Powder Room Makeover Completed

I finally have the powder room makeover finished and could not be happier. It took some time to get it completed, but if I have learned anything about decorating  – that is the way it should be. If I rushed to “just get it done”, I would only like it for a short time and then wish it had been done differently.

By letting it evolve over the past few months, I was able to see what the space really needed. Every week, I would place one item in and then as we used the room I could see what it needed next.


It is hard to get a good photo angle since the room is small, but I think you can get the idea.  The space was dated and dark and now it is bright and cheery, plus looks twice as big.  The turquoise industrial light draws your eye up and makes the ceiling feel as if it is 10 feet high instead of 8.

I have been showing you each step as I completed the room, remember how it used to look?


Powder room makeover before


The newest addition:  I framed some of my illustrations and fave quotes, then leaned them along the top of the bead board ledge.  I collect quotes…printing and framing them is one way to use them in a decorative way. I will probably change them out by the season or holiday just to keep things fresh and interesting.


I made free printable .pdf’s for you to download. You can find them at the end of the post.


I found the frames at the thrift store. Some of them I used “as is”; a few I spray painted.  I made the mat for the gold frame by cutting the vinyl polka dot I used to cover the tissue box.


I love this No. 7. I saw something exactly like it when I was at Pottery Barn last week.  When I got home from shopping, I went into Photoshop and made it myself. The white frame is from IKEA.


I mixed metals in the room. By using this chrome frame it helps to visually spread the color around the room and coordinate with the shiny chrome faucet and toilet handle.


Gold always adds a little glam to any space.


Take-A-Ways from a Powder Room Makeover

1. You have to love it! Decorate for you and your family, not just a look you see in a magazine or on Pinterest.  Put your ideas and favorite things all together into one space.  You don’t need to match to make the chosen elements flow together. If you like it – it works. It is called personal style.  Not cookie cutter or themed.   I thought one of my fave quotes would be perfect for the art rail that gives you permission to do anything your way  :-) 

2.  To keep it under budget, I worked the existing features into the color scheme of the room. I was happy they were pretty neutral, but I would have liked it if they were white-white.  Adding the wide horizontal stripes in the color I wanted in the room – white with the existing off-white makes the fixtures blend right in. If I painted the walls all white or white and another color, the off-white fixtures would end up looking out of place and throw the whole look of the room off.

3. Paint changes everything easily and affordably.

4. Add texture to create interest in a small room.   Rough – waste basket,   Shiny – mirror, glass on pictures, faucet;  Smooth – light fixture.  The dark wood floor adds warmth to the light color scheme.

5. Mix it up – Sometimes mixing metals in one space does not look right, but sometimes if you do it with intention – it looks just fine.  A bit of black grounds the room and adds a bit of sophistication

6. Add a surprise – Bringing an exterior light fixture inside and painting it turquoise adds a hint of the unexpected.

7. Nothing is ever truly complete – change in decor is a good thing, it keeps things alive and fresh. I let this powder room get stale  – not on purpose, but life and long term unemployment kept it on the “not a necessity list” for some time.

8. I am thrilled to have been able to get the powder room updated for close to my $250 budget.  I did go over about $25 because I added every expense including the Painter’s tape and shipping for the cabinet knobs.  The most costly item was the faucet at $89. Everything else was fairly inexpensive.

Faucet: Lowes $89
Light Fixture: Home Depot $49
Wood & Beadboard:  Lowes $21.60
Switch plate and outlet covers: Lowes $14
Towel Holder:  Marshalls $16
Bath Tissue Holder:  Lowes $19
Paint: $21.00
Painter’s Tape: $8
Frames for printables: Thrift Store – $8
Cabinet Pulls:  Anthropologie $20
Wallpaper Stripper: True Value Hardware $12
Mirror, Waste Basket, and Tissue Box I already owned

If you would like to read about the other projects I did in the room, here are the links to the posts and tutorials:

Industrial light makeover 
Wide Bead board Wall 
How to Paint Horizontal Stripes
Sink Cabinet Makeover 
How to Hang a Mirror
Decorative Accessories
How to Remove Wallpaper

Print images below or Click the links to download the free printable .pdf’s:

Sunglasses | Stacked Boxes | BE You TIFUL| No. 7 | Ya Can’t Please








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  1. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful bath and accessories and thank you for the downloadable photos God bless

  2. Elaine Williams in Baltimore, Maryland says:

    The Ricky Nelson quote is my absolute favorite! I am old enough to remember him clearly on Ozzie & Harriett – the ending credits would roll over his ever so handsome face as he sang…..sigh.

  3. Great…. Home Decor Ideas of Powder Room.

  4. How well does the light work? Is it bright enough for the space? I am wanting to put this in our powder room but am worried it won’t be bright enough. Thanks!

  5. Cute and stylish interior designing!

  6. What an amazing before and after! Love the striped wall..

    Have been looking through your older posts – love your site!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Tonya –

      I just was over at your site – Love your style.

  7. I have to say that today I ran into a “jewel”! Your website! Can’t get enough of the info you are sharing with us! I’m so inspired by your bathroom makeover. Never though stripes would look as good as these…they so look fabulous! Great work Diane! BTW…I voted for you!

  8. Everdry Wisconsin says:

    Truly beautiful transformation, and inspiring for those trying to save some money. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful, affordable ideas. Your bathroom turned out lovely!

