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One Room Challenge | Bathroom | Week 1

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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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….

When we bought our home the interior was covered in peach paint.

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!


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

One Room Challenge bathroom before the makeover via Shine Your Light blog.

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

Coastal blue and white bathroom design plan.SconcesMercury 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…..

Serena and Lily nursery featuring square board and batten wall.

Serena & Lily

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!!


Oyster shell mirror by Ballard Designs

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

Built-in Bookcase Wall

DIY built in wall of bookcases incorporating both Ikea Billy bookcases and custom made bookcases.

My Teenage Son’s Moody Masculine Mighty Room

Teenage boys black room with rustic and industrial accents.

My Five Favorite Ikea Products In Our Home
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Thursday 13th of April 2017

i cant wait to see this room unfold. its going to be gorgeous!!!!!


Friday 14th of April 2017

You are always so kind Nancy! Thank you for your positivity when I'm feeling like I'm in over my head! :)

sarah sofia knepp

Thursday 13th of April 2017

Lisa, so excited you're back this ORC round for your 5th time my friend! I've enjoyed seeing you transform your 80's home and I'm loving all your inspiration! That mirror and flooring is stunning! Can't wait to see how you transform this space. Let's do this! XOXO, Sarah


Friday 14th of April 2017

Sarah you are always the most enthusiastic co-challenger and cheerleader! Thank you! Can't wait to see your progress!


Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Love your design for the bathroom! Gorgeous balance of color and materials. Looking forward to following along!


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Thanks so much Joy! I've hit some roadblocks this week but hopefully I'll get this room finished by the end of the ORC!

Brittany Wise

Sunday 9th of April 2017

I love how you are planning your space! We are also doing a bathroom for the ORC and making the board & batten walls. One thing we had to do to navigate the same toilet situation you have, was to literally remove the toilet tank. It looks scary, but my husband claims it was worth the effort!


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Brittany your board and batten came out so great! My issue with the toilet is that it's so snug against the wall that I can't fit a batten behind it, so I have to space them wider than the toilet. I have installed board and batten in other parts of our house and wanted the spacing to be consistent. These are the things I mull over while I'm at red lights, can't sleep in the middle of the night, and while I'm checking out at the grocery store :)

Kris {Driven by Decor}

Friday 7th of April 2017

Lisa I crack up every time I see those old peach pit pictures :) I LOVE your idea for the wall treatment - I've admired that same Serena & .Lily image and think it could be really phenomenal! You got this!!


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

I know - the peach thing was pretty amusing - it was seriously everywhere. My husband thought I was CRAZY that I wanted this house! This room is turning out to be quite challenging for the square board and batten but I'm determined to do it somewhere!