Skip to Content

DIY Powder Room Makeover Reveal

DIY Powder Room Makeover Reveal

I am so glad the time has finally come, friends. Today I get to share the reveal of my DIY, budget-friendly powder room re-do.

For a full list of decor sources, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post. 

boho chic bathroom reveal

To refresh your memory, earlier this year I was in a creative rut of sorts. I was perfectly content laying in bed, drinking wine and binging on Netflix, but my husband was bored with my sloth-like state and ready for a project.

As a result, he decided to force my lazy bum into gear by demolishing our powder room (without my consent). Here is what the bathroom looked like before…..


powder room before

This powder room  is pretty much the smallest bathroom I have ever come across, and the excessive depth of the vanity wasn’t doing us any favors. I decided to tackle the project with budget in mind and thus refrained from making any changes to the flooring, electrical or plumbing (I would’ve loved a wall mounted faucet) .  In an effort to maximize the space, save money and inject some much needed character, I talked my husband into building a custom,  floating vanity. You can click here for that tutorial.


diy floating bathroom vanity


boho modern powder room reveal

After building our custom vanity to more suitable dimensions, applying some wallpaper and a fresh coat of paint (here is a post about the paint I used), our powder room is now one of my favorite rooms in our home. I am pretty obsessed with how all of the elements came together- resulting in a fun mix of “California cool” and spa-like vibes.

For your shopping convenience, I have included affiliate links. 

diy powder room reveal

Before applying the wallpaper, I painted the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. In order for the removable wallpaper to adhere properly ( you can click here for the wallpaper which also comes in peel and stick tiles), we had to use a satin  paint finish….this sort of wallpaper requires walls with some sort of sheen and cannot be installed over matte finishes as the wallpaper won’t stick.

boho modern bathroom reveal

While I truly love this wallpaper and feel it served its purpose as a more cost-effective alternative to real Moroccan tiles, it was a bit of a pain to install.  I am so thankful my husband was patient enough to do it for me.  Looking back, I think the peel and stick tile version of this wallpaper (which you can find here) would have been easier. In retrospect,  I also would have skim-coated the wall before applying the paint and wallpaper as there is some drywall damage where we ripped out the previous vanity. In the photo above, the imperfection can be seen through the wallpaper. Luckily the blemish is easily covered with this miniature snake plant.

For a little more glam-factor, I was determined to use gold finishes on the faucet and the light fixture. It was a little more of a design risk versus using matte black hardware, but I love how the gold adds a more feminine touch to the otherwise masculine wood vanity.

In terms of the exposed plumbing,  I was determined to use a bottle trap versus the standard P-trap as I felt the bottle trap looked more modern. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any affordable options in gold. Nonetheless,  I am a firm believer in spray paint, and pretty much spray the shiznit on any and every piece of decor that doesn’t suit my needs.  So, I purchased a cheap chrome variety (which you can buy here) and spray painted it gold.

The woven baskets are a great place to store towels and toilet paper. Not to mention, they add some nice texture and boho flair to the space.

While I was a little uncertain about artwork in my original design plan, I knew I wanted something with meaning. Given we are a family obsessed with music (especially the Grateful Dead),  the challenge was finding a tasteful way to incorporate our love for the Dead into our powder room . I think the mission was accomplished with this 1967 black and white Grateful Dead concert print .

This particular photo makes my heart so happy! It instantly takes me back to a simpler, “groovier” time when musicians gave free, surprise concerts in parks and hippies could hitch-hike across the country  to follow their favorite band….. I think I was born in the wrong decade, ya’ll.

DIY boho chic powder room

Not only do I owe a special thanks to my husband for building the vanity and installing the wallpaper when I was pretty much ready to set it on fire, I am so thankful he forced me to get my a$$ up and be productive again. Next on the agenda is installing new flooring in our kitchen which I will be posting about soon.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page for a full list of decor sources used!

**Update 2-13-19: Curious to see how my removable wallpaper is holding up? Click here to read my one-year review. **

Now get out there and design some good vibes. Please be sure to spread the love and Pin…..

Shop My Boho Chic Bathroom Sources:



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living

Thursday 1st of March 2018

Erica it's gorgeous! Love the tile and the baskets really gives it a casual yet chic vibe.

Designing Vibes

Friday 2nd of March 2018

Thank you so much, Stephanie!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Erica, I absolutely love this! Your husband did an amazing job on that vanity, and I love the wallpaper with the gold finish you chose for the faucet! Question- do you have a link for the spray paint you used for the plumbing? That is the EXACT gold I am looking for for a project, but I have the hardest time finding the right gold :-) Thanks!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Thanks, girl! I still have the can and it is Valspar the color is "brilliant gold". I hope this helps! It is always tricky finding the perfect shade of gold.

Angie Lombardi

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Gorg!!!!!! I’m obsessed!!

Designing Vibes

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Thank you so much, Angie!


Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Truly above and beyond. It turned out gorgeous Erica!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you so very much, Carol! It was one of my favorite projects.


Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Love it girl! It's simply elegant and with all the perfect elements of color, texture, and style! So glad your husband got you motivated to get creative and bust out a project.... It was worth it!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you, Karrie. I had such a fun time with it, but now I am going to have to find another project.