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Powder Room Update #1: Before & Plans

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Hello and welcome to the first week of my 4-week powder room makeover! I’m joining the $100 Room Makeover Challenge, which is hosted by my bud Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry. I’m excited to transform our main powder room on a budget and can’t wait to share my progress.

Modern powder room makeover on a budget

Here’s what I’m working with…


The room is teeny tiny and is located on the main level. It is by far the most used bathroom in the whole house, so I thought it needed a little facelift!

The Plans

Paint Colors

For paint, I’ll be using leftovers from my fall 2016 One Room Challenge room: Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and Repose Gray, both in eggshell. Not only do I love those colors, but they work perfectly in the powder room since it is right next to my little office space.

Here’s the Tricorn Black and Repose Gray in the ORC room…

My Fall 2016 One Room Challenge Reveal! This is my modern multi-use space, which we use for my office space, our dining space, and kitten cuddles.

My Fall 2016 One Room Challenge Reveal! This is my modern multi-use space, which we use for my office space, our dining space, and kitten cuddles.

I want to do it all gray with one black accent wall, but I haven’t totally made up my mind which wall yet. 🙂

Lighting, & Mirror

The lighting is fine, but the shades are hideous. So so bad.

$100 Room Makeover Challenge: Powder Room Week 1 Before Pics

Replacing the entire fixture is not in the budget, so I’m going to swap the shades for something a bit sleeker and more modern looking. The light fixture I included on the mood board for the room has a great look that I’d love to mimic as much as I can. As for the mirror, that thing has to go, too. So boring. 🙂

$100 Room Makeover Challenge: Powder Room Week 1 Before Pics

The sink and fixture are both lovely!

Shelving & Storage

Since this is a tiny powder room with a pedestal sink, there is no storage whatsoever. No cabinets, drawers, or shelving. I want to move the towel rack that’s behind the toilet and put up some simple open shelving for extra tp, spare hand towels, a fake plant, and tissues.

$100 Room Makeover Challenge: Powder Room Week 1 Before Pics

$100 Room Makeover Challenge: Powder Room Week 1 Before Pics

I love the open shelving on my mood board even though it’s in a kitchen. I really want to do light wood shelving on a black wall, so maybe I’ve made up my mind about which wall will be the accent wall!

Wall Art

I saw this sloth in a flower crown water color print from Dandelion Paper Co and fell in love. I’ve already ordered six 5×7 prints for the main wall, which you can see from the outside of the room when the door is open.

$100 Room Makeover Challenge: Powder Room Week 1 Before Pics

Cost Breakdown

Okay, you’re probably thinking that this sounds like a lot more than $100. And you are right. But I’m going to get crafty to keep this under $100 out of pocket, and I am determined to make it work!

Here’s what I already have and plan to reuse:

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

Here’s what I need to buy:

  • Mirror
  • Shades for light fixture
  • Shelving brackets
  • Art and frames
  • Towel hook
  • Spackling

One of the ways I am going to save money is by using my credit card points (the PNC Points credit card is amazing!) to order a gift card that will cover some items. I pay our bills through the credit card to rack up points and regularly accumulate enough points to buy Home Depot and Lowe’s gift cards, which has been particularly useful since buying the house. I’m planning to use the gift card money to cover the mirror, the shades for the fixture, and hopefully the towel hook. After the gift cards, my out-of-pocket costs should only be the art, frames, shelving brackets, and any miscellaneous things.

I’m hoping this all happens as planned. In the meantime, I have some painting to do!

And make sure you check out the other bloggers who are participating in the $100 room challenge:


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Monday 16th of January 2017

You have the perfect blank slate to start with. I can't wait to see what you do with it! I am loving your design inspiration choices.


Friday 13th of January 2017

I love the idea of a black wall! I was tempted to do this in our powder room, and I still may! Your design looks so good and I am excited to see how it all comes together!

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 15th of January 2017

I love black in powder friend has an all black powder room, including the ceiling, and I just fell in love with it.

Monica Benavidez

Saturday 7th of January 2017

I LOVE black walls, and that sloth is so adorable. This is going to be a beautiful space. Can't wait to see how it turns out.


Saturday 7th of January 2017

From the sound of your plans for this room are going to make a big impact! Loving the dark colour you have chosen! Looking forward to following the progress!

Amy | Stow and TellU

Friday 6th of January 2017

Love that Tricorn Black color. I think it will look gorgeous and sophisticated in your bathroom. Your inspiration board choices paints a perfect glimpse into what you have in mind for this room. Very excited to see it in progress.

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