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One Room Challenge {Inexpensive Foyer Make-over} The Reveal

Posted in DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, OneRoomChallenge
on May 11, 2017

I’m so excited to share the results of my inexpensive foyer makeover for the One Room Challenge, completed just six (actually five) short weeks (gasp)! 

YAY! A few weeks back – six to be exact – I shared my plans to make-over my foyer for my third One Room ChallengeAlthough I get a big fat fail on updating you on the progress of said make-over, I hope you’ll forgive me when you’ve seen what I’ve accomplished. For all the pretty pictures, keep scrolling for major Before & After action!

THE BEFORE  

Let’s start at the beginning. My foyer, while not horrendous, felt incomplete and didn’t compliment and flow into the adjoining rooms. The area didn’t reflect our style. More than anything it had carpeted stairs – I hate carpet on the stairs!

THE NOW

As you can tell, we’ve made a few changes. 🙂

MUCH NEEDED STAIRCASE MAKE-OVER// We removed the carpet from the stairs, during which I spent a lot of time wishing I’d vacuumed more often #gross. After a whole lot of filling and sanding on the stair treads, we painted and stenciled the entire area. During that process, it seemed like a good idea to continue the board and batten already in the foyer up to the wall of the staircase as well. That had not been in the initial plan, but it made sense.

LIGHT FIXTURE// The light fixture WAS terrible. I found a way-out-of-my-budget gorgeous light fixture at Anthropologie but then found a fabulous tutorial on making my own version. I’ll be sharing how I made the light in the next few weeks.

DIY FLOATING CONSOLE TABLE AND OTTOMANS // With only enough space for a console table in the front entrance, there wasn’t any for seating. To get around this, we decided on a DIY floating console table that would allow for ottomans underneath. Look for an upcoming tutorial on how I made the console table out of an inexpensive chest of drawers!

PET STATION// We needed a pet station to store leashes and business-bags. Luckily, the new and larger floating table allowed for both storing our pet leashes and business-bags, as well as the necessary hat and glove storage.

MODERN ECLECTIC ACCENTS // I found a few accents at Target, with the once-black mirror getting a quick paint job.

RUG // I went through more than one rug during this project. An awkward space, the entry way in my home, requires a 4’x6′ rug that I found hard to find. I settled on this wide-striped rug, also found at Target, in a 5’x8′ and customized it to my space. I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to customize a rug in another post. The indoor/outdoor carpet ensures it will hold up to the steady traffic and will be easy to keep clean.

PAINTED DOOR // The added bold blue to the door completed the project!

THE DESIGN INFLUENCE // The foyer is flanked by four – yes, four – other rooms,  all that have received more of our love and attention.

The office and living room are both ongoing projects that are slowly evolving to the look and feel we strive for. We recently updated the powder room, and of course, made-over the Dining room/playroom during my first One Room Challenge. Every room has elements of my favorite style – a mostly neutral palette with a mostly traditional vibe, but with a side of the eclectic and whimsy. Don’t forget the mandatory splashes of bold color and pattern!

And now.. the foyer is in perfect balance with them all!

One more time!

BEFORE  

AFTER

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! a HUGE Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a LOT of hard work, but it’s also ridiculously fun for me.  I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love and to be able to share it all with you.  It’s pretty much my favorite.

 

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How to Plan a Quick and Inexpensive Foyer Makeover – Spring One Room Challenge Week 1

Posted in MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, OneRoomChallenge
on April 9, 2017

I’m super excited to let you in on my next big project. I’m doing an inexpensive foyer makeover for the One Room Challenge in six (actually five) short weeks (gasp)! 

Me and 200+ other bloggers will be making over one room, from top to bottom, in just six weeks. Although it isn’t a contest, it is a challenge – The One Room Challenge to be exact! How fun is that!?   My third One Room Challenge, this one is a little different than the others. I’m doing this one sponsor free – I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to go for it this time around – which means my budget is a bigger concern. Get ready for several budget friendly tutorials  – crafts, DIY furniture builds and decorating… I can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

The room I’ll be making over is my foyer. I often find one of the hardest things about making over a room is knowing where to start and then actually starting! If you’re the same, here are some things that I do to get my butt in gear and make it happen.

