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Powder Room Reveal full of awesome powder room ideas!

August 6, 2014

We have been working SO HARD on our powder room makeover!   It's crazy that such a small room could take such a long time to complete, but we wanted everything to be perfect :)  So, here it is!  I will warn you that this post is photo heavy and is full of powder room ideas that you can use in your own home!  The good news is that there is a source list at the end of the post.  If you see something you like, you can find out exactly where we bought it OR how we created it ourselves!  

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Now that you have had a peek of what's to come, we have to review what our powder room looked like BEFORE.  It was beige, boring, and messy.  We didn't even have anywhere to hang a hand towel.  In fact, we didn't even have a hand towel!  We were using an old kitchen towel to dry our hands.  This post contains affiliate links–click here for the full disclosure policy.

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We started our makeover by painting the beige walls a soft blue color, which brightened the room up immediately.  Our powder room is challenging, because it has no windows and gets limited natural light from the hallway.  Before we get into all the fab details, check out some shots of the finished powder room.

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Of course, we had to deal with our ginormous outdated mirror.  We removed it and cut it down to size to fit in our new reclaimed wood mirror with concrete inlay that we made.  It cost us $0 and really transforms the space.

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Of course, one of the absolute COOLEST updates in this space is the vanity itself.  We painted the outdated oak base a dark grey {the same dark grey that we used on our kitchen island, as seen in our $700 kitchen makeover reveal}.  But most importantly, we updated the circa 1980 cultured marble top with concrete!!!!  You can see that full tutorial in my post over at Remodelaholic!  What a difference those two updates made, for only $20.  The Designers Impressions Oil Rubbed Bronze Faucet cost a bit more, but was still a bargain at only $39 on Amazon!  So for less than $60, we completely transformed our vanity.  Not bad!

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And now, we have to talk about the art work.  I have never been willing to spend much money on art work {especially for a bathroom}, so I made my own to keep costs down.  Full tutorials will be coming on both art projects soon!  I L.O.V.E. how my silhouette art turned out and how it looks in the awesome Reese Wall Frames from World Market.  Those frames are so affordable and are even more unique.  They add to the industrial chic feel of the powder room.

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I also created DIY canvases using free printable bathroom printables from Nikki Lynn Designs {full tutorial coming soon}.

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Now, let's talk lighting.  I am 100% obsessed with our DIY industrial light fixture, that we created by transforming a totally traditional light fixture with spray paint and creativity.  It's EXACTLY the look I was going for and cost us $0 to transform the fixture itself–all we had to do was purchase new light bulbs.

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Finally, let's check out the functional decorative items.  One of my top powder room ideas is to find decorative items that are also functional.  Our powder room is heavily used.  It is our only bathroom downstairs, so it is where we brush our girls' teeth after breakfast.  But I didn't want their toothbrush and toothpaste sitting out on the vanity, so I found this friggin Turquoise Owl from World Market that I love!  It is supposed to be a  utensil holder for a kitchen, but works perfectly to hold the girls' toothbrush and toothpaste.

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We also hung some MUCH NEEDED storage above the toilet.  I adore the Ryan Wall Storage from World Market that I found.  It has an industrial look to it, which is exactly what we were going for.  It holds an additional hand towel, our Mrs. Meyer's hand soaps {yep, I am a tad obsessed with Mrs. Meyer's products and since they are so pretty, I love keeping them on display}.  We also have two pretty candles up there, along with matches.  I think every bathroom should be equipped with candles and matches–just sayin'.

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And because you have patiently read all the way to the end of this very long post, I have some before and after shots for you to enjoy :)

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We are loving the space {and the fact that it is finally DONE}!  What do you think?  What is your favorite feature of our renovated powder room?  What powder room ideas are you going to take away from this makeover?

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  1. Jolene says:

    What color and brad of paint did you use? I love it!!

  2. mitch says:

    Wonder if you can use concrete stain for a different color than grey.

    • Tasha A. says:

      I have heard others say they have added powdered pigment color to the concrete, but I have not tried that. I hope that helps :) Thanks for reading my blog!

