Creating a Farmhouse Powder Room for $155

It has been a super busy summer at Melissa K. Wright Design and I have to tell you, Joanna Gaines has made my job fairly straight forward lately. Unless you have been under a rock for the last few years, you probably know Joanna and Chip from their famous Fixer-Upper franchise. I also have to tell you that I have been fighting the farmhouse trend HARD. Not because I don’t think it looks great or feels homey, I just feel like it is a tad overdone. AND if you have read any of my other blogs, you know I really try to stretch my clients to embrace their own individual style with the mindset that we will layer in trends (and delete them when they have worn out their welcome).

Despite my wariness for Farmhouse, it truly is what most of my clients have been asking for this year. So without further ado, here is my cheat sheet for creating the perfect farmhouse inspired powder room for under $155.00! This design is particularly for those guest powder rooms under a staircase or tucked away past your entrance hall. Think small space, pedestal sink, builder-grade mirror and lighting.

Step one – Make the wall with pedestal sink, mirror, and lighting your statement wall by painting it Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204. You will only need a quart which is not very expensive, BUT if you want a cheaper grade of paint, take this sample to Home Depot and you can grab a quart for about $10-$15.

Step two – Replace the builder grade lighting you currently have with Design House 519892 Galvanized Kimball Reversible 1 Light sconce. It comes with an Edison light bulb and you can get this beauty for $27.41 at

Step three – Take down the builder grade mirror and replace it with this white weathered round one. CTW Dutch Round Wall Mirror 400046 from National Furniture Supply. It retails for $72.20. At 22 inches in diameter, it is perfect for a small powder room.



Step four – Hang this super cute Wash sign on any empty wall. This one is only $25 from Etsy’s Milk and Cream Signs.

Step five – Add this green vintage style soap pump from Pier 1 to the sink vanity. It retails for $13.60.

Step six: Add this Black Villa Stripe Towel from Cost Plus World Market for $3.99. I love the fringe detailing on the bottom and you can just hang it over the sink or pop it on your hand towel rack if you have one.

As I always say, “It’s all in the details!”  You certainly don’t have to break the bank to create an entire new look for any space in your home, and at this price, you can certainly delete this look when it has passed it’s prime!

Happy Decorating and if you use any of these ideas, please send me some photos and I will post them on my Instagram page!

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