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Powder Room DIY On The Fly

Powder Room DIY On The Fly;

With all our kids now university age or older, we are at that awkward stage of wondering if we should downsize, with the intention of relocating to a more affordable home , or stay put and do some much-needed renovations. My husband, Graham, is also an architect and we would love to use our skills to build or renovate another house.

But sometimes the biggest impetus for action comes out of left field. Designers Collective was asked by American Standard to use their new, American Standard’s Speed Connect faucets in one of our projects. They say, “Do-It-Yourself” has never been easier. American Standard gave us a few design option and we decided upon the Times Square Monoblock Faucet.

mono faucet by american standard

The the faucets range in price from $239 to $425.

“With only 4 parts compared to the typical 14, Speed Connect takes 1/3 the installation time of a regular faucet. No special tools are needed which means in a few quick steps, Speed Connect is the easiest install any DIYer can complete. Plus with over 50 designs to choose from, there’s a faucet for every type of décor.”

American Standard faucetsThis is just a small sample of what American Standard offers!

We soon realized that, to really showcase the faucet, we should test it on ourselves, allowing us to beta test the ease of installation first hand.  This strategy also will allow us to see how best to design around the faucet.  Since Brooke recently moved into a new townhouse, my old 1930s house was the best bet for this experiment. Although Graham and I have extensively renovated our house it’s high time to revisit our bathrooms.


And, while we are at it, we thought, why not approach other favourite brands and see if they want to be part of this DIY powder room project or shall I say, experiment?

leslies coloursSherwin-Williams was definitely interested and we called on a local counter top fabricator. But in the meantime, we decided to stick with our DIY theme. So, we plan to replace the damaged counter top tile with a laminate that we can install ourselves.

Below are the ‘before’ pictures. We redid this powder room around 15 years ago and it is now definitely showing its age and design era. The tile is a great colour but the installation was so poor that I am not sorry to see the last of it. So its off to a fresh start and the dual challenge of refurbishing a tired old powder room with our untested DIY skills. Wish us luck!

Below are the before pictures.

powder room 1We have some great news! American Standard is offering a Speed Connect giveaway for one of our lucky readers!!

am boxFor a chance to win and for contest details follow us on instagram @designerscollective_ and twitter at @designers411 and follow American Standard @amstandardca  Be sure to comment on this post with your own powder rooms stories.

Stay tuned for the finished powder room!



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