Melissa wrote me about her powder room: “Overall it was fine but I was bored with it, so I decided to amp things up. The only place left to go was the ceiling. I’ve always loved jewel-box bathrooms, so that was my inspiration.”
The first thing she did was paint the ceiling metallic gold. Then she stenciled over it with a “Moroccan Dream” pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils.
“It took me about 4 hours over two days to stencil the 7’x3′ ceiling in our powder room, and another 1.5 hours to touch up the paint and rough edges from where the paint bled through.” She adds that her neck hurt for 3 days, but says it was worth it! (I have to say my neck hurts just thinking about it. Ha.)
Next, her husband framed the stencil with some white crown molding:
The room had what is commonly known as a “boob light,” and Melissa wanted to switch it out for something different.
Inspiration came in the form of a lamp shade at Target:
She turned it upside-down over the original fixture and voila!
An inexpensive but modern-looking new light that doesn’t compete with the stenciled ceiling:
The walls are painted Naval by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish: “It gleams a bit in the light which I love. The vanity was from Expo Design Center before it went out of business, and the mirror was purchased from my friend’s yard sale.”
Now that the ceiling is finished, here’s how the powder room looks in all its metallic-stenciled ceiling glory:
Visit Melissa’s blog Houseography for more photos and details about the project.
[email protected] in the Coconut says
LOVE it….Ironically, I did a mini-makeover of our powder room (and did a mini post about it). Used almost the same color…just didn’t do the great ceiling they did!!
Love yours, too, Linda! Here’s her post if anyone wants to see her navy powder room:
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
No one would ever bored in this space!!!
I love seeing creative powder rooms… they’re often small and you should add some fun to make it feel special!
Great work, Melissa!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Alie B says
Ouch! My neck hurts looking at this too, Melissa! Now that’s commitment! 🙂 Fabulous job. Looks exotic and luxurious.
Melissa @ HOUSEography says
Thanks for the blog lovin’ Julia. Yes, my neck hurt for 2 weeks afterwards!!! So worth it now though!
Brandon @ Southgate says
I am inspired! I have toyed with painting my powder room black with a metallic silver ceiling for over a year now. This has inspired me to just do it!
Thanks for the inspiration! Been planning on painting my powder rm a dark shade for a while, and these pics of your beautiful room have gotten me excited to get started. You did a great job Melissa!
tricia @ littlecottageonthepond says
Lovely! I adore all the little metallic touches, and that mirror! SCORE!
House Crazy Sarah says
It’s precious! Nicely done Melissa!
(Now I have to go Google “jewel box bathroom”!)
Great job and overall expensive looking without a great deal of expense (except for your neck.) 🙂 I think your powder room is perfect and wouldn’t change or add a single thing.
Gorgeous! What a perfect powder room!
I LOVE it! The mirror is amazing and looks incredible with the ceiling.
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says
Question/request for advice: if you bathroom has a chrome faucet and chrome shower head can you have a bronze light fixture? Or would it look better chrome or brushed nickel?
Beautiful. I love Linda’s too. That star has inspired me! I love all the framed art on the walls in there too. Maybe I should be writing instead of redoing the bathroom right now, but here I go…
PS, Julia, I’m having fun with all your bath themed posts right now
I’m so glad! Thanks, Wendy. 🙂
This is lovely, the ceiling stencil is a perfect finishing touch. I am dying to know how do you attach the lamp shade to the light fixture? It is a brilliant idea and I want to try it.
I did the same thing in my hallway. There is a threaded rod that holds the fixture together. Unscrew the rod and buy one the length you need at a home center or hardware store. They even have long ones that you can hacksaw to any length. Then attach a finial to hold it together. Just remember your shade will be upside down.
So helpful — thanks, David!
Thanks David! Julia, I can’t find the post about this bathroom yet, but I’ll keep trying.
Oh thank you Julia…..I am so excited to try this…wish it wasn’t 9pm….but I will be on the hunt for a drum shade tomorrow!!!
Esther George says
Ouch…now that’s determination…beautifully done. Hi Julia thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney.