The New Powder Room

We bought a 2 story home, with only 1 bathroom - downstairs... but none where the kitchen and living area are! I immediately forfeited our pantry for a small powder room! Here's how...

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This was the entry into the pantry (and the only picture in the whole house when we bought it - so randomly AWESOME that we had to keep Mr. Tiger).

The pantry was also the home of the air conditioner, so I couldn't build a wall to hide it - but I COULD put a curtain up. First, I ripped out all the shelving and cleaned the nasty walls.

After cleaning, I painted them an army green (also found in the laundry room when we bought the home - although all of the walls were white - peculiar!).

I used all the scrap wood we took down throughout the house (some were prior baseboards and casing, some were the ugly banisters (see the first picture). I mixed a black with some paint thinner and painted it on with the brush I also used to do the stain - giving it a broken up, rustic look (I didn't want it to look "perfect"). I also wanted to have some shelving, so I found a scrap 2X8 from the deck reno, and painted it with the grey I used on the other slats.

I kept the piece of the 2X8 I cut off the end of the shelf, and stained it (and topped with a coat of poly), then added some break calipers from an old c-10 to hold it up.

You can't really see the calipers in this picture - it's a little dark. Sorry!

A pipe wrench on the shelf is our toilet paper holder. :)

Toilet went in - most importantly. :)

Add a tiny sink found on Offer Up for $20, and we've now got an upstairs Powder Room! Mr. Tiger got to stay, too! :)
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  • Marjie Keenoy
    on Dec 20, 2018

    Curious as to the size of the room? I'm having a vision of a small closet becoming a bathroom:)

    • Julia Fletcher
      on Feb 9, 2019

      Yes! It was a pantry, actually! When I bought the house, it had no upstairs bathroom, so this fixed that. :)

  • Tobi Wyszomirski
    on Dec 20, 2018

    Me inspired? You bet. It looks like you painted some of the scrap wood and some you stained. Is that correct? I have the perfect small bathroom for this make-over. Did you do anything to the floor? Any suggestions? Thanks, Tobi

    • Julia Fletcher
      on Feb 9, 2019

      Hey! Yes, I actually started with a pretty light stain, and stained several boards (previous owners used 1x4s for baseboards and casing, so when I replaced those with molding, I saved these and reused them). Then I added some darker stain to the mix and painted several boards. Then I added black paint to that mixture, and it created some depth and an interesting mixture of dark brown and black on the board! I had the same hardwood floors put in that I had put in the rest of the level, but I've since replaced all of the hardwoods with wood-look tile and love it!

  • V Smith
    on Dec 21, 2018

    I like the idea of adding a powder room where the people gather. But I am not a fan of the curtain. I think it could be much improved if it was tightened up with a tension rod. That wouldn't address the problem of guy splashes. Perhaps sliding doors?

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  • Choco Catfeine
    on Jan 27, 2019

    Love the narrow sink 🙂

  • Suzanne
    on Feb 8, 2019

    Those are brake shoes not calipers. Calipers squeeze brake pads against the brake rotors aka the dinner plate sized metal disc. If you go somewhere and ask them for a used caliper this is not what you will get. And a little fyi that us asbestos on the brake shoes.

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