We’ve been embarking on a complete powder bath makeover the last few days.
It had one wall of this lovely peony anthro paper. The rest was light gray paint and Ikea framed remnants of this paper that acted as art on the rest of the walls. I always hated the white pedestal sink. It was super high and lent nothing in the way of style or personality.
I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to really give this space a total makeover.
Ya’lls I had to go WAY back to find this photo!
Then my friend Lucy Tiffney came along with the perfect inspo. She is an incredible mural artist that has turned some of her pieces into wallpaper!
Lucy asked if I would be interested in using some of her paper, of course I sad “YES!! Bathroom, I’m comin at ya!” I had been ogling her paper forever so I jumped at the chance. I bought a couple of extra rolls as this design is comprised of 3 panels that fit together, essentially a mural layout. I wanted it wrapping the entire room so I was going to need extra.
The process started with removing this peony paper. I should have taken pics for you but we just soaked it with water from a garden sprayer and peeled away. A bit of scraping for the back part of the paper and after a couple of hours we were left with bare wall.
My wallpaper guy came and began the install….
He got this far when I stopped him and said I wanted to do a different sink and/or vanity. But, ahem, I hadn’t figured out what yet. Being the awesome-sauce dude he is he offered to come back Monday morning and finish so we had the weekend to pull out the old sink and hopefully figure out the rest.
I totally took him up on it! He quit at the point above and I ran (not literally ran, but drove quickly) to the nearest salvage shop I knew might have what I was looking for.
Bada bing, the hubs and I found a light blue beauty and this ’51 vintage pink stunner. Ooo lala, hey there gorgeous! It was in near perfect condition except for some paint marks (easily scraped off).
It’s a gorgeous soft blush pink. A 1951 vintage ceramic wall mount lovely (with wall mount plate) and for $50. Did you know that you can actually see the dates stamped into the ceramic of when the sinks were made? Flip it over and look for the stamp!
I knew I wanted it to have more presence in the bathroom, since it is smaller than the old pedestal. I also wanted to get rid of the towel hanger on the wall. I had an idea of combining the old chrome leg look with a towel bar minus the chrome…
So I googled vintage sinks and brass bases and stumbled on a pic from this blog, and it re-affirmed exactly what I was thinking! So the hubs and I popped down to Lowes and went to the plumbing section.
We left with:
1: 10 ft piece of 3/4 copper tubing
4: Copper T connectors
2: Copper Caps
2: Black Iron Floor Flanges
1 Can of Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish Spray Paint
We began assembling the base. We opted for the 10 ft copper tubing as it was much cheaper than buying smaller sections. We just cut the 10 ft piece down to 2; 33 inch pieces, 1; 18 inch piece and 2; 14 1/2 inch pieces. These were for the 2 front legs, the 1 towel bar and the 2 lower cross pieces.
It ended up taking some extra cutting as the T connectors only allow the piping to go in so far so we had to cut those 33″ pieces again to accommodate.
After extra measuring and jerry-rigging we ended up with this basic base….
I then spray painted it with the shiny gold/brass spray paint! Along with the flange floor pieces and the toilet paper holder.
And of course I was going to paint the exposed plumbing. I don’t want to have this gorgeous pink sink and brass base with ugly as* plumbing ruining the look. The hubs held up a couple of pieces of cardboard around the area while I carefully painted….sorta.
I followed up the next morning with a small paint brush covering the spray paint on the wall. I used a flat paint I had in a sample, in preparation for the wallpaper install. (My wallpaper guy said flat was the best for underneath paper touch ups)
Here’s the base ready to be installed in it’s gold/brass glory!
You can see the copper tubing with the connectors and caps on the feet. All painted the same color so it looks cohesive.
Here we are after all the wallpaper finished going in…
Installing the plumbing to the sink.
Although we have the faucet coming, I wanted to get most of it in so it was ready to roll when the faucet arrived.
Here we are fitting in the base and using a level (and the measuring side) to make sure the cross bars are level and even.
Mmmm can you see it?!
After making sure everything was level and evenly marked we screwed the floor flanges (painted the same gold/brass) to the wall and popped the cross bars in.
We used some brass screws we already had on hand.
Of course, because we have kids and lots of dogs I wanted to be extra sure the base wasn’t going anywhere. I took a multi-purpose clear craft glue (527 multipurpose glue I picked up at Walmart) and placed some on the ends of the cross bars.
Then I carefully placed them back into place with the wall mounted flanges.
And there you have the finished base! The towel bar is perfect as I have littles that had a hard time reaching the towel hanger where it was in the previous upper location.
A little brass goodness gives some serious pizazz for little buck-a-roonis!
I stole the mirror from the family room and placed it here. The subtle pink hues in the shell frame pick up on the sink while the brass elements pick up on the base.
I’m still searching for the perfect light fixture but I gotta say, ahhhh what a BIG improvement!
I’ll share the final finished product when the faucet arrives this week and we get it installed. I might even spray paint the existing light fixture. I’m not sure yet!
This powder bath feels 10x bigger and I LOVE the vibe. It’s like a jungle in the middle of our house, even the boys are totally won over.
Have you gone bold in your powder bath? They are a prime spot for taking a risk!
I always love to hear from you so hit me up in the comments!
Coming up the full space with faucet and *hopefully* some new lighting!
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