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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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One Room Challenge Game Room Source List

Posted in GAME ROOM, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on November 25, 2016

Hi! Wow – can I just tell you that we pretty much slept the ENTIRE weekend after our One Room Challenge Reveal? We haven’t stopped either! We went right from decorating to child-with-a-broken-ankle-requiring-surgery in one fell swoop. I’m taking just a minute to breathe and share a few more fun pics with you, as well as the promised source list for many of the fun items I added to the room! I’ve tried to include as many things as I could, but please, leave me a question in the comments if there is something I’ve missed or you’re curious about.

 

Couch|OttomanFaux mink Pillows|Ebony Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Pillow Covers|Leopard Print Pillow Cover – Similiar| Gold Metallic Mirror Set |

This room was so much fun to design. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and let my love of color and bold mixed patterns take over. There was some risk involved, but when it all came together, it was worth all of the anxiety/excitement/blood/sweat/tears!

I learned SO much this time around! Although I supplied all of the designs during my first One Room Challenge – our Playroom/Dining Room multi-purpose room -, my hubby did much of the building work and I chipped in where I felt comfortable. This time around, however, in addition to the plans, I took on a lot of the building as well which was so fulfilling! I feel so much more confident in what I can do, and I am so proud of the room. I think I will be giddy evermore, every time I step foot over the threshold! 

Given my past experiences with removing wallpaper, I didn’t ever think I’d be putting it back on the walls, but when I started designing the room it seemed like just the visual punch the room needed to go from meh to wow. Because of the sloped ceilings, there is little space for wall art so, in many ways, the wallpaper acts as a continuous painting!

 

WallpaperCeiling Paint – BehrWall Color – Behr|

The high-gloss ceiling went along with the wallpaper – I thought it would be so fun to have a ceiling so glossy that you’d see your reflection in it when you were playing pool. You can’t imagine the response when I asked them to mix pure black paint for my ceiling! Applying high gloss overhead like that is a bit tricky, but the wow factor it provides makes it all worth it.

 

Gold Metallic Mirror Set | Peacock Panel ArtGold Foil Wishbone Framed Art| “Welcome to the Party” Sign – TJ Maxx

Because of the darkness of the ceiling and upper walls it made sense to stay with white on the lower parts of the wall but again, with a lack of space for wall art and the length of the room, I thought board and batten would give enough visual interest without being overpowering.The board and batten up the entire wall on the one end was a way to balance out the ends of the room and acts as a focal point when you are facing it. With the shelving on one end and the board and batten on the other, even though they are different, the room looks much more balanced and a whole lot less lengthy.

 

Bench Cushion Fabric|

Many things we already owned such as the pool table and all of the lighting, including the billiards light over the table. Other things we custom built specifically for the room.

We still have a house full of kids – the place will take a beating – so we were looking for good quality, versatile furniture, that was also economical.

 

Couch|OttomanFaux mink Pillows|Ebony Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Pillow Covers|Leopard Print Pillow Cover – Similiar| Gold Metallic Mirror Set |

I spent countless hours looking for a sofa. I needed a couch that could double as a guest bed on occasion, as we don’t have a separate guest room. This sofa folds down flat to a full-size bed! It had to look good, feel comfortable and be economical. The green sofa we chose had all of that and more! I loved the color and style and also the price – ironically, it was the very first couch I picked but wasn’t sure it would fit in the tiny space – after taping it out, measuring it out both virtually and physically, lucky for me it did! Best. Choice. Ever.

 

Faux mink Pillows|Ebony Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Pillow Covers|Leopard Print Pillow Cover – Similiar

The pillows – Good lord, the pillows! I wasn’t married to a design until about three weeks in – in other words, the day I fell hard for the

Ebony Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Pillow Covers. Once I found those, with all of their glamor and color, it all just fell into place. I was lucky enough to be able to get the covers on a rush order!

Dalmation with Bird Hat Canvas|

 

We have an extensive DVD and Blueray collection that needed to find a home in the room which is where the idea for the shelving came in. The letters on the shelves are used to sort the movie titles alphabetically and denote where a letter range begins. Arranging the movies in different ways gives them the illusion of books, in a way that is easy for us to peruse our collection. It just goes to show you can decorate with just about anything!
The artwork in this room was tricky. I had a small area available against one of the sloped walls – perfect for a gallery wall – and that was pretty much about it! Using the front of the shelving for a pair of DIY paintings left us with the storage we needed but allowed us to steal a bit of wall space as well. Other small canvas’, no larger than 8″x10″, add pops of color and give substance to the small accents littered on each shelf.

 

Bench Cushion Fabric|

The length of storage bench along the back wall is perfect for extra seating and a great place to curl up. Our window seat cushions were another DIY, made from folded twin size mattress pad foam.

Our little snack bar area is one of my favorite parts of the room.

Pulls|

We thought of going in a few different directions with the doors, including a barn door, bi-fold doors with glass inserts, then plexiglass inserts – my kids may at times turn pool into a contact sport.. ahem – but ultimately decided to go with mesh panel. I’m so glad! It’s classic and ties in perfectly with the room.

We’ll be adding a small microwave above the wine fridge soon!

We’ve had quite a lot of barware hanging around that we’ve had nowhere to put and I’m excited that everything now has a permanent home.

DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses

Point blank, I’m in love with this room. Our family enjoyed our first movie night last weekend, and I feel like a sleepover might be in order this weekend. I can’t wait!

Thank you so much to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge and opening it for us all to participate – I’ve loved every minute of the two challenges I’ve taken on and I can’t wait to do it all again!

If you’re looking for more One Room Challenge inspiration, be sure to visit both the 20 One Room Challenge participants, as well as the other 200+ linking members that include those I shared with you yesterday. You can take a look at some of my favorites here.

Special thanks to Wagner Tools for their generous support of this project and to Wallpaper Boulevard for their contributions!

 

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