The day is finally here! I'm so excited to be sharing my modern powder room reveal on the blog today! If you have been following along on Instagram, you know that I have been working on converting my builder grade powder room into an upscale oasis all through DIY. This room makeover involved wallpaper, an accent wall and some paint and I cannot wait to share the end result and step-by-step process with you. Before we jump into all the details, let's look back at where we started.
Now let's get into ALL the details! First off, I want to say, that although I wanted an upscale look for this space, my budget for this transformation was slim. This meant I had to be flexible with my finishes and opt for things that wouldn't break the bank. The first decision I made was to skip the tile and opt for wallpaper instead. Another compromise I made was to face my fears of traditional wallpaper and using a table saw and just DIY the entire thing on my own. Labor costs are so high these days that this made for substantial cost savings. Finally, some of the existing components of the bathroom stayed including the vanity and the toilet. These compromises allowed me to take on this makeover and I am so pleased with this transformation.
Let's take a second to chat about the wallpaper. The wallpaper range from Rebel Walls is so believable and so easy to work with and no one will even guess that this isn't a porcelain slab or a tile backsplash. The minute I took the wallpaper out of the box, I knew that this would make my powder room pop! All wallpapers and murals from Rebel Walls come with an easy to use wallpaper paste that you mix and apply to the walls. This makes wallpapering any space very easy to do even for a beginner like me! They have incredible murals for a wide range of styles and spaces - to check out their full range of products, head over to Rebelwalls.com.
As you have been scrolling through these photos, I KNOW that the fluted accent wall has you wanting to know all the details. Here is the list of items you will need:
Fluted casing from Ornamental Moulding (NOVO BP)
3 inch x 8 feet boards ( I used plywood)
5/8 inch nails
This stunning moulding is from Ornamental Moulding and it was an absolute dream to work with. But before we jump into how all of this was added to the wall, let's chat briefly about the board and batten. The larger smooth boards are actually plywood that I had cut down from Lowe's. Plywood is an extremely inexpensive way to create a board and batten wall treatment and all of the boards combined only cost me $68, and I have plenty leftover for another project! The sheets of plywood come in 4 feet x 8 feet lengths and I had Lowe's cut these sheets down into 3 inch boards. On the wall, I placed 3 boards (one above the baseboard, one at the length of the counter and one at the very top of the wall) to create the perfect frame. The walls were then divided vertically into equal sections.
Once the larger boards were nailed into the wall, I took the time to caulk, sand and prime all of the boards. This is an extremely important step to getting a perfectly smooth professional finish. The more time you spend on these steps the easier the remainder of the steps will be!
The next step in this DIY modern powder room makeover is to cut down the fluted casing from Ornamental Moulding. I have created several accent walls in my home, but hands down, this is the NICEST moulding I have ever used. It is light weight and cuts like butter on the miter saw. The fluted trim is beautifully finished for a delicate, feminine look. After using this moulding in this room, I want to add it everywhere in my home! The great thing about Ornamental Moulding is that they stock their items at local hardware stores including Home Depot and Lowe's, making it easily accessible. Beyond just fluted trim, they have a huge range of products from crown moulding, baseboards, window parts, beams and even exterior products. You can find the exact casing I used here.
An important thing to note is that walls and ceilings are NEVER straight. So every piece of moulding was cut individually to ensure a perfect fit into the boxes. It is a bad idea to mass cut all of your moulding all at once - some will be too long or too short and you will end up wasting a lot of trim. Although individually cutting each trim piece is laborious, it is totally worth it to get a perfect finish.
Once the fluted boards are cut, nail them into the wall individually, caulk in between the seams and fill the nail holes - again, very laborious, but it makes all the difference. At this step, I took the time to prime all of the fluted panels before I painted. I opted for a barely there gray tone to offset the marble wallpaper. The color I chose was Nebulous Gray from Sherwin Williams in a matte finish. I am so happy with it!
Here are some more views of my modern powder room makeover.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of accent walls. You can check out some of my favorite accent walls in my home linked here: Master Bedroom, Two Story Great Room, Music Room & Nursery.
Thank you again to those of you who have been following and cheering me as I made over my powder room. If you have a question or want to share your thoughts on this modern powder room makeover, feel free to drop me a line below, email me or contact me on Instagram @thisissimplicite. If you are new here, thank you for visiting! We do a lot of fun things around here (including room makeovers!). Be sure to sign up for email updates to catch the next fun project. I would love for you to join me!