Old homes, like our elders, deserve much love and respect. They’ve stood the test of time. They’ve protected and sheltered families throughout the years.
When we were gathering design ideas for our powder room (aka half bathroom), our goal was to take this brand new space and make it look like it belonged in our century-old home. It’d be one way for us to pay homage to the house by bringing back the vintage character that was lost in prior remodels. With lighting and accessories, we’d add modern and industrial touches to the mix.
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Today, I get to share with you how all those elements came together in our modern vintage powder room!
In case it’s your first time here, I’ll give you a little history on where we began with this remodel. The entrance to this room used to be where you would enter into a 144 square foot guest bedroom off the main floor hallway. We decided to turn the room into 3 spaces: a 22 square foot half bathroom, a 40 square foot walk-in closet, and a 96 square foot en-suite master bathroom. You can see the finished master bathroom here. Extra square footage came from the 2 closets we no longer needed between the rooms. Click this link to see the before and after floor plans and read why these changes made sense in our home
As you can see from the before photos, we started off with a blank space. From Jason’s prior experience in construction, he was able to frame in the rooms, run the wiring, add plumbing, then drywall.
After that, we went into weekend-warrior-mode and decided we were up for the challenge of giving it the finishing details while staying within our budget of $600.
Welcome to our vintage modern powder room! It’s proof that smart choices in affordable materials and doing the work yourself makes all the difference.
Taking pictures in a windowless 4-1/2′ X 5′ bathroom is quite a challenge. I used a wide-angle camera lens so you could get a better view of the room in its entirety. Unfortunately, it makes the room look bigger than it actually is and makes the standard size toilet look like it’s an elongated bowl.
The first thing we tackled in this room was adding the beadboard planks. You can find the tutorial for the beadboard walls in this post. Then we added even more vintage charm by installing faux tin ceiling tiles as found in this tutorial.
I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was when I found the original doors to the house stored in the basement. After replacing the old hollow core door with the new-to-us 6-panel craftsman door, the room has even more authentic vintage character.
The rich navy paint, Sherwin Williams Gale Force, lends contrast against the white beadboard and crown molding painted with Alabaster, also by Sherwin Williams.
Small powder rooms usually lack in storage, especially if you have a pedestal sink, so I added a couple of baskets I found at the thrift store and a set of ceramic canisters I found online.
Then, I added another hanging basket on the wall to hold toilet paper.
My favorite accessory in the room is the sleek modern mirror that Jason welded from stock raw steel he had at his shop. I showed him a picture from Fixer Upper Episode 18, The Americana House, and gave him the dimensions that would fit our bathroom. You can find the mirror that can be custom made to your specifications in our Etsy Shop.
When you have a bathroom for guests, why not make the mirror both fun and functional?
Amazon also sells a similar mirror with a wooden shelf that’s affordable in the picture link below.
What I love most about this space is the juxtaposition of the masculine and feminine elements. The black framed metal mirror, the dark navy paint and the squared edges of the pedestal sink lend a masculine vibe. While the scalloped light fixture, the floral detail in the “tin” ceiling tiles and the brightness of the white beadboard feel fresh and feminine.
Let’s break down the cost of materials and accessories:
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Beard Oil | $1 (Jason swears he can’t build without it) 😉
Antique brass towel ring | $10
Toilet paper holder | $18
Wall basket- I already had| $0 (exact size and style wall basket)
Vintage Rug- search “small oushak rug” on Etsy | $40
Oil painting thrift store | $10
Set of baskets from thrift store | $15 (similar set of 3 baskets)
Paint- already had | $0 (Navy- SW Gale Force, White- SW Alabaster)
Pedestal sink found on Craigslist | $20
Faux tin ceiling panels | $40
Crown molding | $32
Chair rail | $17
Baseboard | $15
Trends come and go but the charm in old homes is timeless.
Our goal was to get the vintage look in a brand new bathroom. And I think we slammed dunked our goal, don’t you?
Other tutorials that went into this powder room remodel:
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