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!



Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.


And here is a look at the finished 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…).


{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.


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…’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!


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  1. The cabinet looks great with the new fabric. I think the rug looks perfect in there. I have the same problem with my powder room. I’m still hunting for a rug. Glad it all worked out for you.
    Looking forward to seeing it all together next week.

  2. I’ve had the same rug issues over here. Trying to find the right thing for the kitchen has been an insane challenge! The cabinet looks great (a fave fabric) and the rug, too. Looking forward to seeing next week. How great for you to be done!!

  3. I love the fabric on the cabinet. I also like the symmetry you created with it. Good luck with your rug search:-)

  4. I often have to try out a few things until I find the right one. Glad you found a rug that worked.

  5. Why is the rug always the hardest part?? It should be the most fun. I love all your choices and I hope you can find one that fits!

  6. The cabinet is looking great! I love the rug; the gray looks so good with the cabinet. Can’t wait to see the big reveal! 🙂

  7. It all looks great! You’re all done and now you can enjoy it!. Looks beautiful!!!


  8. I am so happy that you are done! I can’t wait for you to share your results next week!

  9. Look great! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

  10. Have loved following your room! Can’t wait to see the reveal this week!

  11. Jen, Love the progress on your powder room! Did I mention I would love to have a powder room separate from my girl’s bathroom?! The cabinet finishes are striking, especially the fabric! Although I loved the old fabric too. I hear ya on the rug situation. It seems we all have that must have for our room and an imagine in mind. Way to pull through and be creative. Kudos to finishing before the 6 weeks.

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