Thursday, June 15, 2023

The Powder Room Redecoration

Hi, Friends,
How are you? I hope you are well.
Surprise! Two days in a row! 

In order to get this house in tip top shape and ready to sell in a few years, we had a couple of things that needed to be done. 
The bathroom downstairs was one of those spaces. 
It wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either. 

When we bought the house, the tile in the tub surround was country blue. We closed on the house in 1993 and the house was built in 1990.  I think that color had already started to faze out of popularity by the time the house was built. I tried for years to make it work with my style. I think I was pretty successful with that. 
However, most of the time the shower curtain remained closed to hide the blue. 
I finally painted the tile with tub and tile paint about 7.5 years ago. 

It actually held up really well in that time. 

There were a few little chips but these could have easily been touched up. 

When we did the floors in 2019, the powder bath got a new floor and a new vanity. 
This was a DIY floor and I wasn't happy with how it turned out. 

I was so concerned about the area around the toilet being level, that I leaned on one of the tiles near the door and didn't notice that it got a little wonky. Nobody else would notice but I noticed and it drove me nuts. I wasn't really wild about the matte floor tile either. 
So when we decided to redo this bathroom, a new floor was included in the plans since this was less than $100.00 for me to DIY. 
Our plan included tearing out the bathtub and putting in a walk in shower. 
We talk about moving to East Texas when Bill retires but we've been back and forth on that idea more than Boomers at a pickle ball tournament. 
Our bedroom is upstairs. If one of us were to get injured or have surgery to the extent that we can't get upstairs, we decided that it would be a good idea to have a walk in shower downstairs instead of a tub. 
This bathroom is next to the office/guest room so it would be a good place to recuperate if need be. 

Our tile contractor made the point that this is the first bathroom seen when the house is listed. If it looks good, then it makes an initial impression concerning the house. 

We went with a black and white basket weave for the floor. The shower surround got a classic subway tile. There is a silver trim all around the edge of the shower. 

At the end of the first day, the space was cleared out. 

They rebuilt for the new shower pan and niche. 

At the end of two weeks it was retiled. 
We just needed the glass shower doors. 

We did exactly the same thing in our shower ten years ago. 
I love the chrome. 

We used the old toilet, light fixtures and vanity because they weren't that old. 

I love the black accents. The walls are Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It's a perfect muted green. 
The art came from They contract through if I remember correctly. The frames were from Joanns. The shelf is Hobby Lobby. 
 This bathroom fits in so well that I'd do it again out in East Texas. It looks like it's always been here. I almost forget that it's new. 

I love it so much. 
That's all for now. 


  1. Your new bath is gorgeous, Katie. Very smart to do this now, it's a great selling point for your plans. I loved your post yesterday with that wonderful small commode/dresser. It's perfect for your bedroom in ET.

  2. Fun to have two posts in a row! I enjoyed both of them. Your bathroom redo is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, Katie! Your powder room redecoration turned out absolutely stunning! The black and white basket weave floor and classic subway tile in the shower create such an elegant and timeless look. I can feel your excitement and satisfaction with the transformation, and I must say, the Sea Salt walls by Sherwin Williams are the perfect touch, creating a soothing and refreshing atmosphere. It's truly a space that exudes charm and feels like it has a rich history. Well done!