A dark and dated half-bathroom gets a DIY powder room makeover on a budget with board-and-batten, a beadboard ceiling, and a custom vanity.
After a couple of weeks of trying to find time for those pesky “finishing touches”, I finally give you our DIY Powder Room Makeover! This project made a big impact with a relatively small budget — I had $1000 to spend on everything.
Originally Published April 27, 2014
To save on costs, we included many DIY projects in this room: a DIY bathroom vanity, a custom beadboard ceiling, a board-and-batten wall treatment, and I did all the tile work and painting myself! (Looking for tips on how to mix-and-match tile? Check out this post!)
DIY Powder Room Makeover with Board-and-Batten, a Beadboard Ceiling, and a Custom Vanity
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I conquered the tile saw, and I am now a little obsessed. I’m looking for more things to tile…
Here’s a before photo. The terra cotta colored floor tile was cracked, and the vanity was rotting from an old leak. We ripped out the baseboard heater when we replaced our heating system, so the trim needed replacing. The paint color was a little too bold for my tastes. The light fixture was dated, and the room originally had gold/chrome combo accessories which I removed before I took this photo…
Powder Room Before
We replaced the tile floor, added a board and batten treatment (painted BM Simply White with the paint sprayer), with a tile border.
I painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray, which I love. Depending on the light it can be gray, blue, or green. It’s a mood ring color!
This beautiful painting provided inspiration for the entire powder room makeover. My grandfather painted it of the beach in Ogunquit, Maine where he and my Gramma used to bring us when we were little. I absolutely love Ogunquit, and our beach trips were such special memories. I also love the soft colors of this painting, so I tried to carry them out through the room. I have many of my grandfather’s paintings throughout our home.
DIY Bathroom Vanity — PB Newport Console Knock-Off
We built a knock-off of the Pottery Barn Newport Console and recycled the existing granite countertop. I found the basket at Homegoods. They have discontinued the Newport Console in the years since we completed this project, but here is a similar source!
Another view of the vanity. I learned the challenges of photographing a tiny room during this project. The room measures 5’x7′. You can read about the building of the vanity here!
This crown molding ledge was the one from our breakfast nook that was displaced by our DIY crown molding shelves. I love it here! I used items I had on hand to decorate it, but I am on the hunt for some colorful antique bottles.
DIY Beadboard Ceiling
This is our beadboard ceiling treatment. This room had the same seashell plaster textured ceiling that the rest of the house has. I’ve mentioned before that it absorbs a lot of light and never looks quite clean. This beadboard ceiling solved this issue in this room, and we love how reflective it is!
We aren’t sure that we will do beadboard on every ceiling, although I think it worked well for this powder room makeover. You can read a how-to on how we made this ceiling here!
It was a lucky happenstance that the forsythia in our yard bloomed just as I needed fresh flowers for these photos. I think it looks perfect in this room! This was exactly what I imagined, and I love seeing it pulled together.
Who would have thought that my new favorite room would be the smallest in our home? Of course, I have a new favorite every time we complete a project.
Want to see the powder room refresh from a few years later? Visit it here!
Powder Room source list
Upper Wall Color — Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray
White Paint Color — Benjamin Moore Simply White in Semi Gloss
Floor Tile — 12×24″ Silver
Wall Border Tile — here (color is much more neutral in person)
Window Shade — Driftwood
Ceiling Treatment — Beadboard Ceiling Tutorial
Ceiling Light Fixture — here
Vanity — DIY Tutorial, or similar here
Vanity Knobs — similar here
Faucet — oil rubbed bronze
Mirror — Matte Black
Hardware (towel holder, etc) — here