Porch House // A Beautiful and Budget-Friendly Powder Bathroom


This is part 4 of our Porch House powder bath series. You can read more here: designwhy we added a powder bathroom, 8 great wallpapers. We’ll share the budget next week. 

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom GW print 2

Today’s the day I get to show you the finished Porch House powder bathroom! This room is one of my all time favorite renovations we’ve done, but before we get into it let’s take a look back at where we came from. A true ‘before’ is tough for this space since this is a brand new bathroom in the Porch House, carved out from 34sf of an old bedroom. You can see how we altered the original floor plan to gain this powder bathroom here.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Framing 2

The old bedroom had one window, which we left on the other side of the wall (in the space we converted into the master bathroom), leaving this powder bathroom with zero natural light. With such a dark, small room on my hands, I was excited to create a jewel box of a space within this simple, historic home.  And after many months of work, I’m happy to say this bathroom is just that: a beautiful jewel box.

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We stuck with classic finishes in here: board and batten painted in C2 Vex, beautiful wallpaper (but only 2 rolls…because hello budget), a brass faucet, delicate sconce, and a simple white pedestal sink. And believe it or not, this renovation was completed on a tight budget, which I’ll share next week.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom sink low CLEAN

Let’s address the biggest issue with this room: the lack of mirror above the sink.  Goodness did we try to put one there! But that ledge at the top of the board and batten is 5′ high and 10″ deep (the lower wall is that thick to house plumbing) making mirror placement super difficult. My mother-in-law ended up setting a stand mirror on the adjacent shelf, which works perfectly, and then I propped this whimsical George Washington print above the sink. I love that George Washington is silently watching you (through Warby Parkers) like he’s appraising your hand washing abilities and not-so-secretly judging you. Nothing like a little whimsy to keep a room from feeling too serious. By the way, this print is a free download from Melissa, and I printed it at Costco for a couple bucks and framed it in an inexpensive Target frame.  Budget art at it’s best!

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom GW Print CLEANThe Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom mirrorThe Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom wallpaper

I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful wallpaper from Farrow and Ball – it’s textured and thick and beautifully colored – although I would say that wallpaper install is tough. Garrett and I decided to tackle this wallpaper one night at about 10pm because the boys were at Nana’s so why not?! Famous last words. I was cursing that decision all the way until 2am, when we called it quits at about half way done. I’m certain that I swore we’d never wallpaper again, but alas, it’s too darn pretty to make that kind of promise.

This is the view from the bathroom door, which is just off of the front entry (see the floor plan here).

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom wainscot

The toilet is located across from the sink in this rectangular-shaped room. And we placed a cabinet (original to the house, but from a different room) above it for some storage.  Excuse the odd angles of these photographs – this small, window-less bathroom is hard to shoot!

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Goodness, I really do love this room! But we’d love to hear what you think. Would you ever do dark wallpaper like this in a window-less room?

Porch House Powder Bathroom Sources

wallpaper / paint (C2 Vex) / floors / sconce / pedestal sink / faucet (similar style) / toilet / George Washington print (free download from thefauxmartha.com) / picture frame / cabinet hardware /

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  1. The room is really lovely but the lack of a mirror above the sink would drive me crazy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful space! Where is the TP roll? On a stand? Our bathroom (in a historic home) doesn’t have a TP spot, we have a basket on the back of the toilet.
    What about a spot for the hand towel?

    • Thank you! The towel is usually laid on the sink and the toilet paper will either go on a stand or on a holder on the wall. Since this isn’t our home (we renovated to sell), we didn’t want to put holes in the board and batten until the owner decided what they wanted. If it was me, I’d put a brass holder on the wall, but we’ll see what Nana wants!

  3. I love it. I’d definitely do wallpaper as you did. It makes a big impact. It’s only a half bath so there’s really only two things you need to do in there and if there’s enough light to do that you’re good.

  4. Love the wall paper and details. I have a small powder room that is painted an olive/sage-y green on all 4 walls and the ceiling, no window – I love it!! Question on the paint color–the paint looks creamy beige and the wallpaper looks to be blue and white. Is it just my monitor? Curious as to why you didn’t paint the board and batten similar to the wallpaper.
    Love that you carved it out of a small space. Thank you

    • It’s hard to tell but the white in the wallpaper is actually a really light blue. I thought about painting the board and batten white but it made the wallpaper look less crisp. The creamy beige is the same color as the trim in the adjacent rooms so it was an easy choice. I didn’t really think of navy for the board and batten but that could have looked stunning too!

  5. The cutest little powder bath! Loving that wallpaper.

  6. it’s beautiful! i honestly think it’s fine not having a mirror since it’s just a powder bath. the chances that someone will be getting ready in there are probably pretty slim. the board & batten just MAKES the room & really makes me want to go darker in our small bathroom…

    • thanks Jana! I struggle with whether to go dark or light all the time! So far, I’ve found that I love dark spaces when they’re small and have little natural light, which goes against a lot of advice out there. Ha!

  7. This bathroom is perfect in every way! Funny, I was planning on doing a similar molding and the same wallpaper in my master bedroom. Great minds!!

  8. My bathroom at work doesn’t have a mirror and I don’t even notice. I just do my business and leave – simple as that. If only it had that great wallpaper…

  9. What’s the color you used for the board and batten and trim? It’s perfect!

  10. I just love how this bathroom turned out and I’m so honored you used the George in Warby’s print!

  11. I have actually used that powder bath 🙂 and I have to say A. that paper is even more gorgeous in person and B. I didn’t notice there was no mirror until this post. Maybe *I* need the Warbys George.

  12. I love the wallpaper. Since I try to avoid mirrors no problem for me not having one above the sink. Love what you and Garrett are doing.


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