Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Silvery Powder Room Makeover in One Weekend

Four years ago, when we first moved into our brand-new home, I painted our main floor powder room a sunshiney yellow shade.  Last January I used those yellow walls as  the beginning of a gold/grey colour scheme.    I really liked the warmth of the wall colour and the modern feel of the grey mixed in.  

But now, a year later, my little, well-used powder room needs a little fix-up.  
Well actually - it needs A LOT of fix-up!!

So why does this room need a re-do??

Well - I'd say this is the most-used room in our home besides the kitchen.  I know I don't have to get into the details about why a powder room servicing a family of five including three kids under 8 might get a little "roughed up," but here are a few....

This is a close-up of the bead board wallpaper I put up 2 years ago.  Cute at the time, but now it has scratches and dents everywhere and is far from pretty!

You get the picture....

The paint I chose is Burnished Metal by Behr. 
I bought the paint/primer in one so the yellow covered easily in one coat of grey.  
But the bead board wallpaper was another story!!
As I pulled the paper off of the wall, the vinyl outer layer peeled off easily, but the pasted paper layer remained stuck to the wall

After a bit of panic (after all this was supposed to be a relatively easy and low-stress makeover!) I remembered how my mother used to remove wallpaper when I was a little girl - a spray bottle of a water/vinegar solution and a metal scraper.  And wouldn't you know it - it worked like a charm!!

After the final layer of paper was off, I gave the walls a good wash down and my dear, sweet hubby got to work.  
I had purchased $30 worth of decorative trim for him to attach to the wall as  our own version of "board and batten." He measured everything out and applied to wood easily with his trusty compressor and nail gun.  

Some painter's tape, some priming and some painting later, this is how my powder room walls look now:

Pretty gorgeous, huh??  I love how it turned out. 
 And done all in one weekend !!

Now that the walls are done, I can focus on some new accessories and decor for the space.  I am thinking I want a really vintage vibe for this room.....
Keep an eye on the blog for an update soon....

(And if you thought my hubby was just another good-looking guy who is good with a nail gun, this is what I found him doing later in the  day:

Who says Mommy has to do all of the blow-drying around here ??

Much love,



  1. Beautiful bathroom!
    What a great dad your dh is! That's so sweet.

  2. Oh my gosh, I just fell even more in love with my bro-in-law right this moment. Love you Kev! And B, I can't wait to see what prettiness you have in store for the powder room. Hugs to you all XO

  3. Your bathroom looks great! Loved the last pic with your husband, as well.

  4. Very pretty bathroom makeover! Love that your hubs does the blow drying!

  5. SO I think what you're sayin' is that you are keeping that guy ? : )

    The bath looks wonderful ! Last pic is cute as can be, too! :)

  6. Gorgeous update! Way to go! Can't wait to see the vintage accents, (I love vintage too!) Thanks for stopping by housebyhoff! Following you back! :)

  7. I love this redo! I painted my living room with a similar grey several years ago and love the versatility of the color. Found you through the hop...I look forward to reading more!

  8. wow. the walls look fabulous! love the color choice too!

  9. Love your new walls! My bathrooms are currently getting a makeover right now, too - come on over and see my latest post! :-)

  10. Wow, your walls look fabulous! I love how they look now.
    Saw you sharing at StoneGable: Tutorial Tips and Tidbits.
    Debbie :)

  11. Looks great! It's nice having a hubby who is handy (even with a blowdryer). I came over from The Grant Life.

  12. What a beautiful color choice Bronwyn, it turned out great! Thank you so much for linking up your creative projects at the Pretty Things Party at twelveOeight :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  13. Very Nice so clean & crisp! I found you via Happy Hour Project & I am a new follower. I hope you will do the same & follow me too~

  14. Love the color you picked for the walls, visiting from Imparting Grace and I'm your newest follow. Stop by when you get a chance!


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