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$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   
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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. 


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ORC Rooms Overload!

Posted in GAME ROOM, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on November 16, 2016
Last week was the big reveal of our new game room, completed through the One Room Challenge, and I can’t thank you all enough for the support and love! I’ll be sharing a source list for all of my great finds tomorrow – be sure to drop by. 
There were over 200 linking participants in this last round of the One Room Challenge – that means 200 people made over a room within the six weeks.. talk about inspiration overload! A group of friends and I thought it might be fun to show you a few of the other participants finished rooms. I’ve organized them into room type. From bedrooms to shed make-overs (how cool is that?!) they all have one thing in common – they are all fantastic! 

I love looking at room makeovers - it always gives me ideas that I can use in my own home. These 15 rooms are pretty amazing!

There were some amazing bedrooms, everything from kids rooms to guest rooms. 
 Amanda from A Crafted Passion put together a Toddler Chic Bedroom complete with a crystal chandelier containing 96 crystal strands and the sweetest giraffe growth chart project I’ve ever seen! 
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My friend Amy from My Life from Home created a Modern Teen Hangout  for her daughter. The lucky girl! I want to live in that room! I love the curtained off desk area and the touches of gold throughout. 
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 Sarah from Making Joy and Pretty Things now has this Modern and Colorful Shared Boys Bedroom in her home! She really had me at the gorgeous exposed brick fireplace complete with cement tile and the chalkboard front dresser. I’m easy like that.  
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 The lovely Jenny of Refresh Living, who by the way, was the brainchild of this sharing idea (thanks, Jenny!),  put together an Eclectic Vintage Girls’ Shared Bedroom with a fantastic loft bed and reading area. 

It is possible to create shared kids' bedrooms even in small homes and small rooms! Lofting the bed is such a great way to save space, and it looks amazing too!

Linda from The Home I Create created a Glam & Colorful Master Bedroom, with this OMG-to-die-for rug! It’s light and airy and truly perfect!
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Bon Bon from Farmhouse 40 put together a calming and peaceful Farmhouse Master Bedroom with a beautiful barn door and serene sitting area. 
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 And, Jenny from Paint Yourself a Smile (who I’m a huge fan of!) knocked it out of the park with this Pop Art Teen Bedroom. The comic book walls are AMAZING! Too many elements to even list here.  
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If you’re looking for bathroom ideas, you’re at the right place! 
 – My real-life friend April from Uncookie Cutter pulled off an amazing transformation in her Modern Spa Bathroom. The tile is swoon-worthy and her DIY vanity with cement counter top is just as much! 
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Robin from A Home to Grow Old In made-over her so-so powder room into a fabulous Farmhouse Powder Room. By far my favorite project in this room is her faux cement tile floors! PS. She’s also a lovely person and has the most gorgeous home you’ll ever see!  
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Nicki from Sweet Parrish Place created this Polished Casual Kids Guest Bathroom. I love, love, love her faux stone accent wall!  
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Joy from The Aspiring Home put together an Eclectic Powder Room. It’s dramatic and Good Lord look at that tile!   

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This round of the One Room Challenge also produced a plethora of gorgeous multi-purpose spaces
The lovely Jennifer and Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod pulled off a She Shed Makeover! Think Man-cave for women. Amazing! It’s now on my bucket list to be invited over. 
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 Brittany of By Brittany Goldwyn created a Modern Multi-Use Space. I loved the DIY art and of course, the black statement wall! 
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 Collette from Restyle it Wright created this beyond Glam Formal Living Room. I could go on and on with my favorite things from this room – I love Collette’s style – but if I had to narrow it down to one or two things, the rug she chose is probably one of my favorite things ever and I just love how she mixes pattern and color.
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Maria from Simple Nature Decor created a multi-purpose Botanical Inspired Laundry/Office Space. If you follow me at all you know that I LOVE a multi-use space and this one is definitely on the top of my list! As always, Maria expertly mixes natural elements and neutral colors in just exactly the right way. 
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Of course, there literally hundreds of other amazing room makeovers, completed in only 6 weeks, completed as part of the One Room Challenge at Calling it Home that you can check out.. grab a coffee, or a glass of wine.. or maybe both.. and get to oogling! 

For other One Room Challenge Fun, check these out! 
Multi-purpose Playroom/Dining Room

Eclectic Game Room

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