We are staring a powder room makeover! It’s been on our home project list for about a year and we have been collecting ideas and making selections slowly! Now it’s time to get our plans in order and get busy transforming our little powder room. Here are ideas you might like too!

Our powder room is a blank slate. It’s small and has a comfort height toilet, a pedestal sink, oval mirror, and a little over-the-mirror sconce. The floors are beige and white tile.

You can see why I call this little room a blank slate!


We want to transform this little room into a pretty space. I love small bathrooms that are made to look like beautiful jewelry box rooms. This is one room you can paper with a gorgeous floral or big geo prints. Little rooms look chic with gorgeous wallpaper.


I think it is important to make an overall plan for a room I want to change or makeover.

I like to hash out all the details and establish a color palette before I do one thing in the room I’m working on. Part of the details is to know what style the room will reflect. Knowing the style will help me filter everything that will go into the room.

The style of this room is a little dressier than the rest of our home. It’s going to be Transitional like the rest of our home but with a bit of glam. You can see a post about WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL STYLE HERE.

Small powder rooms are one room we can stray from the overall style of our home without it looking out of place. So a bit of glam and a slightly different color palette will be a fun adventure for me!

I love styling a powder room!

Here is the idea board with the components of our little bathroom.

The only thing I have not decided on is the art that will go in the powder room.

Many designers start with art as an inspiration. But I usually do the opposite. I most often pick out my art last.

In a room as small as a powder room, I like to keep the hardware finishes the same color. I chose brushed nickel for the faucet, towel ring, toilet paper holder, and vanity light.

I think mixing metals in most rooms is a very good idea! However, this room is tiny and I don’t want to call attention to the hardware.

I chose brushed nickel because it is a soft looking silver metal with a warm-ish undertone. I think brushed nickel will work with my mirror because it is also a silver with gold-ish undertones.

You can see a post about MIXING METALS IN A ROOM HERE. This post is one of my most popular!

As I am writing this our friend Landis is banging away in the powder room. He is installing a chair rail and crown molding. Bobby will do the painting and the papering.

This will be a new venture in papering for Bobby because the pretty paper we chose is peel and stick!

We chose a soft gray wallpaper with large frilly flowers or seed pods.

When the room is done I’ll be sharing how it looks.

I hope this has helped you to see the process I start with before doing one thing in a room I want to makeover!

Here are some of the sources for our makeover…

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  1. I love your choices for the powder room especially the pedestal sink. I wish I had chosen a pedestal sink in my small powder room. I did a makeover a three years ago and made some serious errors. I had them remove the old wallpaper, lightly texture and paint the walls. Now I wish I had that pretty peel and stick wallpaper. Do you know how I remove texture from a wall if I choose to wallpaper in the future?

  2. Our spring cleaning also involves updating our powder room. My husband and I have agreed on paint, new countertop and sink, mirror, lights and hardware. We are in process. I will enjoy seeing your outcome.

  3. I am so curious about how one will go about REMOVING peel and stick wall paper later on. I am not one to paint over old wallpaper, so that isn’t an option for me. HELP!

    1. Yvonne, Your idea board for your powder room look great. I know the finished project will be perfect.Cant wait to here how you find the peel and stick wallpaper. I am planning a redo of a small bathroom off my craftroom/ office. Thinking of wall paper in a botanical print .The vanity which we replaced last year is a cream base with a black marble top and sink.I can’t wait to get out and get some wallpaper and flooring ideas.As usual you are an inspiration .

  4. Good morning,
    I always start my day with a cup of coffee and your website, it really makes my day….?. I am about to paint my Condo, and was wondering what colour you use
    Throughout your home, as I like the look……at the present it is painted in a dull Grey and it just sucks the life out of the rooms.
    Looking forward to you reply. Thanks Lorraine ?

  5. Yvonne, I have that exact mirror in my bathroom. It’s from Ballard, right? You’re going to love the finish, a mix of antique silver and muted gold. It’s even prettier in person than online. Have fun!

  6. Thanks for the inspiration…have a similar small powder room. Replaced the mirror but looking for ideas. The peel and stick wallpaper sounds like a fabulous idea!

    1. I have performance fabrics on my white sofas. They clean up great. I also have them professionally cleaned and scotch guarded at least once a year. Hope this helps.

  7. Looks like it’s going to be so beautiful! Love the wallpaper, just a word of caution, if you have wallpapered before with traditional wallpaper, the kind that goes on with glue on the back..
    Peel and stick can be tricky because there is much less wiggle room. Once it’s on the wall, it’s hard to move around like with the traditional kind, it’s basically a giant sticker.
    I’m sure it will look amazing once’s it’s done!

  8. Yvonne, I have been following you and using many of your tips for more than 4 years and looking forward each day to your post. We just retired and moved to Arizona and are remodeling an older mobile home. Imagine my surprise when I opened today’s post and found the wallpaper I just ordered for my master vanity area and hall bath on your powder room idea board! I guess my taste is better than I thought!!

  9. I love it all and have had lots of enjoyment watching your beautiful home and touches come together. My herbs are in place in kitchen!

  10. Yvonne, just love what you have picked out for your Powder Room. It’s going to be so pretty! Your wallpaper and your towels are beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it all finished.

    1. Thank you Mary Ann! The carpenter was here all day yesterday and installed the crown molding and chair rail. Now Bobby will get to work and paint it and paper the room.

  11. I love the bathroom plan, but I am surprised about grey as your color choice because grey isn’t one of your favorite colors.

  12. I’m about to purchase a small 1 bath condo that needs reno/updating, I like your idea board!!