Transitional Small Powder Room – One Room Challenge Reveal

IT’S FINALLY HERE, THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVEAL DAY! And I’m ready for a nice glass of wine and a really, long soak in the tub – well, not in this room since it’s the size of a cracker jax box AND doesn’t contain a tub, haha.

Side note: Seriously, I didn’t realize how small we made this powder room when we built our house! Nor did I think about how difficult it would be to photograph… zero natural lighting and not enough room to get a shot of the vanity straight on, but hey – it looks gorgeous in person and that’s all that counts!

House Keeping…

A quick reminder of the process we follow. The One Room Challenge is a six week event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home and her media partner, House Beautiful. Participating bloggers select a room in their home to make-over. Each week you see the progression and then it’s the big reveal!

So if you missed my previous posts, you can catch up on the project here:

Inspiration | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6

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Transforming a room in six-weeks can get a little crazy at times, but I’m super excited it’s over and now I get to show you our new One Room Challenge Transitional Style Small Powder Room REVEAL!

This is my new powder room!

And what it looked like before. (I forgot to take a before picture – but picture this: plain walls, plain white toilet, plain white sink – can you envision this room. That’s right, it was PLAIN!)

So here’s actually what it looked like in-process:

The focal point of this room is THIS. GORGEOUS. WALLPAPER by Walls Need Love! This wall mural is called the Clara Wall Mural and is a removable, adhesive wallpaper. If you want a statement piece for one of your rooms, this is it!

My home and style is minimalistic and neutral in nature, but I love adding a few dramatic elements – like a gathering kitchen table (you can see it here), two cobalt blue sofas in the living room, and now this wall mural as you step into the entryway and catch a glimpse through the powder room door.

I LOVE wainscoting (which is the “picture frame” detail on the lower walls). Wainscoting is typically a traditional style, but since I wanted more of a modern twist I went with squares. Here’s what the finished wainscoting looks like.

And isn’t this the cutest little stool! I found it at Homegoods – they had two and I snagged both of them. The stool adds some texture to the space and provides a place for some reading material while doing –er business. (You can purchase the Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home book here and Elements of Style book here).

I also like to incorporate wood into a space – like the legs on the stool and these gorgeous 24″ length maple floating shelves. For now these shelves are displaying some art, extra hand towels, plants and a daily reminder to be ‘grateful’ (BTW: the grateful lettering is a free printable by Aedriel, found here).

Transitional Powder Room Makeover with Maple Floating Bathroom Shelves-6
Transitional Powder Room Makeover with Maple Floating Bathroom Shelves-7

Across from the shelves are beautiful framed photographs my son took earlier this year while hiking Oysterdome Lookout in Bellingham, WA. These were originally going to go on the wall behind the door, but they are much better placed over the toilet – bridging the space between the pedestal sink and mural.

I went with a white pedestal sink, generally considered traditional, but I chose one that was rounded to give a little modern edge to it. Also due to the room size, I went with an oval mirror (even though my heart wanted round, sometimes you just have to let things go!). Added a simple hand towel from CB2, a design-inspired liquid soap (I bought solely for the pretty factor) and these GORGEOUS modern switches!

Voila… this transitional style small powder room is completed! Want to see other One Room Challenge reveals? You’ll find them here.

Grateful | Light | Hand Towel | Faucet | Frames | Liquid Soap

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    1. Thanks Kat! It totally makes the space (along with the maple)! It was a fun challenge, but the best part is having a completed, lovely space. xo

    1. I’ll be checking out the ORC’s this weekend, so I’ll def check yours out! Yes, I wasn’t about to purchase a wide angle lens… just for this one shoot! haha

    1. Thanks friend! I’m not normally a wallpaper person either – but this one spoke to me AND since it’s removable, if I don’t like it in the future it’s really easy to remove AND NOT WRECK MY WALLS! haha xo

  1. What a beautiful powder room! I’m in love with that wallpaper – I’m always a sucker for a good floral pattern and love it even more because it’s black and white! You did a fantastic job Tana! xo Beth

    1. It’s pretty amazing – and it being black and white sold me! Thx for stopping by and commenting. Love ya girl!

  2. Beautiful! Is the baseboard trim Forget Me Not White like the panels/walls? Does that match the rest of your home? And did you install the sink after doing the wainscoting? Last question, what type of bulb (watt and temp in k) do you have? I’m looking for inspiration to update our new house’s powder room, and this is the perfect start!

    1. Hi Bailey! Yes, the baseboards and wainscoting areas are Forget Me Not White (semi-gloss though), matching the rest of our home baseboards + doors. The sink was already in place and I did not move it – I simply worked around it. We tested a lot of light bulbs and went with an 80 halogen from Lowes. Keep me posted on your new powder room! Can’t wait to see it once its completed. xo

    1. It wasn’t hard, the toughest part was lining up the graphic. The paint color by Sherwin Williams has been discontinued.

  3. Love love love this !! I am doing the same in our half bath . Did you leave the walls their original color and if so what was it? I am wanting to paint the walls and ceiling the same color and preferably dark navy or peppercorn.

    1. I did leave the upper walls their original color, which was called “clinical” by Frazee paint (which is now Sherwin Williams)

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