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In this post: Decorating takes time. Sometimes it’s not possible to give a space a whole makeover all at once. Here is our main floor powder room makeover part two, with a little more farmhouse style.
This is the second stab we took at the powder room makeover, with a little more budget than the first time. You can check out the final powder room makeover here.
Way back when we gave our main floor powder room a mini-makeover (really just a new mirror and a coat of wall paint), many of you mentioned that we really should change the cabinet/sink/faucet combination. Well, we totally agreed with you…it just wasn’t in the budget at the time. Sometimes, in real life, it’s not possible to makeover a space in its entirety all at once. Decorating is a process and not a design show after all! So, even we bloggers and designers have to take our time occasionally. Here is our main floor powder room makeover part two, with a little more farmhouse style.
The Main Floor Powder Room Before
Of course, no makeover post is complete without showing some not-so-lovely before photos. Here’s the bathroom when we looked at the house. It’s not terrible – it’s just not at all our style.
Shortly after moving in, we painted, added a new mirror and changed the door hardware.
Much more neutral, but still not quite enough for us. Plus, the sink and faucet still looked like this, in addition to the not so pretty cabinet:
Which is what brought us to this makeover, mostly about updating the vanity.
Making Over the Vanity with Rust Oleum Cabinet Transformations
Rather than replacing the entire vanity & cabinet (it was in good shape, just not a great farmhouse style color), we simply replaced the countertop and sink and then we used Rust Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations Light Kit.
I’ve painted some cabinets before and I’ve definitely had some success and some failure with the total DIY method. What I loved about this kit is that there’s no sanding, and there’s very little room for mistakes (like none) because everything is in one box with complete step-by-step instructions. And you can use it for kitchens, bathrooms and furniture too!
Essentially the Cabinet Transformations is complete in three steps:
1. Clean and Degloss. Much like my failed ‘how not to paint kitchen cabinets’ debacle, be sure to wash off all the deglosser before you move onto the next step. (I was VERY thorough with this so as not to repeat past mistakes!)
2. Apply Bond Coat. This is actually the paint coat/color too so don’t get confused. If you’re doing a lighter color on top of dark cabinets, you will very likely have to do more than the one or two coats that are suggested. Don’t panic…just allow yourself a little more time. I think in the end we did about four or five coats.
3. (Optional) Decorative Glaze. I didn’t use this for this project…but I’m interested in trying it on another project later!
4. Apply Protective Top Coat. This one should be pretty easy if you follow the directions. Pay attention to the part about not over brushing, and don’t blow a fan at it as small pieces of dust and dirt may stick.
The Powder Room After
Of course, the most fun of makeovers is always the after photos, right? Well, here they are! (Unfortunately, the space is tiny and has zero natural light at all, so it’s tricky to photograph.)
What’s Left To Do in the Main Floor Powder Room?
We’ve made some progress, obviously. And we’ve managed to cross some powder room details off our to-do list. But there are a few left to tackle too. Here’s the list:
Paint walls, trim, door Change door knob and hinges New mirror Add new sink Replace faucet Makeover cabinet/vanity Add a rug
- Change light fixture
- Shiplap walls
- Plank ceiling
- Add crown molding
Install shelves over toilet Farmhouse decor/accents
Main Floor Powder Room Makeover Part 2 – Video
Here’s a quick little video tour of the new space for you.
Source List for Main Floor Powder Room Makeover
- Wall color – Sealskin, Sherwin Williams
- Trim and door color – Pure White, Sherwin Williams
- Large oval wood mirror – Mothology (no longer available)
- Egg-shaped door knob – Wayfair
- Black and crystal cupboard knobs – Amazon
- Towels – Superstore
- Shelf Brackets – we made these via Dean’s work in sheet metal
- ‘Be the Change’ globe – DIY project here
- Faux plant in terracotta pot, Arrow chalkboard – Michaels
- Countertop and Sink – Lowe’s
- Cabinet – existing with Cabinet Transformations Kit
- Wire basket, faux plant in wooden box – Homesense
- Apothecary jar/vase – Bouclair
- Wash your hands printable art – TheCrownPrints, Etsy
For a slightly better visual, you can see our video tour of the space here.
What spaces are you currently working on in your house? What rooms are taking more time than you’d like to finish?
P.S. If you like farmhouse style decor, check out our Ultimate Guide to Farmhouse Style + Farmhouse Decor here.