4.06.2016

Mom's Powder Room Makeover Plans

A few weeks before we had the twins, Scott started helping my mom renovate her powder room. This tiny bathroom was visible from the front door so it has always bothered my mom that it looked dated and uninspired.

Here's a before picture I snapped when the bought the house. Like the rest of the home, it was meticulously cared for by an elderly couple but hadn't been updated since the late 1980s when it was built. It came complete with shiny gold hardware and lighting and a busy wallpaper pattern.


We were attempting to tackle some projects before the twins arrived (and by we, I mean my husband and my mom, since I was on bed rest), and this powder room was on the list. She started by picking out a fantastic graphic ceramic tile from Home Depot for the main wall behind the sink and toilet, and the rest of the design went from there. I couldn't find all of the products online that she ended up picking, but here's a mood board to show you her general design direction.

Powder Room Makover


That geometric tile is the real showstopper, and I was so impressed that it was from Home Depot. It's part of an affordable line by Merola Tile inspired by the cement tiles that are so popular right now. You know, the kind Joanna has been using for a lot of the kitchen and bathroom floors on Fixer Upper? This provides a similar look at a fraction of the price. They have many patterns to choose from in this grey family, plus a few that are more colorful. (I'm pretty sure this goes without saying, but Home Depot isn't sponsoring this post. I wish they were! Ha. We just stumbled upon these tiles and thought they were awesome, so it's my blogger duty to share with you in case you're in the market for some modern, affordable tile.)


For the floor, she chose a greyish brown wood plank-look ceramic tile that she had already used in the kitchen. She found the vanity on sale for 50% off at Home Depot (just under $130), and its 24" width just the right width for the narrow space. I couldn't find the exact vanity online, so I chose a similar one for the mood board. A pedestal sink would have worked in here as well, but she wanted some additional storage.


My in-laws were in town this weekend so I got to make a quick trip to HomeGoods (such an amazing luxury after more than 8 weeks on bed rest), and I spotted this fantastic capiz mirror that I thought would be perfect for her bathroom. Sure enough, it was just the right size! It was a bit of a splurge by our frugal standards at $100, but that's actually a steal for a capiz mirror. She loved the dramatic, unique shape and that the warm white of the capiz would coordinate nicely with the warm white of the vanity.


Progress is a little bit slow on this project since we are so busy caring for our newborn twins, but we make the trek to my mom's house when we can so that Scott can continue to finish up the last touches. I will share final pictures very soon!

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We've taken the babies on some outings already - doctor appointments, a Target shopping trip, even brunch - and they've done really well. I can't tell you how excited this makes me after spending the last two months in isolation on bed rest. I've been dying to get out of the house so I am thrilled to take them on little field trips to my usual haunts. I haven't gone with them alone yet, but I'm working my way up to that.

I'll be back soon to share photos from their newborn shoot and a quick update on how we're navigating life as first-time parents to twins.




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