  3. […]  First up we are going to talk about our DIY concrete vanity, a project that we completed when we updated our powder room and how it has held up since we originally completed the project about 18 months ago (in August, […]

  4. […] at ‘Designer Trapped in a Lawyers Body’ did this DIY industrial powder room perfectly, right down to the concrete countertops! You have to go check out all the photos, a small […]

  5. JEN ALLEN says:

    Wonder if you could acid stain the concrete like they do for flooring? I think that would be really neat… I may have to do this in my daughters bathroom if our home doesn’t sell.. i just cannot commit to thousands of dollars for new counter tops.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Jen! I have heard others say they have added powdered pigment color to the concrete, but I have not tried that. I hope that helps :) Thanks for reading my blog!

  6. LearningToBENeat12.17.15 says:

    very nice. I like it. It’s simple, neat, and colorful.

  7. […] and integral sink nearly 2 years ago, and she shared the tutorial with us here (and check out her complete bathroom makeover here!). As she says, “It has held up incredibly well to regular use and […]

  8. Carla Martens says:

    I am wondering how it is holding up and how long has it been since you did it? I have a client wanting me to do this but is concerned about the topcoat lasting around the drain.

    Thank you for all your posts, love reading them!
    C

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Carla! Our vanity is holding up WONDERFULLY! We haven’t even re-sealed it yet and it’s been completed for well over a year at this point. There is one thing we would do differently. We would set the drain BELOW the surface of the concrete. By setting the drain on top of the concrete surface, water collects around the drain and as the sealer wears down, the concrete can darken a bit around the drain. We plan to remove the drain and chisel out the concrete so that we can sit the drain below the surface of the concrete, but we haven’t had a chance to do it yet, and there’s no reason to rush it. I think if we had done that from the beginning, we wouldn’t have had any problems at all! I hope that helps!

      • carla says:

        Thank you for your response! That is my client’s main concern also. She says water already just sits by the drain so that worries her. So you think leaving the drain in while applying the concrete, taking the concrete right up to the inside edge will be ok? Then, making sure the inside lip of the drain will have to be very clean and free from any concrete so the plug will still work?

        I will let her know and we’ll see what happens!
        I will also let you know too!

        Thanks again,
        C

        • Tasha A. says:

          Hi Carla! I would recommend removing the drain while you are working on the sink, but leave a void the same size/shape as the drain. Or, you could coat the entire sink with the concrete and then use a drill and paddle bit to drill out the space for the drain to sit. Then, insert some plumbers putty and the drain {just as you would install a drain ordinarily} so that the drain sits a bit below the surface of the concrete. I hope that makes sense!

  9. […] be sure to check out my full Powder Room Reveal here–it’s complete with a source […]

  10. Kim Fitzgerald says:

    I was wondering if it’s possible to add tint to the cement like they do for other cement projects?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Kim! I have heard others say they have added color to the cement, but I have not tried that. Thanks for reading my blog!

  11. Laurie P says:

    Would you mind sharing the brand and style # of that beautiful blue paint? I love how fresh it looks!! Well done with the makeover. Well done!

  12. Sandy Otto says:

    On cutting down the mirror, did you notch out for the mirror or build frame and plop mirror into frame?
    P.S. very nice..

  13. Love this powder room! Did you ever do a tutorial on the silhouette art?

  14. Lorene says:

    Hey Tasha! I love this. It just popped up in my Pinterest feed and I noticed something I want to ask about — the toilet paper holder. Of all the random things, right? :) I noticed that it’s a recessed holder in the vanity, but I couldn’t tell from the pictures if it was that way before or if that was a change you made with the makeover. My daughter used our wall-mounted holder has a handle when she was first potty training… so now we have a big hole in the wall and the TP just gets to sit on the counter :) But I had been looking at the recessed ones since I figure that is probably the only way to (attempt to) keep her from using it as a handle again! So — do you like having it in the vanity? or do you think there’s a better option? Super random, but I thought I’d see what you thought!

    -Lorene

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks, Lorene! You are the first to ask about that, lol! It is recessed, but it was that way before I painted the vanity, so I didn’t have to install it. I just popped it out, spray painted it and the reinstalled it. I actually really like it there, which is why we decided to use it again. It’s convenient, yet unobtrusive. I hope that helps!

      • Lorene says:

        Whoops, just got your reply. Thanks for letting me know! We have had a gaping hole in our wall for over a year now so I should probably just choose a solution and go with it :) Thanks, Tasha!

