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$100 Room Challenge: Week 3 – Winning the War with a Powder Room Make-over

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on January 19, 2017
Hi, friends! It’s week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge, and I’m behind!

If you’re just popping in for the first time, and aren’t sure what the $100 Room Challenge may be, let me give you a quick recap. 

Some of my favorite bloggers and I are each making over a room with a $100 budget in just four short weeks! Many thanks to Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for putting together such a fun event! For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post from week 1
If you’re looking for the full story on what exactly a $100 Room Challenge is, Erin spells it out clearly, but I’ll give you the paraphrased version. Pick a room. Make the room over in one month. Spend no more than $100. 

I’ve chosen to make-over my, more than neglected, powder room. The first week I shared my inspiration board which included a lot of bold navy and green pattern with strong accents, and I was feeling pretty good about my choices. Last week, I talked about my inability to trust my bold instincts, taking the safe way out and eventually making my way back to bold, which left off with me stenciling a bold navy pattern. 

Here’s the thing. I didn’t really like the pattern. I kept walking into the bathroom to work on it, and I’d just keep making that same meh sound. I knew if I continued I’d eventually end up hating it so I just kind of sat on it. And surfed the web looking for inspiration. And then looked for some more. And then, one night, I came across this loveliness from Caitlin Wilson:  

Source – Caitlin Wilson Navy Spotted Wallpaper


Then found this yummy use of the wallpaper by The Decor Detective in which she paired it with pinks, lots of gold and a navy vanity. 

All of that together had me saying OH-M-GEE instead of meh. Sold. It’s everything that I love. For me, the pattern is sophisticated, whimsical and fun, and a bit eclectic – both classic and modern. 

So, then I went in this direction and all of a sudden, I was really and truly excited rather than trying to get myself excited! 

The wallpaper itself was a bit pricey for this challenge, but it was a pattern I could easily mimic. 



I created a stencil for the walls, using an Exacto (sp?) knife to mark holes in the paper over the large splotches and marked them on the wall with a Crayola washable blue marker. 


Then I went over the splotches with the same “Compass Blue” used on the vanity using a 1″ brush, following up with a small paint brush to smooth things over and to add dots in a random pattern. Yes, that is my son’s paintbrush. It’s perfect for the job – no judging! 




As you can see I’m only half done.  


Once I changed the pattern I also needed a new mirror. Since a new mirror wasn’t in the budget, my existing mirror also got a make-over with a faux silver-leafing using aluminum foil. I’ll be sharing that fun project on Monday! 


The vanity received a quick paint job using my new favorite paint, Behr Marquee, in “Compass Blue” eggshell finish (one coat, y’all!). New ultra sleek and modern pulls and a quick spray paint of the hinges with Rustoleum Silver in a hammer finish completed the update. 

 
I still have a TON to do but I’m feeling good about how it’s looking so far and I’m confident that I’ll finish on time! 
 
I still need to do the following:
  • Create shelving above the toilet
  • Finish painting and add chair rail trim
  • Makeover the rug
  • Decide on lighting
  • Deal with a towel bar of some sort
  • Organize the disaster under the sink
  • Artwork. That period is there for a reason. 
So.. maybe I’m not feeling so confident after all. Eek! Lucky for me I am a craft and building supply hoarder so even if I’m not confident about getting it all done I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to stay in budget. I hope. 
 
Want to see where we started? You can check here! 
Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

 
My current budget: 
 
Week 1: $0
Week 2: Stencil:  $12
Week 3: Behr Marquee Paint Sample $4
              Door Pulls $12

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Total remaining:  $72   

Make sure to stop by next week for the BIG REVEAL! Wish me luck, and be sure to check out the progress of my friends and their make-overs! 


If you would like to follow along with the $100 Room Challenge, you can subscribe via email and never miss a post.

You can also find me on Social Media.
 

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Make sure you check out these other room makeovers!

$100 Room Challenge – Week 2 – Losing the Battle

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on January 11, 2017
Hi, friends! Welcome back to the second week of the $100 Room Challenge! 

If you’re just popping in for the first time, and aren’t sure what the $100 Room Challenge may be, let me give you a quick recap. 

Some of my favorite bloggers and I will all be making over a room with a $100 budget in just four short weeks! Many thanks to Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for putting together such a fun event! For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post from last week
If you’re looking for the full story on what exactly a $100 Room Challenge is, Erin spells it out clearly, but I’ll give you the paraphrased version. Pick a room. Make the room over in one month. Spend no more than $100. 
I am in the process of making over my much-neglected powder room. Last week I shared my inspiration board which included a lot of bold navy and green pattern with strong accents and I was feeling pretty good about my choices. 

Succulent Print – Minted // Umbra Wall Planters – Amazon // Mirror – Walmart // Hand Towels – Amazon // Rug – Amazon 

This week.. not so much! 
So, I really loved the greek key pattern in my inspiration board but I was having a difficult time finding a stencil in my budget range. I did, however, find this fun stencil that I thought would work just as well. 



