Powder Room Updates with More to Come

Sorry about the short blog hiatus.  I am basically single parenting right now while the hubby works furiously for various political candidates across the country.  I have some great posts coming this week so stick around!

Every time I go into our first floor powder room, I cannot help thinking that this tiny room used to be our kitchen.  Well, half of our kitchen to be more accurate but still... that was a really tiny kitchen!  If you're curious, here is a picture of our original (somewhat messy) kitchen.

The window on the right is now our half bath window.  Still pretty amazing to me!  (If you're interested, check out our new kitchen here)

Anyway, I thought I would relay a few details of our half bath.  Needless to say with a 3 year old and another on the way, a first floor bathroom was a VERY high priority when we were designing our house.  Our basic 1940 colonial only had one real full bathroom on the second floor and a pseudo bathroom in the basement - a toilet and shower in a tiny room with the laundry room sink outside the door.  Not palatial but functional.

So, we got our first floor half bath in the remodel - yeah!  I always planned for this to be a clean but dramatic room, but it is definitely not there yet.   Here are some pictures of where things are now. (Note:  This is a SMALL room so these pictures were challenging to take!)

The paint color is Duron Naval in eggshell finish.  The trim color is Duron Toque White in semi-gloss.  The sink base was purchased at the Home Expo going out of business sale.  Faucet by Pegasus.  Light fixture from Restoration Hardware - purchased at their outlet store for less than $20 including the shades!  The mirror was purchased at my neighbor's yard sale for $10 several years back.  I wonder if they remember?  The window treatments are cordless roman shades from JC Penney (since discontinued - too bad because they were great and I would have bought them for other rooms in our house!).  I seriously love that woven step can too.  Hard to find step cans with style but with a tissue loving dog and two kids - they are a necessity in my house.

Troublemaker in Chief

On the toilet side of the room, I recently updated the artwork from this cute but undersized print of a ship on the St. Lawrence Seaway (near our alma mater of the same name in upstate New York) -

 To this - a really fun poster of the Washington Monument which suits the area much better.

This last update has inspired me to start finding other DC architectural drawings and paintings to add to the room.  So far I have found a few but I need to do some framing before I hang them. 

To amp up the drama, I am seriously considering doing a stencil of some sort.  I think it would look amazing but it's really a matter of how much contrast I want in there as far as color.  I am going to do some samples pretty soon and then see what you all think.  Stay tuned!

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