Dramatic Powder Bathroom Makeover

It’s powder bathroom reveal day! Wahoo! I always get so excited to show you a new completed project. I really appreciate you following along with the progress these last few weeks. If you missed it, you can see the plans HERE and the progress HERE and HERE.

My head has been all over the place with this makeover. First of all, let me remind you where this started…

It’s been completely untouched since we moved in, in 2009. I made no-sew roman shades, and filled it with accessories that are most certainly no longer my taste. So, when I had the opportunity to team up with six talented bloggers and several awesome companies to make this bathroom spectacular, I jumped on it! Let’s get to the “after” photos, and then talk about the design process. Friends, I proudly present to you, a bathroom with a bit more style 🙂 …

Didn’t think I would ever think a toilet paper holder is so pretty.

Where do I begin with this? I feel like I’m looking at a bathroom in a high end Parisian restaurant, and that makes me so happy! I’m often asked where I start when designing a space, and that’s hard to answer because it can be different in every room. But I had a different vision for this room, and that completely went out the window when I came across this portrait art by Janet Hill from Artfully Walls.

I was really drawn to the expression on their faces, what they’re wearing, and just the general feeling they evoked. When it comes to art, especially portraits, I have to feel something when I see it, and these pieces did that for me. They almost take me back to a different era. Which leads me to the wallpaper from Thibaut. I LOVE this paper. It’s an old world architectural cityscape and I can’t help but think that the people in these portraits attend parties in these pretty buildings. Is that weird? Lol! I just love how whimsical yet formal this print is. So, with the art and wallpaper picked out, it was time to figure out what pattern to pair it with on the custom roman shades, and then pick a color for the walls.

I love mixing patterns, and I thought flowers would look so lovely with the black and white graphic paper. I was right! I love this gorgeous fabric I found from Spoonflower! And I LOVE this shade from Sew Lovely by Kelly! Our old blinds were cheap and broken. This shade was incredibly easy to install, and it opens and closes so seamlessly. I’m thrilled with it! Truly makes such a statement.

So, once the art and fabric arrived, I could start to narrow down the paint color. My brother-in-law installed beautiful trim work, and I envisioned it all in a high gloss, deep blueish-green. If you recall from last week’s post, I brought home four samples of BEHR Paint: Abysse PPU12-01 , Sequoia Lake PPU12-02, Antigua M460-7, and Ocean Abysse MQ6-01.

A deep, rich teal can be tricky to find, and I was very drawn to Abysse PPU12-01 and Ocean Abysse MQ6-01. When it came down to it, Ocean Abysse MQ6-01 was too blue, and Abysse PPU12-01 didn’t have enough blue, so I did something I’ve never done before. I had Home Depot mix three quarts of Abysse PPU12-01, with one quart of Ocean Abysse MQ6-01, to make the perfect blue-green combo!

These are the two colors I mixed! Three quarts of Abysse PPU12-01 (on the left) with one quart of Ocean Abysse MQ6-01 (on the right)
My sweet nine year old wanted in on the fun 🙂

I gotta say, with my paint color indecision, the wallpaper ended up being installed prior to the painting! Not the most ideal order of operations. I was worried about using painter’s tape on the wallpaper. I didn’t want it to tear once I peeled the tape away. I should’ve known better than to be worried, because I used Frog Tape®! Piece. Of. Cake. Did you know they have a tape for delicate surfaces? Perfect for things like this!

There’s a late night progress shot from my phone- lamp on the toilet and all:) And a screenshot from a video I posted on Instagram. Everyone LOVES watching the paint being pulled off! So satisfying…

Just be sure to remove the tape when the paint is still slightly wet. And pulling at a 45 degree angle works best! I also used Frog Tape® along the floors and windows…

Can we talk about the heart of this bathroom? A superstar, if you will? This console sink from Signature Hardware!

It’s exquisite! I love the brass legs and I think it looks so beautiful next to the deep, rich color of the walls. So sophisticated! And I’m obsessed with the faucet! Seriously, obsessed. it’s such a beauty. All the heart eyes!

