Navy and White Powder Room Makeover Reveal

August 09, 2018

First, a look back at how this room looked when we moved in. This was the first room I shared with you in our new home. 

I had it somewhat put together within a week of moving in, but it's the smallest room so don't give me too much credit: 
Powder room makeover with board and batten

Light gray bathroom vanity with drawers

Powder room makeover in navy and white

The basics were there -- a beautiful vanity and light as well as the awesome hardwood floors. This wasn't nearly as intensive as my powder room makeover in the last house

But I knew I'd want to add my touches to the room! I started with the pretty navy and gold wallpaper around the top of the room:
How to install peel and stick wallpaper

What's great is this stuff isn't regular wallpaper -- it's like contact paper and I found it pretty simple to install. You can see my tips on how to hang peel and stick wallpaper here

I LOVE a painted ceiling and especially love them in smaller spaces. I used leftover paint from another project to paint the ceiling in this room
Tips on painting a ceiling

I forgot to mention we had crown installed too. I hired out that part because I loathe hanging it. 

I know many of you questioned my vision for this space, which is not unusual. 😂 It's hard to envision what I have in mind sometimes. I'm happy to say this room came together just as I had hoped! I LOVE IT!:
Navy and blue powder room makeover

I did a very simple board and batten treatment on the wall -- check out that link to see the step-by-step instructions on how to get look!:
Tall white board and batten in bathroom

The board and batten is why I kept putting off finishing this room. I knew I'd need to remove the baseboards to get the look I wanted. You can leave them and put this stuff above it, but I much prefer having the matching trim along the bottom instead. 

I get this trim from Lowe's and it's called general purpose mdf -- it comes primed and has rounded corners already. It's so great for this project! I used a thicker one on the bottom and thinner boards for the verticals and around the top: 
Navy walls ceiling white trim bathroom

Side note -- when I use this mdf stuff I prefer not to use quarter round. I'm not a big fan of quarter round anyway, and I think it looks cleaner without. It's just a personal preference! (And I love that it saves me time too.) ;) 

Also, mdf is OK for bathrooms as long as it's sealed with paint. Of course if we ever had a major water issue we may need to replace the base, but as far as water splatter, it holds up great. 

I usually add a topper piece around the top of my board and batten, but I like this without it -- this is a more modern look with the dark wallpaper, so the simpler the better: 
Powder room makeover navy wallpaper

Speaking of that -- I LOVE the contrast in here! The contrast of the more modern gold flecked wallpaper on top and the white traditional board and batten on the bottom makes me happy.

And of course the drama of the dark navy against the white trim is always a favorite:

When I got the board and batten up and stepped back to look at the room, I got a weird sensation of "this feels like home." It was an odd thing because this house has felt like home since the day we walked in it, and I've added plenty of my touches to the house already. 

But this room really feels like US. It looks like it belongs in our home...and it was a great feeling. Almost comforting. This project really felt like a personal stamp on this new house. :) 

As you can see, I went high with the wall treatment. You can do this at a lower height too! I just love it like this. I find either about a third of the way up or a third of the way down the wall is a good placement: 
Navy gold wallpaper bathroom

I had planned to hang that shelf (I'll list sources at the bottom of the post!) right above the toilet, but it felt tight and in the way. I have a thing with stuff above toilets -- they have to be just right or it feels like we'll hit it on the way to sit. :)

Board and batten at this height is a little different because art needs to be hung higher. I find simpler is better. I added a couple frames on the other side of the room:
 Floral watercolors art Etsy
I filled them with printables from Etsy sellers -- a super easy and cheap way to do art! I would have loved to have three of those frames but I already had these. Maybe I'll find a third someday. :) 

I bought the mirror months before I even knew what I wanted to do with this room, but I love that it has some gold tones that work well with the wallpaper and accents: 
Gray vanity light counter bathroom

One thing to note in this room (and all of our rooms!) -- there is not one metal finish throughout. I get questions about that a lot! I think it gets a bit boring when EVERY finish is the same. Your light fixtures, faucets and accents do not have to match. It's all personal preference!

