One Room Challenge – Week 1
Last Updated on November 29, 2022
Oh One Room Challenge…you are the mistress I love to hate. Your pull is strong my dear. When I don’t participate, I feel left out…but when I do, I question my own sanity. For those unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge…or The ORC as my fellow bloggers refer to it as…it’s a challenge to makeover a room in only 6 weeks and document the process. Start to finish. Some succeed, others fail. It only happens twice a year. Motivating? Yes. Challenging? Yes? Complete and utter crazy ensues? You betch’yor bottom dollar. It’s time to slap on the helmet, buckle down the chin strap, and hold on tight. One Room Challenge Fall 2016 is underway!
Last Fall, I participated in my first ORC and gave my office a little makeover. The room was a complete and utter embarrassment. A maze to walk through, and if you fell down, you might not be found. On November 11, I wrapped..barely…I finished the final post only moments before the deadline. I was happy with how the space transformed, but that was in the old house. Yup, my pretty little office is gone like the wind. I thought about an office redo for this year’s ORC, but if you thought my last office before was bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This one is a mic drop like Beyoncé at the VMAs. No way, no how. Besides, I just wrapped the DesignOff living room makeover yesterday. I needed to keep this baby small. Low budget. I needed to pick a tiny room.
I’ve been looking around the new house for the past couple of weeks playing eeny meeny meiny moe. Being that it was built 30 years ago, there was a lot of eenies to choose from. I landed on the main floor powder room. I mean, it’s a powder room, right? How difficult can a 30 sq. foot room be?
An easy out would have been to use the flooded basement, oh ya, did ya hear? The Boy flooded the basement. I came home one night after work and my house looked like this…
Yep, my finished basement…albeit a bit dated looking…in my brand new house was ruined. Carpet…gone. Drywall…gone. Lighting…toasted. Although that ugly fireplace remained unscathed. I drank a lot of wine that night and got to watch any TV show my pretty little heart desired. Marathon of Sex in the City? Sure honey, that’s my favorite. Can I rub your feet? Get you a hot towel for your neck? Refill on the wine? Let’s top you off.
Anyhoo, gutting and renovating the entire basement plus furnishings for The ORC was not in the cards or the budget folks…especially not after buying a house. BUT since I had a contractor here for repairs, I decided to take on yet ANOTHER reno for the One Room Challenge (I like to keep it spicy around these parts) and that is the tiny powder room on the main floor. The bathroom that my children use on a daily basis…really the one everyone uses. I mean cuz, why not, right?
Our painter referred us to Gerry Reinhardt Renovations, and that pretty much brings us to today. Gerry has agreed to not only take on the bathroom makeover but he’s also agreed to deal with me. See, I’m not the average bear. I don’t waltz into a project wanting your standard vanity from your local big box store. No sir-ee bob. I like to make things a wee bit more difficult.
See, I bought this little antique cabinet from an estate sale a few months back, and I’ve been trying to find a home for it. If you want to get technical, this is exactly where I was hoping it would wind up, but I didn’t think making over this room would be so easy to swing. And it wasn’t..it took a flooded basement to get here, BUT it’s H-A-P-P-E-N-I-N-G people! It’s happening!
The cabinet is in pretty rough shape, but I think with a little TLC we can make it work. And check out those brass lion heads! I about died when I saw them. A coat of black paint, and I’m sure they make some sort of waterproofing stuff to slather on it…right? BTDubs, if you have any advice on this, I’m all ears.
The Boy is letting me splurge a bit, so I’ve partnered up with Clé Tile to give this room the extra oomph it needs. I want something truly unique for flooring. Like I want someone to open the door to this bathroom and forget they need to pee. I want my guests to want to hang out in this little jewelry box of ERMERGERD! I explored many avenues, but Clé Tile gave me that wow factor I was searching for. Now if I can just decide on a pattern. Here’s my narrowed-down list.
So what do you think? Can Gerry handle me and my crazy? Will everything arrive on time? Will we run into issues with the tiny space? Only time will tell. Check back next week for an ORC update. Hopefully, I’ll have my mood board ready, hard hat on, and sledgehammer swingin’! Wish us luck…well, wish Gerry luck!
Girl this is going to be one hell of a ride! two renos?! why not?!
Well, technically three…there’s a bathroom in the basement as well. I should be committed. But, only the main floor powder room will be in the ORC. I’m crazy, but not that crazy =)
Carol @ CAD INTERIORS
I can’t wait to see this redo! All great tiles to choose from, but I especially love the Zenith pattern. The Cubicon is unique and has lots of depth though… Oh my goodness, flooded basement?!
Kyla, I absolutely loved your office transformation. I can’t wait to see what you do with these spaces, ORC or not! I love “cigar shop”…reminds me of all of the beautiful tiling we saw in Istanbul!
Cigar Shop is a beautiful tile! Who am I kidding, they are all gorgeous!
Oh my Lord, that TILE! I am drooooooling all over my keyboard. Can’t wait to see what you do!
You are going to rock this One Room Challenge, I love the tile you picked and in love the the cigar shop.
Oh my, can’t you just have ALL of the tile?? Haha! If I had to choose I think the cigar shop one if my favorite! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
Oh my gosh. I’m already in love!
That Alhambra tile would look amazing with the details on your antique cabinet. It’s busy, but really, really fabulous. Found you through your ORC link, can’t wait to see your progress!
Oh boy, it sounds like you have a lot of your plate! Wishing you luck and sanity with it all. As for the tile choices, I am really drawn to three and four. I’ve actually been looking for a pattern similar to the two, so maybe one of those will end up in my powder room too! Can’t wait to follow along with your progress!
I don’t know how you’re going to choose a tile pattern! This is space is gonna look fab!
I love all those tiles, but #6 would fulfill my art deco dreams!
haha I also chose to go for small room (small budget) being that we have a whole house being renovated! I am obsessed with your flooring choices and insanely jealous also. You’re putting my powder room to shame already!
Angela, Blue i Style
Wahooo this is going to be good! I did a wall of black and white graphic tile in my master bathroom during the last ORC, so I’m already in love with the direction you are headed!
That cabinet is amazing!! Can’t wait to see which tile you are going with…personally, I’m in love with 5 but all of them are terrific!
April R - Uncookie Cutter
All those tile samples are just gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you choose!
Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod
You’re right…that cabinet is fabulous! Sorry about the flooded basement – sometimes being a homeowner just sucks! We can’t wait to follow your progress over the next 5 weeks!
I’m so excited to see what you do with this space! I’m obsessed with all of those tiles! I can’t wait to see which one you go with!
Jen @ Fresh Crush
This is going to be amazing! Sorry about the basement though. What a buzzkill. I’ve been wanting to get tiles like that in my house for so long — but after OUR big reno we’ll have to wait until we build up the funds again — so I will live vicariously through you!! I can’t wait to see what you do with that vanity! 🙂
Jenny @ Refresh Living
Man oh man – I’m sure you’ll be so happy that basement was flooded….once this is all done! I love tile 3, but I’m a tad bit impartial to the name Alhambra because I lived in Granada for for awhile, and love the Alhambra!
My votes on 5 🙂 I love the modern look with ur old school vanity piece. But that’s just me. Oh and for ur ugly fireplace. Ever consider painting in at white and throwing a mantle shelf on there. Again…..may not be ur thing. But that’s what I see. I love re decorating. Looks like a lot of fun! Good luck
Natural Spa Factory
Wow Kyla, what a project to wrap your head around! We can’t wait to see how the reno of your powder room unfolds, Number 4: Cigar Shop is divine! And has a really chic vibe too. Enjoy the reno!