$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

$75 DIY Powder Room Reveal | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge

What started as a sad and dated half bathroom is now a calm and pretty powder room – and I did it all for under $76!  this powder room makeover proves that A little bit of paint can go a long way!

A recap of the $75 DIY powder room makeover

Powder room Makeover Week 1

What I started with in Week 1 was a horrible yellow room out of 1992.  Removing the wallpaper was a long-overdue project I’d put off for years because it scared me.  It took about an hour and a half and was super easy.  Why did I wait so long?!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

Powder room Makeover Week 2

I began with a blank white canvas this week.  By the end of it, the vanity was a brilliant navy blue and the knobs + hinges looked brand new thanks to a few coats of brushed nickel spray paint.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 2 | Homespun by Laura | DIY vanity update: Painting the cabinet

Powder room Makeover week 3

The room started to come back together this week.  I painted the ceiling, walls, doors, doorknobs & hinges, baseboards, and door frames, and it looked like a completely different space when I was finished.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Transforming a half bathroom from floor to ceiling with paint and persistence

Powder room Makeover Week 4

This was the first week I had to break out my wallet.  I purchased a stencil, porch & floor paint, and new globes for the light fixture, which I also spray painted.  Stenciling the floor and updating the light fixture gave the room a fancier look than I ever imagined it would have.  The rug, which is a hand-me-down from my grandmother, completes the new look.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: The After

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes (the Before)

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes

Don’t mind that last scrap of wallpaper! I was so excited about the ‘new’ light I forgot I still needed to remove it and paint around the fixture.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes (the After)

The fixture looks much more brilliant in the photo above, but here’s the proof I did finally finish off the space around it. 🙂

Powder room Makeover Week 5

In Week 5, I shared the DIY framed mirror I made from some lumber and an ugly old mirror.  Changing the mirror made another big difference in the look and feel of this room.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | How to make a DIY framed mirror for under $15 in a few hours without any power tools!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Make a DIY framed mirror for under $15 in a few hours without any power tools!

Powder room Makeover Week 6

Since the ORC got a bonus week this fall, I went into more detail on our pantry than I originally planned to.  Over the years, I’ve made small changes and additions to the shelving in this little afterthought of a closet off the powder room – which is why it’s part of the powder room project – and I shared my tips for creating a system that works for you in your pantry, whether or not it’s a pretty Pinterest pantry.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Disorganized pantry: The before

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura

Powder room Makeover Week 7

Art + Decor

The last remaining changes to share with you in this space are art and decor.  I decided to keep it simple, partly since I had already maxed out my budget and partly because I think there’s already enough going on.

Art

I had grand ideas of framing some enlargements of photos from recent travels, but when I had no more budget to buy things, I had to get creative.  I moved this watercolor from a weird spot in the kitchen, where it almost kind of blended in, and it stands out so much better in its new home.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

It’s a watercolor of Rainbow Row in Charleston, but it’s more than just a piece of art hanging on a wall.  It was a wedding gift from my cousin out of her father’s collection.  My uncle, her father, was a wonderful artist and is the primary reason I became interested in watercolors.  I vividly remember visiting them in November when I was in the fourth grade.  I was fascinated by the little kit he would carry with him to sketch and paint when he was out and about.  When we got home, I immediately asked my parents for watercolor supplies for Christmas, and I was so excited to find them under the tree a month later!  I’m nowhere near as talented as he was – he skipped the pencil and did his sketches in pen! – but I do enjoy pulling out my paints when I can!

decor

The vanity, though small, still looked like it was missing something.  I stole this little philodendron in an old mason jar from the den.  The green brings some life to the otherwise blue and off-white vanity.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

The small sweetgrass coaster on which it sits gives a surprising warmth to the room.  Since its origin is Charleston, it ties in with both the Charleston watercolor and the rug, which also came from Chucktown once upon a time!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Simple bathroom vanity decor

I also moved the toilet paper holder from the wall to the side of the vanity. Now it’s not the first thing you see when you walk into the room.

The soap and lotion dispensers were a Target purchase earlier this year.  They serve their purpose well and look great doing it!

You’ll have noticed the towels in other photos over the course of this One Room Challenge.  I found three colorful ones I liked a year or so ago on clearance at Target.  I only use them in this bathroom and  I love the pop of color they add.

putting it all together

I’ll let the photos do the talking here!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

The view from afar

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover - simple pantry organization

Taking a look into the pantry…

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

…whose door is usually closed.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: The After

Don’t forget the ‘new’ floor!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

And the ceiling that’s now all one color!

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

The light from the cleaned up light fixture with new globes bounces around the room.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Reveal | Homespun by Laura | Budget half bathroom makeover

But you can see it better in a photo when it’s turned off. And don’t forget that all the hardware – towel and tp holders, knobs, and hinges all got a few coats of spray paint, too!

To-Done List

The checklist is finally complete!  For the first time ever, I’m sharing a finished One Room Challenge project on reveal day!  It’s a pretty exciting and rewarding feeling.

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint trim + door frames, doors, and vanity
  • Paint walls
  • Replace faucet (replaced in June; not part of the budget but it feels good to check it off the list:-))
  • Update light fixture with spray paint and new globes
  • Paint floor
  • Reframe mirror
  • Replace door hinges
  • Spray paint doorknobs + cabinet hinges and knobs + towel & toilet paper holders
  • Paint ceiling (to make the whole thing one color)
  • Organize the pantry (for at least the 4th time)
  • Simple art and decor

budget breakdown

In the end, I spent $75.11 on this powder room makeover, just a few cents over the budget I set at the beginning of the project.  I kept the cost down by using paint, supplies, and decor I already had.  You don’t have to spend big bucks to make a big difference!

Remove wallpaper (Week 1) – $0
Paint vanity and hardware (Week 2) – $0
Paint ceiling, walls, doors, & trim; replace hinges (Week 3) – $0
Stencil linoleum floor; update light fixture (Week 4) – $62.81
DIY framed mirror (Week 5) – $12.31
Organize the pantry (Week 6) – $0
Art + Decor (Week 7) – $0

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure to check out the other amazing finished (and almost-finished!) rooms over at Calling it Home.  And, as always, a huge thanks to Linda for hosting this event!

Laura

8 thoughts on “$75 DIY Powder Room Reveal | Fall 2017 One Room Challenge

  1. Delia Gibbs says:

    Laura, your bathroom/pantry looks amazing! I asked my hubby to guess how much you spent, and he replied, “$2,000”. I kid you not. I love your stenciled floor, the painted vanity, and also your lovely choice of towel. Great job.

  2. SH says:

    Congratulations! That first step, wallpaper removal, made such a difference, but all the ensuing work made it beautiful. You have to be creative and talented to do so much with so little. (We also have a closet in out powder room and it houses the stacked washer/dryer. Maybe that was someone’s original thought for the pantry.) Just look at all your completed projects in the last 3 months!

    • Laura says:

      Thank you! Yes, so much has happened around here in the past few months, and it’s exciting to sit back and enjoy it now. It’s funny how sometimes the plans that builders/architects make on paper don’t translate so well to living in the space. We must make do with what we have, though!

  3. Carol deSousa says:

    The bathroom make over was great but I must say that I have never seen a pantry in the bathroom! I would love to hear the story about how that came to be.

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