The Powder Room


My name is Brittany and I am a Pinterest addict…It’s an obsession…this is not a secret!  I could spend hours on Pinterest just looking through fun DIY and decorating ideas.  Okay, maybe not hours, but for long periods of time and several times per week.  Pinterest is a fabulous place to get inspiration if you enjoy making things and getting a little creative.

So…the powder room…the wash room…the bathroom that everyone uses when spending time at the Olds’ residence.  I found an inspirational picture on Pinterest that looked a little something like this…
Bird Houses on the Wall

I love the bird houses hanging on the wall!  What a unique and fun idea for our country home!  Time to shop for the perfect bird houses.  Why do bird houses have to cost a million dollars?  It’s a bird house…4 pieces of decorative wood with a little roof…why why why?  My budget friendly answer: the flea market.  I found this quaint little shop at the flea market that sells all sorts of crafty things.  The owners spend all week gathering left over materials from everywhere and craft to sell every weekend.  What a fun job!  Anyways, they sold me these little gems for $12 a piece and they are exactly what I was looking for.  Old barn wood with rusted out hardware and license plates as the roof.  These bird houses went on the wall in our little powder room.

Again, I wish I would have snapped a before picture of the power room before we redid it…but I didn’t, so let me paint a quick mental picture for you.  Yucky wall paper with a floral design below the shelf molding, ugly flat paneled cabinet doors, outdated fixtures/hardware and a boring mirror.  A few updates made:

  • Added granite as sink top with vessel sink bowl
  • Added vessel faucet
  • Added new mirror (cheap from TJ Maxx – love that place)
  • Added new light fixture
  • Painted walls in neutral color
  • Added custom paneled cabinet doors


I have future plans for the powder room. I would love to paint the bottom portion of the wall (below the shelf molding) in a rich copper color. This will provide a little contrast to my earth-tone taste but will still flow with open spaces down stairs. And, definitely the pewter hardware…so much to do and so little time 🙂

The Guest Bathroom

I wish I had totally cool before pictures for this post…but, I don’t and I am seriously kicking myself for that.  I can be an “in the moment” thinker which has it’s pro’s but also has it’s con’s.  My husband calls it the “you thought about it but didn’t want to deal with it” syndrome.  I am working on it!

The painters came today to finish up a few touch-up’s which makes me SO happy because I can FINALLY share a few more rooms.  Although there are still a few finishing touches that need to happen, such as changing out silver hardware to oil-rubbed bronze, I wanted to go ahead and share.

It was super important to me to make the bathrooms “flow,” meaning, incorporating the same tile colors but in a slightly different way.  As you can imagine, since my dumb self didn’t take before pictures, our guest bathroom was also a thousand shades of white.  If you are interested in a mental picture, check out my recent blog post about the master bathroom here.  Imagine the same concept but on a much smaller scale.  Hideous!  This bathroom is considered our “guest bathroom” because it is attached to our guest bedroom (imagine that lol).  Guest bedroom photos can be found here.  A quick run down of the changes we made:

  • Added slate tile to floor
  • Added new cabinet doors to existing cabinets (money saver)
  • Added new light fixtures
  • Extended Shower by about 1 ft for extra space (previously, if you bent over in this shower, your hiney would be out the door)
  • Tiled Shower
  • Added new shower hardware
  • Added new glass to shower
  • Added granite countertops
  • Installed new mirror
After Pictures of Guest Bathroom
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Fun fact about this picture hanging above the toilet in the guest bathroom…I made this for my hubby for our 2 year dating anniversary.  We were in college and I took a poetry class.  The incorporated poem in the picture was written by yours truly!  It is about falling in love!

No Words

When two souls harmonize
They meet at the heart
No perfect way to say it

I loved you from the start

The depths of the inexplicable
It called me by name
The ceaseless pit I looked down

It won’t ever be the same

Descending through a hollows’s shadows
I fell without a stop
The whispers of your wings

We ascended to the top

The calmness of your lips
Your pure innocuous smile
Patterns in my heart show

I’ll stay around for awhile

The days are growing older
Weeks become the past
Yearning that this moment

Will always forever last

When two souls harmonize
They meet at the heart
No perfect way to say it
I loved you from the start