Powder Room Reveal – One Room Challenge Week 6

Welcome to week 6 of the One Room Challenge!  My bathroom is complete and today I get to share the finished product with you! So exciting.

First, let’s look back at a few before images.

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Bathroom before ... at home in the northwest

Here was my inspiration board for the room:

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 I said goodbye to the yellow walls. Painted the mirror.  Changed out the shelves. Spruced up the medicine cabinet and found a new rug.

And here is the finished bathroom!!

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I’m really happy with the changes in the bathroom!  It’s just the fresh look that it needed.

Thanks for following along over these past 6 weeks! If you missed any of it, please click here :

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jen

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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:

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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.

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The next was too small.

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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…).

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{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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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:

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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…

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Wow.

Gold.

It was bright.

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

So….I dug out more paint.

Next it was on to white.

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Nope. Not the right look.

Let’s try bronze…

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Ugh.  What to do?!

Well, how about buy more paint!?

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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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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…

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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

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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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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!

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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!

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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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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’.

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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.

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Bathroom before ... at home in the northwest

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

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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!

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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.

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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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Bedside Table Before and After {Ikea Rast Hack}

Last week, I shared a sneak peek at the $35 bedside table from Ikea that I gave a little facelift.

Today I get to share the finished product!

Let’s take a look at the old bedside table in the room…

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And an after shot of the room with the new bedside table….

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It’s the Rast from Ikea. Below is the assembled Rast, before my mini facelift.

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And a closer look at the after!

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Here’s a look at what I did…

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Using my miter saw and handy-dandy nail gun, I attached thin lath wood from Lowes around each drawer front {I’m not sure that this is exactly what the wood is called. But hopefully it’ll give you the idea …}.  Baseboard trim was added to the bottom.  And a larger piece of wood was added to the top.  To finish off the top, I added a thin piece of trim to complete the custom look.  Wood filler filled the nail holes, sandpaper smoothed it all and green spray paint gave me a fun bright color perfect for a little girls room!

What do you think?! I love it!  I find it amazing how just a little bit of wood can completely transform a piece of furniture!

Let’s take one last look at the finished product.

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I’m certainly not the first person to do something like this to the Rast.  Have you transformed this piece of furniture? If so, I’d love to see it!

jen

(if you’d like to read more about designing this girls room, click here, here, here, here, here and here.)

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New Bedside Table {Ikea Rast Hack}

Well, hello! Did you think I’d gone and disappeared!?  It’s been several weeks since my last blog post and I have no valid excuse for my absence.  I just let life get busy, I guess! {or maybe I got lazy?!}

So, welcome back!

I’d like to share a project I’ve recently completed.

Several weeks ago, I finished re-decorating Emmie’s bedroom. (You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.)

This is what the room looked like when I finished….

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I loved the green nightstand, but felt like it was a touch short for the space.  This little girls bedroom has an excessive amount of chapstick, rubber bands, pencils, notebooks and much more lying around.  And that single, tiny drawer in the nightstand wasn’t doing the job of containing all of those small items.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money….so went straight to Ikea.

Below is the Rast from Ikea.  And it costs a whopping $34.99.  Not too shabby! But very simple looking.

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 I’m certainly not the first to re-create this piece of furniture.  Here is a peek at how some people have turned their plain purchase into a show stopper.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do to an otherwise simple piece of furniture?

Here’s a sneak peek at my bedside table.  It wasn’t a difficult project.  And it fills the space so much better.

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I will post complete pictures of the room in a few days when I get the new remote for my camera.  My hope is that the remote will assist me in taking better pictures in low lighting! So come back soon for a final reveal!

jen

Building a Bed – the Final Reveal

It’s official. I built a bed from scratch….and it only took me about three years.  You think I’m joking, but I’m not.  I took me forever.  In fact, the partially finished bed was in the  garage for so long that Emmie thought it was scrap wood and drew on it.

But today we are celebrating a project completed.

I made a few last minute modifications because I was ready to be done.  You might call them ‘shortcuts’.  But for the sake of being kind to a gal who is ready to be done with a big project, let’s call it a modification.

I won’t be sharing any tutorials on this bed.  I used Ana White’s pattern, which was great.  She’s far more handy than I am.  And for me to try and regurgitate what I did would be nearly impossible.  So for more info, please visit ana-white.com.

And here it is….the bed!

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Dan was off yesterday so he was my handy helper while I put it together.

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It was a touch awkward assembling the bed…

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But this was probably the fastest part of the entire job!

Below you can catch a peek at my modification.  I was going to add big white side rails on the bed.  They were painted and ready to go.  But after attaching them to the frame/supports, I would have had to putty the holes and touch it up, which was something I did not want to do.

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I was so ready to be done that I just  decided to go with the bed skirt to cover the unfinished rails.

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So here it is one more time….the finished bed….finally.

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jen

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GIRLS ROOM REVEAL – ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 6

Week 6. It seemed so far away six weeks ago! But here we are at the final week of the One Room Challenge.

I have to say that my room isn’t truly completed.  It may LOOK finished. There actually happens to be a headboard and footboard in the room! But if you look closely, you will notice there are no side rails.  They were strategically propped up for the pictures.  {And I didn’t exactly win mom of the year award when the footboard fell over on Emmie’s foot!}.  But it’s 90% complete. So for today, that’s good enough!

As a refresher, let’s take a look at some before shots….

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And here was my inspiration board…

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And alas, some shots for you to get a final look at the {mostly completed} girls room.

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During this process, I realized her side table is too small.  The side table on the right side of her room isn’t balanced with the chair on the left.  I purchased the Rast chest of drawers from Ikea, but due to lack of time, I haven’t quite gotten to that project yet.

The polka dots are from urban walls.  They were so simple to attach to the wall! And really reasonably priced too.  I love what they add to her focal wall.

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If you look at the before pictures, you may notice that the chalkboard used to have a chocolate brown frame.  Thanks to some pink spray paint, it now brightens her desk area with it’s new frame!

Here is a closer look at the headboard.

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I am absolutely head over heals in love with how the headboard looks in the bedroom!  Sadly, I had to remove the beast though until I finish that darn project! But for my little ORC week 6 photo shoot, it sure looks great!

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The windows need something.  I’m thinking a roman shade but can’t decide on a fabric.  So for now, it’ll stay as is until I find some inspiration.

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It always seems like we could use more room for coats and sweatshirts. So I made this cute little number above!  It’s behind her door and adds some great space for a girl with too many clothes!  Come back soon for an easy tutorial on making one of these coat hangers!

Even though there are still a few things left to do, I’m so happy with how it’s all turned out!

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Thanks for reading and following along for the past 6 weeks! Click here to read any of the weeks that you may have missed!

week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5

jen

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