  15. Pamela says:

    I LOVE the sink! Looking how to do this right now! I hope I can do it. Wish me luck.

  16. Sara says:

    Hi! This looks amazing! Thanks so much for posting. Do you happen to remember where you bought the dark basket for the toilet paper? I am looking for this exact item and haven’t been able to find the right ones. If you don’t remember where you got it, could you please send me the dimensions?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Sara! I purchased it at Target. I don’t think it’s available online, but you should be able to find it in the store near the bathroom trash cans, etc. Hope that helps!

  17. Alicia says:

    Hi Tasha!

    Absolutely beautiful! You really captured the transformation too. I’m a like a moth to a flame for detailed before and afters. How is the sink holding up? Is this a frequently used sink in your home? The one thing that always holds me back, personally, is “will it last?”. The sink that I would like to do this to in my home is the main bathroom sink for a family of 4 & I’m a bit obsessive with wiping down counters & sinks daily. Please let me know what you think – will this application hold up for extended use?

    Also, I just love your blog! You really are quite the artist with everything decor!

    Thanks in advance!
    Alicia

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Alicia! The sink is holding up PERFECTLY! It is in our downstairs powder room. I would guess that we use the sink 2 to 3 times a day. We don’t wipe it down every single day, but I don’t think that would phase it at all. Hope that helps and thanks so much for reading my blog!

  18. […] early 80’s. Not my favorite look.  It was not in our budget to replace the vanity top in our recently revealed powder room makeover, so I had to get creative.  We had successfully created our own DIY concrete fireplace and loved […]

  19. […] Hello lovely readers!  I am SUPER, SUPER, SUPER excited to share this project with you.  As you know, we have been working on updating our powder room on a budget.  I showed you the plans for our powder room here and recently shared with you the progress that we have made so far, which included a photo showing our DIY industrial bathroom lighting.  Well, today I am going to share with you how we created this “new” industrial light for our powder room for less than $30!  {PS- The powder room makeover is complete!  Click here for the full reveal!} […]

  20. Christina says:

    Hey Tasha,

    I love your taste and I wanted to get your opinion…I love everything about this bathroom, and can make most of the components work in our bathroom. One outlier is, we have a white, pedestal sink. I know that’s not very “industrial,” but I’d rather not replace it, though I *will* happily replace the faucet with a dark one. So in your opinion, do you think the sink will stick out in a bad way, or can I make the industrial look work, even with a not-at-all-industrial sink? Thoughts/advice welcome.

    Thanks in advance, and thanks for all of your awesome work,
    Christina

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Christina! I absolutely think you can work around a white pedestal sink, especially if it is a fairly simple one. Replacing the faucet will make a huge difference and with the right soap dispenser and accessories, I think it could totally work. I hope that helps and thanks so much for reading my blog! Feel free to ask any other questions–I am happy to help!

  21. […]  Hopefully you have already seen my recently revealed powder room reveal.  If you have, you already know that it is full of DIY bathroom decor.  What you may not already […]

  22. Jamie says:

    I love everything about this bathroom! What was the process like for painting the sink cabinet and what color/kind of paint is that? It looks purplish to me. Did you have to sand it down a lot before painting and use a primer? I’ve been trying to find a comment/link to the tutorial for that but can’t seem to locate it. And I have a toddler in the house. Does it take a while to paint/dry/air out the paint? Thank you!!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Jamie! Thank you :) The color is actually a dark grey. I haven’t posted a tutorial for painting that particular cabinet, but I followed the same process that I used in my kitchen, which you can read all about here: The paint is milk paint by General Finishes in Driftwood. It is AWESOME. You do not need to sand or prime first–I just use a liquid deglosser. Then I use the General Finishes top coat. This stuff is so unbelievably durable–handles my 3 1/2 year old twin girls with no problem. It does dry quickly and I don’t feel like the smell is an issue. Anyway, more details are in my kitchen post. Hope that helps!!!

  23. You really did a terrific job here! I had seen your vanity makeover a while ago and I loved it. But now when you put it all together, it’s 100 times more amazing. Totally love it!

  24. Eva says:

    I love it!!! I must buy the owl right now. Actually, I’m sending my husband to the store, he has one next to his office. I love the mirror, the art, and the meyer’s bins? It’s modern, but not modern-cold-don’t-touch-me.

