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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Powder Room Update

I’m happy to announce that my bathroom is complete!  Though it wasn’t a big room to makeover….so it was very manageable to complete in a six week period. And here we are at only week 5!  If you’ve missed the previous weeks, you can catch up here (week 1week 2week 3, week 4).

This week I’ll share my last few decisions with you!  I finally chose  a rug and finished the medicine cabinet.  And next week…..the big reveal of the completed room!

Let’s first start with the cabinet….here’s a peek at the before:

Bathroom Cabinet .... at home in the northwest blog

I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was leftover from Emmie’s room makeover).  And the knobs and hinges got a touch of gold spray paint left over from my mirror debacle!

GOLD HINGES

GOLD PULLS

Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.

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And here is a look at the finished cabinet!

WHITE MEDICINE CABINET

 Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

And now the rugs….that was another long and involved process.  I wanted as big of a rug as possible, but it’s not a huge room. So I was a bit limited.

I found a few great rugs that were navy blue and white….just what I was looking for.  But unfortunately, I ran into a few issues.

The first rug was too big for the room.

rug that's too big

The next was too small.

too small rug

Then there was the rug that was too thick! The door wouldn’t open up (and I wasn’t 100% sold on the blue anyway…).

TOO THICK

{Is this starting to sound a touch like Goldilocks and The Three Bears?!}

So, I kept searching.

I tried an indoor/outdoor rug from Home Decorators.  The color online didn’t look 100% perfect for the bathroom.  But I was hopeful it would be ‘the one’ when it arrived.

Wrong. I didn’t love the blue. Or the beige trim.  It was too blah for me.

blue trellis rug from home decorators

The runner up was a great little rug from Target.

LIGHT BLUE TARGET RUG

While it wasn’t the winner for the bathroom right now,  I think I may keep it for when I want to freshen up the look in there.

And after all of that shopping, you won’t believe the rug that I’m using…..it’s one that I had in my entry!

gray target zig zag rug 2

It’s a gray rug. Not navy as I’d initially planned. But the size and thickness worked (which were nonnegotiables for this room).  So I had to be a bit flexible on the color.

gray target zig zag rug

Maybe someday the perfect navy rug will cross my path. For now, I’m quite happy with my little $29 Target purchase from my entry!

Next week is the big bathroom reveal! Make sure you come back to see the finished product! We’ll take one more look at the before and then look at the updated version!

There are a lot of other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge as well! Hope over to Calling it Home to check them out!

Jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – The Powder Room

Welcome to week #4 of the One Room Challenge!

(If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the last three weeks right here….week 1, week 2, week 3).

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the comments on my mirror color!  Last week, I was in a major quandary about which color was best for our powder room.    There were so many great suggestions!  The good news is that I think I’ve found the right color!  I think in real life, it appears a touch more on the silver side. But in pictures, it shows up as more of a gold.  I took a ton of pictures and this was the most accurate.

CHAMPAGNE MIRROR

The shelves are hung up too!  I love how they look, but to be quite honest, I’m not thrilled with the quality.  Yes, you get what you pay for {and being that I only paid $20 per shelf, I’m shouldn’t be surprised I’m disappointed!}.

I wanted to see if I would like the height and spacing of the shelves, so I used painters tape as a visual guide.

painters tape as shelf guide

I was sure it would be easy to hang the shelves.  I don’t get scared away from wall anchors or securing something to my walls.  But for some darn reason, these shelves weren’t cooperating.

WALL CLEAT FOR SHELVES

I’m sure the above picture looks like things were going along perfectly fine.  But the shelf wouldn’t properly hook onto the wall cleat.  After drilling several holes into my newly painted and patched walls, I had to step away from the project. I was frustrated. And it was taking way too long.

A day later, I gave it another go and finally just accepted the fact that these shelves aren’t perfect.  They are hung, but they are not nearly as secure as I’d like. They don’t sit flush against the walls. And I have no idea why. Maybe my wall isn’t perfectly flat?  Or maybe it’s the cheap shelf. At any rate, I’m just living with it for now because I like how they look.

