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We’ve never had a powder room before. I’ve always wanted one – they just sound classy – a room just for POWDERING things! How decadent! I hardly know what to powder (my nose? my wig? donuts?), but I wanted to join the powder room club.
But beyond that silly thought – I’ve often admired the advice from decorating shows: the powder room is the smallest room in your house – treat it like a jewel box – you can splurge on an expensive wallpaper – even on a small budget!
Splurge on a budget!?! That’s right in my wheelhouse.
Last month when we turned closet (with no rough-in!) into a basement bathroom I was thrilled to follow that advice.
I went searching for the perfect wallpaper – price be damned! I’m making a Jewel Box. After careful searching, I found one I loved. It was this Farrow and Ball Wallpaper. It was going to look lovely: graceful, organic, classic but still modern. I was sold.
And then I checked the price. $350 per roll! I’d need at least 2.
That’s $700 just for wallpaper!!! What?!?! That’s not going to happen. I couldn’t even afford enough of this wallpaper to decorate an actual jewel box.
So, it called for some creativity. And after some searching, I came up with a much more affordable alternative – which I love even more! Home Depot liked my idea too and gave us a gift card to cover our costs!
Our project turned out more beautiful than I even pictured.
Here are the details on our budget-friendly alternative to elegant designer wallpaper. It’s modern and graceful and soft green and shimmery gold…
- Metallic Gold Wall Paint
- We used Rustoleum Metallic in Soft Gold Did you know you can get metallic sheen paints in big pots? There are so many finishes!
- Soft Green Paint
- We used Behr’s “Wabi-Sabi” Marquee in eggshell
- Wabi-Sabi is soft and elegant and after I learned about what Wabi Sabi means I was sold: basically it’s the Japanese concept of celebrating the beauty in imperfection. I love that idea!
- This graphic leaf stencil from StencilsLabNY
- Painters tape – this one is our favourite (after trying so many duds!)
- Repositionable spray adhesive
- Small Roller and tray
- Small artists paintbrush
NEW! ⇒ If a Video Tutorial is more your style – scroll to the bottom – we’ve got a video there for you!
What I learned about how to stencil corners:
- Watch a video for tips.
- I watched this one. (But, know that it is so much harder than it looks! If I’d known how hard mere mortals find stencilling corners, I think I would have been less frustrated with my lack of skill.)
- Repositionable adhesive is your friend.
- Don’t leave the store without it. (Our beautiful large scale design was floppy, a smaller rigid stencil may not require it.)
- Line up your stencil pattern on either side of the corner. Paint as close as you can into the corner – and expect to touch up the lines with a small paintbrush afterwards.
- Better yet – consider just doing an accent wall!
- Then you just tape the wall alongside your accent wall and you won’t cry while you do this. (Yeah, this stressed me out tons and I may have teared up from acute stress. But – it was WORTH IT!)
New! Here’s a Video Tutorial of all the steps:
For more about how we turned this basement closet into this stylish powder room – keep reading here.
All the details…
- We’ve got a detailed tutorial with the steps and tips on how to install a bathroom in a basement without breaking concrete.
- We took an IKEA sink and made our own floating wood vanity from $30 in supplies – it makes this small room seem so much bigger. (And you know we love IKEA hacks.)
- We did a reclaimed wood stain finish on our vanity – with things from around the house – for pennies!
- We installed tongue and groove ceiling planks.
- And we’ve shared about how we did all the finishing touches on our Classic, Modern, Natural Powder Room: