One Room Challenge Week 5 – The Finishing Touches

Week 5!! I’m so excited!! I’m losing sleep and I’m in a constant state of panic, but for no good reason because honestly – I AM going to finish! 

Let’s look back at our inspiration.




However, currently the bathroom looks like this.


Womp, womp.

No worries, all the pieces are here. Things need to be installed and it needs to be cleaned. But we are sooo good. And I cannot begin to tell you how in love with this room I am!! Ack! With every addition, I fall more and more in love! I can’t wait to share with you next week! (lots of exclamation points I know!!)

Since I don’t want to spoil the reveal, I thought I would share about the budget. I am a very frugal shopper and avid DIYer, so really I don’t always set a budget, I just know that I am going to spend as little as possible. But, when I’m doing something like this with a time constraint, I do have to think about it a little more. So, I did consider that I would like to do the makeover for between $250 and $350. 

And, honestly, had there not been a few hiccups in the project (as there always are) I would have been closer to the bottom number, but instead I will probably end up closer to the top. Still a great makeover for a little bit of money!!

I will use the list to show the expenses.

scrape popcorn ceiling – $0
prime ceiling and walls – $10
paint ceiling and walls – $17
fix electrical issue with light (replace light) – $40
frame mirror – $35
install board and batten – $45
caulk and paint board and batten – (included above)
prime and paint door and trim – $0
paint vanity inside and out – $0
build shelf inside cabinet under sink – $0
build shelves for wall – $35
make shower curtain – $15
accessories – $150 (this includes all the hardware -pulls, towel bar, etc – that were changed from antique bronze to chrome/polished nickel)

There are a few accessories that still haven’t been purchased so that number could go down a bit (because I have been known to change my mind as I see things coming together), but for the most part – they you have it. 

Again, I cannot wait to come back next week and share the transformation!! Be sure to check in on the designers progress because wow. And be sure to check in on the other guest participants as well, because wow. There is a lot of talent out there folks, and I bet you’re one of them!!

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One Room Challenge Bathroom Week 4 – Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Hey there! I’m back for week 4 of our One Room Challenge Bathroom Update! I’m feeling a little calmer this week as we got a ton finished last week!! Woohoo!! From the start until now I realized that it has all been about paint!

Other than the tile and counter and other necessary bathroom fixtures, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. got a coat or two (or three or four) of paint!

I’m telling you I am happy to be all done with all that! And my painting hand is happy too!

So, the walls (and ceiling)…


Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Board and batten…


Glidden Duo Antique White (I have used this on almost all the woodwork in our house including the built ins – it looks white but it is not a bright white – just a tiny bit softer.)

And, last but not least, the vanity…


This is a dark navy blue (that apparently looks a little black in photos) that I had mixed at Walmart. I would tell you the color, but the color it was supposed to be, is not the color I got :-/. I made it work for a previous project by lightening it with some paint I already had, but I thought I would use the dark as is for this project and I LOVE it.
Even the hardware got a couple coats of spray paint.

Let’s take a look at the list and see how we’re doing.

scrape popcorn ceiling
prime ceiling and walls
paint ceiling and walls
fix electrical issue with light
frame mirror (started)
install board and batten
caulk and paint board and batten
prime and paint door and trim
paint vanity inside and out
build shelf inside cabinet under sink
build shelves for wall
make shower curtain

shop for accessories and storage (started)

I have to say, the shelves for the wall are stumping me. I am stuck. I can’t seem to land on what kind of shelves, how many, or if any I want. I might be calling on y’all for some advice!!
If you are following along on instagram (@denisegwood), you got a sneak peek at the mirror frame this week, and oh my – what a transformation!

So excited for putting the little pieces together and finishing this room up. How is it possible that October is almost over and the holidays are right around the corner?!?
Make sure you check in with the designers of the ORC and with the other guest participants of the ORC. So much inspiration!!

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One Room Challenge Bathroom Week 3 – The Base

Oh. My. Goodness!! How are we already half way through this challenge?? I had a bit of a freak out yesterday as I sat in our bathroom, contemplating what to do next!! But, honestly this is what I love about the ORC. 



I can waste so much time contemplating what order things need to be done in or how I want to do such-in-such, when in reality I just need to do something!


So, here is what we accomplished this week.

