Before & After: Sarah’s Powder Room Makeover

by hookedonhouses on August 6, 2013

TDC Sarah's brown powder room beforeFor Day Two of “Before & After Week,” I’ve got two bathroom makeovers for you, starting with Sarah’s. Her powder room is bigger than most, but you couldn’t really tell when it was painted a dark chocolate brown.

TDC Sarah's powder room after makeover 5

Sarah, who writes the popular DIY blog Thrifty Decor Chick, lightened things up by planking the walls with strips of white wood. The colors in the room were inspired by her son’s artwork in the red frame above.

There was a pedestal sink in the room before:

brown powder room before 2

She replaced it with an IKEA vanity (you can get the details on it here) and replaced the original tile floor with hardwood.

TDC Sarah's powder room after makeover 6

You can read how she installed the wood planks to the walls in the room here: Planking (a Wall, Not Me). I love this look.

TDC Sarah's powder room after makeover 2

Visit Sarah’s blog Thrifty Decor Chick for all the before and after photos and details. Then come back later today to see another inspiring bathroom makeover!

TDC Sarah's powder room after makeover

P.S. I’ve actually had the chance to meet Sarah a few times. Last year we taught a session at the Haven Conference in Atlanta together, which was a lot of fun. (You can see my post about it here.)

Julia & Sarah at Haven 2012

Did anyone make it to this year’s conference? I didn’t but I’ve enjoyed seeing all the pics being posted around the blogosphere. Sarah was one of the organizers and you can read her recap here. :-)

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Amy Vermillion August 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

She did a great job! Thanks for sharing…I love the toilet flusher.

Joanna August 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

The planking is brilliant. I’m used to seeing board and batten so the horizontal lines in her application seem really fresh. It’s really a lovely space. And, I second the toilet flush handle – so cool!

Luciane at August 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

Whoa! This is incredible, Julia! I LOVEEEE every inch of it!!! :-)

Have a great week, my friend.


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anna see August 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

Gorgeous and bright!

jen August 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

i love the white with spalshes of color such pretty bathroom

Rebecca C August 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

The planking is such a great idea. It opened up that room. Why do people paint small rooms dark colors? I love what she did with this bathroom.

Kelly - Talk of the House August 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

What an amazing difference the color and all the trim work make. Great job! I wanted to go to Haven since I am so close to it, but the first 2 days of school are not exactly good days for a teacher to miss work!

Julie August 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

Where did you find that spicket nozzle for your toilet flusher?! I love that!

hookedonhouses August 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

Isn’t that cool? She has lots of source info on her blog so follow the link at the end of my post to see what she says about it! :-)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick August 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm
hookedonhouses August 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thanks, Sarah! :)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick August 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Wow, thanks my friend!! I’m honored you chose to highlight my powder room! Missed you at Haven this year! :)

Jonia August 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

Okay, so um is it inappropriate to refer to a bathroom as yummy?! 😉 I l.o.v.e.this makeover! N.e.v.e.r. seen a toilet flusher thingy like that before = awesome! And I’ve never seen a white planked room I didn’t love. Many hearts for this makeover :)

Kelly August 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi, what colors did you use in the bathroom?

hookedonhouses August 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

Click over to her blog post for all the details!

Leila Jane October 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Yes, love the bathroom makeover. Very cute with Sarah’s child’s artwork being the center of attention and the inspiration for the accent colors. Also love the planking and the oar. But what I really want to comment on is….what a beautiful picture that is of you, Julia! You look gorgeous! I’m surprised HGTV hasn’t been ringing your doorbell! I think you’d better keep an ear out…! Sarah, too. You’d look cute on there together. You could tell the viewers about blogging your décor ideas. I can see it now…. Hey, HGTV producers! Over here! (meaning at YOUR house!)

hookedonhouses October 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

What a sweet thing to say. You are officially my favorite reader now. Ha. Thanks, Leila Jane! :)

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