Recognize this room? No, of course not!

Before and After: Powder Room Makeover |

Okay, how about now?! Haha. The big powder room makeover reveal! After making some plans, tearing out the wallpaper and updating accessories, we finished the powder room makeover in 24 hours, just in time before my dad returned. Not bad for a flash makeover, huh?

Before and After: Powder Room Makeover |

I was really worried about the ornate gold mirror, but I think it works well – a juxtaposition of modern and traditional styles.

Before and After: Powder Room Makeover |

The room looks a tad brighter, wouldn’t you say?

Before and After: Powder Room Makeover |

The wall color is Baby Fawn by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Olympic’s VOC-free paint in eggshell. It’s almost the definition of greige, with washed out clay tones. Note the white trim as well! (Off-the-shelf white in semi-gloss from Olympic)

Powder Room Makeover - REVEAL post! |

I didn’t paint the door – you can really see the difference in color. That’s a project for a later date.

I had this makeover in mind for a couple of weeks, so that gave me the opportunity to buy decor items here and there, as they were on sale. A line item list is at the bottom of this post, but since the picture is here for reference, from top to bottom: Vase: Nate Berkus for Target; Shelves: Threshold at Target; Candle holder: thrifted; Frame: thrifted; Vase + flower: dad’s backyard; Carved wood soap dish: HomeGoods.

Bathroom shelving |

This thrifted frame had a weird chalky white finish, but I decided to spray paint it to tie-in with the mirror. (It’s the same spray paint I used on these drawer pulls!) The lighthouse image? Yanked from an Our State magazine on the living room coffee table :)

Need art? Frame a magazine photo! |

Another accessory tie-in came with the soap dispenser, towel and (not pictured) Nate Berkus vase. I’m so in love with crisp white lately. Oh, and just about anything Threshold from Target, obviously.

White accessories in a bathroom - so clean! |

I’m thrilled with how the mixed metals turned out. I’m always nervous about pushing a bunch of metal finishes together, but the more I think about it, the “matching metals rule” seems more and more dated, like the “have only matching wood finishes in a room rule”. Why not just use what you like? You know, to an extent.

Powder Room Makeover Source List |

One minor project: spray painting the floor register oil-rubbed bronze. I’ve been thinking about doing this in our house (we have the same mud brown vents), so naturally, I experimented with it at someone else’s house, haha. But I love it! The after picture is a little more washed out than how it looks in real life.

Tired of boring brown? Spray paint your floor registers oil-rubbed bronze |

This is another thrifted frame. I put a piece of the old wallpaper in it. I wasn’t in love with the bright metallic finish, but I left it there. My dad can decide what to do with it.

Cpmmemorate wallpaper without keeping it on your walls! Frame leftover wallpaper |

Now for the source list and budget breakdown!

  • Wall paint: Baby Fawn by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Olympic’s VOC-free formula in eggshell, $23 after rebate and 5% off at Lowe’s
  • Trim paint: Off-the-shelf semi gloss white by Olympic, already owned from Lowe’s
  • Light fixture: Glass pieces, $8 each from Lowe’s; Krylon brushed nickel spray paint, $3 from Walmart
  • Soap dispenser: Threshold, $9 from Target (after price cut + Cartwheel coupon)
  • Hand towel: Threshold, $4 from Target (after price cute + Cartwheel coupon)
  • Towel ring: Moen, $11 from Amazon
  • Toilet paper holder: Moen, $12.50 from Amazon
  • Shelves: Threshold, $17 from Target (after price cut + Cartwheel coupon)
  • Vase: Nate Berkus, $6 from Target (after clearance + Cartwheel coupon)
  • Candle caddy: Thrifted, $6
  • Bronze frame: Thrifted, $3 (spray paint already owned)
  • Vase: Found in parents’ vase collection, looks like a small beaker
  • Gold Frame: Thrifted, $3
  • Wood soap dish: HomeGoods, $4

Twenty-four hours and $118 later, we have a pretty and simple little powder room.

Neutral Powder Room Makeover - pedestal sink and ornate gold mirror |

But most importantly, my dad loved it. He was totally surprised! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! Haha.

What’s your fastest room makeover time?

One Response to Powder Room Makeover Reveal

  1. Ashley says:

    What a transformation! You guys did a great job! We gave our tiny master bathroom a complete makeover as well last weekend. That’s definitely the fastest I’ve ever completed an entire room

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