Almost every home has a powder room or half bath that tends to be used more often than full bathrooms. My home has a a tiny 5 x 5 powder room off the living room that was builder grade and plain.
Initially, there was maroon wallpaper with a shell (?) pattern on it in here – no pics of this atrocity as I am still trying to erase it from my memory. After I removed the wallpaper, I had bead board installed on the bottom part of the wall and crown molding at the ceiling. I decided to paint the remaining top part of the wall a warm golden yellow (Sherwin Williams, Restrained Gold) since this compact room had no window and no source of natural light. Here is a Before pic of the powder room up to that point:
Don’t you just love the faux marble sink? Remember, this was an upgrade to the builder pedestal sink! What was I thinking with the “furry” toilet seat cover? No telling what kind of science experiment is going on with that…
Let’s have a close up of the sink, shall we?
My mom rescued a library table (like a table that was in a real library sometime around a century ago) on one of her many furniture rescue expeditions….it was solid oak and really heavy. It sat in my living room for many years as the unofficial laundry folding table. The only flaw it had was that there was some water damage on top. As I pondered how to repair or re-purpose this piece, I suddenly realized it would be a great size for the powder room. If only I could find some way to incorporate a sink; enter the vessel sink epiphany!
This is the point when any self-respecting DIY-er calls in reinforcements; in my case, that’s my dad. He can maneuver any plumbing, venting or electrical kerfuffle I can throw at him. We drilled two holes in the table, one for the faucet and one for the pop-up drain. Here is the table with sink and faucet installed – we assembled it on our patio. The water damage on the table top was covered by the sink and no longer an eyesore. Now to get it into the house…
Finally! We nestled the new library table/vessel sink vanity into the powder room and WOW! What a difference! The “chair” prints on the opposite wall are from art.com (I have a little bit of an obsession with chairs – and with black and white).
(Did my best with photography, but no natural like = dark-ish pics)
Of all the rooms in my house, this is the room that receives the most compliments. Besides the kitchen and/or living room, the powder room is the one room in our homes that most guests will visit – make it fun, make it special!
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