I like to add a little quirk to each space, and when I saw this sign at Target I had to have it: 
Remember to flush sign

I think it's fun to add at least one not so serious item that will make someone smile. 

I spaced out my boards quite a bit in here. Since it's a small room I didn't want it to get too busy. These are spaced out about 22 inches on the longer walls. Where the walls are smaller, I just centered them:
How to hang board and batten on walls

I realized after I was celebrating this room being DONE that I never painted the crown molding. 😭 I swear no matter how hard I work on a space there's always something still left to do. Never fails.

Here's another look at the pretty wallpaper!: 
Navy and gold wallpaper with white trim

And here are a few more detail shots of the room! 
Wood and brass shelves above toilet

Glass knobs gray vanity round mirror bathroom

Initial towel hook white

I took this hook from the powder room in the old house since they were replacing it with a different initial. ;) 

I saw this cute air freshener online months ago and ran to the store that day to see if they had them...I got the last one. Isn't it adorable?: 
Terrarium bath and body works air freshener

I have to finish off the tour with a before and after of course!:
Powder room before and after

Navy and blue bathroom transformation

I hope you enjoyed the tour! This is the first room I've completely transformed and I couldn't be happier with it! I mentioned months ago that I wanted it to feel like a little jewel box and that's how it feels to me. But it's still bright and fresh and we just love it. 

Here's a list of sources and projects! Affiliate links are used for your convenience. If I forgot anything you're wondering about, please let me know: 
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  1. How high from the floor is the shelf over the toilet?
    I like the board and batten. :)

    1. Not sure exactly. Not too tall we can’t reach it. :)

  2. I LOVE this, especially the wallpaper with the dark ceiling. You are so creative! But really I just want the sign that used to be in there above the toilet �� If you have a garage sale, let me know!! ��

    1. I do too! I moved it to another bathroom. Thank you!!

  3. This is beautiful! I do love the high contrast of navy and white you have going, yet it's not at all nautical. It also solidified my decision to do board and batten in our very boring beige hallway. Gotta love an inexpensive game changer with this much impact!

  4. This looks amazing!! I was so concerned before because I thought the wallpaper was uneven - haha. I should have known you would do something beautiful like the board and batten.

  5. I LOVE that you said not all of the finishes have to match! My husband is such a stickler for things like that, but I like an electic mix-match of tones-maybe I can site this post as a "professional opinion" to change his mind ;)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  6. I really like this makeover. Adds pizazz!! The only thing I would add is to paint the vanity navy and get away from the gray. I think it would really pop. Just yesterday I decided I was going to do my guest bath in white board and batten and navy!! So this post was perfect. I too agree you don’t have to match finishes. I am not handy like you so I will have to hire it out but will be pinnin your room. I have a weird pony wall by my toilet so I have to have the Wainscot at 36” high. Do you think that will be ok if the room height is 96”?

    1. I wonder if you could answer my question above?

    2. Thanks Nanci! I like the vanity as is. :) Yes that height will work great!

  7. PS....your wallpaper link is incorrect and links to the flush sign. 😊

  8. The only thing I think it still needs is a regal patterned rug or runner in navy (and gold?) with white fringe. Since it's a powder room, the rug would add interest without being annoying for everyday use. Love what you do and look forward to your posts.

  9. Maybe I missed it, but where is the vanity from? I need a similar small one for my bathroom. Love it.

  10. Love everything about this! Pinning for inspiration. Fantastic job.

  11. Oh that board and batten did make all the difference. It's so pretty! What a great space!

  12. It turned out so well! Looks lovely. Chrissy

  13. My bathroom/laundry room seems about the same size. But I don’t have a window. Would it still look okay if I painted mine similar to yours?

  14. I feel the same about quarter round! We are about halfway through a main floor remodel and I made sure to choose slightly wider new (pre-white mdf) baseboards so I wouldn't need that horrible quarter round. LOVE IT and I'm so glad I'm not the only one that feels that way! This bathroom is beautiful!

  15. Love the room and I’m also getting ready to do a wall treatment like this. How did you attach the mirror to the wall?


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