Brizo Talked Me Into a Powder Room Makeover

created at: 09/16/2010

This is what I have now, it’s the BEFORE.

I’ve posted about other people’s powder room re-dos, but now it’s my turn. When I first did this powder room, I truly believed I would NEVER want to change it. The soft gray walls, black and white photos, white pedestal sink and toilet, hardwood floors and the then-so-chic shiny brass fixtures. For me, contemplating a makeover is serious business. I’ve been deliberating about this for the past year. Painting is one thing, but replacing what was then a big ticket faucet has held me back.

created at: 09/16/2010

That is until this past weekend when I was schooled in a new way of looking at faucets and fixtures. Yes, me, the person who believes you buy quality and keep it until it crumbles. The progressive thinkers at Brizo (they did pay for my trip to NYC, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it)  are working hard to change our perspective on fixtures.

So, here is what’s on my drawing board.

credit: Brizo.com[http://www.brizo.com/featuredcollections/index.html]

Or, if I really go all out, I’ll replace the pedestal sink with a vessel sink. In that case, I’ll need this one.

The design and technology driven Brizo brand is commited to re-teaching consumers that faucets should be viewed as an accessory in the home. Seriously, I scoffed at this notion at first. But after having a conversation with a realtor friend of mine, she confirmed that kitchen and bathrooms should most certainly be viewed as rooms you want to update often, and fixtures SHOULD be changed out at least at the seven year mark.

Now that you put it that way, I can justify moving ahead, coming up with the design that will last me another seven years, and donating my shiny brass Aladdin looking faucet to a worthy place like the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. Not only that, I’ve got towel racks, a toilet paper fixture and the hideous light fixture to donate. (I must admit I never liked that light fixture.)

created at: 09/16/2010

created at: 09/16/2010

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These fixtures still function, they are just outdated in terms of bathroom design. If we decided to put our house on the market today, we would have to frantically update every one of our bathrooms. It’s a proven fact that buyers pay more attention to the kitchen and bathrooms than any other rooms in the house. The rest of the house is easier to fudge. Besides, I like the idea of enjoying the updates a long the way.

And for Brizo, I’m a believer. I may have to save up for my beloved Virage, but I know that my enjoyment of that faucet will far outweigh any pleasure I would derive from saving a few hundred dollars. Finally, I get that.