the most visited room in the house …

Behind this chalkboard door is the most visited room in our house …
Powder Room Makeover After Chalkboard Door
When searching for before shots of this space, I couldn’t find any.  Not a single picture.  Despite the fact that, when we moved in 17 years ago, I photographed the entire house.  Even the basement.  But not this room.  Nope. Clearly I didn’t know then …
… that one day …
… this would become the most visited room in the house.
The 3 1/2’ x 5’ first floor powder room …
Powder Room Makeover After door open wide shot
Visitation is not calculated in terms of duration spent …
Powder Room Makeover After Door Open 2
… hopefully, wishfully, thankfully …
Powder Room Makeover After Door Open
… but more in terms of frequency.
Powder Room Makeover After long shot
You know, multiple visits per visit …
Powder Room Makeover After longer shot
… dependent on the duration of the visit …
Powder Room Makeover after mirror
… and the number of beverages consumed during said visit.
Powder Room Makeover After Sink & Mirror
And no.  I will not venture into the bowels of bad bathroom humor here …
Powder Room Makeover After Faucet
… okay, with the exception of that one joke, I’ll keep my potty mouth in check …
Powder Room Makeover Fuzzy Cover
… uh oh, now I’m on a roll.  Tee hee.
Powder Room Makeover After Numbered Hooks
Clearly I have an abundance of ‘after’ shots …
Powder Room Makeover After Numbered Hooks more
… but what to do about the before? Well, I’m forced to create a bit of a re-enactment.
Powder Room Makeover After Numbered Hooks doorway
You know, a la CSI.
Powder Room Makeover After Hanging Basket
Using some of the ugly that, unfortunately, still exists in the other bathrooms in our home …
Powder Room Makeover After Basket Closeup
… to serve as my powder room “before” body double, if you will …
Powder Room Makeover After 1 2 3
That floral wallpaper down there on the left – exposed when we removed the ‘lovely’ Hollywood make-up mirror light fixture on the right – at one time covered the entire space.  Floor to ceiling …
I ripped that stuff down all by my lonesome about 10 years ago.  And let me tell  you, that was one messy job.
When I freed that last piece of ugly floral, I proceeded to paint it purple.  Just because I could.  And that sink.  I painted it too.  Yup. You read that right.  Painted it with a re-glazing medium …
Now, this most recent makeover involved the nail gun, my husband and my favorite:  board and batten …
Powder Room Makeover After Board and Batten
… painting above it with leftover BM Yarmouth Blue from the kitchen.
I made a relaxed balloon shade and hung it high to give the illusion that the glass block window is twice as tall …
Powder Room Makeover Relaxed Balloon Shade 1
The vanity was given a coat of leftover BM Bittersweet Chocolate from the kitchen remodel …
Powder Room Makeover Fuzzy Cover
… and yes, that is a fuzzy toilet seat cover.  Don’t mock. That’s just the way I roll …
And there you have it.  My teeny tiny (in size, not effort) powder room makeover.  The most visited room in the house …
… well, unless my teen son’s friends are the visitors.  That’s when the kitchen gives the powder room a serious run for the money …

Let’s keep in touch … 

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P.S. You can find out how I added moulding to our boring builder grade mirror here

P.P.S. And get the lowdown on how I painted the sink here

P.P.P.S. And how we added the board and batten by following the tutorial here

And have you heard about this (click on the button to find out more) …

… it’s a link party where you can link up posts about your goals and wishes and dreams for you blog.  It goes live on March 2 and remains open until midnight (Eastern time) on Thursday, March 8 …


And I’ll be linking up here … at these fabulous link parties!

And here at Thrifty Decor Chick‘s Before & After …

And here at Kim’s at Savvy Southern Style ...

And at Home Stories A to Z

And at Today’s Creative Blog

… and I also linked up here at Nutmeg Place’s second ever link party …

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  1. Haha! Such a teeny tiny space, but used so much. I thought my bathroom was small but yours wins. Great job.

  2. I am your newest follower, and I am in love with your blog!! I am really inspired to get out my paint brushes now! Found you via the Linky Party Blog Hop. Follow me back at “Keeping Up With the Joneses”-

  3. It looks AWESOME, Linda!

  4. that room looks fabulous! Those are the same colors I have in our master bedroom…and I love the combination..with one piece of black!
    I am your newest follower…pls follow back if you can. I don’t have a linky follow…I am trying to keep things simple..hahaha..wish me luck with that!!

  5. One of the prettiest bathrooms I’ve ever seen! x

  6. Love that Yarmouth Blue paint color. Very cute powder room!

  7. Beautiful! I love it! I found you on the blog hop, I’m your newest LF follower- would love it if you followed me too!

  8. I like the look of your bathroom, I would like to do something to make mine look nicer but at this stage I am having enough trouble just keeping it clean…… Although if I want to feel better about my bathroom all I have to do is go and look at either my parents or my brothers bathrooms as they are always a lot messier than mine……..