FLOATING SHELVES

As I started pulling out items to decorate the shelves, I remembered some sweet scripture prints that I bought awhile ago from Jones Design Company.   And they were even the right size for my frames!

JONES DESIGN COMPANY PRINT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

jones design company print see first his kingdom

The prints bring just the right touch of color to the bathroom.

Things are really coming along!  I think the last big ‘to do’ for this one room challenge is to select a rug! Come back next week to see what I’ve chosen!

jen

linking up to:

calling it home

ORClinkingparticipantCIH

Mirror Mirror on the Wall – One Room Challenge Week 3

I feel like I did a lot of work on the bathroom this past week.  And yet, nothing seems to be finished!  I did finish painting the walls, which I shared last week.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER 7008

I have found a few spots on the walls that I missed but I haven’t brought myself to bringing the paint back out just yet.

I started to hang the shelves behind the toilet. What a headache that was.  Let’s just say there are double the holes needed in my freshly painted and patched walls.

So I moved onto the mirror.

Here is it is before:

bathroom before 2 .... at home in the northwest

It was black.  And I really didn’t mind the black. I just wanted a new fresh look for this bathroom.

I was hoping to return the mirror to it’s original gold color (or something similar).  Here is my inspiration board…

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I started with Rub n Buff  but it was more than I wanted to deal with.  The mirror is quite detailed and I didn’t like how it went on over the black.  So then I did some research online for the best gold spray paint, which led me to this color…

RUSTOLEUM METALLIC GOLD SPRAYPAINT

Wow.

Gold.

It was bright.

GOLD MIRROR

I kind of liked it. But wasn’t completely sold.

So….I dug out more paint.

Next it was on to white.

WHITE MIRROR FRAME

Nope. Not the right look.

Let’s try bronze…

bronze mirror 2

Ugh.  What to do?!

Well, how about buy more paint!?

silver spray paint

What a headache.

And I’m not loving any color.  I finally realized that maybe it’s the mirror that I don’t love.

So I started searching for a simple gold mirror and came up empty handed.

I did find this fun zinc mirror from Ballard Designs

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via ballard designs

But I think it changes the feel of the bathroom, giving it a rustic feel.

So here I sit with an unfinished mirror.  It’s hanging in the bathroom with painters tape still on it.  This is what the bathroom looks like today…

bronze mirror 3

I wish I had a finished product to share this week! Unfortunately, I have made a few baby steps and haven’t crossed much off my list! Here’s hoping the next week brings me better luck.

What would you do with this mirror? Please share!

jen

linking up to:

calling it home

ORClinkingparticipantCIH

Powder Room Walls – One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge. And things are progressing in our powder room!  This week was all about the walls.

As you may recall from last week, the bathroom had wallpaper when we purchased the house.

Seven years ago, we stripped off the wallpaper, which left the walls with no texture.  So I decided to add some wall texture to help disguise the repairs I had to do this week.

SPACKLING THE WALLS

I used the wall texture pictured below.  Like most home projects, something that seemed simple involved three trips to Home Depot!   First, I didn’t buy enough bottles.  Then I bought the wrong kind!  By the third trip, I had all that I needed.

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via home depot

When I was spaying the walls, the fumes were out of control!  This stuff is potent.  I gave myself regular breaks for fresh air because I kept getting light headed! {And yes, I was wearing a mask}

 The ceiling hadn’t been painted since the house was built in 1997, so I gave it a fresh coat of white too.  Painting ceilings can be a really messy job.  So….{prepare yourself for a vulnerable moment}, I had to dress the part.

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I didn’t want to ruin one of my hats…..so I found the next best thing….a shower cap! And after getting paint splattered in my eyes, I decided I needed some protective eyewear too.   Not my best look, but it did the job.

