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 Challengeis. 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!
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.
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. 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
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 –
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!
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 Challengemay 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 ofLemons, Lavender, and Laundryfor putting together such a fun event! For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post fromweek 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:
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.
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 Challengemay 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 ofLemons, Lavender, and Laundryfor putting together such a fun event! For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post fromlast 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.
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!