Off our kitchen is a little powder room. To be honest, this tiny space was one of the selling points of the house! My husband and I both work from home so having 1.5 bathrooms meant there are options (shall we say) if someone is in the other bathroom. ANYWAY it was plain and boring so I decided to redo it! I wanted to add some personality (with things like adding a bathroom sink skirt) to it. Let me show you!
Here’s the bathroom! I wasn’t exaggerating- it’s small! Just a utility sink, toilet, and medicine cabinet NOT over the sink. Why? More importantly, why is there an outlet over the sink?
The pipes in this room are all exposed. So I needed to work with that. I also was in dire need of storage- see the toilet paper on the back of the toilet. Not cute.
My last goal for the space was to address the medicine cabinet. I didn’t want to move it (it can’t go over the sink because that’s a concrete wall). So I wanted to make it cute while keeping it functional. That’s where we store our first aid stuff- you know, band aids and stuff.
powder room plan
wallpaper / inspiration picture / mirror / chandelier
I came up with a plan for the powder room. The main element is the new Windsong Pink Crane Wallpaper from A Street Prints! Isn’t it beautiful? Florida is home to two species of cranes and since I’m trying to embrace all things local and beauty/coastal with this house’s design, it seemed perfect!
To start on the wallpapering, I used my laser level so I could get the first piece up perfectly straight.
One thing I like to do when wallpaper is to trim off the top of the wallpaper. Then, I like to use it as a measuring guide. That way, I could tell how far over I needed to paste the wall or to see where the wallpaper would line up.
When rounding the corner with this piece of wallpaper, the paper was very wrinkly on the left side since the walls weren’t square. So I took an exact knife and sliced it in the corner.
Cutting the paper in the corner made it so both sides could lay flat will still matching up. Sometime corners work without cutting a line in the corner so make sure to try it first by bending the wallpaper and seeing how it lies. If it doesn’t work, just slice the wallpaper into two pieces in the corner. But always try the easiest option first ;).
One thing I like to do to save time while measuring the wallpaper is to pull open the measuring tape to the correct height of the wall (plus a few inches for excess in case the ceiling isn’t straight). Then, when I need to cut a new strip, I cut the top so it matches up with the pattern repeat. Finally, I put the wallpaper on the floor and trim it to the right height.
Here’s me doing the wallpapering. I put wallpaper adhesive on a roller and spread it on the wall before adding the wallpaper so it sticks.
You might tell I’m sweaty and that’s because there isn’t air conditioning in this area of the house. It was 90 degrees inside that day- so hot to be wallpapering! But totally worth it ;).
ledge faux wall
Now that the wallpaper was in, I had to decide what to do about the exposed pipes on this wall. At first, I was just planning on putting chair molding up where the wallpaper ends and living with the pipes. A reader suggested making a faux wall with bead board in front that would create a ledge. I thought that was genius and my husband agreed so we started building!
First went in a frame made of 2×4’s. It was a little tricky to put in because holes had to be created in the wood to go around the pipes. The other hard part is that this is a cinder block wall so attaching it to the wall was going to be hard.
To deal with the cinder block walls, one piece of wood was secured into the wall. We had to use a mason drill bit first before to be able to screw that piece of wood in. Then two boards of the frame could be secured into that board and it was really sturdy.
To finish up the wall, a finish piece of wood was put on top. Then bead board was screwed to the front of the frame! In the after pictures you’ll be able to see the baseboards and cap molding we added to really finish the ledge off. The bead board was also installed on the other four walls for a continuous design.
bathroom sink skirt
You can see how pretty the faux wall was looking here! The eyesore now was under the sink. I decided to skirt the sink in order to make it pretty AND provide a place for storage. First off, I measured the width, depth, and height of the sink. To get the correct yardage, I doubled the width and depth of the sink so I could get a full, gathered skirt.
I wanted the skirt to hit the bottom of the sink. It worked perfectly to get 2 yards of fabric. I ordered this ticking fabric from Amazon. For the bathroom sink skirt, I planned on cutting the fabric into two pieces- one for the front of the sink and one for the side.
The other supplies I used for making the sink skirt are-
- sticky velcro– 1 package
- hem tape– 1 package
- needle and thread
To make the sink skirt, I started by cutting the fabric to the right length. I used the height of the sink plus two inches (for the hems). After I cut the fabric, I ironed it. Next, I folded over the fabric and ironed on the hem tape to the four sides. Note, I don’t have my sewing machine with me here in Florida, so I made this without one.
Once the edges were hemmed on both pieces of fabric (one for the front and one for the side), I took a needle and thread and threaded it along the top of the hem. Once I reached the end of the length, I pulled the threads so they gathered. I gathered the fabric until it was the correct width of the sink. Then I knotted off the string. I repeated this process for both pieces of skirting.
Next, I added some velcro to the bottom of the sink. I put the soft side there so if my husband has to work under the sink, it’s not pokey.
Finally, I added the other side of the velcro to the top of the fabric. Even though it’s sticky, I stitched it on to make sure it stays. It’s so humid here and with the weight of the fabric, I didn’t want it to fall off the velcro. Sewing through the sticky velcro is kind of annoying (your needle will get gummy), but for my climate, this was a necessary step.
Now for the easy and fun part! Just connect the two pieces of velcro and you have a bathroom sink skirt!
It looks so cute up! I was holding the skirting up before attaching it and saying how it looks like an actual skirt. That’s when I realized the reason I love this project so much- I wear a dress pretty much everyday! Of course, I want my sink to wear one too lol!