  10. Holly Gruszka says:

    This is great Diane. I love that you did this on a budget and I enjoyed reading your take aways too. It is all about what you as the homeowner enjoy – that is so true. Do it for yourself and your family, right? I’m going to be doing a quick makeover to our half bath and I’m pretty excited about it. It was great to see you a few weeks ago – if you ever head out thrifting give me a holler and maybe I can meet you for a little.

  11. Krista @ the happy housie says:

    I love it Diane!! What an amazing transformation. The stripes and paneling and the light fixture… plus all your gorgeous prints. Such a great makeover!!

  12. Just lovely! You are right about the ceiling, as the stripes fool your eyes into thinking that it keeps going up and up! I just gave my bathroom a makeover as well…from the original 1970 orangey wood built in wall of cabinets to the neon seafom green tiles. Shockingly (to me) I painted all the tiles white and they look amazing, can’t tell they were ever green. The walls above the tile are a pale aqua.. and I have the same exact faucet as you! I just LOVE it all and was surprised at my own DIY :-). I am going to use your PDF files to hang in my bathroom as well. Thank you so much! Have a great day!

  13. Linda Southworth says:

    I think I am smitten with the ledge in your powder room. I like the idea of propping up a few pics, quotes, etc. then change it out when you need a new inspiration. I have a forgotten powder room that maybe I should do a little work on. Thanks! You are always inspiring!

  14. Beth Coburn says:

    Love it! Need to get going on my little ‘ol bathroom downstairs. Love your stripes idea.

  15. The bathroom looks beautiful. I love everything. Thank you for the number 7. That number has always been special to me ~ it is the month, one digit of the day and one digit of the year I was born. I’m gona print out that number 7! I get so much inspiration from all of your work. Vikki in VA.

  16. Helen Henkler says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Diane!!! I love the horizontal paint stripes. You never cease to amaze me.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Helen – thanks. The stripes are not hard to do especially if you do it on one large wall with no corners. Are your getting ready for yard sale season. I need to have a major one!

  17. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I love it more now than before. I wish I had one just like it. White with turquoise and gold and I am happy. I have that lamp on my wish list since you painted it……. I really love it.

    My boyfriend told me that it is best to have ONE light bulb to save energy…… so I have been on a quest to try to do just that. And my main bathroom is probably smaller than this beautiful powder room. Still working on getting there, but you have made this one of my top goals now. He did not inspire me like you have.

  18. anna whiston-donaldson says:

    It looks wonderful!!! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Anna It needed the update pretty badly. I am enjoying the lightness of the room now. I wish I could take a magic wand and get all the rooms in my house updated in one swish! :)

  19. Cindy Lyon says:

    The bathroom looks great! It goes to prove that, if you have patience and a bit of elbow grease, you don’t need to spend a fortune.

  20. Diane, it looks lovely. I wasn’t sure about it when I saw the turquoise light with the black/gold mirror but, you pulled it all together very nicely. I like that you added framed quotes (I’m a collector of quotes as well) to coordinate with your four main accent colors: turquoise, black/gold and chrome. Well done.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Bobbi – Thanks – I always like to find out…What if? and sometimes an item you never thought of, just goes. That is what happened when I placed the mirror in as a temp fix. I think it made the rooms decor more unique and not what you would expect to see. :) I have a big file of all the quotes I have collected over the years, I am happy that I came up with a way to actually use them now. Do you do anything decorative with yours?

      1. Hi Diane.

        I started collecting quotes, phrases, poems (haikus) when I was in junior high. One of my favorite magazines to cut them out of was Reader’s Digest. I still have some of them packed away somewhere.

        I use some quotes from my collection in notes, cards or tags that I send to friends & family (as a little inspiration/feel-good sidebar) and, frame some for gifts or for my own enjoyment. Whenever I get to decorate our new home this summer (in the process of planning the move), I am going to hang some of them up throughout the house. I was also thinking about painting a favorite quote on a wall in the dining room (possibly other rooms as well) that speaks of God, Family and Food.

        I just keep filling up a desk drawer with quotes that move me. I really need to organize them. :/ Here are a couple of quotes from my collection that I’d like to share with you:

        “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
        ~ Proverbs 16:3

        “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

        Have a Beautiful week!

  21. Cher @ Designs by Studio C says:

    Wow, that is a major improvement!! I love the turquoise pops (especially the light fixture)! You did a fabulous job – thanks for sharing!!

  22. LOVE IT!
    My favorites . . .
    tiful . . .
    (perfect for the bathroom)
    I also liked repeating the polka dots for one of the mat boards, using silver and gold and the other framed pieces, favorites of yours.

    Best of all, the inspiration you generate and a reminder to take some time and decorate for ones self and family, not just magazine/Pinterst driven.

    Very, very nice indeed!

  23. found you over on the StumbleUpon FB group. Gorgeous inspiration. In LOVE with your teal lantern!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sara – Thanks. If we move – the light fixture will be going with us. :)

  24. It looks so good and I know what you mean about taking your time. I think it is time for me to redo the kids bathroom. It needs to be more polished and less colorful. Great job and it looks so elegant!

  25. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Oh wow, what a before and the hints of turquoise make me happy.

  26. Christina Makri says:

    Diane, you did amazing job! It looks so airy, so bright… Thank you for sharing :)

  27. Kim (TheKimSixFix) says:

    Oh my gosh! That light fixture!! I love it! I barely want to look at the rest of the room because I adore that blue lamp!
    The molding.. the horizontal stripes in that perfect sand color.. Beautiful!!