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Modern Coastal Powder Room: REVEAL

Modern Coastal Powder Room Makeover in 6 Weeks! 

What an exciting fall day and one of my favorites because it’s One Room Challenge REVEAL DAY!

See how I’ve taken my misfit powder room to a Modern Coastal style in the past 6 weeks. It has been such a learning experience!

I’m so excited to share with you the powder room with its beautiful Blueprint walls, bright white board and batten, plus a fun new faux seadrift finish on the vanity.

It feels like I dropped a new room in my home. Bye bye boring builder grade brown and hello Modern Coastal!

If you want to go back and see the entire process, the weeks are linked below or all the weeks here: Powder Room Remodel

WEEK 1 Before Pictures | WEEK 2 Products and Design | WEEK 3 Renovation | WEEK 4 Paint | WEEK 5 Lighting

Powder Room Design Plan

Let’s review the design plan first because it’s important to see how far this room has come!

The powder room became a misfit in my home after the beautiful update to the dining room in my last One Room Challenge makeover. 

Tale of a Misfit Powder Room Week One

The room color was now too robin’s egg blue, the focal point was the toilet, boring builder beige tile, granite too busy, and espresso stain has become “out of style”.

Oh and don’t forget about that oddly placed chandelier…

Color is always my starting point in design and I knew Behr’s Blueprint 2019 color of the year was going to make the powder room pop!

With it being such a small space, I had two goals:

  1. Create depth and visual interest with color and modern accessories
  2. Coordinate the colors with the rest of my home, which is light and bright in shades of blue and white

Since this room was on a major budget ($2500 all-in) I decided to create a faux Pottery Barn Seadrift finish for the vanity. 

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Then decided the powder room was the best place to explore the hot new trend of matte black hardware.

The selections for the faucet, cabinet pulls, and the light fixture were all in black. I love the stark contrast they create in a light room.

Adding a white vanity top, white board and batten, and white tile was designed to lighten up the north facing powder room.

Modern Coastal Color Palette

The angular mirror was the perfect statement accessory giving that modern feel I craved!

Reveal! Modern Coastal Powder Room 

Now to what you came here to see! Remember I was worried about how I was going to take pictures?

Well, I couldn’t STOP taking pictures because I was sooo excited about how the room came together! 

Do I have bruises from crouching into odd positions – you bet! But it was worth it.

Just a side note that the board and batten is all the same height in the room – the mirror and angle is playing tricks on our eyes 😉


What a difference color makes!

The toilet blends in with the white board and batten and is no longer is the focal point of the room.

Taking the espresso stain to a seadrift faux finish makes it look like a whole new vanity was installed.


I’m now proud of this room and love how it works with the downstairs of my home! It feels fresh, fun, and even youthful.

Does a millennial live here? 🙂 

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Black Hardware: The Perfect Modern Coastal Detail


My favorite little hack was using a black bronze hardware pull from Amerock and installing it as a towel holder!

I just drilled it into the cabinet like you would any pull. It works perfectly with a flat woven hand towel.

The Glacio clear acrylic and black bronze pulls let the seadrift finish show through unobstructed.


Then that gorgeous matte black light fixture in all its glory from Progress Lighting!

The geometric shape gives that modern feel and is the perfect solution in a small room with the open design.


The best deal in the entire makeover was the black faucet!

It was an open box deal from Amazon and 50% off.

After seeing the chrome faucet installed, I knew I needed to upgrade to black and it was definitely the right decision.

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It’s perfectly fine to mix metals, but in this room the matte black was such a statement that it was important to keep a cohesive look in the small space.

Little Details Matter

Then what about the Blueprint color from Behr? Stunning!

This was my first time using such a deep color of paint.

It works so well in this small space to visually push back the walls and make the room appear bigger and more substantial.


Finding this gorgeous artwork from Kristina Hoover was a gift from heaven!

It’s an original piece and the colors in the art pull all of the colors surrounding the powder room into the space.

The pattern has so much movement and is so unique – what a great find!


If you remember from week 5, I purchased an off-white frame and faux finished it to look like reclaimed wood. 

It highlights the artwork and has the right balance in the room with the wall color. 

Another budget saver was to keep the current drapery panels in place, but move the toilet paper holder so they could hang properly.

They look brand new and the gauzy beachy feel is perfect in a modern coastal design. 

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It’s nice to have “reading material” handy in any bathroom and this narrow basket with black stone handles was a great find.

Plus it breaks up all of the white from the floor to the board and batten. 


The space between the toilet and the vanity just looked too white and barren. I found these great vases from Anthropologie.

The glass vase reflects the colors in the artwork and the wrapped vase reflects the geometric shapes in the tile and brings that coastal sea grass texture.