More warm gold/brass tones in this fabulous mirror and vanity light from Build.com! I’ve been really drawn to curved edges/archways, and I love that this has a subtle egg shape. Makes it a little more interesting than just a simple oval.

Initially, I was hoping to fit two wall sconces on either side of the mirror, but space was tight, so I opted for a three bulb vanity light instead, and I love it! It’s just modern enough to balance the traditional elements of this space. I’m all about the mix! And speaking of, I came across this tree stump stool at Home Goods recently and thought it’d be interesting to have a little rustic warmth added to all the “glam” in here.

You can find a similar stump table HERE.

I feel like it grounds the space a bit. Makes it a little more “home” and a little less “fancy restaurant bathroom.” (Although I LOVE that it kind of feels like a fancy restaurant bathroom!) Besides, it’s the perfect little spot to set a book or magazine or your phone. It’s a bathroom, guys. Let’s keep it real here.


I’m so proud of this space. I really followed my gut here. Poured everything I had into drawing up this little 6×6 room in my head. Rooms don’t have to be big to make a big impact. This room is a tiny BOSS. Is it everyone’s taste? Probably not, but everyone is inspired by their own stories. For me, this bathroom has a museum-like quality that takes me back to my college days. I studied art at the University of Toledo in Ohio and the Arts building was attached to the Toledo Museum of Art. I have fond memories of roaming aimlessly surrounded by old world paintings. And I was married there! So this wasn’t just “Hey, let’s throw some faces up on a wall.” This was was a love letter to my past.

Did I miss anything? Have any questions? Leave me a comment! And thank you SO much to the following sponsors:

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Ok, friends. Now comes the fun part!! I am SO PUMPED to see my friends’ bathroom reveals today! I’ve followed their makeovers over the past month and they are so good! Can’t wait to visit all of their posts below!


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This Article Has 60 Comments
  1. Ashley C. says:

    Haneen! Stunning. Simply, stunning. I watched your IG stories, and it was so much fun to watch your design process. I appreciate your willingness to change course midway and go with what you love rather than listening to the critics. So unique and so well done. Ya got talent, girl…Bravo! Can’t wait to see it featured in a magazine…I’m sure it will be! 😉

  2. I love it!! The color is so bold. Love the vanity. Love the roman shade and the wallpaper. Such a dreamy space!!

  3. casey slone says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a reveal. Congrats!

  4. Jenn(ifer) says:

    LOVE IT! This makeover is so so amazing – the result is stunning, it’s classic and at the same time so glam and special and colourful and sophisticated – I could go on 😉
    Congrats Haneen!!!

  5. IT IS FREAKING FABULOUS!!!! Well done friend!! This feels SO YOU!! Compared to your initial floral wallpaper / tile idea – this is Haneen!!! Stunning choices all around. Though, I have to say that art is brilliant. The man with the pipe. I think I need that.

    Congrats! I hope you are beaming with pride. <3

    xo Michael

  6. Ola says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Haneen for that absolutely perfect paint tip. I have been wrecking my brain for the past MONTH trying to find the perfect teal. O. M. G.!!!

    This powder room is AH-mazing. So chic, sassy and cool all at once. Awesome job lady. Awesome.

  7. Kristy says:

    This is the most delicious room i think i’ve ever seen!!!! It tells such a story with the cityscape and portraits.


    Gorgeous!!! And now I need to update all my toilet paper holders! That one is beautiful for a toilet paper holder. Haha!

  9. Jenna says:

    Nothing short of STUNNING!!! Your choices are gorgeous – I love the paint, the art, the wallpaper, the fixtures – everything!

  10. Jennifer says:

    It is absolutely stunning! So chic. You amaze me with your bold choices. So I am nothing if not opinionated so the only thing I can picture differently is another lighter shade of teal inside the boxes. My eyes are hungry for a bit more dimension because of the beautiful way you framed the walls. Love it so much though!

  11. Lorri H says:

    Haneen, your powder room makeover is a stunner! I love it & especially the wallpaper. Feeling inspired to take on a mini makeover of my own. ❤️

  12. Cindy says:

    Beautiful! And that faucet – love, love, love!!

