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Finally, we’re doing something fun at the new house!

The first project we undertook at the Russian Space Station was the tiny powder room under our staircase. Remember that little room?


powder roomAfter:

powder roomApparently we have a thing for making over powder rooms.

This time, we’re taking a cue from the master bathroom at the RSS and installing bead board! We wanted this room to have some charm to it. Our personal house tastes skew toward the Craftsman vibe, but our house is a mix of builder-grade finishes and places that the previous owner has already reno’d (like the kitchen). We want to update smart, using our limited budget where we’re going to get the most value—and not just demo something because we can. The powder room is the most-used bathroom by guests and the only bathroom downstairs. It’s a small room, which means it won’t cost us an arm and a leg if we keep things reasonable.

So that’s our plan. We’re going to keep the sink, which will save us a chunk of change right off the bat, but nix the mirror, which B wasn’t crazy about and I was on the fence over. We went back and forth on the mirror, but ultimately it’ll need to come down for the bead board, which means we might as well take the opportunity to get one we like.

powder3We’re keeping the light fixture but swapping out the globes (maybe) and spray painting it oil-rubbed bronze to match the new faucet we’ve got. We’re leaving the floors because they’re perfectly fine, and the toilet as well. So all in all, we’re predominantly messing with the walls.

After putting bead board up in our old master bathroom, we feel kind of like bead board pros. B already has the baseboards off, which wasn’t fun because the previous owner glued them onto the walls and below the hardwoods. #WHY?! But with a lot of elbow grease and a few curse words, B got them out. Now he’s got about half of the new base boards in place (we use notched base boards to make installing the bead board easier). We’ll do a longer post about the bead board install as soon as we’re done.

And just because no renovation, no matter how small, is complete without a surprise or two, I leave you with this nugget to ponder: Turns out, the top of the sink you see in the above photo is not attached to anything. If there wasn’t a plethora (and I do mean PLETHORA) of caulk holding it in place, the whole thing would’ve toppled over ages ago.

Thank God for caulk.