Powder Room Makeover

By Kate Riley April 11, 2016

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a beautiful powder room makeover completed at a friend’s house, the same friend Kara who gave her staircase a happy makeover last year. I’ve partnered with IKEA this year to serve as a Brand Ambassadör, so when Kara mentioned that she was looking for a bathroom makeover, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to show off some IKEA products.

Kara’s powder room was feeling very blah and dated. The tan walls, basic pedestal sink, and a builder-grade oval mirror left her feeling uninspired. This powder room also has access to a big storage space under the stairs, so Kara was looking for a way to jazz up the plain closet door as well. The changes are quite dramatic! The new space feels fresh and modern, and it was all completed with the help of IKEA products.

Here’s the ‘before’ and ‘after’.

  kara bathroom before

 bathroom after

I brought in the artwork (see details below) and suggested my favorite gold paint for the mirror and pulls (see this post) but Kara did all the real work in this space, including assembling and installing the vanity and faucet herself. Yes, she can now add plumbing to her DIY skills! Kara sent me pictures throughout the makeover and I was excited to see the daily progress.

The makeover began with the idea to combine dark walls with pale wood vanity and brass details. Yes, you can use dark color in small spaces. It gives the space a moody vibe and the deeper hue allows the lighter features (the vanity and the art) to pop out at you when you enter.

Knowing that she wanted to paint the walls a deep navy, the GODMORGON/ODENSVIK floating vanity in white oak was the perfect choice to complement the light wood floors and pop against the dark walls. Kara also added hairpin legs (not for support, just for the look!) that she spray painted gold for a chic little detail. You’ll also spy the LANSA pulls, which she spray painted to mimic the brass.

 vanity up close

The LUNDSKÄR faucet brings a different finish other than gold/brass to the mix. It’s a powder coated black that adds drama. You can save up to 50% more water with this faucet since it has a mechanism that reduces water flow, while maintaining pressure during use.

 ikea faucet

IKEA prides itself on manufacturing and selling faucets that help people save energy and water, and reduce waste, all while saving money, too. All of the bathroom faucets sold at IKEA have a function that mixes air into the water stream so you use less water without losing water pressure, so very smart!

The art on the walls is another budget friendly project, I downloaded the two tropical leaf prints from The Graphics Fairy (source below) then printed them and framed them. They add just a bit of botanical that’s always appealing on walls, and the white frames add beautiful contrast against the navy walls.

 art on walls


Kara attached one of the larger LANSA pulls to the closet access door. The toilet paper holder got a coat of gold leaf paint and the old sconce was replaced by an antique brass industrial style light (source below).

 sconce and art

 navy walls pale wood vanity


Kara was smart to follow the line created by the staircase pop out all the way down. Notice how Kara aligned the light fixture, the vintage mirror, and the narrow vanity all along that plane.

 bathroom after


Beautiful job Kara! So much thanks to IKEA for supplying much of what you see in this makeover!

Sources & Finishes:

Paint: Benjamin Moore ‘Hale Navy’


Faucet: LUNDSKÄR in black by IKEA

Door and Drawer pulls: LANSA by IKEA

Mirror: Vintage/second hand

Vanity legs: Hairpin

Sconce: Antique brass Feiss

Artwork: The Graphics Fairy, print 1 and 2

Paint on Mirror/Pulls/Legs: Krylon Short Cuts ‘Gold Leaf’

*This post brought to you in partnership with IKEA. All opinions are my own.


Laundry Room Makeover Ideas

By Kate Riley April 6, 2016

Mid week greetings! I’ve been away from the blog for a few days working on a few things behind the scenes. Just this morning I had a meeting with my contact from the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a local non-profit I work with each year (see all previous space transformations for COTS here).

I learned there are two more homes they use for transitional housing that are in need of remodeling, and I’ll be working on them this fall. I’m very excited about these homes, they include two more kitchen remodels and at least two more bathrooms to renovate. I’ll be sure to document the space transformations here on the blog as I always do!

The Las Vegas flip house is under way, the popcorn ceilings are gone, the walls are retextured. You know how I feel about smooth texture it makes the home look and feel brand new and is a great selling point for a home. The walls will soon be painted, then the new flooring goes in. We will be adding a luxury vinyl plank floor throughout the single story home, I’ll be sharing that as it happens.

My first space remodel in the Las Vegas house that I’ll tackle will be the laundry room, it was framed in as part of the garage and it’s not looking good in its current state but I’m going to make it shine, here’s a look at it now, very basic and blah.

laundry room before

The first thing to do is cover the cement floor. I’ll choose tile or waterproof vinyl plank which seem the most practical. Also the old washer and dryer should be replaced by front loaders to modernize the space and also to make room for a folding counter.

I love the use of colorful painted cabinetry in a laundry room. Let’s face it, it’s a space dedicated to a chore, the pretty hue on the cabinets in this laundry room by Ashley Winn Design make this space more cheerful. Also hello beautiful cement tile floor!

 tile floors mint cabinets in laundry room

This is a wonderful laundry room makeover from Chris Loves Julia, it includes a wood folding countertop and upper cabinetry for storage of laundry related products. I’m inspired by the idea of adding a small sink too.

 laundry room chris loves julia

Keeping with the idea of colorful cabinetry, the soothing green cabinets in this laundry room are a lovely color, the larger sink splits up the folding counter which is pretty but I’d prefer a smaller sink off to the side.

 green laundry room cabinets

This blue and white laundry room has always been a favorite space, I love the use of a simple striped fabric to hide the storage below and the stainless steel countertop.

 blue and white laundry room hgtv

The warm grey cabinets in this laundry space are so sophisticated, the beadboard wainscot makes the space feel timeless and elegant.

 gray cabinets laundry room

I’m excited to share the transformation of this laundry room space and the additional COTS spaces with you this year! Tell me your favorite things about your laundry room, and do you have any suggestions for my laundry room remodel? I’d love to read them!