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Powder Room Makeover Ideas – Low Cost & Easy

The 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas that turned this bathroom from blah to full of beautiful farmhouse style.

Our powder room has been a sad, sad place for years. I’m so excited to say it’s looking so much better now! And I have 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas to show you how we gave this powder room some beautiful Farmhouse Style.

But first, let me show you where this powder room started. In 2012, when we moved in it was sponge-painted in orange (yes, orange). I am no fan of orange, guys. I know some love it, but it’s not me. The flooring was a ceramic orange-ish brown trimmed in black slate. The sink was a standard shell-shaped pedestal from the 90’s.

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

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Our powder room when we moved in, May 2012

The toilet wobbled every time someone sat on it.The trim paint on the floors and around the door was all banged up and chipping. Some of the cabinet trim had broken off. And the fixtures and mirror were that shiny gold that people cringe about now.

Seriously, watch House Hunters and you’ll see the cringing. The whole room was blah. It was a bit embarrassing to let people use it. I am so glad it’s finally done. Before we move on to those powder room makeover ideas, here’s a look at more of the before photos.

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

The chipping paint on the door trim and that orange tile was all looking pretty sad.

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

Chipped paint from years of using too much water when cleaning the floors

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

The missing trim on the bathroom cabinet.


Now, let’s talk about those Powder Room Makeover ideas that fixed this room and gave it some character.

The 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas that turned this bathroom from blah to full of beautiful farmhouse style. 5 steps to give your powder room or small bathroom a fresh new look on a budget.

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Low Cost, and Easy Makeover Ideas

Idea 1: Repair what’s broken

It’s always easier and cheaper to repair what’s broken than it is to buy new, right?!

My helpful hubby removed the toilet and replaced the cracked flange that caused the toilet wobble. Then I replaced the missing molding on the cabinet. This is a pretty simple fix. I picked out some molding at one of the big box stores and cut it to size. Then I grabbed my Ryobi Brad Nailer and attached it at 3 or 4 different spots along the board.

If you do this at home, you want to be sure to have the trim snug against the cabinet at every point along the board. So, use as many nails as necessary on your piece of trim. Then I patched the nail holes with Dap Drydex.

Drydex is absolutely a go to product for me. It is so easy to apply, I usually do it with my finger. It can be smoothed with a slightly damp cloth to reduce sanding. It is sandable and paintable once dry. And washes off easily with soap and water. I always use this product for small repairs in drywall or painted trim (dries white, so won’t work with stain).

If you have more toilet troubles that need to be fixed, check out How to Install a Toilet Handle Lever and watch this video on YT to see the easy steps to replace a toilet seat with a new soft-close lid.

Step 2: Paint everything

I painted those walls pretty quickly after moving in. The new color was a light cream that was nice enough, but nothing special. But even then the powder room was still on the blah-side. I wanted a powder room that stood out and impressed our guests.

While working on other areas of the house, updating the powder room stayed in the back of my mind. I hunted ideas on Pinterest for years. Pinning idea after idea. Finally over my hubby’s Christmas 2015 holiday, I decided it was time!

I asked him to pull out the pedestal sink and toilet for me. I was ready to fix that powder room. It only took me 2 paint jobs, 2 vanity attempts and 12 short months to get that room ready for a reveal. 😉

I repainted the ceiling to get rid of some old marks and freshen up the room. I’ve been using Behr’s Vermont Cream on our ceilings. It is a nice neutral white that has a warm look without looking like it has a blue, pink, or yellow-ish tint.

All of the trim around the floors and door frame was painted with Behr’s Polished Pearl. We picked this color simply because the paint chip matched the existing trim in this house. Now it was time to fix those blah walls.

Navy Blue was all the rage on Pinterest at this time, I thought it would give the Powder Room a nice polished look. I picked Sherwin Williams Hale Navy and gave it a try. The color is beautiful but it was way too dark for that small, windowless room. I lived with it for a month or so, but never really liked it there. I decided to switch to a medium greige that I had used in a few other rooms.  Behr’s Castle Path really looks nice in there.