Pardon the photo quality please – no natural light at all and the only light that is working is this ugly florescent thing, so the colors may not look the same in all of them, but trust me they are. And I wish I could get a accurate picture of the color, but I did my best! πŸ˜‰

Walls and ceilings painted – which I am head over heals in love with!!


And the board and batten was installed – also loving!!


I used my new toy that my kiddos got me for Christmas and let me say – game changer. 


This DIY would have taken me twice as long at least if I would have had to hand nail all those boards!
Also, my handy hubby and I made a new shelf under the sink to help with storage since we lost the cabinet above the toilet. We dug through our scrap wood and pieced this together. It’s under the sink – it doesn’t have to be perfect. πŸ™‚


Last week I showed you a pic of my crazy to do list. As I was crossing things off this week (Yay!) I realized that a lot of it was shopping. So, the panic subsided slightly. Ha!!

Here is how the list looks now.

scrape popcorn ceiling
prime ceiling and walls
paint ceiling and walls
fix electrical issue with light
frame mirror
install board and batten
caulk and paint board and batten
prime and paint door and trim
paint vanity inside and out
build shelf inside cabinet under sink
build shelves for wall
make shower curtain
shop for accessories and storage

I might need to hire someone to come clean my house and cook dinner for the next couple of weeks!! Back to work I go! See y’all back here next Thursday for more progress!

Be sure to check out some of the other talented/crazy bloggers that are participating in the ORC, and if you want even more inspiration check out the designers that are working through their own ORC’s

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Week 1 – Inspiration
Week 2 – A Clean Slate

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One Room Challenge Week 2 – A Clean Slate

Hey there! I’m ready to share some One Room Challenge progress! 
Although, my family may not think much has happened. Ha! When you are working in a space that is used daily, you can never get it done fast enough. Am I right? 

Just a reminder of the before. (more before here)

Now down to business. This week was full of me doing the messy stuff. Things I don’t really like to do. All things necessary however, if I want a new space!! Wallpaper was removed.

Awww memories of colors past…


We did some demo.

The ceiling was scraped.
before the mess…

after the mess…oh my!!
Maybe I need to work on my technique?! πŸ™‚ Oh well, I got it done. I think no matter how you go about this it’s a messy job!!


The wall behind the cabinet was textured. (which I forgot to photograph…)

And everything was primed.

Aaaahhh, a clean slate! It looks better already!

Now it’s time to start putting things together.

At one point this week, my head started swirling with all the things that I hope to accomplish. So, I made a list. (you may have seen this on instagram – follow along for behind the scenes updates – @denisegwood)


Honestly, this list is exhaustive, there’s not that much – I just didn’t want to forget anything at the last minute!! Ha ha! 

The kids are on fall break which means I have extra hands for a few days! Back to work I go!!

To start at the beginning – check out previous posts:

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Bathroom Update Inspiration – One Room Challenge Week 1

So, here I go! Jumping in with Linda and the One Room Challenge again

I was so happy with the results from the last time, that I thought I would try again with a very neglected room – our second bathroom.

This is the bathroom that is shared by all (4) of our kids and is used by guests. Yikes is right! Maybe now you can understand why it’s been neglected. 


This bathroom really needs a head to toe renovation, but that just hasn’t made it to the top of the budget list as of yet. So, a few months back I was reading The Nester’s post on doing an in-between, good-enough update, and I said to myself “yes” this is what I need to do. Throw out the all or nothing attitude again and just make it better…without spending too much $$$. Here is an idea of the direction I am heading.



And, here are a few before pics that I snapped very quickly one morning. I didn’t even bother tidying up for y’all – just keepin it real friends. πŸ˜‰


The shower curtain is one I bought and modified thinking ahead to what I thought I wanted in this space, as is the rug. Now, I’m probably taking the curtain in a different direction, but the rug might stay. 

I love the bright and peaceful look of these two.

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Since the walls will be more toned down
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I may do something fun with the vanity.

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And the mirror will be getting framed. Not sure yet if I will go dark wood like I did in our master bath, or if I will go with white in here.

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Then I will be looking for some creative and cute ways to store the necessities.

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I am looking forward to having this room complete and ready for guests, and actually the kids are excited to have something new also!!

If you are new and have never heard of ORC go check out all the talented bloggers that are participating



See y’all back here in a week with a definite plan!!

Follow along on Instagram (@denisegwood) for some behind the scenes sneak peeks along the way πŸ™‚

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