One Room Challenge (Week 4): #3 Is Gonna Work!

It’s four weeks down and only two to go (yikes!) on the makeover of my One Room Challenge bathroom. If you missed out on the first three weeks of the challenge and want to play catch up…

Week 1: The Plan
Week 2: Getting Worse Before It Gets Better
Week 3: A Tale of Three Medicine Cabinets

So where am I at week 4? Way behind where I’d like to be but heading in the right direction. Several things have changed in my plan from week one, so I updated my inspiration board so you have a feel of where I’m going with things:

The big news for the week is this – medicine cabinet #3 is going to work! Thank. Goodness. I think I’m already blacklisted as a crazy at Restoration Hardware (and probably with the poor UPS guy too) after my two medicine cabinet exchanges so I was so relieved when I saw that cabinet #3 was going to fit. The other biggie that happened this week is that we have light! It was not the easiest of jobs but my electrician was able to get my sconces wired. Now you can finally get a feeling of how it’s all going to look together (although those still-yellow walls are sure doing their best to kill the look…):

Driven by Decor - New medicine cabinet and sconces

The medicine cabinet niche that was already in the wall was larger than the cutout needed for my RH medicine cabinet so I ended up having to reframe it to a smaller size, add new drywall over the reframed sections, and then tape and mud everything. It was quite the time suck but my niche is now all ready to rock and the plan is for paint to be going up on the wall by the end of the week.

Driven by Decor - Resizing Medicine Cabinet Niche

I’ve still got a few decisions to make and they need to be made pretty quickly – I’ve got to figure out what type of shade/blind to put on the window and also decide if I’m going to hang a shower curtain over the mirrored shower doors that I dislike so much. These are the three shower curtains that I’ve been looking out – they all have totally different feels. Which one would you choose for my space?

My other progress is that I finally have a game plan for painting the tile floors. I did a ton of research over the past week and figured out what I’m going to use to get the job done. There will be a lot of finger crossing that it works and that I don’t have to roll back out that skanky bathroom carpet to cover up a botched tile paint job.

That’s it for me this week – I’m going to have to kick this project into high gear to get it finished in two weeks but since procrastination is pretty much my speciality, I’m thinking I’ve got a fighting chance of pulling it off.

I’m heading over to Calling it Home to check out what’s going on with the other One Room Challenge participants and you should too – some amazing rooms are taking shape! You can see what’s going on with the 20 main participants {here} and all of the linking participants {here}. Enjoy!


My Gallery Wall Resource List

Driven by Decor - Styled console below gallery wall

First of all, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your nice comments about my gallery wall reveal. I would love to say that I slapped that sucker up in a day but the reality is that I arranged, rearranged, added to, took away, and second and third guessed myself while my soon-to-be-hung-up gallery wall laid on our living room floor for two weeks. So I was more than excited to finally get it up on the wall and to then read all of your wonderful comments. Thanks – you guys are the best! When I started planning for my gallery wall, I already had a few pieces that I wanted to include but I knew that I was going to need several more. Nice art and frames can quickly get expensive so I DIY’ed several of my art pieces and stuck with inexpensive frames and other objects to hang. I thought it might be […]

My Home Office Gallery Wall Reveal & Tips

Driven by Decor - Home office art wall

Today’s the day – are you ready to see everyone’s gallery wall reveals? Led by the talented Mary Ann of Classic • Casual • Home and Cindy of Rough Luxe, it’s the third and final week of the Project Design series on creating gallery walls. If you’re a little late to the party, you can catch up here: Week One:  Gallery Wall Inspiration Week Two: The Gallery Wall Plans for My Home Office Now on to the reveal! The blank black wall above my home office console is blank no more: And since it’s always fun to see how rooms evolve over time, this is the “before” of the wall when we moved in a little over a year ago: and now the “after”: I was hoping that my new drapes would be done and hung up before the reveal but no such luck – they will flank the large window on the wall to […]

One Room Challenge (Week 3): A Tale of Three Medicine Cabinets

Restoration Hardware Wilshire Sconce

So it’s the halfway point of the One Room Challenge and things aren’t going so hot with this little bathroom remodel of mine. I was hoping to have some pretty pictures of my new medicine cabinet and sconces along with some no-longer-yellow walls but my sad little bathroom isn’t looking all that different than it did last week. What’s to blame? The medicine cabinet. Or should I say medicine cabinets. Here’s the story… Last Friday my father-in-law and I removed the old bathroom mirror that was glued to the wall and found a surprise underneath: Yep, a boxed-out niche for a recessed medicine cabinet. I was a happy girl. I had wanted a recessed medicine cabinet instead of a wall-mounted one from the get-go but was told that there was very likely a pipe running up the wall behind the sink that would need to be rerouted to create the niche and doing that wasn’t in our budget. I […]

Kitchen Backsplash Tile: How High to Go?

Fiorella Design

There are so many decisions to make when you’re remodeling your kitchen – almost too many for a lot of people. Obviously there are the biggies such as the color of the cabinets, type of kitchen sink, style of countertops, etc., but it’s all of the little decisions that most homeowners aren’t expecting that can put them over the edge. Since I love talking and dreaming about kitchens, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to occasionally throw some of these little kitchen decisions out to you all to see what you would decide. Let’s start with this one: “How far up the wall do you want your backsplash tile to go?” Every kitchen is different, but often the trickiest spot to figure out where you want your backsplash tile to end is around your kitchen window. One option is to tile around the window and all the way up to the ceiling: While another option is to […]

Project Design: My Gallery Wall “Before”

Lion Head Door Knocker

Happy Columbus Day! I hope those of you who have the day off are able to take advantage of the long weekend like I am. Saturday morning I hopped on a train to visit my sister who wanted a partner in crime to help her shop for accessories for her newly remodeled family room. We’ve already scored some great finds for her space along with the final piece of art for the gallery wall that I’m working on as part of the Project Design series with a group of my blogging friends. You may remember that last week we all shared some gallery wall inspiration (you can see the gallery wall images that inspired me {here}) and now this week we’re giving the low-down on our gallery wall projects with the big reveals to follow next Monday. Which room is my victim for this gallery wall project? Our work-in-progress home office. Here’s where it’s at […]

One Room Challenge (Week 2): Bathroom Remodel

Restoration Hardware's Whitby Medicine Cabinet

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge and my bathroom is officially in the “get worse before it gets better” phase. But let’s start with the pretties and then we’ll move to the uglies of the bathroom. You may remember from my week one post of our bathroom remodel that I had a pretty killer wood mirror planned for over the pedestal sink. But all along, the practical side of me knew that since this is both our powder room and the bathroom that my husband uses every day, we need to have a medicine cabinet mirror for keeping all of his toiletries out of sight. We can’t have a recessed medicine cabinet because of a plumbing pipe that runs right through that spot (and since this is a low budget reno, redirecting pipes isn’t happening) so that leaves a wall-mounted medicine cabinet as the only option. And let me tell you, there’s not a […]

My Favorite Trick for Finding the Best Online Prices

How to price shop featured image

I’ve always been a big shopper (shocking, I know…) and as much as I prefer to go to stores where I can see and touch things in person, I do more online shopping now than ever. Mostly because I live further away from my favorite stores than I did before we moved but also because so many places now offer free shipping, which is huge for saving both time and gas. Most online shopping and price comparisons are simple Google searches but how do you price shop when you can’t find other stores selling the item you’re interested in because they’ve named it something totally different? That’s where my favorite trick comes in: So what are the most common things I use this trick for? Lighting, mirrors, and rugs. A lot of online stores sell the exact same mirrors, sconces, etc. but they call them different names so when you Google the name of the item […]