For the last eight weeks, my Mom and I have been working on the small powder room on her main floor. She had started before Christmas with ripping down old wallpaper and having new vinyl tile floors installed. I was working on a design plan and starting to order a few things when I decided to take this project and do it as a One Room Challenge.
Here's the story so far:
ORC 1: Going Insane Again
ORC 2: Hall of Mirrors
ORC 3: Seven Steps to Stress
ORC 4: The Roller Coaster
ORC 5: What, Already?
ORC 5b: Lesson Learned
In many ways, I wish I hadn't taken this on. The pace of the challenge eats up every spare minute. It adds stress to an already stressful situation. But heavens, what if we had not done this room as a one room challenge? I'd have quit somewhere around week four or five. And then Mom would not now have this:
Here's where we began in earnest:
The floor, sink, faucet, toilet and shelf are all that remain.
We aren't quite done.
We still have to finish the top edge of the tile with some wood trim, painted to match the bottom. Like so:
It will finish the room beautifully.
When we started the project, you couldn't get into the bathroom on the sink side. We'd put an old Billy bookcase in the doorway--it just fit--in order to create a "closet" for much needed storage. However, we needed more room while we were working and removed it somewhere around week three or four. Both of us loved it instantly.
The light fixture was my Mother's day gift to my Mom. Is that weird?
We discovered two things when we installed the light fixture two days ago. 1) The hole was a bit too big for this fixture, and 2) it was not centered over the sink. The solution to both of these problems wasn't something we felt we could do in two days!
Here is that wall from the other angle.
You can see the two pieces of art we chose from Minted.
Mom calls this one Venice: (That may actually be its official name.)
We bought this framed. I added the thin line of gold to the outer edge.
This one is The Long Road. (Officially.)
It's beside the Roman shade on the wall, opposite the fixtures:
It was really hard to get a good shot of this. Mom made it. She says the Waverly fabric is another "work of art." I totally agree.
I love that we hung it almost at the ceiling: we can see more of that fabric!
The mirror was a last minute find from Value Village. I could not resist it, even though installing it presented a huge challenge. It has so much character!
The towel rack was another value village score for $2.99! Bonus: it was already bronze--and acrylic! So old it's new again!
So, here are a few more pretty shots before I take a really long nap.
And that's a wrap.
Thank you to everyone who cheered me on these past six weeks. I really appreciate it. The featured designers inspired me each and every week to keep going and remain true to my vision. It was wonderful knowing that even the professionals experience setbacks and hiccups. You really should check out their works here.
And one of the reasons the One Room Challenge is so worth doing is the company of many, many others, just like me, doing the same impossible things at all levels of complexity and budget. Check them out here, too. I am going to try and get to them all.
And most of all, thanks to Linda for hosting this incredible event.
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