Spring is here which means, it’s time to kick off the Spring One Room Challenge although the start date was pushed back due to the the current events going on I am excited to jump into the challenge with a new design distraction!
If you are a new follower here is a quick back story on our 100 year old lake home. Myself and husband purchased it a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the location and the potential the property had, but with all the potential comes many long term factors in the homes layout, updates to things like plumbing and the possibility of an addition or major overall of the entire house. But alll those elements take time, an extensive budget and a well thought out plan of how we see our future selves and family living in this home. In the mean time my goal from day one was to make our current home become a better reflection of our personal style and without any major renovations. Over the last few years I have spent countless hours scrolling the internet and youtube to learn a thing or two about power tools and DIY renovations so I could bring in the elements I wanted while working with a modest budget.
The Spring One Room Challenge is the perfect time to focus on two of our bathrooms; I will note I only had intentions of transforming one bathroom but not being able to decide on a design direction and the additional two weeks added to the schedule due to Covid-19 I decided why not tackle two spaces…so the pressure is on!
Bathroom one is our upstairs bathroom which surprisingly has an overall great layout for the age of our home and everything is in super decent condition sadly it’s just not aesthetically pleasing. We already replaced the toilet but the pedestal sink will be staying along with the tub and tile surround, but I do plan on re glazing the tub and tile as well as building an apron skirt for the tub to give a more custom look.
For the floor I weighed all our options and while the current tile is in good condition it is blue, ugly and frankly looks like something out of an elementary school. But on the other hand we don’t know what type of “bigger picture” renovations will take place down the road when we upgrade all the plumbing in the house so ripping out the tile and replacing with something new is not the best use of budget! I wanted something quick that I can do myself and is more durable then just DIY tile painting so I decided on installing life proof vinyl flooring by armstrong. It can be installed right over our current floors and will bring a nice warmth to the space with the warm wood tone.
All the other changes to the space are simply cosmetic and I will be throwing in as many custom touches as I can to give the space a luxurious Parsian inspired feel. The main feature is the bold walls that will be a mix of a Hodley Red by Benjamin Moore and a Crane Wallpaper Feature that will be installed the custom trim work I am adding to the space.
And then there’s bathroom two….
While I never planned on tackling this bathroom now when I couldn’t decide a design direction for the original bathroom I came up with two concepts. So with the added two weeks to the challenge timeline and not wanting to let a good concept go to waste here we are. This bathroom is super small but its right off our kitchen and a room that is constantly used by guests so it needs some work. Just like the other bathroom again this ones bones are good and the layout is as good as you can get in a space this size but its just plain ugly and the previous owners either loved blue or there was a liquidation sale on blue tile, toilets. sinks and more!
For this space I wanted something classic and timeless, simple with some glam touches so it flows well with the rest of the spaces that surround it (kitchen, sitting area and dining room). I decided to work a bead board element to the space in a floor to ceiling installation which can compliment the other classic and traditional elements in our home while giving the texture I want the room to have without committing to wallpaper.
This room currently has a wall mounted sink that we recently replaced but I want to take the design further with added a DIY brass base since all the other elements will be super simple but make for a big impact like this amazing pendent light by Craft Made Brands. The walls will be neutral and I plan on doing the same flooring to cover up the old ugly tile for a quick inexpensive fix!
As you can see here the room we are working with is not big but that doesn’t mean it cant make a big impact with design and I cant wait to have this space flow with the rest of the house!