Turning a Bedroom Closet into a Small Powder Room – An Amazing Transformation

I shared the new closet reveal last week and today it’s time to share our brand new small powder room. It took a little longer than I’d hoped, but we’re finally done with construction and I’m excited to share. I’m also sharing a video of the new powder room so make sure you check it out at the end of the post. 

Let’s take a quick look at where we started.

This is the closet that’s in our guest bedroom. A previous owner added this space to the bedroom when the main bathroom was remodeled so it isn’t original to our 80 year old house.

bedroom closet with clothes hanging inside and shoe boxes on the shelf

We’ve talked about adding a powder room to our cottage since we moved in and this closet seemed like a good spot.

It’s actually our largest closet and is right next to the only bathroom, the perfect spot to tie in the plumbing.

corner of bedroom closet with hat boxes and purses hanging

It took a while for us to plan everything but once we felt comfortable with our plans, we quickly got to work framing it out and wiring it. You can check out the whole process here.

new powder room framed out with wood

We added DIY shiplap to the walls and built a custom vanity. Most of the surfaces in this space were painted in my fave paint, Benjamin Moore White Dove, Advance, Satin, including the DIY shiplap, ceiling and barn door. Best. paint. ever!

shiplap walls and the start of the vanity build

Once the shiplap was up and painted, we had to build the vanity in place. Uneven floors plus tight space means we had to do it this way.

DIY powder room vanity before sink install

After the vanity was complete, the mirror hung and sconces hooked up, our work came to a standstill.

We needed to replace our 80 year old plumbing so that we could hook up the new toilet. We’d never tackled a project like that before so it took some time and a bit of research.

small powder room vanity, mirror and sconces with a striped towel on the vanity and yellow flowers in a glass vase

Once we tackled the plumbing we picked out a toilet and continued with the build. Picking the toilet for the new powder room was a job in itself. It had to be a certain size so it would fit in the space, and actually allow you to sit on it without smacking your head on the vanity.

toilet bracket in hole in hardwood floor


I never thought I’d be so excited to see a toilet.

toilet in small powder room with shiplap walls

There isn’t a whole lot of space but it’s just enough….just.

looking in the doorway of tiny powder room

Our daughter came for a visit in December and used this space. She gave it 2 thumb’s up and said she had more than enough room. She still had to use our main bath to take a shower but that was it.

It feels like a real luxury having this extra space, even though it’s tiny.

sink and faucet in small powder room

I’m really loving our brand new space but can we talk about our powder room door? I’ve been waiting 3 years to use this beautiful door. I’m so glad that I was able to use it here.

I found this door on it’s way to the curb when the hubs and I were taking a walk in our Illinois neighborhood. To say I was excited is an understatement, I may have even squealed.  After making sure that it was actually out to the trash (it was), I ran home to get my car so we could haul it home. Hubs had the job of standing on the sidewalk, with his hand firmly grasping it, in case any door snatchers decided they wanted it too.

frosted glass door on barn door for powder room

I’m happy to say that we got it home safely. It even made the trip to North Carolina, where it’s been waiting for it’s reincarnation.

mirrored closet door and powder room door

I really wanted to use a door that had a window in it so you didn’t feel like you were in a small, dark box when the door was closed. The hubs made it a point to tell me that a window wasn’t a great idea when you need privacy.

I thought it would be ok because this space is in a bedroom so it’s a little more private, and there’s no traffic walking by while you’re using it. To add a sense of more privacy, and to make him happy, I used frosted glass spray paint. (affiliate link added for your convenience) You can see the video I made when I was doing this project, here.

barn door and toilet in small powder room

I think the door with a glass window was definitely the right call. I’m loving the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for coming along on this journey. All the work we put into our new small powder room, and the closet, was well worth it. I never expected it to look this good.

Now we have to finish the guest bedroom. It’s never-ending.

(Make sure you check out the video!)


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  1. Deb Morehead
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I think it turned out beautiful . I really love the door. Great idea.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:05 am

      Thanks so much Deb! We’re really happy with the way it turned out.

  2. Margaret Robinson
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I’ve been following this project from the beginning and have to say “Great Job!” This is wonderful and I’m sure it will get lots of use. That door is super and glad you thought to save it from the rubbish.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:08 am

      Thanks Margaret, and I appreciate you following along. It took a bit longer than we thought it would but I love the new space. 🙂

  3. Debbie H
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 9:50 am

    It turned out beautiful. I have the chance to move closer to my son and am looking at a retirement park near him. The home I have an eye on has a tiny bathroom like this one. If I decide to buy it I will use your bath as inspiration. Going to watch the video. Have a great week.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:10 am

      Thanks so much Debbie! 🙂

      That’s so great that you’ll be near your son. Can’t wait to hear what you decide.

  4. Pat M.
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I love what you and your husband have done with this space! The toilet is fine, but your vanity area is as pretty as any in a high end, large bathroom. I don’t have a problem with it – and I understand the logistics – but does your bathroom door have to be open in order to open the closet door? If not, I don’t know how that works. Regardless, it looks perfectly fine to me. Good job. You must walk in there several times just to admire both the closet and the bath. You guys are amazing.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:16 am

      Thanks so much Pat! We’re really thrilled with our new space. I actually do walk in there, slide the doors and just look at it. Probably because it’s still so new. 🙂

      The bathroom door does have to be open in order to open the closet. We have it open all the time anyway so it’s not an issue (unless someone is using it). We also put a stop on the bottom of the closet door so it only goes in front of the bathroom opening a little bit. Hope that helps.