  9. What a pretty room and I am inspired by the paint job on your sink…you should see the sink we have in our powder room…it has gold junk set into it.I have tried to “scratch” it off but that stuff is baked in solid. Just might have to have a go at this. How long ago did you paint …is it durable?

  10. I LOVE your shade…maybe a tutorial to come??? Great idea to hang it high! Really, you don’t like that floral wall paper?!? ;)

  11. So nice – I can picture you blogging in there! Love the numbers (you’ll have to give us a count on all the numbers in your house)! I can picture you manhandling the old light and wallpaper – you are a DIY diva!

  12. So tell me Linda dear…. is your board and batten of the fool the eye variety? I need to have some. I love the clean white with the character it adds.


  13. A very lovely powder room.


  14. Great space!

  15. I’m a follower from the Linky Follower Blog hop! I hope you’ll follow me back!

  16. wow — it is FABULOUS and i am so glad you photographed it now — this little special room really rocks! i care not to imagine all the teens in there — i will keep the image as presented : ) hugs…

  17. It’s gorgeous! I especially love the numbers. :-)

  18. it looks amazing! I have a ridiculously small powder room as well, which is lacking in space, charm, and light. I don’t know that mine is the most used (I don’t let the kids use it so I know my guests always have a clean bathroom!) but I know it is the most tired room in the house because I don’t think it’s been refreshed since the house was built! I think I’ll check with my landlord to see if he has issues with me freshening it up a bit. Thanks for the inspiration! Oh, and I’m following you on Linky now too :)

  19. Great job and yes, I am following you on linky :)

  20. You did a great job!!! I love the finished look of it. It’s great you were able to reuse paint/stain/etc from other rooms of the house, too.

    Now following via Linky Followers as well….

  21. Your powder room looks great! I love the paint colors. What is a reglazing medium? New Linky follower. :)

  22. Thanks so much for the inspiration, we have a tiny little bathroom, our only bathroom and I want to put board and batten in it. Yours is almost exactly like what I have been “dreaming” about! It’s fabulous! Thank you!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. Great re-do!
    I am now following you via GFC and Linky (and saw you on the Linky Blog Hop)….hope you’ll stop-by and follow me too!

  24. Wow, what a fantastic looking bathroom! The board and batten totally rocks but I love the little basket hanging from a hook. Great job!

  25. Visiting from the Linky Followers Blog hop. Now Following your cute blog…would love for you to follow back:>

  26. Thanks for stopping by :) I know my fiance and I will be using some of your ideas :)

  27. That powder room rocks. Such style. Love the board and batten. You must have spent some serious time in there installing that. (I would love board and batten down my long hallway and batten the bed roooms near the back door which is our non-existence foyer space.

    I really thought you would crack a joke about the numbers on the wall. LOL.

    Your washcloths, is that was is hanging there? Did you sew loops on? What’s the…nah, I can’t make a “Give us the poop? joke about towels. That’s just toilet humor. ;)

    Seriously, more info on the cloths, please.
    ~ Dana

    • How could I forget the 1 & 2 joke! The board & batten is a really affordable installation too.

      And yes, I sewed elastic hoops on the hand towels. They hang right above the toilet and was worried that I would be fishing them out of said toilet every other day. With the elastic hoops, they stay put!


  28. I love the batten and really like the numbers above the towels! Makes me want to start working on house…..LOL We live West of Chicago in the ‘burbs- beautiful day today!

  29. Your powder room is very cute! I like how you used board and batten around the room and then added those hooks and numbers. Very cute! I caught all those “puns” too. Ha! Thanks for popping in and saying hi to me too.

  30. That is one cute little bathroom. I have you beat on small though. My half bath is a sink and a toilet and just enough room to open the door and just miss the sink. It needs a makeover too. I told it to get in line.

  31. I love what you have done with your powder room. We are building at the moment so I love looking at what others have done around their homes. I will be using some of your idea’s. Thanks for sharing…


  32. Loving the numbers and the trick of hanging the curtain…way to jazz up a small space!

  33. Love your bathroom, very cute!

  34. I hate it when I don’t take before pictures. I guess it doesn’t matter what it looked like before, because it is super cute now. I love the board and batten! and all the great details.

  35. i really like this re-do, might do the same in our powder room! Thanks for posting!

  36. Really beautiful re-do! Great job.

  37. This is a fabulous “new” bathroom! I love the baskets for hair bows!
    Stopping by from the Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Link-up :-)

  38. LOVE this!! Planning to feature it next week! I’m now following you on Linky…would you follow back?

  39. Linda, this is absolutely fabulous!!! Love the numbered hooks, too. Thanks so much for sharing at my first ever linky party!!

  40. this looks seriously fabulous.

    found your post via frenchcountrycottage…come visit me anytime!


  41. Great post! Love your humor! I would love if you linked up to my little party:

    Hope to see you there!

