$100 Room Challenge: Week 3 – Winning the War with a Powder Room Make-over

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

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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  • Natalie Dixon

    I LOVE this new direction! I saw a similar wallpaper pattern not too long ago and am debating trying it in my office. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

    January 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply
  • Zografia Avgerou

    I love your new "wallpaper". The room already looks awesome!

    January 20, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
  • Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    Ahhhh!!! (That's a happy scream 🙂 )I absolutely LOVE what you decided to do. Not good when you're feeling meh about a space. I love the pattern, and at first, I thought about how expensive wallpaper was, but painting the pattern? Brilliant! Everything looks amazing! Cannot wait to see the reveal next week.

    January 20, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Timeless Creations, LLC

    Oh wow! I am loving this new look! So glad you just sat on the old idea, and then found a new pattern you just loved. Always got to listen to yourself.

    January 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Patti Estep

    Oh my! I would have never thought about mimicking that wallpaper. Truly genius! Can't wait to see it all next week!

    January 24, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Amy Ellis

    Love that you created the template yourself!! With the gilded mirror and blue cabinet, it looks high end, for real. Can't wait to see the reveal.

    January 25, 2017 at 1:20 am Reply
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