Bold Powder Room Makeover for $394
Architectural details and a monochromatic paint scheme add a dose of drama to a formerly drab space
Sometimes, leftover project materials can inspire a new design. After Sabrina and Mike Macchione's whole-house renovation, they had a pile of shoe molding and a gallon of dark paint, so they decided to incorporate it all into the powder room of their Toronto home—a small space where, Sabrina says, she felt willing to take a big risk, stylewise.
Shown: Floor-to-ceiling paneling and a moody palette give the room a luxe feel. The updated rectangular sink sits on a wood console. A bronze sconce and a gold mirror pop against gray walls.
First they removed the toilet and sink and replaced the dated ceramic floor tile with leftover oak hardwood. Wanting the look of traditional paneling, Sabrina and Mike mocked up a design on paper, then nailed in the molding to create the wall frames. A coat of graphite paint unifies trim and walls for a seamless effect. Sabrina bought a rectangular vessel sink, and the couple built a custom console base using 4x4s, which they stained and polyurethaned. For the ceiling, Sabrina hung textured vinyl wallpaper that she painted a deep indigo blue. Adding a coffered ceiling grid made from MDF strips gave it more architectural character. Now, Sabrina, who blogs about her renovation at pinklittlenotebook.com, loves her half bath. "We went out of our comfort zone," she says of the dramatic result. "And we couldn't be happier."
Shown: The main-floor powder room was dated and devoid of personality—the definition of beige and "blah."
• Laid down oak hardwood left over from remodeling the rest of the house $0
• Created wall panels using shoe molding they had on hand, then painted the walls with leftover gray paint $0
• Bought a new sink and built a custom console for it out of 4x4s $106
• Installed a sleek single-handle faucet and a dual-flush toilet $228
• Hung textured wallpaper on the ceiling, painted it deep blue, then layered on a grid of MDF 1x4s $30
• Removed the glass globe from an exterior sconce, added an opaque round bulb, and mounted it above the sink $30
• Swapped mirrors with Sabrina's mother for a fresh new look $0