  13. Oscar Bravo says:

    One of the most beautiful transformations I’ve ever seen ❤ the wall color is amazing! What a great idea to mix the two colors you had to find the perfect shade. A bold move cuz really, who knows what you’re going to get, right? That’s the fun part 🙂

  14. Gabby says:

    Stunning! Nice work Haneen

  15. Holly says:

    This is beyond FAB!!! One question – Is painting with the high gloss paint difficult? I have always been told that high gloss paint shows every flaw and imperfection, any tricks or tips?

  16. Tracy says:

    Love, love, love this! The best one of them all by far. You have a great eye. Just stunning.

  17. Nadia says:

    Stunning!! The colors are bold but classic and the gold accessories are so special. Really seems like the perfect place to freshen up.

  18. Tresa says:

    Beautiful!! There were some lovely bathroom makeovers, but yours…WOWZER!! Perfection!

  19. Andrea says:

    This bathroom is STUN. NING! I’m obsessed with this wallpaper. But when I went to Thibaut it seems I need to have a trade account. Do you have one? Or can non professional designers buy directly from them?


    • Haneen says:

      Oh, good question! Let me check! I know our Benjamin Moore paint store has the Thibaut wallpaper books and you can order there. But I’ll still check!

  20. Always have had a soft spot for this style of dramatic bath! It even reminds me of those wonderful European cafes.

  21. Bree says:

    Haneen! Wow, just wow!!! So stunning- I mean every single aspect and I can’t even with that faucet 😱. So excited about this one for you – fabulous job my friend 👏🏻

  22. Jewel says:

    Probably the coolest bathroom I’ve seen. You totally nailed it!

  23. Hello Haneen,
    Wonderful painting bathroom wall, idea you share. Here I get some clue to design my toilet with my willing. But I have no idea to use the curved mirror for the bathroom wall. is it increase the bathroom beautify?

  24. R says:

    I love the look, and I had to laugh: my daughter’s bedroom is a 6×8 room!! Wish it looked as glam…

  25. Jen says:

    This bathroom packs a punch! I love it. You are so talented!
    Would you mind sharing how you planned out the locations for the mouldings? You’ve inspired me to try doing this in our powder bathroom.
    Thank you.

    • Haneen says:

      Thank you so much! Honestly, I don’t remember exactly how I decided this! I knew I wanted just a small portion of paper, so I think I did about 2/3 of the way up. My brother-in-law helped with the spacing of the molding to make sure everything was even.

  26. Lauren says:

    Do you remember the name of the wallpaper? I’m scouring Thibault and google to find it and can’t and I’m IN LOVE!

  27. sue says:

    Your powder room is awesome! Wondering why you chose a high gloss paint here and if you decided to fill in the moulding squares with just a shade lighter paint. Thank you!!

    • Haneen says:

      Thank you so much, Sue! I think at the time I just wanted something dramatic- and the glossier the better! Especially in a small space like a powder room. Bigger the better when it comes to making high impact decisions like high gloss paint. Everything is all the same color, so I didn’t go lighter in the boxes.

  28. Kelly says:

    I found this bathroom through pinterest and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It is stunning! I was originally interested in the teal paint (you are right, finding the right teal paint is REALLY difficult – I am looking for something for my dining room). And I also just love the museum-quality Paris WC look you ended up with – it has such personality yet tasteful and refined. That is exactly the “feel” I am going for in my makeover of my 1980s traditional home (but without the art degree…). I hate the grey/grey or white on white trend and prefer deep satisfying colors but it is so hard to find anyone who decorates with color other than pastels these days. So thankful I found your blog!

  29. Martha says:

    So so beautiful! You’ve inspired me to do a similar look in my powder room! I was wondering if you painted the interior of the door the same color as the trim to match. Thanks!

  30. Paige Majors says:

    Love this so mich I am doing a renovation to a powder room right now with yours as my insiration. My room is the same size and I am wondering the size of your artwork. Thanks!

  31. Paige Majors says:

    Love this so much I am doing a renovation to a powder room right now with yours as my inspiration. My room is the same size, and I am wondering the size of your artwork. Thanks!

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