Once upon a time, there was a quirky little unused space under the staircase at the farm.
This spot had held nothing but an old piano for decades. (the piano came with the house, so I still have it)
As I spent months stripping off the layers of wallpaper in the entryway, I considered the best use for the space. I wanted to build a powder room, but there wasn't enough room.
Then one day, while doing repairs in the kitchen, we had the great idea to move the doorway a few feet to the right, and create a space large enough for a tiny powder room. It was an exciting moment!
(repairing the plaster walls, and painting over the green paint is also pretty exciting!)
I had a really clear vision on how I wanted to decorate the powder room. YEARS ago, Pam Garrison decorated the back of her craft closet with a patchwork of vintage papers, and I was so inspired. I have always wanted to do that, somewhere, somehow. I have dozens of rolls of vintage papers, collected over the years for art projects, and the farm was a "worthy" place to use my precious hoard. I started rolling the papers out in the dining room and weighing them down with scraps of wood to flatten them out. I hung the papers fairly randomly, but did consider the colors and pattern, and tried to come up with a visually pleasing design.
I decided to hang the paper with the seams showing, so that you could read the borders. I really like it that way. I had the old wood floors refinished in the powder room before I started hanging the paper, and I did all the paper before the plumbers came in. It was much easier to work without a sink and toilet in the way.
These old papers are very difficult to work with, and are not prepasted. My favorite paper was so old and fragile, that it ripped in half. I just hung it up anyway!
This room is tiny, but it took me WEEKS to complete. I think I obsessed too much. Also, everyone that saw it, hated it. That sort of shook my confidence. I'm glad I kept going!:)
My electrician rewired and hung an old metal tole floral chandelier that I painted white. My plumber installed a petite pedestal sink, and a round toilet, to save every inch of space we could.
The carpentry work is being completed this week...baseboards, door and trim. We are re-using an old door that was originally in a back room of the house...it is a bit short, and has 6 panels, so it is perfect for this space. (I painted it PINK!) We built a shelf/ledge behind the toilet, and I will use that to store extra toilet paper and supplies, in some sort of decorative container.
I absolutely LOVE the way this room turned out, and it's going to be so helpful to have a bathroom on the first floor of the house! I will post photos when it is all completed!!