A Vintage Powder Room

May 2, 2016

bathroom with an antique vanity

My house is slowly coming together, it’s so nice to be back home after a very long renovation.  There seems to be a million small details that need to be wrapped up in the final stages, so it is such an exciting accomplishment when one room is completely finished!  It’s the powder room, which happens to be the smallest room in the house, but still an accomplishment.  For such a tiny space, I have to say the powder room was actually the most time intensive.  I went back and forth and could not make a decision on what I wanted to do to save my life.  Countless renderings and ideas for building different vanities, but none of them seemed right.

My goal throughout this whole process was to bring character and warmth to every room in the house.  I think Christina’s eyes glaze over every time I (over)use the word warmth.  So I started hunting, and the target was actually unclear.  I looked on Craigslist, Ebay, 1st Dibs, and Chairish.  After many hours of searching, it paid off.  Sometimes you don’t know what you are searching for, and then when the moment arrives and you lay eyes on it, then you just know it was exactly what you were unknowingly looking for.  In this case it was an antique French Empire chest.  I think I stopped breathing as I looked at the measurements to see if it would be too high, too wide.  I couldn’t have planned the dimensions more perfectly myself.  It is 32″ high, so we put a vessel sink on top of the counter to bring it up to 35″.  The standard height to the top of the basin is typically 34-36″, so it worked out perfectly!

We painted the room Super White by Benjamin Moore, with paneling on one wall for added interest.  The sconces are from School House Electric and the mirror is from Rejuvenation.

bathroom with an antique vanity

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    1. This is perfection! Love the chest and you certainly achieved warmth!

    1. I love the floor tile – is it Italian Carrera marble? I can’t seem to find hexagonal tiles with this depth of color. Would you mind sharing what it is and where I might find it?

    1. Hi! Any chance you would be willing to tell me how deep this piece is? Many of the chests I am looking at to recreate this look (which I love – thank you, thank you for sharing) don’t seem deep enough…

      Thank you very much!

      Upper Arlington, Ohio

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