Black, White & French Powder Room Makeover

This is a before and after of my black, white and french bathroom makeover.
Black white french bathroom makeover - So Much Better With Age

This 80s bathroom was in desperate need of a bathroom makeover as you can tell by the photo. I wanted to make it French but I decided to mix things up a bit this time and keep the fixtures modern.

It shows how you can mix modern and traditional or vintage together and even mix golds and silvers together.

There’s a lot of detail in this little room but it’s still a very simple overall design.

Black white french bathroom makeover / before picture of bathroom - So Much Better With Age

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Decorating a small powder room is fun. It’s a little space to decorate how you like.

Two silhouette pictures hanging in the bathroom.

I stencilled this one wall in here on a whim. While the kids were watching a movie, I did this whole wall in about an hour with some grey paint, a stencilling brush and this stencil from Fusion Mineral Paint called  Illegible Script.

Anything would be an improvement from this before photo!

The bathroom before, looking outdated.

The door holds the one glass knob in my entire house…I had to have at least one and the powder room was the perfect place for this pretty door knob.

The silhouettes were made of my kids when they were both 18 months old and I had them framed in gold frames.

There is a stenciled wall in the bathroom and a basket filled with towels.

I found this bathroom vanity at the Restoration Hardware Outlet store. It was chipped in a few places so I painted it in this charcoal grey and had a quartz countertop made for the top that matches the kitchen.

A black and white vanity in the bathroom.
Up close shot of the French script stenciled in the bathroom.
There are pink and white flowers in a white vase on the back of the toilet.

The faucet, towel bar and toilet paper holder are from Delta Faucets Trinsic line.

See where you can buy the gold mirror in sources below. This exact one from Soft Surroundings is no longer sold.

There is a gold mirror on the wall above the sink.

I used the same black and white basketweave tile that was used in the kids’ bathroom.

The crock is now pretty garbage can, a beautiful one at that!

Pink towels are folded and on the top of the toilet.
 Delta Trinsic faucet, blush pink rose.
A faucet and pink roses in the bathroom.
A french gold mirror is in the bathroom.

I love the mix of old with new and gold with silver.

And of course black and white. There are so many design elements but it’s still so classic.

There is a white cup filled with flowers.
Up close picture of the flowers.

This soap bar and little pottery dish I brought back from France last year. I wish I brought back more of them!

 French soap block, antique french dish.

I’m so happy with the way this bathroom turned out.


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Black, White & French Powder Room Makeover.

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  1. Beautiful transformation. I love how your splashes of peach, the basket, soap, mirror frame. wallpaper , all come together to add color, texture, and interest to your bathroom. Great job and it gives me inspiration to change my small area up as well! Love your blogs!

  2. Your redone powder room is lovely. Can you tell me where you got the hardware for the door to the room? The black knob and backplate.

  3. Looks lovely, i love the script, don’t get mad if i’m in there for i while, i’ll be reading your wall. lol!!!

  4. So beautiful ~ I love the floors ~ I was going to do those tiles in my MB ~ and regret it every day ~
    The roses are beautiful ~ EVERYTHING ~ the wallpaper stunning.
    I love the entire project.

  5. Hi Jamie! I love everything in this little room, especially the tile floor and the stenciled wall. Brava! Hus, Pat from Bringing French Country Home

  6. What a beautiful makeover. I love the stenciled wall amazing how you did that in an hour it is gorgeous! Thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town you are my featured pick for next weeks party!
    Julie @ love my simple home

  7. Jamie,
    Your powder room turned out fantastically! What a transformation!!! Love the script stenciling ~ I thought about doing something similar in our current bathroom. Lovely!!! Pinned a ton for you.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Barb 🙂

  8. I’m so inspired! It all comes together so well. The towels really set it off. Mind telling me where you got them?


  9. Your powder room is so pretty! I love the stencil wall and the silhouette pictures, every detail! So beautiful!

  10. This is stunning. I love the stencil you used on that wall and might consider it for a bathroom wall we have. Thank you for sharing this with Share Your Style. I’m letting you know I’ve pinned this. Hope to see what else you might link up to our party!

  11. Absolutely stunning and the stencil wall is AMAZING.. Looks like something out of House Beautiful…….which your house is. Your attention to the little details really shows. I just love your blog and glad to have found you!!

  12. Hi Jamie! Well I just love the stenciled wall! Was it hard to line it up and keep it straight? I have a wall that I would like to do this stencil on. Thanks, and like usual the bathroom is lovely!

    1. Hi Rebecca, this one wall I did in an hour. It was really easy because it’s script and I wanted it to look faded. It’s illegible writing so it doesn’t really need to match up. The stencil is a large rectangle. Super easy to use!
      Good luck!
      Hugs, Jamie

  13. Like Rebecca, I have the perfect wall for that stencil….LOVE IT!!!! I took the link you provided and noted that there are 2 sizes for the English script—medium and large. May I ask which one you used on that wall, please? And it looks as if you used a really soft gray paint color? Thanks so much for your help.

    1. Hi Leslie, I got the large stencil as it covered a lot of space in a short amount of time. Yes, I used a light grey paint. I’m not sure what I used, probably what I had on hand. If I had to guess it was probably Sterling by Fusion Mineral Paint. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
      Hugs, Jamie

      1. Thank you so much for the info. I have recently been introduced to Fusion Mineral Paint and discovered that we have a dealer in my area. So excited about this project—I’ll be ordering my stencil soon.

  14. Your powder room makeover is beautiful, Jamie! We’re about to embark on a bathroom makeover and I may have to steal your script stencil idea – so pretty. I like the style of your new toilet and vanity too. Pinned 🙂

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