Powder Room Reveal!

I know it’s been a LONG time coming, but this project took on a life of its own!  I thought I had made good progress in taking the wallpaper down, but I underestimated the power of the paste.  Oh. my. goodness.  I started painting, and discovered all sorts of little pieces of paste that I missed, and it made for a big, stinking, mess.

More on that later.  For now, let’s revel in the after, shall we?  The color is “Bird’s Egg” by Benjamin Moore.

I think to fully appreciate the after, we need to revisit the before:

Now let’s go back to the after again…  I added this print that we’ve had and haven’t hung since we moved into the new house.  The colors fit perfectly in the bathroom.

Here is a shot of the stencil.   I thought about stenciling the whole bathroom, but thought it might be a bit too much, so I opted for the main wall.  What do you think? 

I had been looking and looking for a stencil, and stumbled upon this one in a crazy way.  I was Googling rooms that were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Palladium Blue (a color we’re considering for our family room), and lo and behold, I found this ala the decorologist.  Totally by accident – gotta love that.

It’s actually from This Old House – the link with the stencil download and instructions is here.  (NOTE: If you decide to do this stencil, save yourself some time and don’t torture yourself with the instructions on how to cut the larger stencil.  They tell you to fold it into a triangle, but you only fold it into quarters to form a square.  I drove myself half-crazy before I figured this out.  The instructions are a bit confusing.)

I haven’t finished the mirror area, which is why I’m not showing it yet.  I went to Hobby Lobby in search of a mirror at 50% off, but alas, found nothing.  So, I decided to rework the mirror that was in there already.  (It’s just not ready yet). 😉 

Soon, I promise. 

Linking up to:
House of Hepworths – Hooking Up with HoH
Shabby Chic Cottage – Transformation Thursday
Remodelaholic – Remodelaholic’s Anonymous 
The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday  
Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday 
Chic on a Shoestring – Flaunt it Friday
Just a Girl – Show and Share Day  
Tatertots and Jello – Weekend Wrap Up Party
Green Door Designs – Saturday Spotlight  
Dittle Dattle – Amaze Me Monday
Nifty Thrifty Things – Nifty Thrifty Sunday  
Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphosis Monday 
Not Just a Housewife – Show Me What Ya Got
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
DIY by Design – Swing Into Spring


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    April 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! The new color on the walls and the new stencil are beautiful! And the picture does look perfect. I bet you're really, really happy to be done with the previous wallpaper. 🙂

    Have a great day.

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    April 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    That looks so great!! I may be linking back to give you credit for the stencil! I am about to paint my powder room blue too- and if I get really motivated a stencil would be pretty fun…:) oh and I found a great new powder room mirror at Lowes- random but they have a huge selection!

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    classic • casual • home
    April 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I love what you did here. The design is lovely. Don't you think that with wallpaper coming back and people's nightmare memories of stripping wallpaper–that stenciling is the way to go? Especially if it could look as pretty as yours…and so great in a room with moisture. Fab job!!!

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    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    April 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Great color, Jenny! I'm adding that one to my list of favorites! What a difference from the previous wallpaper. I can sympathize – I did our powder room a couple of years ago and it was the only room that had any kind of wallpaper left up. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be taking it down, but that may have been because I was so determined to redo this bathroom!

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    April 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    It's look fantastic! What a great transformation from the before! 🙂

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    April 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Love it! You did a fabulous job. Can't wait to see your mirror!

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    April 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    beautiful color!

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    ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful transformation Jenny and I love the picture too!! Martina

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    A Vintage Vine
    April 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Gorgeous!!!! Love that stencil….you chose such a great design!!!! Amazing how much different that room is. Some projects just take longer…I am feeling your pain in my cloffice!!

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    April 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Really gorgeous! I am crushing on the blue paint… The stencil is beautiful, too.

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    April 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Love the color! So spa-like and soothing!

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    Jessa Smith
    April 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I love the pattern you used! This turned out beautiful!


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    Kristie at The Decorologist.com
    April 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Fabulous! Your bathroom looks so great – glad I had a little part in it 🙂 Come visit again anytime!