  25. Mandy says:

    Another fantastic transformation…well done!!! My downstairs washroom is similar, no windows and bland!!! It’s slowly turning into a storage place and is really annoying me….thank you so much for this post, you have given me so many ideas…..and I love the owl!!!!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hello again, Mandy!!! Thank you so much! I am so glad you have found some ideas :) I do love the owl. Glad I am not the only one!

  26. Melanie says:

    Exactly how did you remove the mirror to revamp it? I have one also and have been afraid to try to pull it off the wall to revamp it. I’m so afraid I will break it in 100 pieces!!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Melanie. Our mirror was not glued to the wall. It was held in place on the bottom by a metal rail and the top by plastic clips, so it came off easily. Even if you had to break yours, you can have a new one cut pretty inexpensively. I hope that helps!

  27. Sarah says:

    I’m in love with that mirror. And the fact that the whole renovation was only $150. Props!

  28. diana says:

    I LOVE IT! No. I need it! Such a great idea with the vanity! Sometimes I feel afraid to do over-the-top things in my home because its just a small ranch, but this subtle industrial bathroom is the bomb! great job!
    I found your site while on “Viewalongtheway” your blog is wonderful as well!
    If you have the chance, I invite you to check out my fairly new blog about DIY-ing my home :)
    Thanks!!

    http://ihavethisgreatidea.wordpress.com/

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you, Diana! So happy you found my blog and came on over. Kelly is one of my favorite bloggers! I look forward to checking out your site!

  29. Jessica says:

    I love how this powder room came out! Those lights are beautiful and those shelves are so cool!

  30. Mindi says:

    It looks amazing Tasha!! Awesome!

  31. Lora says:

    What is the paint color? Brand?

  32. Tracy says:

    Love, love, love the silhouette art! Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  33. Gisellle says:

    Love, love, love! Thanks for the inspiration! Can you tell me the paint color name for the walls!?

  34. Marie says:

    This is a beautiful makeover. I especially love the light.

  35. Jennifer says:

    Your girls only have one toothbrush? You are thrifty!

    • Tasha A. says:

      LOL, Jennifer! It’s an electric toothbrush with changeable heads :)

      • Jennifer says:

        Thanks for the clarification. :) I once read a April Fools Day post on another blog about a family of five downsizing to one toothbrush–was having a fit until I got to the punch line.

  36. India says:

    I must say, I truly appreciate the fact that you post so regularly! I also love that you and your husband really stick to low cost, but astoundingly beautiful makeovers. So glad I found your site!!!

  37. Yetunde says:

    This is really cool. My powder room is almost identical to yours except my walls are this icky shade of green. You’ve given me some great ideas

  38. Kathryn A. says:

    Tasha, The Powder Room came out great. I love the storage unit and the framed mirror. It’s also amazing how painting the vanity can make such a big difference and the color blue on the walls is one of our favorites.

  39. Turned out fantastic, I love all of the signs (might have to borrow those for my upcoming powder room makeover). :)

  40. Lynne Crowley says:

    Woman, you are a frickin’ genius!

    The vanity top and the light fixture are my faves. One quick question about painting the fixtures- what type of paint did you use and is there a tutorial for that? (Curious about sanding, what to tape and what to keep from being painted.) Also, your paint looks more dimensional than black. Is it something else?

    I have about 27 brass fixtures in our cabin that I need to do something with.

    Best,

    Lynne

    • Tasha A. says:

      Why thank you, Lynne! You made my night :) Here is the post on how we painted the light: We used regular old flat black spray paint! Very easy. We did not do any sanding, nor did we tape anything. You will see in the post that we stuffed paper towels in the sockets to prevent them from getting painted. But that’s it. SUPER EASY!

  41. There’s so much I loooove about this powder room, Tasha! The counter, the decor, your genius storage solutions…I could go on! Fabulous makeover!

  42. rea says:

    i am totally digging that diy industrial fixture tasha, the overall look of the room is beautiful, chic? check! indsutrial? check!

    good job you guys! huggies♥
    rea

  43. Jessica says:

    It looks fantastic! I love that wall storage…I’ll be swinging by World Market to get my own! Thanks for sharing!

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