Here we are! Entering our first $100 Room Challenge!
Now that the busy holidays are past, it is time to gear up and move forward along with some of our other blogging friends. A big “Thank You” to Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for organizing this event! It is pretty much how it sounds, we will all be taking one room in our houses and making it over using only a $100 budget! How cool is that? Hopefully you, our wonderful readers, will get inspired to re-paint, re-decorate, or create some great DIY projects on this month long journey with us!
We decided to tackle the main bathroom in Vicki’s upper level. She will introduce the space and let you know the plan for the makeover.
This bathroom in my upper level is used by my kids when they return home from college, or the married ones if they come to stay. It is also used by any other overnight guests that we have been blessed to have. This is rather embarrassing but, this bathroom still has the builders white walls! (And it has been 10 years since it was built.) I would say it is definitely time to change this out!
Here is a look at the space, sorry no natural light-as no window was included in this bathroom.
For this $100 Room challenge, here is what I am thinking I will do to make it over and still stay within the budget. My hopes are for a bright, cheery space but with a more sophisticated look and updated decor. I’ll see what I can accomplish within the budget.
Here is the plan:
1.) Paint the Walls– Ok I previously mentioned these walls still have the builders white paint and I am not a huge fan of stark white walls-they just look, well, stark to me. If I am using a white I tend to favor warmer colors, more like an off-white, antique white, or pale beiges. But for these walls, I am leaning towards one of my favorite colors-an aqua. Then I would like to pair the pretty colored walls with beiges, browns, and whites. We’ll see…
2.) Redo the mirrors – Since mirrors are rather expensive to buy, I am planning to re-do the existing mirrors that are currently in the space. This should keep us within the budget. I am thinking I may deepen the silver to more of a pewter and bring out the beading detail around the edges more. I could also go with a white (well off-white for me!) painted mirror. Hmm…We will have to see what I decide on this one too!
3.) Add shelving over the stool – I have been wanting to put shelving up on this blank wall for some time now (See picture below). I just hadn’t decided what I wanted to do. But here is what I am thinking: Two stained, chunky shelves, one above the other, with some kind of brackets – probably metal. Hmmmm…or I could do a chunky wood bracket…so many choices! I want these shelves purely for decor as I have plenty of storage space already for towels and other bathroom paraphernalia. I am planning these shelves as a DIY project that Kristen and I will make (Stay tuned for the tutorial!). Again, this should keep me within my budget, plus I love DIY!
4.) New towel hooks – Did you notice the towel hooks on that back wall by the shower? Well, I am ready – so ready- for something different there! Again, I am thinking of doing the stained wood with hooks – perhaps the same as the brackets on the shelving that will be above the stool. I want this towel bar to tie-in with those shelves, both in style and color.
5.) Update the decor – Last, but certainly not least, I desperately need to update the decor- in some cases add the decor. Remember that blank wall above the toilet stool? Yup- that wall definitely needs something. Since I love cute little quotes, candles, potpourri and such you can bet some of that will be added to this space! My plan here is to buy a very minimal amount perhaps a pretty new rug and a couple of hand towels. Other than those minor bought items, I plan to…yup-you guessed it-DIY! Maybe a favorite quote or two will end up as a DIY project. Otherwise, I plan to “shop” my house, where we round up a few things from my stash of decor items in storage or from other rooms.
6.) Update the hardware – I’m not sure if new hardware is going to fit in the budget right now. If not (and time permits) the plan is to again deepen the color to more of a pewter color, with the darker accent in the grooves of the existing hardware.
And that is the plan for our first $100 Room Challenge! I would love to hear your thoughts, and make sure to follow along on our journey to a transformed bathroom. This is going to be such fun!
Also, don’t forget to see what room everyone else is doing with their $100 budget! Links are below.
And also, take a peek at our updates and final reveal!