Jake and Karen's house...
...the progress

powder room current photos; framing mirror

Small powder room just at the front of the house. I'm happy that there's a cabinet and not a pedestal, I can store the waste bin, extra toilet paper, clean wipes, hand lotion, etc without cluttering the room. We decided we couldn't wait for the year to be up, we had to do one room in the house so we chose the smallest. Though it's small, it's a lot of work, small space, angled walls and fixtures to work around. We decorated it in a dark colour, Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe (HC-85), and the trim, mirror frame and tray are Benjamin Moore Cloud White (CC-40). We used the new Ulti-matte on the walls, it covers very well and looks very rich. For the trim we used the oil based satin, it wipes up really nicely, we'll carry this trim colour throughout the house.

Here's the completed room. We painted the room, added crown moulding, added extra thick baseboards, built a frame for the existing builder's frameless mirror (read more about the mirror framing project), changed the faucet, built a small tray for over the toilet tank. I'm very happy to see we achieved a very unique look, nothing like what you would expect a builder's powder room to look like. The dark colour doesn't make the room look small at all, it's very dramatic. (I will get better photos later on, unfortunately my digital camera is in the shop so I don't have access to my wide angle lens, the photo below shows the scale of the room much better than this one.)

Here's what it looked like before, pretty typical, basic, builder's powder room.

Here's the wonderful builder's supplied light.. yuck.

Here's the replacement fixture, it's satin nickel, reasonably priced at living lighting.

Here's what the room looked like when you entered.

Here's what it looks like now. You really see some of the special touches, we did thicker baseboards, we added crown moulding and finally bought a toilet paper holder (Home Depot). We also added a single pot light in addition to the vanity light, it points toward the piece of Indonesian art (Homesense) and adds an extra touch. As an aside, I bought that carving over 3 years ago, just because I loved it, I had no place for it. When we moved in to the house, I put it on that diagonal wall because it fit so well and added a slight bit of interest, now with the paint, the rest of the room, it really looks great here, goes to show if you buy what you love, it will work into your decor all by itself.

Here's the close up of the tray on top of the toilet tank. It's built from MDF and painted the trim colour, cloud white. The leaf is fake, from Pier 1, the rocks I think are from Ikea.

Close up of the faucet and soap dispenser. I really wanted the faucet but since the sink had 3 holes already, we improvised and added a sop dispenser and a chrome hole plug in between. The faucet came from Costco special order.