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My friends are tired of the way their powder room looks and feels these days. They want to freshen it up, change the fixtures, replace a misbehaving pocket door. I think they should also redesign flooring and lighting. No big deal, right? But to them, even thinking about it feels like a huge undertaking. In this post I’ll show how to do it in 5 easy steps.

Redesign of a powder room in 5 easy steps

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Step One: Assess the scope. Make a list of improvements.
  • Pocket door overhaul / perhaps a bi-fold instead?
  • New toilet / the smaller — the better
  • Replace existing sink & faucet / redesign vanity
  • Re-Paint powder room / choose a new color
  • Get rid of the laminate flooring / substitute with tile — decide on the extent: possibly continue in the laundry room & kitchen / redesign transition
  • Update lighting
Step Two: Determine what you like. Take a look at precedents for inspiration.
  • Make a collage of details you would like to have in your “ideal” powder room (cover image).
  • Pay attention to fixtures, finishes (wood, tile, glass, paint), and furnishings (mirrors, lighting).
  • Notice what paint colors you like / do research.
Step Three: Measure.
  • Take note of existing powder room plumbing — how far is the sewer line from the wall; 12” rough-in is standard.
  • Check the door dimensions.
  • What is the maximum size for the new lavatory / vanity and mirror?
  • Examine locations of existing light fixture(s) and outlets/light switches
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New palette: materials, colors & fixtures

Step Four: Source fixtures, etc. based on the pretty images you’ve compiled and collaged.
  • Duravitt (online):
  • Home Depot (I made an appointment with a design consultant Michael Bowers; he helped me navigate):
    • Toilet: 28 ¼” Champion 4 MAX by American Standard
    • Powder Room Washbowl Faucet: Compel Single Hole Single Handle in chrome from Delta
    • Bi-fold doors (have to meet with a different designer; will do it later).
    • Unfortunately, Ralph Lauren Paint is no longer available at The Home Depot.
  • Benjamin Moore Paint store:
    • Thankfully, they are able to get the formula for the Ralph Lauren’s Andover Blue! I bought a pint as a sample.
  • Porcelanosa showroom:
    • Floor tile: first thought is to match the tile in the powder room with the existing wood laminate flooring — I have my reservations — best is to order samples and look at them in the space.
  • IKEA (online):
    • STOCKHOLM mirror: 3 7/8 ” D; 31 ½” Diameter. I love this mirror.
    • NYMÅNE Ceiling spotlight with 3 lights, white: 10” Diameter base + LEDARE LED bulb GU10 400 lumen, dimmable.
redesign, powder room, steps


redesign, powder room, steps


Step Five: Put together a design.
  • Vanity redesign: this is the time to remember all of the little things that did not work well.
    • Need a place to keep hand towels.
    • Consider access for repairs.
  • Provide a shelf over a toilet to store toilet paper.

Add flair and personality with custom touches.

Out of all 5 steps, the last one provides an opportunity to infuse the space with personality and transform a generic bathroom into a beautiful powder room. Of course, any redesign starts with functionality, but it is also a chance to create something unique. Easy, right? If you have any questions, you can always reach me here.


  • Mia S Kazovsky
    August 14, 2017

    Great! I love the circular mirror in your collage.

  • December 7, 2018

    That’s great!! I can’t believe that we can create such a lovely powder room with such simple tips and ideas. Glad that I came across such informative article. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alla DIY Ally
      December 13, 2018

      Thank you! I am glad to hear that you found this post informative.

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