  5. Monday,February 19, 2018 / 10:13 am

    It turned out great, Kristi! I wish I had a closet to use for a spare bathroom. The only closet that would be available is way too small. I do like the door idea. Your faucet in there is almost the same as my new one. I had to replace it after about 20 years because it was leaking. Thank goodness my son can do all that stuff. He had it and a J pipe that was leaking done in no time!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the spare room!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:21 am

      Thanks so much MJ! We are so happy with the way it turned out. If the previous homeowner hadn’t built that closet we wouldn’t have thought to do it. It just happened to be the right size (bigger would have been better but small, old house=small closets).

      Yay for kids! Glad your son was able to fix your plumbing and add a new faucet.

  6. Monday,February 19, 2018 / 10:43 am

    It looks beautiful and you just added a ton of bankable value to your home!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:22 am

      I sure hope so! Thanks so much Kim! 🙂

  7. Linda Charlton
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Gorgeous! I love it.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:22 am

      Thanks Linda, I appreciate it!

  8. Marlene Stephenson
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 11:33 am

    It was a very smart use of space and so very lovely.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:23 am

      Thanks Marlene, I appreciate it! 🙂

  9. Tracy
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    It is the perfect bathroom. So beautiful. I hope you get in a magazine with your idea. It came out so well. I was so excited to finally see it. Take care.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:25 am

      Awww, thanks so much for your sweet comment Tracy! I’m so happy that it’s finally done.

      Thanks for following along with us on this project and for checking out the reveal. 🙂

  10. Rosie
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    What a great job! So pretty! Could you please show us a picture with both doors closed (with the pwd rm light on)?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:27 am

      Thanks so much Rosie, I appreciate it!

      I sent you an email with the picture you asked for.

  11. jillian
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Very excellent job, the design is pretty and the building talents are impressive, as this looks like it was tricky. Someone has amazing patience. I bet you are thrilled to have this finished.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:31 am

      We are thrilled that it’s finished. The bedroom is still a mess so I’ll be happy when it’s all done and looking put together. Thanks so much Jillian. I appreciate you following along. 🙂

  12. Julie
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    What a great project! An excellent use of space. I am looking forward to seeing what you will do with the bedroom. A lot work went into this project and it shows. I love all of your choices and finishes.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:35 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Julie! We are thrilled with our new space!

      I’ll be glad when I figure out what I want to do with the bedroom. I’m just not sure how I want to use the space yet. 😉

  13. Sherry Darlington
    Monday,February 19, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Absolutely love it all…..the shiplap, mirror, vanity, sconces, door….it’s perfect!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:37 am

      Thanks so much Sherry! I love it too! It’s turned out to be my own little space. 🙂

  14. Renea
    Tuesday,February 20, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I have followed your blog for a long time but have never left a comment. I just love your decorating style. My husband and I relocated to a new area last summer. The house we purchased is in very good shape except for the 1970’s decor. lol We are having a great time updating a room at a time. Your blog has given me a lot of great ideas and I just wanted to thank you.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:42 am

      Hi Renea! Thanks so much for stopping in to say hi and for your sweet comment. I love hearing about my readers home projects so I hope you stop back in and share what you’re working on from time to time. Best of luck with updating your house (it really is fun isn’t it?). Thanks so much for following along. 🙂

  15. Lily
    Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 3:43 am

    It looks great! It’s both pretty and functional in a very small space. Very inspiring!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 21, 2018 / 5:44 am

      Thanks so much Lily! We are so happy with the way it turned out. 🙂

  16. Erin
    Saturday,February 24, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Just AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 26, 2018 / 6:16 am

      Thanks so much Erin, I appreciate it!

  17. Monday,March 5, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    You should be very proud of yourselves. It turned out fabulous! Love the doors!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 6, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much Becky! We love how it all turned out, and that door is one of my fave things. 😉

  18. Ilene
    Tuesday,March 6, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I’m totally in awe of this project. I own a small (750sq.ft) beach cottage and would like to do the same thing. How wide was your space?? I have the length, but am unsure if a commode and vanity would fit in the width. The door application is truly inspired.
    Thanks for sharing! Ilene

    • Kristi
      Friday,March 9, 2018 / 2:14 am

      Thanks so much Ilene! The space is about 32″ wide. You need to consider the toilet size and check with your town’s codes. We were sweating it until the toilet was bolted in place. It’s definitely tight but there’s plenty of room to sit comfortably. Hope you’re able to fit one in your cottage.

  19. Monday,March 12, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Wonderful job and outcome! Saw your feature on A Stroll Thru Life and just had to tell you how great it looks.
    Rita C at Panoply

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 14, 2018 / 12:21 am

      Thanks so much for stopping in Rita, and for your sweet comment. We are really thrilled with the way it turned out

  20. Wednesday,March 14, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    WOW! WOW! WOW! What an inspiration you are. Your powder room is perfection.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 15, 2018 / 2:15 am

      Awww, that’s so sweet. Thanks so much Janis! We are really thrilled with the way our new little powder room turned out. 🙂

  21. Rose
    Sunday,March 18, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    May I ask where you found that gorgeous mirror?

    • Kristi
      Monday,March 19, 2018 / 2:48 am

      Hi Rose. I found the mirror at Wayfair and made by House of Hampton. Unfortunately it’s not available right now. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

      • Rose
        Monday,March 19, 2018 / 4:31 am

        thank you so much for letting me know!

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