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    Pine Tree Home
    April 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Beautiful. I agree and can empathize about wallpaper paste…dealing with that now too. Glad to see your room turned out so nice. I have hope.

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    April 22, 2011 at 12:49 am


    That is gorgeous. I love the stencil you did.
    Can't wait to see what you do to the mirror.

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    Carrie @ Hazardous Design
    April 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    OMG. I'm so impressed! I love the color and design of the stencil you chose. I think my master bedroom could use some of this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    April 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I love the color and I love the stencil. I'm so glad you showed the before and after Wow, what a difference. LOVE IT!

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    April 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    That is a gorgeous pattern, great job! I have a new link party starting up on Monday and this would be perfect to link up. There's more info at this link: http://www.askannamoseley.com/2011/04/weekend-warrior-backyard-transformation.html

    Thanks! Anna

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    Green Door Girl
    April 23, 2011 at 1:45 am

    this is gorgeous! I just love how this turned out and yes a HUGE improvement! I would love for you to link up with Saturday Spotlight tomorrow – greendoordesignsblog.com 🙂

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    Willow Decor
    April 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT!!! Really it is stunning!! Great job! I have bookmarked this to try myself. You have really inspired me.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    April 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    This looks amazing! Great job on this awesome improvement! Love it!
    I would love for you to share it at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

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    Allison Shops
    April 25, 2011 at 1:10 am

    How pretty. I like it on just the one wall. You can always go back and add more later. I have an etching of the same view of Paris to the right of the shutter door (in my Met Monday post). Come see!
    Dropping by from BNOTP.


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    Kelly @ JAX does design
    April 25, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Wow, the "before" room is kind of scary! Love the stenciled wall and the beautiful blue wall colour in the "after" room 🙂 I think it looks great with just the one stenciled wall, but why not live with it for a bit and then decide if you want to stencil the other walls too.

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    April 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Fantastic! You are after my own heart I think. I too love stenciling and anything in the robin's egg blue family from aqua to turquoise.

    I found out just last week about a company in the UK called The Stencil Library. They have EVERYTHING and they ship EVERYWHERE. In fact, I wrote a post on my blog about it if you want to look. Patricia Shackelford who blogs as "Mrs. Blandings" is the one who informed me.

    Their website is a delight to explore.

    I found you on Met Monday, and yes it was the color on your thumbnail which lured me!

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    [email protected]
    April 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    That is gorgeous and so much better than the before.
    Visiting you from Tater Tots and Jello!

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    Cottage Touch
    April 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Pretty,I make everything crooked even with stencils! thank you for sharing.

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    April 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Jenny, Great paint color and stencil. I really like your art print. Can't wait to see the mirror wall.

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    Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
    April 27, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Loooove that stencil! Gorgeous powder room makeover!!

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    April 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Wow… what an amazing difference! I love the wall color and the stencil! How long did it take you to do this because it is gorgeous? I'm also really liking your picture frame!

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    Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor
    April 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I love before and the amazing after! It looks amazing! Great job and thank you for sharing!

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    Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants
    April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    So pretty and fresh I would do the whole room!

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    Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home
    April 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely cannot believe the before and after. Love the stencil and the color!

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    Cozy Home Scenes
    April 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

    That before wallpaper…..wow! Please tell me you did not put that up so I don't have to feel bad about saying that. I love the shade of paint you used. I'm going to be redoing my bathroom sometime this year (hopefully soon!) and have considering doing an all over stencil. However, I've been afraid to mess that up. Yours is very nice though.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    April 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

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    April 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Lovely! This is exactly the colour that I've been looking for and the restraint of just using the colour on one wall is perfect.

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    Debbie @ OtRD
    May 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    So lovely!

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    Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
    May 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This looks so amazing! I know you must be lovin' how it's tuning out!! Thanks for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday".

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    May 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Super transformation. Love the stencil shape and the wall color. Thanks for joining wuw.

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    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love it on just the one wall…and the wall color is perfect!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Now, THAT'S gorgeous!! I linked this to my bathrooms post too – it's a must-see!

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