Powder Room Accessorizing

I have a few little decorative items to show you that I did to accessorize the powder room off the foyer in my house.

I added a waste basket, tissue box, toilet paper holder, faucet, soap dispenser, and light switch cover.

Remember this is a super low budget makeover under $250.  I had to get creative and resourceful to make it happen.


Powder Room Accessorizing Ideas

First up, I needed a new waste can.  I looked at buying a new one, but could not find one that I liked.  Instead I went shopping in my house and took one I previously used in my studioffice. I bought it at the thrift store a few years ago.  I like it as is, but when I placed it in the powder room it looked blah.  I really like the dipped basket I got at HomeGoods recently, but that was too big.  So I did a little DIY magic on the thrift store basket.

I am sure you have seen how baskets are dipped in buckets of paint so only half the basket has paint on it. Super easy if you have a huge bucket and tons of paint. I did not, so instead of dipping my basket, I set it in a paint tray and poured paint inside the basket until the bottom was covered with paint. Then I used a paint brush to paint the bottom section of the basket inside and out. I saturated it with paint so it would look like it was dipped. I only used about 2 cups of paint.


Once I had enough paint on it,  I set the basket on the edge of the paint tray to dry. I put foil under and around the tray to catch the dripping paint.  Every 15 minutes I brushed a clean paint brush over the bottom to remove the drips that started to hang from the bottom of the basket.


Done, best of all I did not have to buy anything new since I used leftover paint.


I place the waste can by the side of the toilet, but it is impossible to get a photo of it there so I moved it out so you can see how it looks on the floor.  I like that it is white inside and out.


Remember the black polka dot vinyl I bought at JoAnn Fabrics?  I love me some polka dots especially black ones on a white background – so classic.

How to cover a tissue box with fabric

I used it to cover the tissue box.  I did look at a few box covers at HomeGoods, but they were all too fancy. I had a vision of what I wanted and since I could not find it already made, I had to create the design I had in my head on my own.

In the previous decor I had covered the tissue box using the wallpaper that was in the room.  Keeping true to the budget, I decided to remove it and cover the existing box with the polka dot vinyl.  To see a tutorial on how to do this, see this post: Thrift Store Tissue Box Transformation


It looks so nice with the white clock face cabinet knobs and perfect with the white/off white color scheme I chose to be compatible with the existing color of the toilet and sink.


Next up the faucet.  I bought it at Lowes. It is made by Aqua Source – Glyndon in Polished Chrome.


The soap dispenser is from Target.  I added a pop of turquoise to go with the industrial light in the room by simply using Washi tape.


The bath tissue holder is also from Lowes. Simple on and off design, no spring roll needed. It is made by Allen and Roth.


I have these switch plate and outlet covers in all the rooms of my house. They are from Lowes and come in white and off white.  These are the white. At first I thought I bought the off-white by mistake since they do not look “white white”, but when I went back to the store, I confirmed that I had bought the white. They are not as white as the others in my house. I will be spraying them “white white.”

I will post more about the powder room transformation tomorrow and then I have one more project to show you that I am still working on in the room. It involves a printable that I want to be able to share with you, but I am having trouble getting it to print correctly.  I will get it right.

Now that I have this posted, I am going to go out and celebrate the first day of Spring and buy some pretty flowers to put in my brand new almost completed powder room.  I hope you are able to get out and celebrate its arrival, too!

If you want to see more bathroom decorating ideas, check out what I did for $265.

Wicker waste basket that was dipped in white paint to give it a style update.

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  1. Congratulations, Diane! Your victory is well deserved, and your powder room looks lovely.

    BTW, I received 2 gallons of the Heavenly Blue today. I expect to receive the rest of the paint over the next few days. Thanks again, Diane.

    Diane, you must think I am looney! I just now noticed that this update happened a year ago in April! I get so confused and don’t understand how things keep popping up so out of sequence!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Gail – Happy to hear you got some of the paint. I am sure the rest will soon follow. I am not sure but I think the reason you see posts out of sequence is maybe you clicked one of the links in my current post that takes you to an older post to see. I do this to connect similar content that readers may be interested in. The post you left this comment on is an older post that was linked in my latest post. I hope this makes sense. :-)

  2. Congratulations, Diane! Your victory is well deserved, and your powder room looks lovely.

    BTW, I received 2 gallons of the Heavenly Blue today. I expect to receive the rest of the paint over the next few days. Thanks again, Diane.

  3. Love how pretty and special you are making your new place your home.

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I am ever so happy you made it to the next level… which is to go to the finals?

    I just love, love, love your powder room now. I want it….. all of it. Love everything about it. The faucet is just gorgeous. I am going to go see if it comes in shiny gold. I have my faucet, toilet holder and light fixture in gold. I am a blue and gold person. I considered changing with the fads, but just don’t like the brushed nickel and ORB for me……. love it in others houses, but just not mine. Although I have chrome in my bathroom and I like it. The polka dots are ever so classic and never go out of style….. not to me anyway. And the basket looks even better than the new one you just purchased. Well, I am excited for you.

  5. Congrats and so very well deserved!

  6. Pam Fulford says:

    Congrats Diane..You are so deserving for making it to the final four. I have lots of confidence in your ability to be the big winner. You are a very talented lady. Good luck!!!

  7. Congratulations!!
    Oh I love what I can see so far!! Great idea with the Washi tape.

  8. Saw that yesterday on BHG. Restrained myself from telling it on your FB page. :-)

  9. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Wow, that’s so awesome! Congrats from me too!
    And the basket update looks great!
    (You already know how much I love polka dots ;) since I wore the polka dot blouse at the Container store event, make me think of this paper )

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Julia – I remember the shirt :-) I can never have enough polka dot. The paper is actually vinyl fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. They only had a yard. I hope they get more soon. I have plans for it.

      1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

        Yes fabric, I’m an idiot ;)

  10. Miss Charming says:

    Congrats on making it to the final four, Diane! So exciting. Best of luck in your next phase of competition!