DIY Powder Room Refresh With Simple Changes

January 26, 2022

Beautiful DIY powder room refresh with peel and stick wallpaper and simple changes. 

Oh my...this may be my favorite room makeover in quite some time! 

Never mind that it's the first room I've made over in quite some time...😂

This bathroom makeover showcases the difference wallpaper makes in a space! I made a few other minor changes to this room that made it into a pretty little "jewel box." I just adore how it turned out!

Our navy and white powder room was the first spot I tackled after moving in years ago. 

I love the contrast that wallpaper created in the room, but you couldn't really appreciate the design on it unless you got up close: 
blue and white powder room

From far away it looked like navy blue paint. 

We loved it though, and had no desire to change it out...until I saw THE ONE

I wasn't even looking for something I found it when I was searching for another project. 

The sample hung on the big upholstered bulletin board in my office for a year: 

DIY upholstered bulletin board
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This wallpaper is the Rifle Paper Juniper Forest peel and stick wallpaper in evergreen and it is a stunner! 

I stared at it lovingly every day while I worked, waiting for when I'd have the time and budget to tackle this project.

After the busyness of the holidays passed, it was finally time!

I shared how I removed the peel and stick wallpaper that was up (and a few tips!) last week: 
how to remove peel and stick wallpaper

After that was down, I painted the crown molding (I never painted it years ago!). 😬 Without the wallpaper up it was easy to cut in along the bottom of the crown. 

The new wallpaper is absolutely gorgeous...I smile every time I look at it! I loved the design, but the colors are what really attracted me to it. 

It has different shades of green from light to dark, of course the deep navy blue background, gray, and even some light lavender accents: 
Rifle Juniper forest blue, brown green wallpaper

I liked the brown variations as well -- I feel like this wallpaper is our home in a nutshell. 

It incorporates my love of those deep blue and green tones and brings in the stained wood I use a lot. 

I just LOVE it!

This design is available in three different colorways -- this blue one and a black version with more red tones instead of the beige and brown. It also comes in a burgundy color, but that one is harder to find. 

As always with wallpaper, the price varies greatly online! Search "Juniper Forest peel and stick wallpaper" to find a variety of suppliers and the best price.

I didn't buy much for this room as far as accessories, but I did replace the lighter existing mirror with this new wood one
brass light with floral wallpaper

The old bathroom mirror went to our mud room. 

The round wood version compliments the brown colors in the wallpaper so well and looks great with our brass vanity light.

I got a new brass towel hanger too. I prefer using simple hooks instead of towel bars or rings -- the hooks are so much easier!: 
simple brass hook Target

And I've had this matte black toilet handle in the vanity drawer for about two years! It was finally time to install it: 
changing out toilet handle

Those flusher handles are one of the little things I love to change out in our home. 

I already had this cute plant hanger and knew it would be perfect in here: 
hanging plant blue wallpaper

That plant is called a "goldfish" plant and it is adorable

I wanted a spot for a candle and to display a few other little decor items, but didn't want to spend much money. 

I couldn't find the right shelf anywhere -- they were either too modern or too detailed for what I wanted. 

But then I remembered I already had some corbels in the garage for another project! I rummaged through my wood scrap pile to see if I could find something that fit them. 

Thankfully I kept the end piece of the butcher block counter for our pantry project. (This is why I keep so much scrap wood!) 

It was the perfect size to go with the corbels:
easy DIY shelf with corbels

I painted them all in crisp white (Pure White by Sherwin-Williams to match the board and batten and crown molding in here) and then hung my cute little corbel shelf: 
simple corbel shelf above toilet

I love it!! 

It has just enough detail but isn't too busy. 

I wanted to keep the decor simple with this bold design on the walls. 

I added some of my favorite vintage brass accents and a vase on top: 
DIY shelf with corbels

And now here's the full tour of this small powder bathroom! 

I can't tell you how happy this little space makes me:
floral wallpaper white board and batten

blue and green peel and stick wallpaper bathroom

I shared how I love to paint ceilings here -- it's such an unexpected detail, and looks especially great in smaller rooms. 