To save time and materials I decided to go with a line pattern in green with gold and navy accents. Even though my heart was saying “No! Go bold!” I went with my head, which was saying “Go subtle, you’ll have more flexibility.”
I should have gone with my heart. 
I purchased the stencil for $12, and already had the paint pens I thought I would use, but when I started to stencil it out I really wasn’t overly impressed, and neither was my husband. I wanted bold but the paint pen just made things look unfinished. 

Soo.. I’m going back to my original plan to go bold with paint. And although it isn’t currently looking like I’d like it to, I have faith it will! Although it won’t be as flexible and it might not have the staying power that something less bold would have, I will LOVE it instead of always looking at it like “meh..” I’m not really where I’d like to be, but I think I’m on the right track. I promise to have a LOT more progress to show you next week!  
Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4


My current budget: 

Week 1: $0
Week 2: Stencil:  $12
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Total remaining:  $88   
If you would like to follow along with the $100 Room Challenge, you can subscribe via email  HERE and never miss a post.

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Make sure you check out these other room makeovers! I bet many of these ladies are in much better shape than I am! 
  

$100 Room Challenge: Week 1 – Introducing the Powder Room

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on January 4, 2017
Hi, friends! Thanks so much for taking a walk down memory lane with me during my Best and Missed of 2016! It’s always so fun for me to take a moment to see all that we were able to accomplish over the year. After pulling down all of the Holiday decorations everything looks a bit empty, and those spaces I’ve been putting off tackling are even more evident to me now that I’ve fewer pretty distractions. I’m so ready to jump feet first into the New Year and new projects!

But, of course, it’s January. January is right smack-dab in-between the Fall One Room Challenge and the Spring One Room Challenge, which is normally when I’d be taking on full room projects. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it, given that we just finished with Christmas, but I’m choosing to look at it as a very, very good thing, because I have plenty of time to participate in this month’s $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, along with a fabulously talented group of friends – scroll to the bottom of this post for the full list of everyone who is participating, as well as the rooms they’ll be making over. 

If you’re looking for the full story on what exactly a $100 Room Challenge is, Erin spells it out clearly, but I’ll give you the paraphrased version. Pick a room. Make the room over in one month. Spend no more than $100. 

You guys, I’m SO EXCITED! 
I‘ve decided to tackle my powder room.  Lordy, does it need help. 


This room has been a work in progress for some years. 

The vanity was repainted a few years ago, and we replaced the sink and counter, as well as the hardware, and we’ve painted it recently, but the room has no character at all – save for that Christmas hand towel that apparently got left behind in the Christmas decoration purge! Oops! 



In addition to being the bathroom our guests use #embarassing, my children also use this bathroom to do their hair – teen girls – and brush their teeth. Apparently we’re brushing a football team’s teeth with all of those toothbrushes! 



It’s also our storage for first aid, Halloween make-up, and a million other things bathroom related that we’re too lazy to lug upstairs. With all of that, there isn’t nearly enough storage.  And, yes, that is toothpaste on the floor. 


Excuse the mess – this is real life! 




I’m sticking with the existing vanity, sink, and faucet. I’m not sure about the mirror. Everything else is open to change. I’ve been busy gathering ideas on Pinterest, but I’m still working some things out. 



This is my wish list, but it’s not likely I’m going to stay within budget and still get all of this stuff done. However, I’m certainly going to try! 

  1. Add some bold pattern to the walls – I’d love to wallpaper, but I don’t think that’s going to be in my budget. Perhaps a stenciled pattern instead. 
  2. Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels. Maybe shelves over the toilet? 
  3. Organize- We do not have a medicine cabinet anywhere in the house, but we do have a significant amount of unused space behind the bathroom door that could definitely be put to good use for this purpose! Purging can’t hurt either. 
  4. Change the artwork – I love the birds and may keep them, but I would like artwork with a little more presence.
  5. Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  6. Create storage for hair products.  
  7. Consider replacing the rug – I actually love the rug, but I may end up either making it over or replacing it if it doesn’t go with the wall treatment. 
  8. Change the lighting – It’s not awful, but if it’s in the budget I’d love to do something fun and funky with mini pendants. 

With a budget of $100 I’m going to have to get creative, I’m going to have to be crafty, and I’m going to have to be much more careful on what and where I spend my money. Which means no vanilla lattes. 

Here’s what I’m thinking: 

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Succulent Print – Minted // Umbra Wall Planters – Amazon // Mirror – Walmart // Hand Towels – Amazon // Rug – Amazon 

Each week for the next four weeks I’ll be sharing my progress with you – I hope you’ll follow along! So, without further adieu, let’s get this party started! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

Before you go, take a look at all of these other fabulous participants. 


If you would like to follow along with the $100 Room Challenge, you can subscribe via email  HERE and never miss a post.

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