And so it begins!! Welcome welcome welcome
to six weeks of craziness
while I whip our little bathroom/laundry room into shape!
For my fifth time, I’m joining the One Room Challenge created by Linda at Calling It Home, to makeover a room in 6 short weeks. I’ll be posting my progress every Thursday and sharing lots of ideas for transforming a space yourself!
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THE QUICK BACKSTORY
Six and a half years ago we traded in our big, young house for an 80s fixer upper with a smaller mortgage and tons of potential, and I’ve been tearing it up and putting it back together ever since. I really wanted, and had to talk my husband into, a project house, and WOW did I get one!!!
When we moved here, nearly every surface was covered in some form of peach paint or orangey oak….
even the walls in the garage, the unfinished basement’s cement walls and the kitchen countertops. It was probably really nice and cozy when the former homeowner had it all decorated, but it was not my color palette.
I spent that first year painting everything in sight so I could start with a blank canvas.
This is a good solid house but it’s as basic as you can get – devoid of any architectural details. One of my goals is to add character and detail to it armed with my amateur carpentry skills and as much millwork as the budget can afford!
MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
Right off of our kitchen and family room is a half bath with the laundry behind bi-fold doors (whoever dreamed up putting the laundry area in a room that all your guests will use should be smacked. 🙂 ). I slapped some paint on the walls, painted the vanity, did a wee bit of placeholder decorating, and then turned my attention to bigger issues around our house.
Before and after the bathroom was de-peachified
And now at long last it’s time for this little bathroom to shine.
This is the design I shared a month or so ago and I’m so excited to get started on it!!
White + moody blue + coastal + a little bit of mixed metals + millwork
Sconces | Mercury Glass Knobs | Wool Rug | Faucet
The plan is to keep the existing vanity and countertop, and address the walls, window, lighting, floor and color palette!
I’d really love to do a square board & batten style wall treatment…..
but I might have to get creative with this project because the toilet is scooched up right against the wall, which is severely messing up my batten placement. Stay tuned!!
I’ve already made one shell mirror and if my Cape Cod family comes through for me with buckets of oyster shells I’m going to try another one inspired by this discontinued Ballard Designs mirror.
And the big DIY decision yet to be made…..
I’m still mulling over whether to tackle the floor, which is currently hardwood-looking laminate that runs through our kitchen and into the bathroom. We’re definitely going to be replacing the kitchen with hardwoods, eventually, but I don’t want real hardwoods in the bathroom, especially around the toilet. Too high maintenance! I have boys. I’m a realist!
I’m leaning towards installing something like the tiles I used on the fireplace makeover….
the marble herringbone that is on the hearth, which has a bit more grey in it than I’d like for the bathroom,
or these 2″x4″ marble tiles that I used on the surround. I like the slightly softer color palette of these and think they would be really pretty in a coastal-inspired room.
I also have to buy a new (white!) toilet, decide what to put on the window, whether I want to invest in an electrician wiring lights on either side of the mirror, what I’m going to do for art….phew! Lots to do!!!
Come on back next Thursday and see my real life renovation progress!
I’m so excited to see what other fun projects are in this round of the ORC. Check them all out at Calling It Home and best wishes to everyone tackling a room this season!
Thanks for stopping by!
A couple of my past One Room Challenges
My Teenage Son’s Moody Masculine Mighty Room
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