  42. Wow it looks amazing! Glad to know I am not the only one that forgets before pics :0p Newest follower via Linky!

  43. This turned out beautifully. I love the board and batten and the numbers above each hook.

  44. Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! I’m linky following!

  45. You make me laugh, Linda! This is awesome. i absolutely love the blue on the walls, the numbers, and that valence totally tricked me into thinking it was a huge window! You did an awesome job and thanks for linking up at Get Schooled Saturday:)

  46. Linda, it’s beautiful! Wow! Great transformation and gorgeous DIY accents! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m pinning this to the DIY Project Parade ‘stars’ pinboard! ;)

  47. Very cute! Little Bit from

  48. Gorgeous. Stunning. Magazine-worthy. Absolutely love it. Love the colors, the board-and-batten, the floor, the window! Thanks for sharing, I found your link at Between Naps party. Hugs ~ Mary

  49. Your little bathroom looks awesome! I still have those Hollywood lights in all three of my bathrooms!!! And my home was built in 2000. What were they thinking…oh yeah, CHEAP. I can’t wait to replace them. You really created a modern and attractive space! Love the fabric on your window covering.

  50. Looks great–I love the name of your blog!

  51. It looks great, Linda! I can just imagine it with that wallpaper, too. Especially considering that when we moved in to our old house {back in 1990} we wallpapered our whole powder room just because the walls were so horrible. When getting ready to sell, I had to remove every last shred of that wallpaper and we redid our powder room. Best thing we ever did and it became my favorite room in the house these last couple of years. Not because I used it a lot but because it makes for such a dramatic transformation.

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  53. Great makeover and great inspiration! Just switched over to Linky Followers too. Following you!

  54. We both have popular rooms, ours is used quite a bit too. Just can’t keep them out of such a fun room! Your transformation if really nice, love the board and batten. Your bathroom humor is really cute. Maybe small, but of so cute. Thanks for your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  55. SO cute! I love everything about it! New follower here. :) ~ Megan

  56. Linda, I love how you put so much time and love into such a tiny space. The board and batten looks lovely.

  57. Great job! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower

    Mrs. Delightful

  58. You did a fabulous job with such a small space

    Julia from

  59. really love this powder room, just gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up, I will be featuring it next Tuesday.

  60. Why are powder rooms so tiny? Love what you’ve done to yours. So many great ideas.
    I’m your newest follower on GFC and Linky.
    Mary Alice

  61. Oh, so nice! I want to give it a try! Will you, pretty please, consider sharing with my readers at ?



  62. You have certainly made that really beautiful – and you are funny!

  63. Your wee powder room looks fabulous! (oh yes, I giggled at your bathroom humour) I’m your newest follower too :)
    Cas x

  64. Love what you did with this tiny space. It’s an inspiration for me, we’re going to gut our equally small bath next week! Especially like the numbers for the towels – oh and the chalkboard on the door! Would love to stay linked! -


  65. what a great way to maximize the tiny space~! I love everything from the colours you chose to the cute little baskets! :) I’m definitely a new follower~! Feel free to drop by and follow back :)

  66. Thanks so much for linking this up to my party!!! AND thanks for the giggles – the bathroom humor! How cute are those numbers?!?

    ~ robin

  67. Thanks for linking up to my Organizing link party! Love your bathroom… I pinned one of your pictures.
    I also had not ever heard of that linky following thing. I signed up for it and will follow you. Thanks

  68. I lurve this newly remodeled bathroom! I think my favorite part is the numbers! I’ll be giving it a FB feature in the next day or two!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

  69. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :) Please feel free to grab the feature button.

  70. Enjoyed your blog and love your bathroom. You did a fantastic job of decorating it. I linked up and also became a follower.
    Audrey Z.

  71. I love your design! Good inspiration because we are about to re-model our little bathroom soon!

  72. Love your bathroom!!! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It’s my very first one!!)


  73. Can I live in your bathroom… PLEASE?!?! It may be small.. but it looks better than any room at my house!!

    I’m following you via LF.

    I would sure love it if you linked this up over at The DIY Dreamer :)

  74. I love your bathroom. You did an amazing job and have given me such wonderful ideas. It is elegant warm and inviting. I would love it if you would share your wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  75. Beaitiful! Love all the sweet details!! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon this week!

    Bonnie :)

  76. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today. Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share.

  77. Beautiful bathroom! I have this linked to my bathrooms post as well today, for inspiration!

  78. I wanted to let you know I am featuring your bathroom on May 30th at Decor2Adore{able}.


  79. So So nice. What fun in a small space. You can go all out!

  80. Great job on the board and batten treatment. I’ve been dying to try it myself. And well, the whole thing looks great! No wonder you had a copycat!

  81. Jen Gillis says:

    Can you tell me how you made the balloon shade?

  82. Love love love this! We are waiting for the day when we can buy our own place, and make all the changes we want…

  83. I would be very interested to know how the sink is holding out, I have the same colour which I hate. look forward to your reply

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