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Main Floor Powder Room Makeover Part One

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.


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  1. Pat M. says

    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.

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