Powder Room Makeover Completed

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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:

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  1. 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.

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

    1. 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!

  3. 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.