I didn’t realize how much the ceiling needed to be painted!

painting the ceiling

Here is my color selection for the walls…..

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster

After a few hours of painting, I completed the ceiling and walls!  The bathroom is a blank slate right now.  I can’t wait to bring some life to the room!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER 7008

Make sure you come back next week for another progress update!

jen

For last week’s one room challenge, click here.

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Calling it Home

Powder Room Update – One Room Challenge Week 1

So the big day is here! I get to announce my next One Room Challenge project!  As you can see by my blog post title, I’ll be tackling my downstairs powder room.

I feel like there is so much that I’d like to update here at my house.  But instead of feeling overwhelmed by the many projects, I decided to tackle a small room! Something do-able.

Over the next six weeks I’ll get to share my progress with you!  And I’ll also be linking my project up with Linda’s blog, Calling it Home.

Let’s start with the original ‘BEFORE’ picture from 8 years ago.  As in ‘before we bought our house’.

powder room before

Wallpaper galore.

After the house was ours, I got to steaming those walls and tearing down wallpaper asap.  I’m not sure how I accomplished this task…. Jack was 3 years old, Emmie was a crawling 8 month old and Dan was up to his eyeballs in working crazy shifts at the hospital. But I got to work and got the project done!

I painted the walls yellow and gave it my own personal touch.  Now fast forward 7 or so years… and I’m ready for a change.

Here with what the bathroom looks like today.

bathroom now ... at home in the northwest blog

Bathroom before ... at home in the northwest

In the above picture, you can see the reflection the curio cabinet in the mirror….

Bathroom Cabinet .... at home in the northwest blog

This bathroom is fairly good sized, so most mornings, there are several of us brushing our teeth in here.  The cabinet houses tootbrushes, toothpaste, brushes….all of those last minute morning utensils! So it too will get a small facelift!

bathroom before 2 .... at home in the northwest

And now for some inspiration!  I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to take this bathroom…I just knew that I was tired of the yellow.

After searching online for some inspiration, I threw together a rough design board to get myself moving in the right direction.

powder room update.001

The walls will be very neutral.  Maybe white….or maybe not….but something light.
The cabinet will stay the same.  The mirror will likely return to its original color – gold!  I’ll also be hanging some new shelves and purchasing a new rug as well.  I suppose I could do this bathroom in less than six weeks, but I’ll stretch it out for the fun of the challenge.

Stay tuned for next weeks update!

jen

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calling it home, liz marie blog

Grain Free + Gluten Free Granola

Right now, I eat grain free and gluten free. I just feel better without grains and gluten in my system. On many levels,  it’s not a huge deal. Though I do miss some familiar foods, like cereal. I love cereal. It’s my comfort food.  It’s one of my favorite snacks.  And it’s not easy finding a a cereal that’s gluten free AND grain free.

Last week my friend passed on a recipe for gluten free + grain free granola.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe…and all I can say is Y.U.M!  Now I can have cereal again!  While I try some recipes that are a bust, this one is a winner and very worth sharing.

grain free and gluten free granola recipe ... at home in the northwest

And it’s easy to make as well.

Here are the main ingredients….

gluten free and grain free granola ingredients .... at home in the northwest

ingredients:

1 cup chopped pecans + 1 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds + 1/8 cup chia seeds + 1/8 cup flax seeds

Chop pecans and almonds in a cuisinart or with a knife.

Mix all of the ingredients together.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of agave.

Bake at 325 degrees on a rimmed pan for 12 to 14 minutes.

GLUTEN FREE AND GRAIN FREE GRANOLA RECIPE 1 ... AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST

So simple to make. And tastes amazing.

You can eat it by itself. Pour milk on top and enjoy it as cereal. Mix it into your favorite yogurt. Or maybe add cranberries or other dried fruits for additional flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Let me know if you decide to make some! I’d love to hear how it turns out.

Enjoy!
jen

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