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TRY THIS: a High Style Half Bath Makeover

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If you are a newbie at DIY and home decor, then I have a suggestion for you:  start with a half bath. Otherwise known as a powder room, these tiny bathrooms made up of a sink and toilet can be some of the most confidence boosting–if not downright fun–rooms to redo.


Take, for example, our own powder room.  There’s something about a small space that inspires extra creativity.  When you only have four little walls to paint in a space that no one has to live in, it’s a lot easier to make bold choices with color and pattern.  (Have I told you how much I love the combo of blue + coral in our tiny half bath?)  It’s also a low-commitment spot to test design details you are considering for elsewhere in the house, like tile, wallpaper, or wainscoting. These small bathrooms usually can be spruced up on an equally sized budget, if you are willing to put a bit of elbow grease into the process.


Below are some terrific half bath makeovers that demonstrate just how fun it can be to redo a powder room.  Make sure you click over to the links I’ve included for each one, because you are totally missing out if you don’t see how far these spaces came from their before pictures!


So many things to love in this half bath at The Lettered Cottage:  a vintage dresser turned vanity, penny tile, wainscoting, and that sweet birdie wallpaper!


Another of example of how much style wallpaper and bold color choices can add in this powder room redo by Jenna Burger Design.


Ciburbanity got very creative with this teeny powder room.  Isn’t the labeled door fun?


I know I shouldn’t play favorites….but….Mrs. Fancee‘s half bath is pretty much the prettiest room I’ve ever seen.  That gorgeous wallpaper!  The combo of crisp white and bright yellow!  The board and batten!


This simple redo by Naptime Decorator is proof that it doesn’t take a lot of money or major carpentry to refresh a small bathroom.

Repainted -Half-Bath

Just paint can have a huge impact on the journey from dowdy to stylish.  Young House Love painted the walls and vanity in their powder room, but left the tile as it was.


Wallpaper sound too expensive?  Stencils can give you the same punchy design for a fraction of the price.  Love the way the bold pattern on the walls pairs with classic design details in this bath at Decor and the Dog.


Fresh paint, pretty art, and a beautiful hand-crafted walnut vanity transform this half bath at A Little of A Lot.


Driven by Decor offers another example of how amazing stenciled walls can be in a bathroom.  The contrast of graphite paint against bright white tile is stunning in this room.

Are you inspired?  If you could try any color or pattern in a small room, what would it be?

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  1. Jessica, I am so so so flattered that you featured my half bath and are so fond of it! I think you got it exactly right when you said, start your DIY small with a half bath. Our half bath is our first (and only) completed room in our home. Starting small can help you gain a little experience and a solid success to keep you going! Thanks again 🙂

  2. Wow–thanks for including me! I am loving your blue powder room…I wanted to go darker in ours, but my husband nixed it LOL In the end, I think the dark cabinet paired well with the lighter walls.

    Great round up 🙂

  3. Just seeing this!! Thank you so much for including my powder room among these beautiful spaces! 🙂

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