Hale Navy is a great color, but didn’t quite work here. Getting the paint color right is another one of my low cost, easy Powder Room Makeover Ideas.

Last week, I gave the door a new color too. Behr’s Arid Landscape is a light griege or mushroom color that I hope to use on more doors soon. What do you think of the color?

Castle Path on the walls and Vermont Cream on the ceilings for this powder room makeover.

The 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas that turned this bathroom from blah to full of beautiful farmhouse style. 5 steps to give your powder room or small bathroom a fresh new look on a budget.

Arid Landscape on the door to the Powder Room. You can see how I made that Easy DIY Towel or Coat Rack here.

Step 3: Trim and wainscoting to add character

I love v-groove panels. It’s like bead board, but with a more traditional, less country look. The grooves are spaced further apart than they are on bead board, but not quite as far apart it is with shiplap.

Our house is very traditional, with lots of wainscoting and moldings everywhere. I like the country look, but it just won’t fit with my house. So, I decided to use v-groove panels, ran horizontally and left at it’s 4-foot height, with simple 1X3 molding along the top and inside corner molding in the corners.

This definitely dressed up the room and gave it a bit of character. When I install v-groove board in my house, I skip the glue completely. It ruins drywall when you try to remove that glued on board. Even if I never remove the v-groove, the next homeowner might. So, why make a mess for the next person.

Instead, I use my Ryobi Brad Nailer to attach the v-groove board into the studs. I used my Stud Finder to mark the location of the studs. I like this v-groove board so much, it’s in the laundry and exercise room too!

I also installed crown molding that matched the style of crown that was in most of the rooms when we moved in. My goal is to eventually have crown in every room of the house. It just gives every room a more finished look. You can see the chunky crown and DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting I put up in my Kid’s Bedroom Makeover in a previous post.

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

V-groove panels installed with trim give this bathroom makeover a bit of character

Step 4: Vanity and fixtures

After the v-groove and all of the painting, the hubby installed the toilet again while I tried working on a new vanity. Off and on for weeks I designed and built a floating faux-vanity front. I loved the way the faux-vanity looked. It was a nice mix of stained wood and that Hale Navy (still trying to find ways to use this color).

In the end I got nervous about how to frame out and support the sink across the 36″ wide opening and chickened-out about using that faux-front. I kept picturing a day when one of my boys tried standing on that counter and the whole thing collapsed. Too scary.

With most of my projects, I imagine that if it can be climbed, it will be climbed. You know how little boys can be. Thinking about that probably makes me over-engineer a lot of things. I’ve saved that faux-vanity in hopes that I can think of a good use for it one day.

Instead, I decided to use one of my dressers to create a new vanity. You can read all about how to cut a dresser in half to make this vanity and extra toy storage, in a previous blog post. And, I have the steps for how to cut and modify vanity drawers for plumbing too.

I finished off the vanity I built with the quartz we used in our kitchen remodel and a beautiful vessel sink. For this bathroom makeover, I chose the Anna Farmhouse sink by Jacuzzi. It rises a few inches off of the counter, giving the whole vanity a more substantial and classic feel.

The fixtures are Moen Brantford in the spot resist Brushed Nickel finish. This spot resist finish by Moen really does keep the fixtures looking nice longer. We use it all over the house.

The 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas that turned this bathroom from blah to full of beautiful farmhouse style. 5 steps to give your powder room or small bathroom a fresh new look on a budget.

Jacuzzi Anna Farmhouse Sink with Moen Brantford Faucet

The 5 easy, low cost Powder Room Makeover Ideas that turned this bathroom from blah to full of beautiful farmhouse style. 5 steps to give your powder room or small bathroom a fresh new look on a budget.

Here’s that vanity I made from the top half of a dresser. UPDATE 2020: This vanity has a new look again. I decided to paint it a creamy color and to pop some colorful wallpaper above this v-groove paneling. Check out the new Colorful Small Modern Farmhouse Powder Room.

Step 5: Decor, decor, decor

OK, on to the last of my low cost, easy powder room makeover ideas. The wall above the toilet was mostly white. It needed a little pop of something. Digging through my scrap wood pile fixed that.

