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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 Make-over Your Powder Room for Just $100

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, ORGANIZATION
on January 26, 2017
You’ll never believe what this powder room looked like when we started and what we were able to do to the room for only $100!

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 the 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 just getting started on this challenge.. and this week. Well, I know why you’re 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! 

How to Make-over Your Powder Room for $100

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 for a relatively inexpensive upgrade that makes a tremendous difference. It changes not only the look of the fixture but also the amount of light it gives off. This room 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 design 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
All that’s left is to figure out my trash can; I’m considering this project a BIG win! 
 
Let’s talk budget. 

First, can I just say that staying within a $100 was challenging, but 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! 
 
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Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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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! 


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