My rental Powder Bathroom makeover for Calling it Home‘s One Room Challenge™ is complete and I absolutely love how it turned out!

THE CHALLENGE

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been working on making over our Powder Bathroom for the One Room Challenge (ORC). What’s the ORC? The One Room Challenge is a biannual 6-week decorating event, currently in its 10th season. Each October and April, 20 design bloggers take the challenge to transform a space. Over six weekly Wednesday and Thursday posts, designers and anyone with a blog document their process while sharing their professional advice and sources. Following the One Room Challenge is an excellent way to learn from a talented group of interior designers and bloggers.

I'm finally joining the One Room Challenge with a Rental Bathroom Makeover! Let's see what can be done in 5 short weeks to rescue and transform this tiny space into a proper Powder Bath!
THE RESTRICTIONS

Last Spring we moved from Manhattan to Northern Virginia, where we’ve been living in a beautiful rental house. I’ve had my eye on sprucing up the Powder Room in our rental from day one, so I knew this 6 week challenge would be the now-or-never time to do it, as our lease expires in 6 months and we’ve already started searching for a new home. As per our current lease, however, the restrictions for this makeover were major:

1  – No paint.
2  – No nail holes.
3  – No changes to tile, fixtures (obv.).
4  – No permanent changes.

I’ve painted every space I’ve ever lived in, so the challenge has been real, you guys. 😱

THE BEFORE

I'm finally joining the One Room Challenge with a Rental Bathroom Makeover! Let's see what can be done in 5 short weeks to rescue and transform this tiny space into a proper Powder Bath!

THE WALLPAPER

A little while ago, I published an article on removable wallpaper. I wrote that when a stylish, temporary design solution for walls is needed, removable wallpaper is a perfect option. From my research for that post, I knew removable wallpaper would be my go-to option for this makeover. When I saw the way Manda of The Merrythought applied a grid of stripe decals* to the walls of her home office, her idea had me at  😍 hello. I wanted our powder room’s wall pattern to read ‘trellis’ rather than ‘grid,’ so I chose a stripe decal* in a soft color “Baby Pink,” in the same 1″ width that Manda used, an in a color that is also in the same palette as our adjacent Living Room. If you’re not familiar with Walls Need Love,* their removable wallpaper selection is awesome and they were kind enough to send me my decal supply with their compliments.

(Anything with an * next to it is an affiliate link.)

THE PLAN

As a guest participant in the One Room Challenge, I'm tacking a Rental Bathroom Makeover! Let's see what can be done in 5 short weeks to rescue and transform this tiny space into a proper Powder Bath!

THE AFTER!

After installing the stripe wall decals,* I hung up the 3 large canvases that I painted turquoise, using removable strips.* I added gold accents, like a set of mercury glass votive holders* and this ceramic gold bar,* which I’ve used in the past as a paperweight.

Bathroom Decorating Ideas. See how I transformed my Powder Bath into a beautiful space with removable wallpaper, gold and silver accessories, and oversized art. Loved tackling this rental Bathroom Makeover for my first One Room Challenge, via @sarahsarna.

I hung a palm tree print I received c/o Paraboo Press, using a modern white frame,* and leaned a Venetian mirror* (currently 20% off) against the existing bathroom mirror for interest.

Bathroom Decorating Ideas. See how I transformed my Powder Bath into a beautiful space with removable wallpaper, gold and silver accessories, and oversized art. Loved tackling this rental Bathroom Makeover for my first One Room Challenge, via @sarahsarna.

I originally wanted to include more Indian elements in this space, but I honestly ran out of the time I needed to overlay the paintings with this paisley stencil.* The one Indian element that made it are these pink paisley guest towels that we purchased in India (similar-ish*). 💖

Bathroom Decorating Ideas. See how I transformed my Powder Bath into a beautiful space with removable wallpaper, gold and silver accessories, and oversized art. Loved tackling this rental Bathroom Makeover for my first One Room Challenge, via @sarahsarna.

I’m thrilled with the makeover results. Can you believe the difference that decorating makes?! 😉 Without changing a thing and adding great decorative elements, this space is now a point of pride, rather than the bathroom no one want to go in. It was so sad before, and so pleasant and pretty now! As I always aim to remind you, yes you CAN decorate; you can do this, just like I do. You’re intelligent and you have a great eye. This site is all about helping you see your style and take action: in your decorating, your wardrobe, your beauty routine, and beyond. If you love decorating ideas like the ones in this post, definitely stay in touch!

Bathroom Decorating Ideas. See how I transformed my Powder Bath into a beautiful space with removable wallpaper, gold and silver accessories, and oversized art. Loved tackling this rental Bathroom Makeover for my first One Room Challenge, via @sarahsarna.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

  • Those walls are gorgeous! I never knew those decals existed! Wish I had known about this a few years back when we were in a rental. Amazing transformation!

  • Well that is adorable! Love it.

  • Thank you, Sherry!! Your bedroom is gorgeous, as always!

  • J., thank you!!!

  • Thank you, Cassie! I absolutely love what you did with your daughter’s bedroom: Mexican boho perfection!

  • such a fun space, sarah! i LOVE the walls so much- so fun and so you!

  • J. Hall

    Oh my goodness! How creative and charming is that?!?!?!

  • Sherry Hart

    Ah…..mazing! I can’t believe what you did with all of your constrictions!