Glamorous Black and White Powder Room

This is the story of swanky black and white powder room makeover. This is also the story of how I locked myself in the powder room. (you can read that full saga at the very end of this post).

But mostly, this is the story of the little tank lever that stole my heart.


It’s perfection. It is beautiful, simple, perfection. And it had me at hello.

Just look at her!


She’s perfect. And while of course the swanky new faucet and towel bar raise the style factor in this room by leaps and bounds, it is this little lever that is the finishing touch. The piece de resistance. The smallest accessory that brings the whole outfit together:)

Remember where we started with this room? Check out all the before photos > here. It was bright and white, but in need of a little something more.

Wanting to keep the bright white feeling, but add a little more glam I added in a fabulous toile wallpaper from Wayfair, spray painted the mirror a gloss black, and upgraded the hardware with the help of Delta Faucet. I also added a quick fresh coat of PARA’s Jo Jo Whitewash (my favourite white as we all know:)) to the beadboard and trim just to clean things up a bit.


I also made one small, but BIG impact change with the surprise detail awaiting behind the door.


It’s GREEN! The most perfect shade of kelly green ever in the history of awesome greens. Naturally, it’s PARA. The colour is called Guest of Honour. Don’t you just love how it POPS!!!?



The wallpaper was relatively simple to put up, but I’ll admit to adding some seaming glue here and there to really make sure things got stuck in place where two sheets line up. It took two full rolls with literally no leftovers in case of mistakes to do this tiny little room, so if you’re planning on papering know your measurements, order a bit extra, and order it all at the same time so your patters match (they should be from the same lot number).


The towel bar and tank lever (my precious) were super easy to install, but I had to call in DH to help with the faucet and drain because it was definitely a two person job. We had to remove the entire pedestal sink, which is easier said than done in an old uneven house..putting it back together again required a lot of shims!:) Oh well, it looks lovely now:)



The chandelier really stands out now too, which I love. I’m sure it helps that I gave it a good cleaning too….


Once it was all done I jumped for joy and now declare loudly every time I use the bathroom, “IT’S SO PRETTY IN HERE!”.

Of course I kept our fun vintage garden sprayer turned toilet paper holder, and it works beautifully with the finish of the new faucet and hardware.



Products & Items featured:
– PARA Paints Jo Jo Whitewash – on beadboard & trim
– PARA Paints Guest of Honour – back of door
– Rustoleum Gloss Black – on mirror
Delta Faucet Victorian faucet, tank lever, and towel bar in Champagne Bronze
Abby Rose III Toile Wallpaper from Wayfair

The Story of How I Locked Myself in the Powder Room:

Picture it. Small town Ontario. A DIY blogger is busy painting away listening to classic 90s tunes. She removes the door handle to ensure her paint job is perfect and continues on painting.

The next day the music goes back on and she prepares to wallpaper. While putting up said wallpaper, she bumps into the door and it closes. Thinking nothing of it, she continues to ensure the wallpaper she is applying is done correctly. It is only when the paper is up and the blogger is happy that it dawns on her.

She is locked in. She lets out some expletives.

Her phone is on the other side of the door attached to a tripod, filming a closed door. She shakes her head and laughs at the mess she is in. She then presses her face to the window to see if anyone is near. Could they come into her house and set her free she wonders?

After sitting on the toilet pondering her situation for a moment or ten, it hits her. She can remove the window and window screen and climb out of the house. YES! She declares loudly. YESSS!

And so, she follows her plan and executes a 10.0 dismount from the bathroom window into the garden below, returns to the house and immediately re-attaches the door handle. She lived happily ever after.

The End.




Sponsored Post Disclosure: Wayfair and Delta Faucet provided the items mentioned, however I received no financial compensation. The opinions are mine and if anyone wants to write the movie script for my lock in saga, let me know:)


  1. by Lesley Metcalfe (@lesleymetcalfe_) on November 10, 2016  11:14 am Reply

    I've gotten myself into a similar predicament - I hope your bathroom is on the main floor, otherwise that's quite the acrobatic feat you pulled off!
    Great fixtures, love the whole design.

    • by Heather on November 10, 2016  11:34 am Reply

      LOL, yes, thankfully the first floor!:)

  2. by becki peckham on November 10, 2016  12:06 pm Reply

    Heather this is BEAUTIFUL! Love the toilet paper holder, so unique! Oh and the little surprise behind the door :)

    • by Heather on November 10, 2016  12:25 pm Reply

      thank you so much Becki:) the green door is just my favourite

  3. by Vineta Jackson on November 10, 2016  12:22 pm Reply

    So gorgeous! I especially love the pop of color on the back of the door. Our main bathroom is black and white, and I might need to try that trick on our door too. And congrats on getting out of your locked bathroom! :)

    • by Heather on November 10, 2016  12:25 pm Reply

      LOL, thank you! talk about a head shake moment:)!

  4. by Julie (@ellivenstudio) on November 10, 2016  12:43 pm Reply

    Oh goodness, Heather!!! This is gorgeous!!!! And I had no idea that Wayfair sold wallpaper! Thanks for the tips!

    • by Heather on November 10, 2016  12:51 pm Reply

      oh they do! watch out, it's an amazing selection - you will loose yourself if you aren't careful:)

  5. by gemma@thesweetestdigs on November 10, 2016  8:45 pm Reply

    I adore the green door. Such a fun element!

    Also - you are hilarious. I wish that had all been actually caught on camera :)

    • by Heather on November 11, 2016  10:46 am Reply

      oh me too! Sadly it's just about 30 mins of footage of a closed door and some muffled noises:)

  6. by Lidia on November 11, 2016  8:14 pm Reply

    I'm drooling over many beautiful things to admire!!! Love Love Love!!!

    • by Heather on November 13, 2016  11:26 am Reply

      Thank you so much Lidia:)

  7. by homewithmimiblog on November 12, 2016  4:42 pm Reply

    I love the kelly green with the black and white. And the crystal chandelier just finishes everything off perfectly. Congrats on designing a beautiful space!

    • by Heather on November 13, 2016  11:27 am Reply

      Thank you so much:) the chandelier is one of my faves - it hung about my parent's dining room table FOREVER. glad to have it our house now:)

  8. by arielgarneau on November 15, 2016  8:03 am Reply

    Love it! The wallpaper and green door are so you, and it's all top notch!

    • by Heather on November 15, 2016  10:18 am Reply

      Thank you so much:)!! I am so pleased with how it turned out:)

  9. by Shelly Hill on December 5, 2016  3:20 pm Reply

    Love that sexy little pic on the wall. What a cute idea.

    • by Heather on December 5, 2016  4:07 pm Reply

      thank you:)! I bought that at an auction 15 or so years ago, it's hung in every bathroom since:)

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  11. by Joann on December 16, 2016  10:15 pm Reply

    This makeover is gorgeous Heather! I love the wallpaper and the tank lever. Thank goodness you have a window in there! We don't have one in our powder room.

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