Isn’t this marble soap dispenser the perfect addition?

It reminds me of the vanity finish plus it has little flecks of greens too to work with the wall color. 

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Statement Pieces

That mirror, that mirror! A perfect find in a shield shape that grabs your attention and reflects a lot of light.

I love the oversized look in the room and will be living with it for a while because the chair rail had to be cut to size.

Good thing it was perfect!


The tile and mirror have the same general shape, which was intentional for a graphic feel.

It is a little bit like an elongated hexagon or shield shape.


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Now looking into the powder room from the foyer I am proud of what I see! It’s a bright fresh Modern Coastal room that feels current and new.

It really is hard to believe it is the same room!

That leads me to the foyer…

Power Room to Foyer Makeover

With the bright fresh colors in the new powder room, the foyer looked dated with it’s gold and off-white tone on tone stripes.

It was time for a change!

The most impactful thing I could do is to paint the foyer a warm shade of white. 

Plus now that the dining room and powder room were in shades of blue the foyer console and rug looked green.

I had a gold and green mix, yuck. The console now needed an update too 🙂



I went to my Instagram followers and took a poll on what color to paint the console they loved the Academy Gray, but I went lighter!


It’s more blue than gray and blends nicely with the Blueprint in the powder room and Sea Salt Blue in the dining room.


AFTER I painted the foyer and console I found this rug! It’s a miracle that is had every color I needed to bridge all the colors in my open concept home.

Pottery Barn FINN Rug Review: After living with it for 2 years!

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The rug even had that beautiful shade of deep blue in the powder room.

It’s like I had a custom rug designed for the space. Lucky indeed!


Then to tidy up the space, I added lidded woven baskets to the console for that coastal feel and updated the accessories.

I love using mirrored trays, geometric accessories, boxes, and books to give a lot of style in a small space.

Plus to bring through the acrylic in the cabinet pulls, I used complementary knobs in the same Glacio collection, but in Golden Champagne

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I hope you enjoyed the full tour that included my foyer of this Modern Coastal Powder Room

Reveal! I’d love to hear your comments and feedback below!

Check out the amazing One Room Challenge™ designs from both the featured designers and guests by clicking here

Powder Room Makeover Compete

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Until next time…

Porch Daydreamer


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  1. Hi! I love the white dovetail tile you put on the floor. The recommendations for use does not list flooring as a recommended use …. for wall use only. How is the tile wearing?

    1. This room gets a lot of shoe foot traffic and I haven’t had any issues at all! No clue why it’s not rated for floors. White grout is a bit tough, but I just pour hydrogen peroxide for a minute or so to blot up any stains. So far, so good!

  2. I love this look and will be doing my powder room with this white tile/white wainscot/blue wall this week! I have a question on the Blueprint paint- what paint finish did you use? I bought the satin enamel, but I can’t tell from the pictures if you used this or something else? — Thanks!

  3. Would like to confirm the paint color in the foyer. We just painted our living room (it is small and adjacent to our dining room) Blueprint. However, we are not sure what to paint the dining room and hall which are all very close together. Is your foyer the string of pearls or the malted milk? They both look good, but trying to choose. We tried a yellow complement color in the dining room and it did not work at all. So we trialed kensington and Clark Pineapple Cream Granita (too limey) and They call it Mellow by Sherwin Williams. Any thoughts? Your bathroom looks gorgeous! Confirms that we love the color.

  4. Tracey, I really like the color and finish of the powder room vanity. How did you accomplish that look and hue? You mentioned espresso stain, but on an existing wood finish or over paint? I’d like to copy whatever you did to acheive the look and finish. Thanks.

    1. It looks great but if I could, I’d put the door hinges on the other side of the frame. I think it would have a greater feeling of privacy and the vanity would just peek out.

  5. Love y our bathroom! I’m getting ready to do my powder bath and want to use the black. Can I ask where is your toilet paper and is it on a stand or what? Beautiful!

  6. Love the step by step of your progress with tips and hints. Makeover is amazing and definitely a huge improvement.

    Only thing I would say is the mirror is a tad too large and takes up a lot of room on the wall. I would’ve gone for a smaller one fitted above the board panel. But love the light fixture and paint colour.

    Well done!

    1. Thank you! In person, everyone loves the mirror. It’s hard to photograph and looks larger in person. I wrote about the size and originally wanted to hang it upside down, but that wasn’t an option with the hanger than comes with the mirror. Hanging it above the board and batten I would only see the top half of my face 🙂

  7. Very beautiful- love the colors and I thought you had gotten a new vanity! Great job with the faux finish! It’s all so fresh and pretty😍

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