The Powder Room: Before – Spring ORC Week 1

It’s that time of year again!! We’re joining in on another edition of the One Room Challenge and are all set to complete another space in the Dreamhouse. This round we’ll to be making over our powder room.

If you’re new here or are unfamiliar with the ORC, its a 6 week online event where 20 featured designers & hundreds of guest participants all come together to make over a space in just 6 weeks. You can check out our previous ORC completed spaces below.

Master Bath | Family Room | Master Bedroom | Kitchen | Kash’s Bedroom

Originally, Kes & I had plans to complete powder room before this edition of the ORC kicked off so that we could tackle a completely different space. Once again though, life shuffled our plans around. So we decided to buckle down and make this space our focus for the next few weeks. If you had a chance to check out our last post, you saw the plans we have in store for the space.

Since then, not a whole lot has changed but we’ve definitely firmed up some of the decisions we were unsure about. We’ll get into more of that next week when we update you with the progress we’ve made so far. But first we wanted to take a proper look at the before.

The Powder Room: Before

The powder room before. White vanity against white walls

As you can see, the powder room in it’s current state leaves much to be desired. The white vanity, while it does have the clean simplistic lines that we like, just falls flat against the stark white walls leaving things completely devoid of any personality.

The unfinished and unpainted baseboards don’t do much to help either…

The powder room before: opposite view of toilet & rear wall

The toilet – more white on white doesn’t help improve things from this angle. The shelf above while functional, adds nothing in terms of visual interest.

The powder room before - Vanity wall with view of painted ceiling

The ceiling does gives the space a fun pop of colour, but it really isn’t enough to bring any real life to the room – even with the mirror painted in the same colour.

As the primary bathroom used by guests in our home, it’s safe to say that this is a bit of an embarrassment. We figured after 5 years in the house, it was high time we got around to remedying that.

Here’s the breakdown the to-dos on our list:

Sleek & Striking Powder Room To-Do List:

  • Hang DIY fabric wallpaper as feature wall
  • Install shiplap
  • Paint shiplap walls
  • Replace lighting
  • Replace faucet
  • Install towel rack & toilet paper holder
  • Hang shelf
  • Style & accessorize

This is probably the smallest projects we’ve tackled for any of the ORCs we’ve participated in, but this is definitely a space that I think will have a big impact.

What do you guys think?

Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the One Room Challenge participants are up to and check back in with us next week to see our progress. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram where we’ll be sharing some behind the scenes snaps as things progress in our stories!

One Room Challenge Guest Participant

15 thoughts on “The Powder Room: Before – Spring ORC Week 1

  1. I like small room challenges because you can really hone in on the details! I can’t wait to see how you bring this space together ❀️

  2. I enjoy every room you all do. I know you’re redoing and may change out accessories as well, but I love that towel! I’m looking for black and white geometric towels for our bathroom and it’s hard to find nice ones.

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