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How to make a statement with a DIY Stencil Wallpaper – $100 Room Challenge Week 3

Posted in BATHROOMS, PAINT TREATMENTS, tutorial
on January 19, 2017

Create a bold statement in your small modern bathroom with a DIY stencil and paint treatment that anyone can make with just a home printer!

DIY Stencil Pin

 

Hi, friends! It’s week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge, and I’m behind! If you’re joining in for the first time, be sure to pop over to week one for the full lowdown on the $100 Room Challenge! The quick and dirty version? Pick a room. Make the room over in one month. Spend no more than $100. Huge thanks to Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for putting together such a fun event!

 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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. Last week, I talked about my inability to trust my fearless 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 like the pattern. Upon walking into the bathroom to work on it, and I’d just keep making that same meh sound. If I continued I’d eventually end up hating it, so I just sat on it, surfing the web looking for inspiration. Then, one night, I came across this loveliness from Caitlin Wilson, and for the first time since the beginning, I was really and truly excited rather than trying to get myself excited!

Source – Caitlin Wilson Navy Spotted Wallpaper

The wallpaper itself was a bit pricey for this challenge, so, I decided to come up with a different solution, mimicking the pattern. Here is what I did.

How to Create a bold statement with an easy printed DIY stencil


First, I printed off a copy of the pattern, printing it over 3×3 8.5″x11″ sheets of printer paper. I matched up the pattern then used a sharp utility knife to cut a hole in the paper pattern on each mark, using a bigger hole for the larger dots.

DIY Stencil wallpaper with paint
Then, I taped the stencil on the wall, and used a washable marker to mark each splotch , creating a larger circle to signify the larger splotches.

When done, I painted each blue mark with the same “Compass Blue” used on the vanity using a 1″ brush, following up with a small paintbrush 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!



To finish things off, I added a piece of 1.5″ chair rail.

 

I’m so glad I continued my search for a look that I love, and I can’t get over how easy it was to achieve!

As for the challenge, that’s one thing off the list! Actually a few – believe it or not, that is our original wood framed mirror with a silver – err aluminum foil – leaf finish. Take a look at how I finished it off!

The vanity also 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 happy about how it’s looking so far, and I’m confident that I’ll finish on time! Let’s check our progress:

TODO LIST

  1. Add some bold pattern to the walls.
  2. Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels.
  3. Organize
  4. Change the artwork
  5. Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  6. Create storage for hair products.
  7. Consider replacing the rug
  8. Change the lighting
  9. Paint the vanity
  10. Update the mirror

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 optimistic 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:
First week: $0
Second Week: Stencil:  $12
Third Week: Behr Marquee Paint Sample $4
Door Pulls $12
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$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!

DIY Stencil Painted Wallpaper

 

 

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From Traditional to Modern Bathroom – Week 2 -100 Room Challenge

Posted in BATHROOMS
on January 11, 2017

Follow the highs and lows of my attempts to transform my powder room from a traditional style to a modern bathroom design on a $100 budget!

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. 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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.

From Traditional to Modern Bathroom – It’s slow going

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 loved the greek key pattern on 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 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

BUDGET RECAP

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.
You can also find me on Social Media.

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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! 

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration – $100 Room Challenge: Week 1

Posted in BATHROOMS, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, ROOM INSPIRATION
on January 4, 2017

Making-over your small bathroom? This post is full of small modern bathroom inspiration! Come along as I transform my traditional style bathroom into a chic modern bathroom style! 

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration

These small bathroom decor ideas can help you to transform your powder room from a traditional style to a modern bathroom design on a $100 budget!

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 putting away all of the Holiday decorations, everything in my home looks a bit empty. 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!

100 Room Challenge Graphic

But, of course, it’s January. January is right smack-dab in-between the Fall One Room Challenge and the Spring One Room Challenge, times 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. But, given that we just finished with Christmas, I’m choosing to look at it as a very, very good thing! I have plenty of time to participate in this month’s $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry! 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.

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration-before mirror
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.

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration

You guys, I’m SO EXCITED!

I decided to tackle my powder room – Lordy, does it need help!

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - before vanity

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

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - before vanity 2

I repainted the vanity 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!

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration 4

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, an entire football team cleans their teeth at this sink with all of those toothbrushes!

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - storage issues

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.

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - major storage issues

Excuse the mess – this is real life!

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - rug
Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - light fixture

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.

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - boring art

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

 WHAT WE NEED TO DO

  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 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 love the carpet, but I may end up 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.
  9. Paint the vanity
  10. Update the mirror

NEXT STEPS

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. Can you say no vanilla lattes?

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Here’s what I’m thinking – It’s either going to be this:

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration - bold wallpaper
Succulent Print – Minted // Umbra Wall Planters – Amazon // Mirror – Walmart // Hand Towels – Amazon // Rug – Amazon 

 

Or this:

Small Modern Bathroom Inspiration

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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