1. DO KNOW WHY YOU’RE REDECORATING

My first step in figuring out what needs to work on is always to determine why I want to make a change. In the case of my foyer, the main reasons for the change are:

  • It seems incomplete
  • It doesn’t compliment and flow into the partner rooms
  • It’s not cohesive in design
  • It has carpeted stairs – I hate carpet on the stairs!

This room is flanked by four – yes, four – other rooms,  all that have received more of our love and attention.

The office and living room are both ongoing projects that are slowing evolving to the look and feel we’re striving for. The powder room was updated recently, and the Dining room/playroom was my first One Room Challenge. Every room has elements of my favorite decorating style – a mostly neutral palette with a mostly traditional vibe, but with a side of the eclectic and whimsy. Don’t forget the mandatory splashes of bold color and pattern! This is sadly lacking in the foyer so, the hope is that our changes will finish off some of the work that we’ve started here in the past and ensure that the first impression our guests have our home is pleasant and cohesive.

2. DO DARE TO DREAM

What do you want to change? We’re talking blue sky here – in your wildest dreams, if there were no obstacles and anything was possible, what would you wish your space to look like? Keep in mind the style of your home but don’t let that limit your choices. Create a mood board – I use Olioboard, which is free, to store all of the things that I love or wish I could have. Then, I take those ideas and modify them to fit my budget.

That’s what I’ve been doing, and I’ve found some excellent sources from other bloggers and decorating sites!

A Beautiful Mess

Oceanic Pendant Light // Anthropologie

Design by Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau

First River Station Antique Gold Glass Pendant // Bellacor

Brittany Makes

Brewster Wallcovering

 

 

Belodemas Architects

 

3. DO SHOP YOUR STUFF FIRST 

Take stock of what you like or don’t like in your room. Sometimes, just moving furniture around can yield tremendous results. None of the rooms in my home are mammoth. Therefore, placement is a huge consideration. I use Floorplanner.com to figure out the best use of limited space. It’s easy to use, and it’s free. If nothing in the room works for you, consider making over key pieces. It’ll not only save you cash, but you’ll end up with a custom made piece!

Things I like in my foyer: 

  1. The paint color
  2. The board and batten
  3. The crown molding

It’s not a lot, but it’s a start!

4.  DO SET A BUDGET {and stick to it}

Figure out how much you can truly afford and be sure to add in a contingency fund – this goes for a small decor update all the way to a major renovation because no matter what you think you’ll spend, you’ll likely spend more. Case in point: The Target Dollar Aisle.  Our budget for this project will be $200. 

5. DO SET UP A TIMELINE AND PROJECT PLAN

There comes a time in every dream where you must take action. One of the things I love about the One Room Challenge is that it holds me accountable and I have to stay moving to get it all done. It’s a bit crazy when it’s going on, but I’m always so happy when it’s finished that I pushed through and have one more space in my home to love. Although you may not be participating in the One Room Challenge, setting your own deadlines will keep things going and make it that much sooner you’ll end with a space that you love!

I’ll elaborate next week, but here is a quick look at my plan!

TO DO 

  1. Remove the carpet from the stairs and give the staircase new life.
  2. Replace the light fixture
  3. Change the space to allow for both a bench and a console table
  4. Add dimension and interest to the ceiling
  5. Paint the front door a bold color
  6. Add a new rug and accents more fitting to our style – plants are a must!
  7. Find space for a pet station

 

 

I’m excited to get started! It’s time to take this project from dream to action. I hope you’ll follow along.. if you’d like to, consider following me on Social Media or subscribing to make sure you don’t miss anything!

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Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Reveal

 

 

$100 Room Challenge – Powder Room Reveal

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, ORGANIZATION
on January 26, 2017
So, are you ready for the $100 Room Challenge big reveal of my now much prettier powder room? 

I’m going to keep you in suspense just a minute longer. First, let’s do a quick recap in case you’re just popping in for the first time, and aren’t sure what the $100 Room Challenge is. 

Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry put together this fun, and fabulous event brings together some of my favorite bloggers, each making over a room with just $100 budget in four short weeks. For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post from week 1, or check here where Erin spells it out clearly.

I chose to make-over my overly-neglected powder room. It was dark, dreary and very unfinished – not ideal for what is probably the hardest working room in the house! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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, but it was the execution that made me second guess myself. Week 2 I talked about my inability to trust my bold instincts and left off with me stenciling a bold navy pattern. Week 3 I shared a new direction, which in reality means I was actually just getting started on this challenge.. and this week. Well, I know why you’re really here, so let’s get to it! Grab a coffee – or a glass of wine, because it’s always five o’clock somewhere, and I’ll bring on the obscene amount of pictures! Make sure to scroll to the bottom for my budget breakdown and to see the other oodles of beautiful room make-overs from my blogging pals! 

We added shelving above the commode.  We made the shelves using 1″x 6″ pine leftover from the built-ins we made for the last One Room Challenge. To beef them up, we stacked two boards on top of one another and added a lattice strip trim to hide the seam. Ironically, I had purchased brackets for this room a million moons ago but had never gotten around to hanging the actual shelves.  The shelves hold decorative objects as well as closed storage for odds and ends, in what was once a blank space.
Vase | 
Love Print – Similar
Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print | Llama Print| Watercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 
I struggled with the idea of artwork. I wanted something that would have a presence, a bit of color, but would not overwhelm or underwhelm the bold pattern of the walls. I couldn’t find any one single thing, so I created a gallery of images all found on Etsy and added a simple frame. The images were printed onto printable vinyl and applied to a 10″x10″ canvas
 
Hexagon Print | | Llama Print|
 Girl on a Rock Print Palm Tree Print 

Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print Llama PrintWatercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 


We added a brushed nickel towel bar on the wall adjacent to the sink.
 The towels were on clearance – lucky me! 
Of course, the biggest change was the addition of the Caitlyn Wilson Wallpaper hack that was made by loosely stenciling a similar pattern with paint. The room desperately needed some oomph and this more than supplied that in spades.  
 
It wasn’t in the budget to change the light fixture, so instead, we changed out the globe shades. This is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that makes a tremendous difference, not only to the look of the fixture, but also the amount of light it gives off. This room really needs a 3-bulb fixture, but the white shades do help quite a bit in the interim until it’s in the budget to replace it.  
 
 
I very much wanted a gilded mirror in this room but replacing the mirror would have cost a fortune. Instead, the one we had received a silver-leafing and stencil update, making it affordable and fun! 
 
 
 
The vanity received a new finish in week two with a bold navy blue with the slightest of sheen. New cabinet pulls had the existing vanity looking brand new.  
 
Under the sink also got a little TLC. Gone is the disorganization! At some point, I’ll get to making it a bit prettier, but for now, it’s much more functional. 

Using the doors for toothbrush and hair paraphernalia increased the available storage substantially, and helps to keep things out of the sight of guests.  

 

Last, after much deliberation on what to do with the rug, I decided on keeping it exactly how it is. The pattern on the rug compliments the similar pattern on the mirror.



Here was my to-do list – can I just tell you how excited I am that I completed nearly everything!? 

  • Add some bold pattern to the walls 
  • Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels
  • Organize
  • Change the artwork
  • Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  • Create storage for hair products  
  • Consider replacing the rug
  • Update the lighting
I’m considering this project a BIG win if all I’m left with is replacing the trash can! 

 

Let’s talk budget. 

First, can I just say that staying within a $100 was challenging, but it’s definitely do-able. Lucky for me I’m a hoarder, and tend to over-buy supplies which meant much of what I used I had on hand from other projects. Still, I did go a tiny bit over. But, I’m fine with it. 🙂 
 

 

Let’s look back just one more time – 
 
BEFORE

 

AFTER!

 

 

 

 

And with that said, Knock it Off Kim, OUT! At least for now. But, before you go, check out the other reveals.. and get more wine! 
 
Want to see where we started? You can check here! 

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