Black and Gold Powder Bathroom Reveal and Tile Details

May 12th, 2014

Mr. Project has been super busy with work lately (imagine that), and hasn’t had a lot of time to work on house projects. So we’re kind of living in this limbo state right now. And I want to share pictures of the house, but at the same time, I want to wait for everything to be finished and perfect. But it’s not finished and perfect yet, so I haven’t really been posting anything.

There are a few rooms that are done and ready to go, so I figured I might as well start there! I’m going to have a professional photographer come and do the whole house when it’s done, but for now you’ll have to enjoy my photography. The photos in this post were taken with my Nikon DSLR and a wide-angle lens.

Okay, onto the bathroom! Here’s the Powder Room Style Guide that I created for this bathroom. I got pretty close except the color pallet changed. And here is the bathroom from the black ceiling to the basketweave tile floor.


And a little closer view:


Originally I had planned on painting the vanity a brighter color, but towards the end of the build, decided that I was in love with the color black. So I painted the upper half of the room black (Restoration Hardware Obsidian), and balanced out the black with a white 3×6 subway tile wainscot (tile from BuildDirect). I finished off the tile with a piece of trim that had a dadoed edge to cover the top of the tile. I did this because it was so much cheaper than buying a specialty tile to finish it off with. I also like how it’s just a little more cozy feeling than a tile border. The wainscot is 44″ tall.


On the floor I wanted a beautiful marble and basket weave tile. When I was pricing out all my tile, I realized I could save quite a bit of money by creating a border of field tiles (in this case 12×24 marble tiles from BuildDirect) on the outside of the room. Then the inside could be the more expensive mosaic tile. To bring some definition to the space, I found some skinny black pencil tiles at Lowes.


I love the effect and think it looks more custom than if the whole floor was basket weave.

Because I wanted the black walls, I decided at the very last minute to paint the vanity off white. Mr. Project had undertaken the task to strip the whole thing in preparation for the new paint, and when I saw how beautiful the original wood was, we decided to stain (to make the color/grain look more uniform) and seal the top, and then paint the bottom for contrast. I would have loved to have the whole thing be the original wood, but I was a little worried with all the fine details that we would run into paint stripping issues and an uneven finish. I love the final product though, it really is a gorgeous and unique vanity.


Behind the door is a hidden pocket or closet shower. I had seen pictures of showers with door entrances like this while I was looking for house inspiration, but I didn’t think I would have a spot for one in the house. When our framing was being done, we changed this space from a supply closet (accessible from the pantry) to a shower. I just love how it turned out.


The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.


We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.


And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.


I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!


Mirror (24″x48″) – Ballard Designs

Vanity (22″x41″x36″) – found at local vintage market

Wood Stain – Minwax Espresso

Sink –

Wall Faucet – Elements

3″x6″ Subway Tile – BuildDirect

Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile – BuildDirect

Marble 12″x24″ Tile – BuildDirect

Black Pencil Tile – Lowes

Toilet – Kohler Tresham

Paint – Restoration Hardware Obsidian (we had it color matched)

Sconces – Restoration Hardware

Chandelier – Lamps Plus (no longer available)

Grafton Train Rack, Towel Bar & Paper Holder – Restoration Hardware


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13 responses to “Black and Gold Powder Bathroom Reveal and Tile Details”

  1. Cari Skuse says:

    Beautiful, Jen! I love the hidden shower. We are moving ahead on our house build and I may have to pick your brain on a issue I am running into that I get conflicting opinions on.

  2. Joan says:

    I LOVE the vanity! How do you know if an antique piece is “suitable” to convert into a vanity…I love that idea for my powder room.

  3. Jen Allyson says:

    That’s a great question! I should do a blog post just about that. If a piece is sturdy and has the correct dimensions then it would be a great piece to turn into a vanity. If you are worried about high water usage, the wood top can be removed and stone fabricators can create a solid slab counter top that is the exact dimensions as the existing top. You can of course do this with newer pieces. In my last home, we turned an old (less than 10 years old) sofa table into a vanity.

  4. Julie Gandy says:

    This is the most tasteful and lovely powder room I have ever seen. I love the black, white and gold and especially the vanity with wood/white combo. I particularly love the high ceiling and chandelier. You need your own HDTV show Jen!

  5. Jen Allyson says:

    Thanks Julie! I wish!!!

  6. January says:

    Jen, Where did you find the remnant piece? Im thinking of converting a piece and what a marble top but have no idea where to start shopping. Any suggestions?

  7. Stephanie says:

    BEAUTIFUL! You have so much talent its unbelievable! Question: Could you possibly mention the total costs for your remodels? I would love that!

  8. Jen Allyson says:

    These rooms aren’t remodels because of the new build. Is there a specific item you’re looking for a cost of?

  9. Tanya says:

    I am trying to find the black pencil tile.
    Do you remember if it is .5″ or 1″ wide?
    Is it 6″ long?
    Hope my bathroom turns out half as well!

  10. Jen Allyson says:

    its .5″ x 6″

  11. manya says:

    Hi Jen,

    Amazing bathroom…love the colors!

    please let me know the color of the basketweave (floor tile)
    thank you for the inspiration!


  12. jenallyson says:

    Its white marble and black

  13. Cheryl Davis says:

    Love your bathroom! I am just finishing a remodel with white board and batten on the bottom, and was thinking of using obsidian above. Now that I see yours, I’ve made my decision!

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