Update Your Powder Room for Under $120

Well, maybe “update” isn’t the right word for a new construction home, but this little powder room was in desperate need of some personality. In recent years, I’ve noticed wallpaper is making a comeback in a big way and I am loving the look! I have a fear of design commitment, and I think a reason wallpaper is often considered outdated is that people tend to keep it forever. As a lover of home design and décor, nothing is forever in our house. ? So I began to search for a way to get the look of wallpaper without the commitment. Let’s start with a “before” photo, shall we? Nothing wrong with it other than plain and boring (and a dirty mirror).

Before photo of bathroom

I also realize that current wallpaper trends now include peel and stick paper without damage to your walls. I considered it and looked at tons of options online, but nothing I loved enough to hire out the work to install. However, I already had experience with wall decals in my daughter’s room and playroom and it was simple, easy and caused zero damage to the walls! Better yet? I did it myself!

blush pink room

Semi Flush Mount Light Fixture

I started looking online and the majority of wall decals seem to focus on nursery’s, playrooms or have words and phrases (yikes). Eventually, I found “Inked Leaves” from Urban Walls purchased at Wayfair that are large in scale and a charcoal/black color. I bought the half order due to the small size of the powder room and it only cost $94 with free shipping. Oh, and my husband is making fun of me for calling it a “powder room” update.  I mean, sure in real life I simply refer to it as a bathroom, but the word bathroom just doesn’t sound pretty in a blog post title. He asked, “would a normal person even call it that?” Um, yea…I think they actually would?! Right?

Moving on…the decals come in large sheets and the directions say to cut around each decal and tape it to the wall. I gave it a try, but it took too long and I noticed I wasn’t even following the “pattern” I created. So I’d remove the adhesive and just place it on the wall (you can reposition it) and then used a credit card to smooth it out. I’d look around to determine where the next one should go…or yell for my husband while on the ladder and say, “just tell me where this one needs to be” because he had a better perspective. I highly recommend that method.

Process photo

White Solid Wood Chairs

Inked Leaves

How To Hang Decals

Peel off wall decal

I debated on painting the board and batten trim a moody charcoal gray to compliment the “wallpaper” but decided instead to paint the door a light shade of blue. It’s called Misty from Sherwin Williams. We have several black doors throughout our home and I thought painting only the back of the door would be a fun surprise. Because we all love surprises in the bathroom. LOL

Pale Blue Door

Powder Room mirror

Round Mirror

Antique Brass Faucet

wall art

Wall Art (similar)

This power room update was easy, simple and fun. I think it looks better in person, but that’s hard to prove. Lol Seriously, it took just a few hours to paint the door and put up the wall decals. The cost of the paint was less than $20 (with a new paintbrush) and the decals were $94. I love painting interior doors because it’s unexpected but so quick and simple. The pale blue color looks pretty with the charcoal leaves and gives this bathroom a more polished look. I already had the mirror hanging up in my office at work, but decided to bring it home to see if I liked it in here. (Yup). I still like the original mirror I had, but may move it into my daughter’s bedroom. I felt the shape competed with my new walls and the round mirror simplifies and balances out the room.  So, what are your thoughts on wall decals? Have you tried them yet?


Toilet Paper Holder | Bathroom Vanity


15 Responses

  1. Nancy Rodewald says:

    The decals are a great idea – looks just like expensive wallpaper! Also looks very easy to apply – love it.

  2. Elyse Lenz says:

    Love this! You know what i love even more? I can do this myself (and actually complete it) while the kids nap! ??

  3. DecorKate says:

    Yep! It was surprisingly easy. I had to barricade myself, but I got the job done. Lol

  4. Mechelle says:

    I love the ease and look of the decals. Also love the idea of quick inexpensive swap if you want to change this up in a year.

  5. Myra Harper says:

    Looks great! I love the idea of the decals!

  6. Laura Ainsworth says:

    I’ve done it before and it is easy and fun! And our small bath is called Powder Room!!! lol

  7. Susan says:

    Beautiful! What a terrific idea. I also really like the new mirror much more than the old one in that space.

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  9. […] LOVED this simple update that could be used anywhere in the house. Katie gave her walls the look of wallpaper without hanging the real […]

  10. […] door Misty by Sherwin Williams. It’s the same color I painted the back of our ½ bathroom door here. It’s a perfect blue-gray and it’s a light pretty color that matches well with the veining in […]

  11. Rylee220! says:

    i probably missed it but where are the wall decals from?? i’m obsessed.

  12. lassakfamily says:

    How high is your wainscotting vs ceiling height?

  13. DecorKate says:

    Hi! The link is in the post, but they are from Urban Walls and purchased on Wayfair 🙂

  14. Tiffany Robins says:

    What is the background paint? I want to replicate but I have blue walls so I need to paint the walls. One picture made the walls look gray but another picture made the walls look white….

  15. DecorKate says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    The paint color on the majority of my walls in Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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