How to redo small powder room?

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Have a very convenient powder room by my homes entrance. It’s tiled from floor to ceiling (not changing that) the tile is white with a soft gray running through it. Will be removing vanity, redoing tile floor (it’s gross from when we moved in 2 years ago). Probably will paint medicine cabinet. Can keep or discard cabinet over bowl depending if there’s tile underneath. If keeping will paint along with medicine cabinet. Not sure of floor color Thinking of a light grey vanity. Any ideas/suggestions appreciated❤️

q how to redo small powder room
q how to redo small powder room
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  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Oct 18, 2021

    What about a penny tile for the floor

  • If you buy a gray vanity, everything will blend together. You may want to get something in a contrasting color and paint/stain the cabinet to match. Vinyl plank flooring may be a good choice for this room.

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Oct 18, 2021

    Lovely room to work with and has neutral base color. I would consider painting vanity, medicine cabinet and cabinet a charcoal gray and accessorize with bright contrasting colors. I like Lindsay's suggestion of a penny tile floor.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 18, 2021

    If this is a high usage powder room, a sturdy stone floor would be a good choice also LVP, it also depends what is laid down in the area outside the powder room.

    For the vanity, a gray would be nice if you break up the solid pattern with some wood transfers on it:


    https://www.amazon.com/floral-transfers-furniture/s?k=floral+transfers+for+furniture

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 18, 2021

    Paint the vanity a grey color. Put a vintage hexagon penny tile either white with black to make "flowers or a grey marble to tie in with your wall tile

    Also paint the mirror frame and cabinet- with new knobs

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Oct 18, 2021

    I agree to save money and paint the vanity. You could get a new counter/sink/faucet. You don't need the cabinet over the toilet in a guest powder room. If there's no tile under it just hang a piece of artwork over the space. I'd replace the old school medicine cabinet over the sink with a statement mirror and new sconces.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 18, 2021

    you could go with a darker gray on the vanity since you have the white tile now on the walls- just add some splashes of color in the room and replace the mirror with something more updated.

  • William William on Oct 18, 2021

    Keep the vanity. Paint the vanity, medicine cabinet, and toilet cabinet a light to medium gray. Self stick vinyl planking for the floor. A wood grain with gray accents would work. You can go right over the existing tile. The toilet cabinet can be removed and it appears it's mounted over the tile. Replace it with open shelving or a metal over toilet shelf unit.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 18, 2021

    I would go with a soft gray flooring if you can't match the tile. The go about 2 shades off from that for the vanity, mirror, and cabinet. If you don't like the glass in the cabinet, you can replace it easily. It seems like a nice one, maybe change the handles. Also, cute photo on top of it.

  • Ingrid Ingrid on Oct 18, 2021

    I had the same issue with a 40 year old house. Found a mirror at Salvation Army for 40 bucks. changed hardware, light fixture, and from there it is paint over flowery wall paper with oil based primer and tile floor. Used plank tile to look seamless from hallway. These projects are fun because they are small. Of any part of this project, the larger mirror and light fixture upgrade made it. Add towels and cabinet color to give it that color splash.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Oct 18, 2021

    What about painting your existing vanity a bold color? And putting up some artwork with some colors you love?

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 18, 2021

    Love your tile!

    I would go with a gray vanity, paint the medicine cabinet white and burnt orange for the accent color. You could use the accent color in the form of items sitting on the counter.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 18, 2021

    I would paint the vanity, the medicine cabinet and the cabinet over the toilet all in a medium to dark gray. Use Semi Gloss or Eggshell finish. Go to Home Depot, Lowes or Floor and Decor and look at the tiles. I think I would put the elongated tiles that are 18 inches long. A nice Gray wood looking tile or just the opposite small round penny tiles. Decorate with bright colors for your towels. Everything goes with gray. One word of caution. Look at the base color in the gray. Some are green, some are blue and some are purple. I would get a blue based gray.

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 18, 2021

    Both the dark wooden wall chests really date the space, and make the tiny room look even smaller, as they jut out into the air space. Unless you absolutely need the exact sized shelves behind/inside them, I would remove both and mount in another room, or give away 'free to a good home'. Replace the one over the sink with a contemporary mirror, and replace the one on the right with artwork.


    If budget permits, replace the entire vanity with one that has drawers. (Here are some examples.) Drawers use vanity space and are able to accommodate little items way more efficiently than the standard two-door style that you have now.



  • 516maria 516maria on Oct 19, 2021

    Thank you everyone. Lots to think about. I will post when we do room over!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 20, 2021

    Keep both cabinets paint them navy blue get a white pedestal sink with pretty faucets.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 21, 2021

    Hi, Change your floor, but I SEE NO PROBLEM WITH THE CABINETS AS IS! If you wanted to change something change the colour of the handles & hardware to chrome!

  • Annie Annie on Oct 21, 2021

    Keep the vanity, paint it a grey, light or darker. I'd keep the medicine cabinet too, paint it the same as the vanity. You don't know what's under the medicine cabinet, so why borrow trouble (if there's no tile under it)


    I'd give that floor a heck of a good cleaning and bleaching, then decide whether or not to replace it. I think it could look good with painting the cabinets, once it's cleaned up?

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 22, 2021

    Hi 516maria: You're right, that floor is icky! I'd put something down that wasn't so much of a pattern. I'm thinking that you can get some of that laminate flooring in a gray. You probably won't need more than 1 carton and put it in horizontally to the door. I'm thinking that those cabinets are set in, so painting is in their future. I'd use a light gray for them so that they don't shout at the eye when someone looks in that room, but rather just sits there and sort of hums :) I'd also change out the items on the tank, maybe getting a plant, fake or real, that is more feathery, and center it on the tank and get containers that are also muted. Just MHO:)


    Good luck

  • Janice Janice on Oct 23, 2021

    I'd paint both cabinets a light grey with tones simila to the grey streaking in the wall tile. The floor would look great in wide grayish-toned vinyl planking. Color to liven up the room could be accomplished with towels and accessories. So great to have a guest bathroom close to your entryway!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2021

    I would just change its paint vs removing it. I am always low on storage .. would attach another rack under neath it and for sure change floor tiles to something that matches walls

  • 516maria 516maria on Oct 31, 2021

    Updated . Did floor. Painted vanity. Not really sure what to put over bowl. Thinking really bold, really serene or a photo of something from my garden (flowers ). Opinions please ?

  • 516maria 516maria on Oct 31, 2021

    Floor , and mirror frame painted same color as vanity