It’s Week 3 of the One Room Challenge and you know what that means… there’s only two weeks left till Halloween!! Truth, but kidding. It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it halfway! I love seeing everyone’s behind the scenes stories and transformations thus far.
DISCLAIMER: due to us renting, this is far more of a “re-design” than it is a “reno,” hence why it looks as though I’m in the finishing stages already. Because sadly, I basically am. It’s also a fairly small space, and I will need to come up with some content for the next few weeks to blog about because I really only have a few things left to tackle and the styling to do. How I wish I was a homeowner with a much larger budget that could rip up that linoleum and replace the dated mirror but… one day! Until then, I will live vicariously through yall!
Not trying to discredit our hard work, as this space does look drastically different. I was SO EXCITED after our landlord said yes to painting the vanity- all three in the house actually! He is always so appreciative of my work and was even asking my opinion about whether I thought the kitchen needed a paint job in the future as well. (A thousand times yes.)
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce our new $35 vanity. Between the foolproof vinyl “tile” stickers from Bleucoin, to the hand-stained “legs,” this may just be my favorite DIY I’ve done here yet.
The Design Board
Compared to the Spring ORC, this time I didn’t have as much pictorial inspiration per se, and more of just an organic “vision” if you will. The existing Van Gogh “Almond Blossoms” print (oh, the irony!) was more of my inspiration. Next I envisioned the wall color, and then the rug, and it just began unfolding from there, with touches of matte black, copper and amber glass to follow.
The Transformation So Far
A quick recap: Week 1 consisted of tackling the paint first, which I am loving more and more everyday. Week 2 saw our new modern light fixture, and after switching from the yellow Edison bulbs I originally bought to these white ones, it has really brightened up the space and lets the real color of the paint shine through.
This week I tackled the vanity. The vinyl tile backsplash was extremely easy to install (I seriously recommend this to everyone!), and I used the leftovers to create a cute little vignette in the shower since I couldn’t tile the whole thing.
After our landlord gave the green light on painting the vanity and much deliberation on my part of the perfect color, I settled on Double Click from Behr in Eggshell, and found the little carved black knobs for a whopping $4!
Though the bathroom is a small space, I actually had enough room to do the entire project right on site. First I cleaned, lightly sanded and removed the cabinet doors. I chose a paint that included primer, and the color went on smoothly with both a roller and a 2″ brush. I brought up my full Yeti of Joe, threw on a podcast, and the whole project only took me about an hour and a half- and I’m still getting use out of this old music festival tapestry! Good times.
All that I think my favorite part may be the hand-stained “legs” I created. I think they add such a nice little touch, and they’re just wedged under there! Turns out couch legs are the perfect height to be wedged under a vanity. Again a simple change I would recommend to everyone, but I cannot take credit for this- Pinterest wins again!
They originally came as a light pine (for $7 each) and I mixed a bit of existing stain we still had lying around from the Spring ORC with a little water and voila. Such an easy way to add a bit more of a refined look!
Lastly, the rug from Loloi came in this week! Though it has more gray than the pictures online (I was expecting more blush like in the design board), and is more of a thick, almost bathmat material, it worked out perfectly.
paint walls Benjamin Moore Dragonfly (hopefully!) paint the vanity a soft gray install a new modern black light fixture add new vanity knobs and wooden “legs” “tile” the vanity backsplash using these replace the bathmat with this vintage-inspired rug
- paint the shower curtain rod a matte black + add copper rings
- find copper switch + electrical plates
- clean linoleum
Check out the full Fall 2019 ORC series:
You can also follow along on Instagram by following #oneroomchallenge for more inspo! I’ll see y’all back here next week!