I cut and stained a simple shelf from a 2×6. The 2 inch thick board gave it a finished look that a 1 inch board wouldn’t naturally have. If I had used a 1 inch board I would have added a mitered 2 inch edge. 1×1’s on the 3 walls support the shelf. I attached them to the wall with my Ryobi Brad Nailer.

General Finishes Java Gel Stain worked like a charm on this shelf, just like it did on my counter stool makeover. I shared that makeover in this post for how to stain wood furniture without stripping it. I really love the way this shelf turned out. It’s an easy way to add more interest and color to this tiny room.

While looking for some art for the wall, I stumbled upon some nice picture frames. The wood grain and detail was so nice, I decided to use pictures in the bathroom instead of art. I painted the mirror Hale Navy (yes, I finally found a place for it) and found some matching hand towels at Home Goods.

The floors were updated during our recent kitchen makeover. It finally feels like a room with some character. I think this might be the first room in the house that feels completely done…for now. 😉

1×1 wood used to hold the shelf.

Finished shelf with a bit of color. My 3-year old made that DIY Kids Birdhouse Art with finger paints. It’s a fun way to decorate with kids art. I have the steps for a pretty plywood version of this DIY Shelf Over A Toilet too.

Bathroom Makeover Reveal. These 5 steps took our bathroom from blah to charming Farmhouse-style.

My two cuties are the stars in these frames.

That’s it for the 5 low cost, easy Powder Room Makeover Ideas. Keep scrolling to see more of my before and after bathroom makeover projects.

Love remodels? Check out this Colorful Modern Farmhouse Powder Room now!

You'll love these Small Colorful Modern Farmhouse Powder Room Ideas! Most of these updates were DIY projects you can do at home. This was my first time hanging wallpaper and I was able to get it done in 1 day! #Wallpaper #AbbottsAtHome #PowderRoom #BathroomIdeas #ModernFarmhouse

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See the reveal for our Kitchen Makeover. I share the key layout changes that made the room feel so much bigger!

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The full Laundry Room Tour is up on the blog too. Check out the before and after on this one! 🙂

This Colorful Laundry Room Makeover is full of easy DIY updates you can easily do in your own home. This colorful laundry room makeover looks great with boho, farmhouse, and traditional homes. Combine light upper cabinets and colorful green lowers for a fresh, open, light, and bright space.

And, this DIY Table Over Washer and Dryer is always popular.

Hide those ugly machines with this DIY Table Over Washer and Dryer or DIY Folding Table. Full tutorial and free printable build plans.

If you need a great little desk for your elementary age kids. Check out this DIY Childrens Desk with Storage Drawers.

Full tutorial, build overview video, and printable plans for this beautiful DIY Childrens Desk Plans with Storage Drawers.

Feeling inspired? Take these powder room makeover ideas and give your powder room a refresh. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!


Thursday 16th of August 2018

Stephanie, getting ready for a powder room re-do and so inspired. You say you used V groove purchased in panels. Please tell me where I can purchase. I can only find pieces not a sheet. Thank you so much!


Thursday 16th of August 2018

Hi Shannon! I am so glad you liked the makeover. Those panels are great. They are 4'x8' sheets of White MDF v-groove. I can never find it on the website. But I find it at a couple local Home Depots. It tends to be on the lower shelves under lumber. A bunch of different wood and MDF panels are on those shelves. I hope you can find it. :)


Wednesday 29th of March 2017

Such a great makeover, Stephanie! I love your paint color--I'm a huge fan of anything in the taupe family--and the wainscoting is a wonderful upgrade for the room. Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Vintage Charm :)


Wednesday 29th of March 2017

Thanks, Diana. Really appreciate the compliment. :)


Sunday 26th of March 2017

It looks stunning Stephanie. I love, love, love the colors you chose, they're so timeless and all the little touches, like the birdhouses and portraits, you added.


Sunday 26th of March 2017

Thanks so much, Michelle.

Angela Boone

Friday 17th of March 2017

I love your new bathroom. It looks so much better than when you started!


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

You bathroom makeover turned out beautiful. Wow, I love the sink and the color. Beautiful and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Thanks, Vanessa!

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