Remember this weird corner in the wee powder room under the stairs?
My dilemma was this: What the smack do I put there?
My go to in resolving any weird corner is a plant. But this room has no windows and even the artificial light is scant. (We installed an automatic light with a timer in case the kids leave it on. Which they do. Every. Dang. Time.)
And I’m not into synthetic plants. Don’t get me wrong, some fake plants are lovely. But. I don’t like them. It’s just a thing with me. I want a plant to be a growing, living thing. I want it to produce oxygen and not collect dust.
Anything I can do to avoid dusting is a good thing.
Sorry, I digress.
Back to this weird corner:
What about storage? A bathroom always needs storage, right?
But this room is TINY.
And three pieces (a toilet, a sink, and some kind of storage thing in the corner) didn’t seem … right …. to me. The idea felt too crowded in my head.
So I decided we needed to ditch the pedestal sink idea (which was hard, I love a good pedestal) and try to go with a l-o-n-g-e-r vanity, one that would ground the room, and fill up that weird empty corner with something more substantial.
But, the problems:
1) you can’t get too substantial here. This room is not even 5 x 5. Like Faith.
2) the sink pipes are in the left corner … where the old pedestal sink was … so … unless we wanted to call in a plumber (who EVER wants to do that?), we couldn’t center the vanity on the wall.
First, we tried a piece of furniture from Marshall’s. The dimensions worked. And it was pretty. So I brought that sucker home.
But. It took up too much space. At 4.6′ x 4.6′, visual space in this room is at a premium. Also, I couldn’t bring myself to cover up that beautiful floor we just laid (lay? lie?). So the man of the house disassembled it a little so we could see what it would look like if we chopped it up to make more visual floor space.
As you can see, it’s still lovely. But it throws off the balance of the room. The positioning (because of the sink pipes) left about two feet between the right side if the cabinet and the wall. So, the weird corner was still weird. It was just smaller.
What we really needed was something centered on the wall, and something that would provide enough visual space underneath so this tiny room didn’t feel so claustrophobic.
In case Four ever comes to visit. I want him to be able to use the powder room without regressing back into one of his fear landscapes.
So I consulted Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of cutting an old farm table in half and putting it on the wall. Like-a-dis:
The man of the house, an historian and antique furniture purist (me saying, “I’m painting this white!” is part of his fear landscape), couldn’t wrap his head around chopping up an old farm table. So he offered to build me one.
Isn’t she hawt? And she was less than $100 to build.
Love that man.
I was actually content with the raw look. But the man of the house – bless him – wanted to recreate the old farm table look. So – as I was very happy with him at that moment – I conceded.
And I couldn’t be happier with the results:
I made the vintage stain myself, based on the recipe from Home Heart Craft. Then I covered it with two layers of poly, to make it water resistant.
And I just can’t stop looking at it!!
Again, let’s see the old vs. the new:
Problem solved. Weird corner defeated.