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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Before & After

Powder Room Pampering


After a month hiatus (has it really been a month?), we’re back in action and have started to renovate our tiny powder room on the main level.  I’m sad we didn’t get any complete “before” photos, but believe me when I say it was in need of some (lots of) TLC.  Here’s a taste of what it looked like right after we started ripping things up.

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So, what’s on the to-do list this time?

1. Replace linoleum floor with natural stone tiles. We bought white/ivory travertine tiles at a discount flooring store for $5 per sq/ft.


2. Add a natural stone “brick” accent wall to the mirror wall.  We also bought this at a discount floor/decor store for $6 per sq/ft. and are in love with it.
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3. Jazz up our existing mirror so we don’t have to buy a new one.  Bryan used extra wood from our vessel sink base (see #5) to make a two-sided wood frame for the mirror.  We turned the mirror on its side to save $ on tiles.  Perfect fit!


4. Replace the gold vanity lights with DIY pendant lights.  This part is in the works, but here’s a sneak peak.

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5. Remove the oh-so-lovely corner sink, and replace it with a DIY vessel sink.  We couldn’t find a vessel sink that we loved, and on top of that, they’re expensive!  So, we’re going to make one out of a bowl.  We haven’t actually started this part yet, but will write a how-to post when it happens.

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6. Install a big rustic-looking piece of wood as a base for our new sink (see pic in #5).  We purchased dark walnut stain and polyurethane to finish it off, and trimmed it down to fit the space.  Not bad for a free piece of wood!  It was perfect for the rustic/chic look we’re going for.


7. Replace the toilet with a shiny new one.  We needed a super small toilet to fit into this space.  This one was our winner.

8. I think that’s it?

I’m SO excited about this project. It’s going to look fantastic when we’re done!  Here’s what we have so far.

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We’ll be back soon with updates!

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  1. Hope says:

    Looks very nice!

  2. David Mascia says:

    so cool! Come renovate my apartment!

  3. Shelly T. says:

    What’s the latest on this?

  4. Kathy says:

    Any hints/suggestions on pulling off the mirror makeover? Glue and hanger used? Did you make a track in the wood for the mirror or just glue on top?

    • Catherine says:

      Kathy- We made a 1/2 inch slit in each of the 2 pieces of wood with a table saw, and then attached them to the left and right side of the mirror. They fit pretty snug, but we also used mirror mastic to secure it. We didn’t make it removable because the mirror was pretty crappy as it was.

      When the wood/mirror is put up on the wall, the mirror is raised because it sits in the middle of the wood, so we glued the two pieces of wood to the wall and that did the trick. We tiled around it and slightly under it on the top and bottom, which looks pretty cool.

      I hope this helps! We’ll have more info/photos in our next powder room post soon 🙂

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

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