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 Challengeis. 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!
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.
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.
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
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 –
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!
Follow this 5-step process to organize your kitchen pantry
Believe it or not, just a few short years ago our kitchen pantry was neat and well-ordered. But, over time, and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed!
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us! I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. It goes something like this:
1. Evaluate what you need to store.
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item.
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage.
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers, and find those containers homes.
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!
In the case of our pantry, our shelves are very deep, but the shelves come out far enough that storage on the door isn’t possible. Still, if organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. So, what was our biggest problem? The containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had gotten out of control!
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow.
Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item
Sorting made me realize how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?
Sort into categories for storage
After purging any expired foods, sort whatever is left into categories. From that, you can determine what storage you need.
Ready, Set, Organize!
We moved some foods to smaller containers, while some remained in larger containers.
For some categories, such as pasta, rice, and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. To make the baskets easy to use, I added rope handles. This allowed me to maximize the number of shelves as I could make them just the required height for the basket to slide underneath, as we don’t need to be able to reach the top to slide the basket out.
Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what is needed when making up the shopping list.
To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!
*This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience
How about you? How do you organize your storage areas?
Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other refresh projects for this month’s Silhouette Challenge!
Hello! Are you as excited about this holiday season as I am? The Simply Seasonal blog series began this past fall, and I’m so excited to be taking part in the holiday edition! We hope to give you tips on how to ready your own home for the season! I’m teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers to help make your holiday season a little easier by each sharing our favorite ideas for helping you spend less time readying your home and more time enjoying what matters most!