It’s finally finished

I have a finished powder room!

After living in this home for three years and hating the powder room, can you believe it was too big!  Just felt like a big cavernous hole especially with the puny pedestal sink.  Anyways, I made do for awhile by wallpapering a couple of walls (the wallpaper from Graham & Brown called Charming – that I blogged about last week) and changing the light fixture to a much prettier one.
Here’s the before pictures:

This last one shows the wallpaper from Graham & Brown.  Check out how Kelly’s used this wallpaper in her gorgeously finished master bedroom over at Design Ties.

But now, I think it is my favourite room in the house!!

So what did I do, well first I must give my hubby lots of credit as he did all the hard labour and had to sacrifice himself and go buy some new power tools – it was tough but he hung in there and finished it quickly! 😉   I was also trying to stay on a budget as we will have four children in university and college in the fall and we’re trying to be responsible parents.
A couple of months ago I found the perfect 1920’s mahogany dresser at an antique sale for the great price of $300.  I had been looking for one to convert into a vanity that was the correct size, shape and finish.   It looked like this when we got it.

Then I went looking for the sink and faucet.  Well I wanted an oval sink to mirror the bow in the dresser and I had wanted a bowl sink but the dresser was already 34″ high so I had to find something else otherwise as a vanity it would be too high.  After much looking I finally found a Kohler sink for that was oval, the right size and had about a 1 1/2″ lip to make it feel more like a bowl sink. Here it is:

Then the faucet, I originally wanted a more modern style faucet but I felt that since the sink, light fixture and wallpaper were quite modern that I should go with a more vintage feeling faucet to tie the vanity into the space.  Here’s the faucet I chose, a bit of a splurge but it’s beautiful – it’s a Showhouse (by Moen) and it’s called Waterhill in a chrome finish.


And the Waterhill matching toilet paper holder…so pretty!

Okay I have the two pieces that hubby needs to get started and here’s the work in progress. This is our supervisor Milo always at the ready to lend a paw.

Now him and hubby are discussing the plumbing and what needs to be done….
Any mice back there?
And here’s how it looks now!!
Here’s a close up of the vanity and the mirror that I found a Home Sense that was perfect. The photographs are mine from Paris (of course)….


Even Milo was pleased with the results and gave it his Paw of Approval!
I don’t know if you noticed but I didn’t stick with one metallic finish.  The light fixture, faucet, towel and toilet paper holder and glass shelf are all in a chrome finish.  The orchid bowl, mirror, vase (on floor), picture frame above the toilet and the medallions over the toilet are all in an antiqued silver finish.  Because the handles on the vanity are the original brass ones (which I didn’t want to change) and the wallpaper has an antique gold in it, I felt that bringing in some warm yellow tones would tie everything together.
And my budget, well it came in around $1200 which I think is pretty good.  That included the vanity, plumbing pieces, mirror, sink, faucet and accessories.  It doesn’t include my hubby’s new tools as apparently we needed those anyways!! 😉  Well, I’m so very, very, very pleased with the results and that I have one room in the house completed… what’s next????


  1. Lisa, it looks so elegant. I can see why it’s your favorite room.

  2. Love, love, LOVE it!!!!! Bravo!!!! You and your hubby did a fantastic job. I love that you combined new pieces with old pieces and different metals. And that wallpaper…. well, you know how I feel about that wallpaper 🙂

    I’m going to try to finish up my bedroom this weekend so I can post about it, and I’ll include a link to your powder room post 🙂 Maybe I should pop over to HS right now and look for some accessories….

    You need to link up your powder room makeover with Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

    Awesome room!! 🙂 *insert standing ovation here*


  3. What a fantastic transformation Lisa!! I absolutely love it, I love the grey walls, the wallpaper, and the awesome converted dresser. You have great taste.

    Feels so good to finish a project hey?? I hope that will be me soon with a few things!

  4. Beautiful Lisa – what a difference to your cavernous powder room! The combination of colours really works and that vanity is to die for. Great choices for all of your fixtures and finishes! Can’t wait see what else you tackle – hmmm – I think hubby might need a new radial arm saw – don’t you?

  5. Very Very impactful. Small space, but great on style.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  6. This is right up my alley. I’m loving it. Superb work.

  7. HaHaHa! Milo is a supervisor like our Scotty!! He’s so pretty, too!!

    LOVE your bathroom transformation! I particularly love the vanity. It looks soooo good! Great choices all around, Lisa. And of course the wallpaper. Sigh!! Perfect!

  8. It turned out great! I just spent 3 weeks in France and have wanted to turn some of my photos to black and white prints for my bath. Who enlarged your prints for you? Thanks!

  9. Thanks Everyone! Hi Penny – I had my photos enlarged through Loblaws but I’ve also used Costco – both were done online and very inexpensively. The frames were from Michaels and you can also get some great ones at Home Sense, Winners and Ikea. I love using my own photos for artwork – helps make your space more personal.

  10. This is an amazing makeover!!! Beautiful….

  11. Totally looks wonderful! I would love to feature this on my blog if you are interested just send me an email back for this comment.

    p.s. I adore your cat. I have a furry feline- helper for all of my projects too! And he has a sixth sense about when and where I am taking a picture and always gets in!

  12. Lisa, Your bathroom looks so beautiful and elegant. I can see why it’s your favorite room, the wallpaper is fabulous and I love the black touches. I like using differnt finishes as well and my bathroom has both silver and brass as well. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Lisa this is just STUNNING! I absolutely love it!

    And I agree with the metal finish combination, I think it looks beautiful, the golden metals really do bring some warmth, and relates perfectly to the wallpaper.

    Let me know if you ever want any of your gorgeous designs featured on my blog =) I love your beautiful work.

    BTW thanks for entering my giveaway 😉


  14. Great powder room makeover! Inspiring!

  15. Wonderful work, Lisa! Loving the sink idea, especially when an undermount may not be in the cards but you still want a luxe look!

  16. Your fabulous powder room redo made the,”Top 5 Hits,” this week at Singing With Birds. Please check it out and grab a button! I’m a new follower too…thanks.

  17. Gorgeous! Love all the chic and stylish elements and that wallpaper, whoa. I redid my master bath and posted about it, but you are leagues beyond me. Wonderful wonderful!

  18. Oh Wow – Stellar transformation. Bravo!!!


  19. Hello sweet Lisa – I’m a new follower of your fabulous blog via Met Monday (catching up from last week!). What a beautiful bathroom! I love the converted dresser into vanity! And all the little touches are amazing. Great job.

    Thank you for sharing. I’d love for you to come by for a visit – I’m having a giveaway!


  20. Just LOVE this! Best accent wall of the year!

  21. Wow! What a gorgeous and inviting transformation, Lisa! I love it! Just marvellous! Using your own photos of Paris must make it even more special, no doubt! 🙂
    Pam, OR DESIGN glassworks,

  22. This is so gorgeous!! Just love that you took a piece with character and turned it into the vanity. Stunning!

  23. Hi,Lisa! Great floral wallpaper indeed! I love the gray and I like it a lot how the flowers soften up the space!:)


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