."

Oh yea, and I had also went to a garage sale and picked up this double sconce.
Of course I did not keep it looking like this. I painted it white and added crystals and shades. Now it looks like this.
On with the evolution...so I called my handy dandy young and cute handyman and asked him to put up bead board about 50 inches up on the walls, a new sink, toilet, mirror and faucets. The floor is marble like the master bathroom so it was fine. Before he arrived, I took down the wallpaper on the upper half of the walls and it was a huge job. The builder did not 'size' the walls first for wallpaper which makes it very difficult to take off wallpaper. It was looking like this. below
So long story short, I painted the upper walls Sherwin Williams Portabella. Since there was going to be mostly white (white beadboard, sink, and toilet) I knew that dark paint in a tiny room would work.  He also put in a new exhaust fan and if you look at the ceiling in this picture below, you can see the painting that I did on the ceiling. The large crown molding was already there as it is in most of the house from the builder.
Speaking of that white thing on the wall, I found it on eBay looking like this. below

I thought it was so cool, but knew that I couldn't live with it looking so dirty and this was AFTER it was cleaned. So I purchased roses on eBay and glued them in the upper center and just painted it all out white.
 I made this picture above of the girl using an old photo, an old mirror and a mat and frame. First I used a razor blade to scrape of the silver from the back of the old mirror just in the center. I placed the picture of the girl so that she would show through. I then took the mat and using scrap booking paper, covered the mat and framed it. Below is a Chocolate Ad from a 1948 French magazine that I picked up at a garage sale. I just framed it.

This holds two extra rolls of toilet paper, I made the tag and put on the ribbon to dress it up.

I purchased this on eBay and it is on the wall that is opposite the sink and toilet.

I found this at a garage sale and did the painting and mosaic on it.

I found a clear tissue holder at a thrift store for .25¢. I used the scrap booking paper to line the inside and added the ribbon to dress it up.

Linking up to
Evolution Party


  1. Your powder room is gorgeous! But you didn't put the Christening gowns backin there, did you? Everything looks so nice, I love it! You are very artistic and creative, I can see.
    Hugs, Cindy

  2. I love the toilet paper and tissue holder.

  3. This powder room is gorgeous. You need to find some linky parties and share this! The girls would flock here! I love the sconces and the framed chocolate ad the best.

  4. Hi, Terry! What a gorgeous room, I love so many details! I know, it's impossible to take a real picture of a teensy room, so frustrating! Thanks for sharing this.

  5. So many pretty things in your powder room-I might not want to leave such a space-makes me wish we had ours redone-it needs it badly!

  6. Nice makeover!!! I love the color, of course! The christening gowns are just wonderful! Great job!

  7. It looks gorgeous! You have a great eye!


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