Under the sink curtain, I put in a basket that holds a roll of toilet paper and a candle. You know, stuff that’s not cute enough to be out always- lol. I also have a can of damp rid to help with the humidity in here. I was worried about the velcro sticking because of the humidity so hopefully this’ll help keep the bathroom sink skirt up.
Note, the last time I made a sink skirt was for my sister’s kitchen. I wish I would have bought more fabric so it would have been fuller. Because it went under the sink, I used a tension rod to keep it up (which was pretty functional because the fabric can slide over to open). I just thought I’d give another option to hang it because this is better if you have cabinet walls to use a rod on.
rainbow wall hanging
Next to the sink was an old medicine cabinet. Since, like I mentioned above, we still use it, I wanted to keep it functional but I wanted to change up the appearance.
So I hung this cutie oval brass mirror from Target over the sink. It’s small, but ended up being the perfect size for over the little utility sink! Also, note the cute new soap dispenser! Anyway, since that mirror was up, I didn’t need the older one.
I wanted to add art over the old mirror, but I didn’t have anything around the house I could use. Since thrifting isn’t an option right now, I wanted to make my own art.
I didn’t have any wood on hand, so when my husband picked up the building supplies for the faux wall and some plumbing supplies (the toilet in here started leaking while we were working in here), he got me a piece of wood! And it was less than $2!
Then he used some old picture hangers and mounted them on the back so it hooks right onto the medicine cabinet! Magic! This way, if anyone down the road wants the medicine cabinet as is, it’s fine and functional and the art comes off easily.
I painted the wood white and then sketched on the outline of a rainbow. I used a pencil on a string to get the arches mostly right. You can see that I made mistakes and had to paint over them. Which is fine!
Then I took some paint I had on hand to paint a neutral pink and beige rainbow. That was the last DIY for this room. Ready to see the after pictures?!
Here is the finished powder room in all her glory!!! Isn’t she pretty!
One aspect of this room we haven’t talked about yet is this glorious swan faucet!!! I found it for a great deal online and my husband installed it. It’s whimsical and ridiculously perfect for in here! I LOVE IT!!!
It pulls in all the gold tones in here and is fun and fancy! Doesn’t it look pretty over the new bathroom sink skirt?!
For decor on the ledge, I used some vintage brass swans I had on hand. The other day while I was on a walk, I found some boxes of home decor to be donated and, well, I dumpster dived and bought these three glasses home. The bottoms were frosted so I painted them pink to match. Then I snipped some ferns from my yard for foliage.
Speaking of dumpster diving, the wicker vase on the back of the toilet was also in that same box- lol. The art above the toilet was thrifted awhile ago and fits in here perfect with the warm wood frame. Side note, the old toilet seat was all scratched up and stained. We replaced just the seat for $20 and it looks like a whole new toilet!
wallpaper / mirror / chandelier / swan faucet / fabric for sink skirt / soap dispenser /
I thought I’d show a view of the new rainbow art. It might be a little too childish in here, but I still like it! If I was a fancier painter, I think a landscape of the ocean would be beautiful. But that’s the beauty of this project, I can always paint over it!
I also wanted to mention the mini chandelier in here. It’s the first upgrade we did months ago when we replaced the lighting in the rest of the house. There used to just be a bare bulb in here. This brass chandelier from Kichler is so perfect and looks really pretty hanging from the 9′ ceilings in here.
And now we’ll finish this post in my favorite way possible- with a before and after gif! Also, how about a price breakdown for this room?!
- Mirror $50
- Soap Dispenser $8
- Swan Faucet $65
- Materials to make bathroom sink skirt $20
- Chandelier $150
- Art $7
- Wallpaper $420
- New Toilet Seat $25
- DampRid $3
- Building Materials (bead board, base boards, cap moulding, 2×4) $52
It’s so satisfying to see how far this room came in a week and a day! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. And I’d love to hear your favorite part! Mine is probably the wallpaper! Or maybe the ledge wall. Or possibly the bathroom sink skirt- lol! What’s yours?
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Another clever and beautiful makeover.
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Thanks so much for following along Pat!
Really beautiful makeover!
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Thank you Mary!💖
It turned out great! I do agree though about the rainbow art, I think something else would be better 😊
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Thanks Sandra! I needed something simple to contrast the wallpaper. It’ll do for now, but we’ll see what else I can find 😉
Kari Hansen says
That faucet is the bomb! And so is the wallpaper. The faux wall to cover the pipes is brilliant. Overall an awesome makeover that is worth every penny because it’s a high-traffic room.
I like the idea of covering the medicine cabinet with art, but do agree that something more sophisticated would suit the wallpaper better. What if you found a print or b/w photograph you loved, mounted it to the board and then trimmed it out with small molding to make a frame for it? You could also seal the print first to protect it from moisture. You could then do a coordinating print over the toilet. The frame could be white or even a faux brass gilding treatment to echo your other metals.
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Thanks Kari! I love those ideas, now you’ve got me thinking! 💖
Leslie P. says
I’ve never seen anyone make such beautiful yet affordable updates! And so quickly too! I have the exact same sink and am now looking forward to making a beautiful skirt like yours. Thanks for all the inspo!
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Wow, thank you Leslie. The skirt makes it so much cuter, hopefully you’ll love it for yours too 💕
This is amazing!!! You made an UGLY bathroom absolutely GOUREOUS!!! I so much enjoyed this post. BTW I found it from A STROLL THRU LIFE:)
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