I encourage you to make the most of small spaces -- rooms like closets, laundry, mud rooms, and powder rooms are the perfect spot to be more bold than usual. 

Especially bathrooms -- I's a boring space, right? 

Why not have some fun with it? 
easy DIY corbel shelf

I bought a new brass faucet that was going to be the perfect finishing touch, but the design of our vanity makes it super difficult to install: 
blue green Juniper forest wallpaper

Wah wahhh. I was so bummed! 

I tried everything I could think of -- but I haven't given up just yet. 

I love our vanity, but when you take the drawers out, there's a bottom underneath. The faucets are up inside, way behind the deep sink (obviously), so it's difficult to access the plumbing. 

I don't know if it can happen without removing the countertop or pulling the vanity away from the wall: 
gray vanity with open bottom
Find the "flush" sign here!

The new faucet matches the pretty brass light fixture and I'm really hoping I can make it work someday! 

Ah well, you win some,  you lose some. The new wallpaper is enough of a win for me! 

I could not love it more! 

Here's a view into our foyer from the bathroom: 
Rifle Paper Juniper Forest wallpaper

I hung that classic blue and white pinstriped wallpaper in our little vestibule area last year and it's so lovely. 

I like that it is so subtle: 
blue green floral wallpaper bathroom

It tied in beautifully with this small bathroom makeover!

And I didn't notice until I was taking pictures that the green lamp shade (and the metallic liner) coordinates with the bathroom wallpaper as well: 
blue wallpaper options bathroom and hallway

That was a happy accident, but I shouldn't be surprised. That wallpaper incorporates ALL of the lovely colors in our home!

You CAN use color without your home feeling busy or overwhelming! 

I'm SO happy color in our interiors is making a comeback. 

If you're looking to update an outdated bathroom or just spruce yours up, wallpaper and trim are a couple DIY bathroom ideas that will completely change your small space! 

I spent less than $200 on this small bathroom makeover and I think it looks like a brand new room. :)  

Have I convinced you to add wallpaper somewhere in your house? Now I just need to find a way to use all of my beautiful scrap pieces! (I can't bear throwing them away just yet.)

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  1. The wallpaper is beautiful and just the right amount of wall space! Navy blue is my new favorite color so the ceiling and all the white below made a lovely space.

  2. This looks amazing! So much better than the solid wallpaper; u are terrific!

  3. It's just beautiful. The mirror change is perfect. Good job!

  4. I have been following you for years and you never disappoint. You may have been around before a lot of the others but your talent is unique, fresh and a real life saver on the wallet. LOVE this makeover!

  5. You have the best ideas. I love your blog!!

  6. The scraps of wallpaper can be used as mats for photos inside frames or as backgrounds for signs!

  7. Rifle Paper's peel and stick wallpaper is excellent quality for its cost.

    I used it to cover the small filing cabinet in my office and it looks great. The paper is heavy enough that it is easy to work with and manipulate even with awkward shapes and cuts - unlike the marble patterned stuff I bought to cover the shelves on a small bookcase in my kitchen dining room.

    I plan to use the rest of the Rifle Paper stuff on the back of my book case.

  8. The only thing I'd change now would be the toilet paper holder, either to the matte black or the lovely brass look....I know you'll figure out how to change out the sink faucet because it will be PERFECT!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful design and decor ideas, they are always fantastic xx

    1. Thank you!! Yes I'm planning to spray paint it when I get the faucet in (hopefully) -- as it is now those two at least tie together.

  9. Can't believe I just came across this today! I'm going to be redoing my powder room and and contemplating using this paper, as I had purchased it for a different project that won't be happening. And I have DIY wainscoting and planned on a wood mirror so this is pretty much my bathroom, lol! BTW, I have the black version of this paper in several areas of my home & love it!

  10. Hi Sarah, love the rifle paper in the bathroom. Enhanced the brown appears more mustard. That's what I am going for. Is it my wishful thinking or is the tone more brown in person. Its certainly beautiful!

  11. What color is the vanity? I have the same wallpaper and am looking for a color like that for my vanity. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hello! It came in this color so I don't have an exact name. A gray color like this goes really well with the gray flowers in the wallpaper though!


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