In this post: This is the first stab we took at the powder room makeover with almost zero budget. But then we made progress here. and you can check out the final powder room makeover here. 

Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest impact.

It sounds cliche, but it’s totally true.

Cliches usually are.

Making the bed creates a much tidier visual space. Getting a haircut? Also a big difference (trust me, this one I know as I grow out my pixie cut!). Clearing the clutter off the kitchen counters and loading the dishwasher each night also makes a massive difference in how the next morning starts.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that a little bit of paint and some new hardware would make a huge impact in a small powder room!

Main Floor Powder Room Before and After

Now I don’t have that crazy lens that realtors have to take whacked out photos of small spaces, but I’m pretty sure you can see the difference in the photos, yes?

(Also, taking photos of bathrooms with zero natural light is incredibly difficult!)

Bathroom Makeover

As you may have noticed, we didn’t change out the cabinet, sink or faucet. Nor did we change the flooring.

New bathroom

bathroom decor

powder room accessories

We just painted the walls, door and trim, changed cupboard and door knobs, door hinges and the mirror (which is a duplicate of the one in the bathroom (the only bathroom) in our last house.

I’m not a big fan of the counter top (super pink in real life) or faucet, but I can live with it and it’s not really in the budget to change for awhile. So my paint choice was based on that – a new, more neutral color, with a bit of drama, that also went with the existing fixtures.

And with all the white on the rest of the main floor, this wee space packs a big (dramatic) punch!

bathroom makeover2

Like I said, sometimes even seemingly small changes can make a huge impact.


Source List for Main Floor Powder Room Makeover

  • Wall color – Sealskin, Sherwin Williams
  • Trim and door color –  Pure White, Sherwin Williams
  • Large oval wood mirror – Mothology
  • Egg-shaped door knob – Wayfair
  • Black and crystal cupboard knobs – Amazon
  • Horse canvas – Homesense
  • Horse statuette – Michaels
  • Triple wire basket – Michaels
  • Faux florals – Michaels
  • Plant mister – Michaels
  • Faux birch wood log – Homesense
  • Towels – Superstore


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  1. Love the mirror and checked out the Mothology website! Sadly (or not so sadly) I am now subscribed to their email list. Love their stuff. Oh, and yes, loooooove your bathroom – such a huge change a paint colour can make!

  2. Stunning dramatic wall color!!!!! The bathroom is gorgeous….I love seeing transformations “on a budget.” I agree with you that the counter and faucet are not your, but you can live with it for now, and how you still made a gorgeous bathroom while keeping (for the time pieces.

    1. Lol. Yes. I would love to change everything at once. But like most people that just doesn’t always work out.

    1. Thanks! The mirror definitely is my favorite too. Glad I ordered it months ago and kept it boxed up until after we moved!

    1. As I mentioned in the post, it’s not in the budget or schedule right now. But yes, it will get changed eventually.

    2. I did something similar in my guest bath – new mirror, paint on walls, painted vanity, same toilet, same round sink but I changed the faucet from the exact type you have to an updated bronze faucet for $66 – from Menards. My budget didn’t allow big changes either but it makes a world of difference.

    3. Yes, I know a faucet would make a big difference! Everything I did in the bathroom – save for buying paint – was zero cost. We already had everything. It’s on the list of things to do – the VERY, VERY long list!

  3. I appreciate you showing that even if it isn’t in the budget to change out the faucet or counter top this should never discourage you from creating the space that you want. I took this same approach with my oak builder grade cabinets in my kitchen. While it wasn’t in the budget to replace the counter tops or flooring I am in love with my newly painted white cabinets and island that was added. These changes make my kitchen so much better and will soften the waiting time until the budget allows the other changes I want. I like your changes too, really updates this space and that mirror….love it!

  4. Small lick of paint, massive difference!!! plus that beautiful mirror is a knock-out. Good job Shandon. Loving the new look.

  5. The dark paint color with the “pink” counter is just fine. I might have changed the faucet, but other than that, what you did – and even what you didn’t do – is really an improvement. I think the pink counter and the pink florals you have added is unusual and quite pretty. I agree that it’s the little things that make a difference.