How to turn a bland water closet into a showhouse worthy room

We turned our client’s ordinary and rather bland water closet into a room that is worthy of any showhouse!

We began with this beige room that had all the necessities a toilette needs, except a personality.  And this homeowner had several pieces of jewelry that were miniature works of art themselves and, like most women, did not wear them very often because she simply forgot she had them.  So we created a way to showcase them that would serve as a functional work of art in the bathroom but also make it possible for her to wear them more often as they were easily accessible.

Our inspiration came from this photo


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We wanted to add some texture to complement all the smooth surfaces that are found in a water closet as well as complement the adjoining master bath wood cabinetry and granite countertop and shower surround.  She also wanted to keep the look light and bright so we chose to create a wainscoting effect using reclaimed wood pieces.  However, since we live in an urban area, locating reclaimed wood was not as easy as we expected it to be and we had to come up with another solution.  We opted for something that, I think, works just as well and was easier to install–engineered wood flooring.

patti bathroom flooring box label for wall

To add even more personality to the space we chose to install it horizontally rather than the expected vertical installation and it came out perfect.  My genius handyman created a top using basic floor molding that was stained to match and we hung a small cornice over the single window using a remnant piece of flooring that ties the whole look together.  The homeowner’s lace panels diffuse the bright sunlight and add a feminine touch and nice contrast to the space.  Here is the finished result:

patti bathroom with wood wall peg board and cornice all done

photo DH Design

patti pegboard withjewelry hanging

To make this peg board you will need:

  • a piece of standard white peg board
  • frame molding
  • decorative hooks-we chose various designs for an eclectic look
  • one very talented handyman

This is one water closet I wouldn’t mind spending a little bit of time in!

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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