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Powder Room Update: It’s Finished!

Modern Powder Room Makeover on a Budget

It’s the final week of the $100 room makeover challenge hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, and I’m so ready to share my modern powder room makeover on a budget with you! I won’t make you wait with a bunch of filler text up here…I just have to say that I am really happy with how it turned out!

$100 room challenge graphic

Here’s a reminder of the before…

before pictures of the plain beige powder room

And now for the final room…

This is a small room, so it was really hard to shoot and still get the full effect. Let’s start out with the view of the right side of the room first. I painted a black accent wall, mounted shelves for storage and trinkets, and added some fake plants. This room gets no light, so I had to go the fake route. 🙂

modern powder room with a black wall and open shelving
modern powder room with a black wall and open shelving
modern powder room with a black wall and open shelving

Watercolor Art

Shifting a bit to the left in the room…this is the main wall you see when the powder room door is open. I used Ikea Ribba frames to frame these adorable watercolor prints from  Dandelion Paper Co. (Direct sources for each print: Hedgehog // Sloth // Bunny // Owl // Octopus // Squirrel)

You can also see the toilet paper roll I spray painted using matte black spray paint. When you’re on a budget, spray paint is almost always the answer.

powder room art of animals in flower crowns
powder room art of animals in flower crowns
powder room art of animals in flower crowns
powder room art of animals in flower crowns

Mirror & Sink

Now to the left side of the space, where the pedestal sink and mirror live. This side was also a pretty dramatic transformation. I talked about the mirror in this post…we originally thought it was too bling-y for me, but once I saw it in the store, I changed my mind. I think it packs a fun punch in the small space.

powder room art of animals in flower crowns

powder room glittery silver mirror

Given the budget and whatnot, I decided to just swap out the shades on the fixture for something a bit sleeker looking. I’m really happy with the upgrade.

powder room glittery silver mirror

The towel rack was originally above the toilet, which was pretty awkward. Even though the bathroom is super small, it seemed too far away from the sink. So I decided to just pop a little hook on the wall and use a hand towel from our kitchen. I love the hand towels from Ikea that have the hanging loops on them.

powder room glittery silver mirror and a hanging black towel

Thanks to the reflection in the mirror, this is probably the best shot I’ll get of the entire bathroom at once! (Though it’s heartbreaking that the flower crown sloth isn’t included.)

powder room makeover with a black wall, open shelving, and a glittery silver mirror

And because everyone loves a few before and after shots:

before and after photos of the powder room makeover
before and after photos of the powder room makeover
before and after photos of the powder room makeover
before and after photos of the powder room makeover
before and after photos of the powder room makeover

The final money tally…

Here’s what I already had and reused:

  • Paint & paint supplies
  • Toilet roll (spray painted it)
  • Hand towel from kitchen
  • Scrap wood for shelving
  • Stain & polyurethane for shelving

Here’s what I bought:

  • Mirror, $75, gift card from credit card points
  • Shades for light fixture, $10, gift card from credit card points
  • Shelving brackets, $16, out of pocket
  • Art, $65, out of pocket
  • Frames, $30, out of pocket
  • Towel hook, $4, gift card from credit card points
  • Spackling, $4, gift card from credit card points

So in my first post I said that I would be doing my modern powder room makeover on a budget of $100 by using a gift card from my credit card points to keep costs down. Gift cards covered the mirror, spackling, light shades, and little towel hook. I ended up spending $111 out of pocket, so I did bust my budget, but only by $11. I am still really happy with the results and the amount of money I didn’t spend on the space! What do you think?

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  1. Love it! The black accent wall is amazing.

  2. Maria says:

    I absolutely LOVE this makeover! I have been wanting to do something similar with my very tiny powder room which is not very nice and it’s what everyone that comes over sees! I wish I was as daring as you to use black. I like in a rental, so I am scared of painting any wall though the owner is ok with it. You’ve inspired me though!

    • Thank you Maria! I will say that I haven’t painted over black, but I did some research before painting it, and as long as you use a good quality paint to paint over it, you should be fine!

  3. Theresa says:

    Love your styled bathroom. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.

  4. Wow! That black accent wall is so sexy!! Love how this turned out!! Congrats!

  5. Your powder room looks great! Such a drastic change for so little money! That is awesome! That flower crowned sloth is adorable!!

  6. Erin says:

    Your powder room looks awesome! I love the mirror and that black wall is perfection!

  7. Jillian says:

    This space came out great, Brittany. I think you totally made the right wall choice for the black and I am such a fan of the sloth. Very fun!

  8. Carrie says:

    It is beautiful! That black wall with the white accessories against it is perfect!

  9. The dark wall adds so much depth to this room. The glam mirror and fun artwork are great adds to the style of this room, which I absolutely love!!!

  10. Kathy says:

    Oh yes! I love everything about this. The shelves against the dark wall and the art prints! So pretty!

  11. kim young says:

    Gorgeous, Brittany! I love how the shelves are framed perfectly in the mirror and just LOVE that little cactus!

  12. Love this so much!!! First the black wall with the lighter shelving looks amazing, and those prints are seriously adorable. I loved having you join the challenge; so much better with friends πŸ™‚

  13. So many things I love about this room! The prints, the black wall, the little plants and that sloth is fabulous! I can’t get over that it was all done for $100!

  14. Not much to say! I love it! I loved it since the moment you mentioned the black wall!

  15. LOVE it!! That black wall is perfect for those shelves and the sloth gets me every time! I’ve had that Etsy shop pulled up since the other week when gave us a sneak peek!

  16. jessca says:

    This looks so good. I love the art!

  17. Maria says:

    Looks so stylish! I love the dandelion paper art work, so adorable critters!

  18. Patti says:

    Wow, it’s so chic looking. I love the balance of dark and light with a bit of color and bling. I’d be proud to have people over to use that powder room.

  19. LOVE the accent wall so much! It looks great girl.

  20. Claire says:

    Great transformation. I love the cactus and the octopus print!

  21. Sarah says:

    This bathroom is beautiful! I absolutely love that mirror, I desperately need to upgrade my boring powder room mirror.

  22. Lindi says:

    you did a great job Brittany! It looks like a totally different space! Love the artwork and the shelving – good job girl!

  23. sara says:

    It turned out so good! Love the black wall! Congrats on getting it all done!

  24. Tracy says:

    The animal prints are so cute!! I love the modern look of your bathroom. Beautiful transformation!

  25. Jeanie says:

    That mirror! I love it – and also those prints. What a beautiful makeover – well done!

  26. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous! That color is so stunning! And your pics are beautiful!

    • I love the black, too. I have a few black accent walls in the house, and they are all on the same floor, so it kind of ties everything together. And thank you! πŸ™‚

  27. Brittany, this looks fabulous! That black wall makes such an impact. I love it all!

  28. Talk about night and day! This is a great space to go for a really bold color. And I love your whimsical touches like the cactus and those watercolors! So adorable!

  29. Kristen says:

    Absolutely love this Brittany! The black wall is so stunning, and love the shelves and the bling-y mirror! So beautiful!

  30. Julie says:

    It looks great! My favorite part is the art work!

  31. Nicole Fleischmann says:

    Wow wow wow what a transformation!

  32. LOVE! i have that white cactus, too. πŸ™‚ and i just love black and white and love the art!

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