Powder Room Facelift

by Liz Dowling

Spring cleaning this year involved a few unscheduled projects.

Our downstairs powder room has needed a tweak for a while.  It was too dark (I went through a black bathroom phase).  I hated the “greek column” toilet and sink we inherited from the prior owners.

I was tired of the maps on the wall, the whole thing.  DONE!

The project was inspired by a wallpaper I found during a search for another client.  I fell in love with “Tree Circles” by Scion in a color called Pimento & Champagne.


First step, prime the black walls to get ready for the wallpaper.

I painted all of the trim, beadboard and ceiling Farrow & Ball “Pointing” to match the Champagne hue in the wallpaper.

Painting done.  Already the room looks bigger!  New toilet and pedestal sink install next.

Out with the greek columns.  I wanted clean and modern in here.  I went with a simple Toto toilet.  The Entrada model is a small scale toilet that will free up space in the powder room.  I chose the Kohler Archer pedestal sink.  A square shape with a big lip for hand wash, lotion, a candle etc.

I switched out the sink faucet and handles too, putting in the modern Kohler Purist model.

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Old faucet (left) vs. new.

John, my amazing wallpaper guy, installing.  One wall up and I already love it!


John is so good, you can go around the room and never find the wallpaper seams.  A true craftsman.

I replaced the maps with one French Perrier poster.  It brings some other colors into the room, but still works with the wallpaper.

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Maps (left) vs. new poster.  More fun now!

A new towel bar and toilet paper holder, also in the Kohler Purist model, completes the room.




The update was pretty easy and not very expensive.  I kept the sconces, mirror and window shade that were there before.  They work well with the new decor.  The room feels a lot bigger and brighter now!

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Gayle Regan May 12, 2016 - 8:24 am

Love the wallpaper, Liz! Looks fabulous!

Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 8:56 am

Thank you Gayle! This wallpaper comes in about 5-6 colors, the marine navy is gorgeous.

Elaine Clark May 12, 2016 - 9:09 am


Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 9:28 am

Thank you Elaine!

Karen Bradley McElroy May 12, 2016 - 9:15 am


Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 9:27 am

Thank you Karen!

Missy May 12, 2016 - 9:35 am

Gorgeous Liz!!! When are you coming over to refresh my old spaces?

Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 12:33 pm

Name the day 🙂

Kate Conn May 12, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Looks great. So fresh.

Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 12:34 pm

Thanks Kate!

Maryann Cassidy May 12, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Looks gorgeous! Love the wallpaper!

Elizabeth Dowling May 12, 2016 - 6:43 pm

Thank you 🙂

Carol Kruse May 13, 2016 - 1:53 am

Love the wallpaper Liz – pattern and color!! Such a nice refresh

Elizabeth Dowling May 13, 2016 - 8:31 am

Carol, how is Portland? Would love to hear ~ xo

Susan Olson May 13, 2016 - 4:50 am

Love the new look!

Elizabeth Dowling May 13, 2016 - 8:30 am

Thank you Susan!

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