I can’t believe it’s already time for another One Room Challenge! I am excited to get my butt in gear to transform another room from blah to wow, but this time I’m doing it in a completely different home than I was in for last fall’s challenge. If you’re new here (welcome!) let me fill you in just a bit.
Last fall, I participated in my first One Room Challenge. My husband and I decided to makeover our dining room in the home we had just moved into. It was the home we intended to raise our family in and stay in for quite a while. We were excited and hopeful and ready to put in the work. A few weeks into the challenge, my husband suddenly and unexpected died from a massive heart attack. He was 36 years old. Losing him was a shock to say the very least.
Despite my devastating loss, I knew I had to get my dining room finished, not only because I knew I was going to have to sell our house, but also because it gave me something to focus on in the midst of my grief. Working with my hands gave me a way to get my mind off my loss, if only for a few hours every few days. With the help of my dad and my father-in-law, we finished the dining room a week early and it turned out beautifully. I know my husband would have been very proud.
In between then and now, I and my two kiddos have moved to a new house in a new city and are trying to find our new normal. It is hard, but I know it’s for the best. The house that we’re in now is a rental, so there’s that added challenge of being able to transform a room and make it my own without making major changes. Luckily, my landlord is a very kind man and he has given me permission to improve the property with paint and other cosmetic measures.
When I moved into this new place, I knew that the first room I would tackle would be my downstairs powder room. First, because it’s the smallest room in the house and I knew I could focus on a small room without feeling overwhelmed. Second, because it’s the most horrendously painted room in the house and I can’t possibly live here without changing it! I call it the “murder bathroom” because all the walls (and the ceiling!) is painted blood red. It is AWFUL!
The first thing I always do when tackling a makeover project is look for inspiration and begin to form a plan of attack. Pinterest is always my go-to for inspiration and I have found some lovely half-bath/powder rooms that have given me some great ideas! I will tell you all about my plan for this bathroom next week, but for now I want to share with you my favorite pins that have inspired me the most for this Spring’s One Room Challenge:
I love the crisp white walls and the natural wood tones combined with the metal of the mirror and those fabulous hammered brass sconces.
I adore this bathroom! I really love their use of the repurposed vintage vanity mirror and the distressed gray cabinet. The white shelves offer a great storage option for a small space, too!
Lord, look at that tile! I’m obsessed with this style of tiles and I have an idea of incorporating something similar in my half bath design.
Oh my, that vanity with it’s curves and sexy legs! And that mirror! Be still my heart!
I am usually a strict “neutral paint is life” girl, but in small spaces, especially bathrooms, I’m really digging the look of a bold, dark paint on the wall combined with light tiles and natural wood. I don’t think I want to paint my walls this dark, but I sure do appreciate the boldness of this look.
Aren’t these bathrooms lovely? I can’t wait to get started on this challenge and I hope you’ll stick around to see how it turns out! Be sure to check out all the other participants in the challenge!