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My DIY Powder Room

Continuing my efforts of blog organization here is a before and “current” post for our powder room that will now be found under the “DIY Home” link in the navigation bar. Some pictures you will have seen before – others will be new! Enjoy!

Our DIY Powder Room

The powder room was our first gut-and-overhaul project. Coming in at only 12 square feet, it’s a small space. The original layout didn’t help at all – a pointless radiator took up too much floor space and crowded the rest of the bathroom to one corner. And that extended countertop you see? If you sat down the countertop was jutting into your back and your elbow was nudged up against the sink! Not to mention that beautiful access panel on the wall.

This room is so small it’s hard to get very good pictures, so the straight on view is the best you’re gonna get! You probably can’t tell from the photo, but that was the world’s tiniest sink! It’s not a standard depth (old house) and the faucet was in the corner. You could hardly get both hands in sink to wash them.

The entire room was completely gutted and we started from scratch.

The old floor was fake hardwood. We replaced it with a 2″ tile.

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DIY Powder Room Project Posts

Projects to Come:

  • Replace window trim
  • Install and paint quarter round shoe molding
  • Install window treatment / shutter
  • Seal tile floor

Beadboard Wallpaper on the Kitchen Backsplash

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I have a love-hate relationship with wallpaper.

I hate removing it – like from my bedroom and my kitchen(PS – if you haven’t seen the insanity of the kitchen wallpaper I inherited with this house, check it out here!) Then I discovered beadboard wallpaper… which I loooooove. (Extra “o” letters necessary.)

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I love the look of beadboard and We have it in several places in our house. Then, I discovered beadboard wallpaper and I was hooked. I started by trying it in my dining room and then I added a wall of it in my kitchen. And now I’m back because I added it as a backsplash in my kitchen!

To see a full tutorial on how to install beadboard wallpaper, click here.

We’ve been talking about adding a tile backsplash in our kitchen for ages, but it just hasn’t been a priority. Then I started toying with the idea of a beadboard backsplash. Since I still had part of an older roll in the basement, I started measuring and I had just barely enough (only three inches to spare!).

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I know what you are thinking – why did you put wallpaper on something called a backSPLASH!? Don’t you think that’s a stupid idea?

Well, our kitchen sink, the source of 95% of our splashing, is right in front of a wide window. And in the last two years cooking in the kitchen, I’ve just found that I don’t splatter on the backsplash very often. Plus, since the beadboard wallpaper is painted with two coats of paint, I can just as easily wash something off as I did on the wall.

Plus, it is easy to reverse if we decide to tile someday. We could have installed real wooden backsplash as well, but that would have required a lot more work, and we would have needed to redo more of the trim.

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The best part is – the upgrade was at no cost! I have purchased my Graham and Brown beadboard wallpaper rolls from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality’s shop where it runs $25 a roll.

Originally I purchased two rolls, so for $50 I was able to add beadboard in my dining room:

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and now my backsplash as well!

I think that’s $50 well-spent!

To see a full tutorial on how to install beadboard wallpaper, click here.

Installing a Beadboard Porch Ceiling – Part 2

Quite a while ago (last fall) we ripped out our porch ceiling andstarted installing a beadboard ceiling.

Part I can be found here.

Since it was so late in the year/too cold to paint, we left off here:


This spring we re-framed a large portion of the porch for a stronger structure.

We spacked, primed and painted the new structure.

We also installed crown molding to hide the imperfections.

Molding is a beautiful thing in that way.

As you can see, we also added some furring strips. We needed the one to cover a seam

(Long story: we cheated and hung the beadboard the opposite way so we had to make less cuts, but that left us with a big fat gap in the middle).  We added the rest of them to balance it out. Plus now we have a little extra architectural detail. #winning

Then I used Zinsser Primer as a base coat. I primed before spackling/caulking because it’s easier to see all the nail holes from the nail gun afterwards.

Then I went to town with a huge tub of spackle and about 8 tubes of caulking.

Then I gave it a few coats of standard white exterior paint.

We also switched out the light for a white one.

Before we see a lovely final shot, let’s take one more glance at the before:

Mainly because these days I am living for Before and Afters.

Hoorah! Nice and clean!

Now I’m on the hunt for some porch chairs, have any recommendations?

We have a Bathroom Again!

Recently (okay fine, back in September), we ripped out our downstairs bathroom. We have lived without it for the past 6 months – yikes! Since then I shared my Powder Room Inspiration Board andshared tales of burning the midnight oil with our last-minute tile choosing session.

Believe me when I say I am SO glad this project is nearing completion. (Yippee!!)

When we bought our house this was what the powder room looked like:

Dated, but the main problem was that while sitting on the porcelain throne, your shoulder was wedged on the sink countertop.

Although this is a tiny room (12 square feet), there was plenty of room on the other side of the toilet, so we decided to make a few changes.

Beautiful, right? I’m not sure which part is my favorite.

Last summer we ripped out the awkward extending countertop, had the radiator removed and moved the toilet over on to the other wall. And that’s how it stayed until the fall when it all met our friend Mr. Dumpster.

Due to a number of issues, we ripped out all the drywall on the sink-side of the bathroom.

(By the way, our of our favorite DIY tools are these Harbor Freight Dual Head Pivoting Work Lights. Since we both work full-time, we have to do a lot of our projects at night. These lights make a HUGE difference.)

We put up new drywall, beadboard, baseboards, chair rail and crown molding. We also replaced some of the trim around the window and doorframe, and also put in new outlets.

Oh YEAH, and we got a new floor!

Then we primed like crazy. Did I mention our appraisal was less than 24 hours away at this point?

While I love my beadboard wallpaper, you can see we decided to put “real” beadboard in this room. The reason for this is that the beadboard wallpaper, while awesome, doesn’t work so well in “danger zones”. What I mean by this is, the wallpaper has a puffy texture to it and can indent easily. Since this room is so tiny, the chance of coming in contact with the wall is greater.

Then, voila!

We purchased a new toilet and this vanity (we got the 24″) from Lowes. We got our faucet on clearance.

Can anyone tell me why faucets are so expensive?

This vanity is GREAT for small spaces! While the cabinet is only 12″ deep (which was all we had – hence the previous super skinny sink), the sink bowls out to 18″ leaving you plenty of space to wash your hands. The old sink was so tiny you couldn’t even get both hands in.

The trim and beadboard are painted Valspar Swiss Coffee and the walls are painted Valspar Willow Wynd, it’s a soothing gray green.

And the floor is from Murano smart tiles from Home Depot.

We just have a few more essentials to take care of – lighting, window shade and a mirror! Then I’ll share some more beauty shots with you – this post is long enough!

Lastly, I submitted our kitchen to Traci’s “March Before and After” Link Party, and she has featured my kitchen in her highlights!

I’d like to send a big THANKS to Traci at Beneath my Heart – her blog is great!. Be sure to check out all the other fun projects this month here, and check out Traci’s awesome kitchen renovations while you are over there!