One Room Challenge: Week 1 and 2

I’m a big time follower of the blog Chris loves Julia. I think everything they do is gorgeous, obtainable and sophisticated while their designs are truly functional for a family, which is obviously important to me as well. Right now they are participating in the one-room challenge and I’ve decided to join them in an effort to keep our own current bathroom remodel on track and document the experience!

The one-room challenge is already well underway in it’s third week so I’m playing a bit of catch up here. I’m going to combine the first two weeks into one post and hopefully get the third out by Sunday. Here is our design plan for the powder room as well as some before photos and progress shots. Enjoy!

Bathroom Renovation Mood Board

For our one-room challenge we are going to remodel our main floor powder room. This room is right off the entryway from the garage and is the first of many bathrooms we would like to tackle in our home. We wanted to renovate this bathroom for two reasons. First, we are in the process of redoing our floors on the main level and that would include the bathroom, so it made sense while we were tearing things up we might as well give the space a little facelift. Second, I think it’s a nice way to ease into bathroom remodeling since let’s face it, it’s only a toilet and a vanity we are dealing with. Plumbers we are not and Saturday night was spent driving back and forth to our local Home Depot store in search of the perfect valve. We are most likely going to need all six weeks.

Our house was built in 1996, so when we choose to replace fixtures I try to be realistic in what will look good in our particular home. I love the look of chrome but I was afraid that something so shiny might stick out like a sore thumb against the rest of the materials in our home. Brass is making a comeback these days but I didn’t want to go full throttle on that since it could be a trend. Antique brass however has a timeless feel and complements the oak tones that run throughout the house. I had a hard time picking a vanity but I really love how the marble top in the above mood board has a buttery cream color scheme. I thought I’d try my hand and mixing metals in this particular bathroom, so we’ll probably keep the knobs brushed nickel. We are painting the walls Benjamin Moore “hazy skies” and hopefully implementing some horizontal “ship-lap” to give the space some texture.

bathroom before_final

So let’s talk about this bathroom for a second shall we? This is one of the few rooms we have done absolutely nothing to since moving in. We didn’t even paint (and we also left the oak trim on the baseboards which was sheer laziness on our part, even though it’s been conquered and converted to white in every other space in the house. I did buy some towels from world market (fancy right?), added some soap and that’s about it. The one thing this bathroom had going for it was the cutest pocket door. That and the mirror, which full disclosure, I may end up keeping in place of the one shown on the mood board above. It will be a game-time decision. This picture make me laugh because…toilet paper roll placement.


Needless to say this is not the nicest room in our house and honestly it is probably more deserving of some TLC in relation to other areas based on the fact that it’s the restroom our guests use when the are over and it’s exposure being on the main level of the house.


Over Easter weekend we demoed the bathroom and I’m happy to report that we not only removed the toilet and existing vanity, but the floors as well. The first step of this process is creating a blank slate and now that we’ve done that we have the fantastic chore of patching up the drywall and sanding! The plan is to get paint on the walls by end of week so that we can start on the wall treatment we plan on doing by the weekend. Wish us luck!

Mood board details: Lighting, Art 1 and 2, Mirror, Paint color, Faucet, Vanity, Storage Baskets

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