The Two-Day Powder Room

We like to believe that it is our biggest rooms that have the greatest impact when it comes to decorating, but I find that it’s the small spaces that I love to makeover the most. First off, who says a small space can’t have a big impact? And then there is the benefit of completing a small makeover in a day or two and feeling that sense of accomplishment with a fraction of the money in a fraction of the time. 


Powder Room Before
Let me start by saying that there was nothing terribly wrong with the function of this bathroom. It functioned just fine, and I suppose some people would have liked the wallpaper. However one of my little girls took it upon herself to be “helpful” and prematurely peeled the curling wallpaper border along the base. *sigh*…kids. I suppose that means it’s time for a makeover, and guess what little person has to do most of the low wallpaper peeling? Do the crime, do the time! 

Wallpaper removal took a grand total of 2 hours using some simple steps you can read about here

Lately I’ve noticed I seem to have gained an obsession with dark walls…I’ve probably pinned a hundred incredible photos of gorgeous charcoal and navy colored rooms! Mmmmmm, a nice dark navy with big bold pieces of gold leaf art…. *drool*  Well I decided to indulge that obsession, just a little bit. *grin* It’s a small space, so it can’t hurt! You can imagine how thrilled I was to find a deep blue Glidden paint color in the oops/discount section at Walmart for $12… yes, that is 50% off the regular price! Cha-ching!!

Of course, those big blue walls just don’t do justice without being complimented by some art to make them both pop. I found deeply discounted frames at Joann’s Fabric Store and spray painted them with Krylon metallic gold paint.

These lovely prints I found free online at . For the elephant print go here, for the giraffe print go here

Target is my kryptonite. You should have seen me with my little $10 Mypoints Target gift card, flying around the store in a blissful tizzy, my 3 kids in tow. I kept putting items in the cart, then running them back when I found something I wanted more! *giggle* 
I finally settled on this marble salt bowl priced at $3.98 marked down from the original $7.99. Forget the kitchen, this would be my ideal soap dish!

I also found this awesome metallic soap dispenser at Target for $12.99, but it rang up for $9.99, and when I told the cashier, she just shrugged and said “that’s what it rang up for”. Be still my frugal heart! *beaming* After using my $10 gift card, I only had to pay for the marble dish and the rug!
While working on the upstairs bathroom I painted some decorative bowls a gorgeous metallic gold, and while my trigger finger was gold paint poised, I painted one extra little Goodwill bowl just for good measure (or because I’m now obsessed with this gold paint…you choose).
I had such a great time making DIY Lulu & Georgia inspired rugs for both of my bathrooms, but I particularly love this Dot rug. Thanks again to Target’s kitchen section (ha! there is more kitchen in my bathroom than bath goods!), I was able to find a plain mat for $7.19… that makes this DIY rug an inexpensive winner at $9! 

Powder Room Budget Breakdown: 
Keep in mind that I just made-over my girls Jack & Jill bathroom on $83, so this bathroom needed to be…well, cheap. Here are all the details on how I refreshed this little 1/2 bathroom on a total of $36!


  • Bath Rug – $9: Target rug, $7.19 (after 10% reduction for damage). Folkart acryllic paint from Walmart $1.77.
  • Wall Art – $10: 2 frames from Joann Fabric Store (60% sale off + 25% off coupon) @ $4.89 each. Prints $0 (prints found online, Staples enlargement 49 cents each before staples rewards).
  • Accessories – $5: 1 soap dispenser from Target $0 ($9.99 before using a $10 Mypoints gift card to Target). 1 marble salt dish from Target (marked down) $3.98 …(minus a 5% discount). 2 bowls/dishwear from Goodwill 50 cents each.
  • Wall Paint – $12: From the “Oops” discounted section at Walmart (was 50%)
  • Miscellaneous Project Materials – $0: Already owned. Includes painting tools, and spray paints. 





7 Comments on The Two-Day Powder Room

  1. Connie
    December 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm (6 years ago)

    Your DIY projects look great (loved the other small bathroom)! I especially appreciate the detailed breakdown – where things were purchased, exact prices, amount of time it took, etc. You make everything look so do-able, and under $40? Wow!

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear that. 😉

  2. jelly andrews
    December 24, 2013 at 8:47 am (7 years ago)

    Your powder room really looks better. You really did a great transformation. And at $36, I guess this is a DIY project worth a try.

  3. Amari Shields
    December 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I just stumbled upon your page via Pinterest today, and you are my HERO! I could go on and on about how it’s cool to see that I’m not the only woman of color that loves being a housewife, and how you are inspiring me to start the blog I’ve wanted to start for the last two years, but that would take all day. Just know that you’ve really inspired someone!

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you Amari!
      Wow, that’s big praise *blush*, and you SHOULD follow your dream! It is hard work, but I am loving every moment of it! Good luck with your endeavors, wherever they lead you! 😉

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm (7 years ago)

      Aw thanks chica mama,
      Considering all the awesome things you see during your “Give Me The Goods” parties, I take that as a high compliment! 😉


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