Powder Room Makeover

By Kate Riley April 11, 2016

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a beautiful powder room makeover completed at a friend’s house, the same friend Kara who gave her staircase a happy makeover last year. I’ve partnered with IKEA this year to serve as a Brand Ambassadör, so when Kara mentioned that she was looking for a bathroom makeover, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to show off some IKEA products.

Kara’s powder room was feeling very blah and dated. The tan walls, basic pedestal sink, and a builder-grade oval mirror left her feeling uninspired. This powder room also has access to a big storage space under the stairs, so Kara was looking for a way to jazz up the plain closet door as well. The changes are quite dramatic! The new space feels fresh and modern, and it was all completed with the help of IKEA products.

Here’s the ‘before’ and ‘after’.

  kara bathroom before

 bathroom after

I brought in the artwork (see details below) and suggested my favorite gold paint for the mirror and pulls (see this post) but Kara did all the real work in this space, including assembling and installing the vanity and faucet herself. Yes, she can now add plumbing to her DIY skills! Kara sent me pictures throughout the makeover and I was excited to see the daily progress.

The makeover began with the idea to combine dark walls with pale wood vanity and brass details. Yes, you can use dark color in small spaces. It gives the space a moody vibe and the deeper hue allows the lighter features (the vanity and the art) to pop out at you when you enter.

Knowing that she wanted to paint the walls a deep navy, the GODMORGON/ODENSVIK floating vanity in white oak was the perfect choice to complement the light wood floors and pop against the dark walls. Kara also added hairpin legs (not for support, just for the look!) that she spray painted gold for a chic little detail. You’ll also spy the LANSA pulls, which she spray painted to mimic the brass.

 vanity up close

The LUNDSKÄR faucet brings a different finish other than gold/brass to the mix. It’s a powder coated black that adds drama. You can save up to 50% more water with this faucet since it has a mechanism that reduces water flow, while maintaining pressure during use.

 ikea faucet

IKEA prides itself on manufacturing and selling faucets that help people save energy and water, and reduce waste, all while saving money, too. All of the bathroom faucets sold at IKEA have a function that mixes air into the water stream so you use less water without losing water pressure, so very smart!

The art on the walls is another budget friendly project, I downloaded the two tropical leaf prints from The Graphics Fairy (source below) then printed them and framed them. They add just a bit of botanical that’s always appealing on walls, and the white frames add beautiful contrast against the navy walls.

 art on walls


Kara attached one of the larger LANSA pulls to the closet access door. The toilet paper holder got a coat of gold leaf paint and the old sconce was replaced by an antique brass industrial style light (source below).

 sconce and art

 navy walls pale wood vanity


Kara was smart to follow the line created by the staircase pop out all the way down. Notice how Kara aligned the light fixture, the vintage mirror, and the narrow vanity all along that plane.

 bathroom after


Beautiful job Kara! So much thanks to IKEA for supplying much of what you see in this makeover!

Sources & Finishes:

Paint: Benjamin Moore ‘Hale Navy’


Faucet: LUNDSKÄR in black by IKEA

Door and Drawer pulls: LANSA by IKEA

Mirror: Vintage/second hand

Vanity legs: Hairpin

Sconce: Antique brass Feiss

Artwork: The Graphics Fairy, print 1 and 2

Paint on Mirror/Pulls/Legs: Krylon Short Cuts ‘Gold Leaf’

*This post brought to you in partnership with IKEA. All opinions are my own.



  1. Hi! The powder room looks amazing! Quick question — do the Lansa handles come in gold, or were they spray painted? If spray painted, what brand and color did you use? Thanks!

  2. wow it looks awesome! I think the hairpin legs make all of the difference in the world from noticing that its an Ikea piece- It looks fab!

    I also did a powder room renovation recently… it’s a little crazier with patterned wallpaper but I love how it came out!
    see it here:


  3. I like the design and admire how cost-effective it was! I find the design of the faucet to be stylish and it’s really convenient how it conserves water. I try to find faucets with those attributes to pitch to my clients. I’ll have to look into it more. Thanks for posting this! Your friend’s bathroom looks great!

  4. What a difference! I agree with Stefanie, the hairpin legs are a great touch and the first thing you notice when you look into the room. Great job, ladies!

  5. Wow, that’s fabulous Kate!

    Do you know what she used to paint the Lansa handles and if she did anything special to them. I painted some not long ago and the finish is coming off on the ones that get the most use. I sanded and primed before spray painting. :( Thanks for any advice!

  6. How lucky she was to find that mirror that had the perfect dimensions for that long, narrow space!! Very attractive.

  7. Very clever and sophisticated work by your friend, Kara, and the serendipity for me is that I was mulling over my mid-1980s bathrooms yesterday (the vanity/sink off the bedroom master and an angled wall in the guest bath with a custom countertop/cabinet slanted to fit against a totally stupid slanted wall). I’m remembering that you are the queen of bathroom and powder room redos so you’re the one I’ll be consulting when the time comes. Pulling all your previous posts now.

  8. In the photos, the walls appear to be textured. Are they? It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with paint.

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