Easy DIY Projects and Stylish Details Renovate This Powder Room for Only $800

Easy DIY Projects and Stylish Details Renovate This Powder Room for Only $800

By Maria V. Charbonneaux and Kaylei Fear

Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden

Does your powder room need perking up? See how these homeowners gave their small bathroom a major facelift on a budget.

Remodeling your powder room doesn’t have to cost a lot. Focusing on simple DIY techniques, discount materials, and modern details can help you create your perfect powder room makeover on a budget. These homeowners modernized their bathroom’s ceiling, walls, and floor while also updating fixtures and accessories for less than $800.

Focusing on saving money where they could, they created their own artworkfor a gallery wall, and instead of using expensive stone tiles, they switched for luxury vinyl ones that look expensive but are cost-effective. This budget-friendly powder room remodel looks lavish without the costly price tag. We’ll show you some of their tips and tricks to steal for your own bathroom remodel,  including DIY ideas and luxe details for less.

Each surface of this small space got a total upgrade. On the floor, luxury vinyl tiles create the look of expensive stone for less. Plus, it requires minimal effort—you need only a sharp utility knife and a straightedge to install luxury vinyl tiles that click together. Overhead, sheets of beaded board and crown molding make quick work of old popcorn ceilings to keep this a budget-friendly powder room remodel.


Bathrooms—especially powder rooms—are often short on storage space. Add more storage with a DIY shelving unit. These industrial-chic shelves are made from 1×8 boards and 3/4×10-inch galvanized pipe caps, nipples, and flanges. Each shelf is perfect for stashing extra hand towels, toiletries, and decorative accents.

Related: 18 Small-Bathroom Storage Ideas That Maximize Every Inch

The homeowners originally painted the powder room a washed-out green. Although it was a good attempt at incorporating color, the shade just wasn’t right for such a small space without any natural light. For the remodel, the homeowners opted for a deep gray wall color. The hue adds a neutral backdrop to let architectural elements, like DIY board-and-batten walls, stand out.

To create board-and-batten wainscoting, the homeowners installed a 1×4 baseboard and a 1×3 chair rail using a nail gun, then evenly spaced 1×3s around the room. If your wall is textured, consider installing smooth panels between the boards. Caulk the seams where the boards meet the wall before painting.

A tile backsplash that extends as a border around the room offers a luxe look even in a budget-friendly powder room remodel. Get the look by cutting mosaic sheets in half and installing the tile with premixed mastic, using spacers to leave an even gap above the chair rail. Finish the top edge with wood trim, then grout the tile. Touch up trim paint as necessary.


This custom gallery wall relies on cost-effective tricks to create a number of pretty pieces.  The main artwork is made by swirling paint colors together on white paper. When dry, circles are punched from the sheet and arranged on poster board. The other works are simple pieces of paper. When slipped in an 18×24-inch frame, a $5 sheet of decorative paper becomes art. Simple DIY tricks kept this powder room makeover on a budget of only $800. 

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