Title Image featuring an inspiration board with slate blue tile wall, brick floor, schematic for open shlf vanity and thick countertop with vessel sink and gold faucet, dark framed mirror with two sconces and textures baskets and a large clay earthenware pot with levenderr

Inspiration For A Stunning

Mediterranean Bathroom

Modern Mediterranean bathroom style includes warm, rustic textures, an appreciation for the handcrafted, timeless, but fresh elements.

Do you enjoy a challenge?

Oh good, me too! (let’s hope I’m still saying that in 8 short weeks)

You guessed it, I’m participating in the One Room Challenge. The rules are pretty simple, pick one room in your house and make it over in 8 weeks.

The Starting Point For Our Mediterranean Bathroom-

Image of the Powder Room when we bought the house
view of the original vanity and mirror with thee wallpaper cornice board reemoved and the toilet and door moved

On the left, is how the powder room looked when we bought this house. I can’t fathom why the house was designed like this, but that open door was right next to the dinner table and looked into the family room. To make it worse, when the door was open, the view was of the toilet.

Crazy, I know!

We had a contractor demo and rebuild the carport, the primary bedroom, both full baths and the kitchen. While they were here, we also had them steel a few feet from a storage room to the left of the powder room.

This extra space became a hallway from the family room to an existing glass exterior door on the North side of the house, bringing much needed light into the family room. It also allowed them to move the powder room door around the corner and down this little hallway. The door swapped places with the toilet. Surprisingly, it was not a big ordeal for them to move the plumbing under the brick floor and place a new toilet tucked in the corner where new framing sheetrock filled the original doorway.

The pic on the right is how it looks now. Yes, it’s embarrassing how long we’ve been living like this.

Did you notice that cornice board? Honestly, it was a beautifully crafted relic of the past.

Alas, I removed it the day we took possession!

Closeup of tthe ede of the original laminate countertop showing how a strip of wallpaper had been decoupaged along the edge
closeup of the original wallpaperwallpaper

And to add extra “character” someone painstakingly cut a stripe from the wallpaper and decoupaged it along the front of the laminate countertop. Not only that, they also cut the medallions out and decoupaged those to the white tiles of the kitchen backsplash.

Function, Done! Now Let’s Add Some Style-

Inspiration Board showing a blue tile wall with the red brick floor, a custom DIY Vanity with open shelves and a vessel sink with gold faucet, above hangs a dark wood mirror flanked by sconces. Accessories include baskets, bins and earthenware jug with lavender

The original red brick floor will remain. This floor flows throughout the entire downstairs and the courtyard patio.

The wall behind the vanity will be tired floor to ceiling. By the way, we have never tiled before — yikes!

We are also building the open shelving vanity – another first for us. We have unique materials planned for this, so be sure to check in on our progress!

I have two additional wall treatments planned. One of them, I’m excited to try. I just keep reminding myself that it’s only paint. And if it doesn’t turn out, I can always paint over it. Stay tuned on this one, too.

The baskets and earthenware jugs are also diy projects! There’s a lot to happen!

The Plan For Our Mediterranean Bathroom-

Week One (today): Before and Mood Board

Week Two (4/13): Demo and Possible Sheetrock Repair

Week Three (4/20): Tile Wall (?)

Week Four (4/27): Build and Install the Open Shelving Vanity

Week Five (5/4): Countertop Build, Finish and Install

Week Six (5/11): First Wall Treatment

Week Seven (5/18): Second Wall Treatment (fingers crossed)

Week Eight (5/25): Reveal of a Complete Modern Mediterranean Bathroom, Custom Made Bins and all the Accessories

UPDATE: You know how it is: You don’t know what you don’t know! Right? When I got down to the nitty gritty of planning our wall treatment, that’s when I realized just how many design details I needed to think about. How many questions I needed to answer to get these walls just right — right, being the way I wanted them.

If you are thinking about a wall treatment, jump over here to see the comprehensive list I put together and how these decisions will impact your final design.

Think we can do it? I sure hope so!

Sidenote: We are hosting an event on 5/14 (so we really need the bathroom to at least be functioning by then. AND during this time, we will be out of town for 9 days for a wedding.

Yikes, now I’m really nervous.

You Can Help!-

Please hang out with me along the way. I know I will need your support as I share the oops, the “wish-I-had-known-this-earlier’s” and the victories along the way. Plus, if you have some great tips to move these projects along, please don’t hold back on me. And I’m sure I’ll be asking you to help me refine the final paint colors and more.

Please consider sharing this One Room Challenge, ORC, with your friends and adding this pin to where you’ll see it frequently and jump over to check out my progress.

Pin it to your:

Remodel Board

Makeover Board

Bathroom Board

Style Board

(everywhere and anywhere)

Pin showing the primary components of the makeover/. itle reads: Modern Mediterranean  Powder Room

If you want to check out some of the other “ORC Challenge-Takers”, jump over here.

I’m looking forward to jumping in to work on this makeover. It will be so great to have this room done and the embarrassment of it done too!

I appreciate you every day, but never so much as now with this ORC kicking off (and I just registered three days ago, so I haven’t had much prep time. Fortunately, we’ve been planning to “get too this” for a while now.

Here's to Joy-Filled Living, Diane


  1. Kristin

    I’m excited to see all of your projects come together! And don’t be nervous I know you can do it – we are all cheering you on!

    • Diane

      Thanks Kristin! I gotta get hopping.
      I’m looking forward to seeing how your primary bedroom pulls together. LOVE all those colors you have chosen! And don’t get me started on that wallpaper😍.

  2. Trisha R

    Omg – your plans for this bathroom are incredible! I can’t wait to see what a drastic difference this will be! And with getting rid of the red, I can just imagine you’ll be totally relaxed every time you enter this space!

    • Diane

      That’s the hope and dream!!! Thanks so much Trisha.

  3. Kimberly Snyder

    great post, Diane! Love all your ideas! I think maybe my Mom lived in your house before! I can see her adding the wallpaper accents to the tile and the front of the sink! Looking forward to following you on your journey!

    • Diane

      That’s too funny about your Mom!
      Good luck on this fun adventure we’re starting together

  4. Mercedes McGee

    Looks awesome! I just used a really similar tile in my powder bathroom. Now I’m tackling my shed as part of the ORC! Good luck!!

    • Diane

      Thanks Mercedes! It’s great to get to know you through ORC! Cheering you on — and jealous of a whole workshed!

  5. Traci

    Oh I love what you’ve chosen – it’s going to be such a beautiful space when you get finished and I know you’ll be able to complete it!
    Somehow we always have a big event or trip planned right in the midst of these projects too!

    • Diane

      Yep! It’s life. Would we have it any other way? Me: Neveer!



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